Wednesday, June 22, 2016

LA Rabbi Investing in Youth Basketball

Rabbi Erez Sherman kicked off Rabbi-ing this summer by providing a unique experience for his congregation. Sherman is one of the rabbis at the acclaimed Sinai Temple of Los Angeles which hosts a handful of amazing rabbis. Sinai Temple is led by Rabbi David Wolpe who is the synagogue's Max Webb Senior Rabbi and once voted the #1 Rabbi in America.. 

Sinai Temple Basketball Camp (STBC) was founded by Rabbi Sherman and religious school director Danielle Kassin. The inaugural camp attracted over 50 boys and girls in grades 3-8. It is run by head coach Jelani Bendele of Brentwood Basketball. Each day consists of skills and drills, guest speakers and tournament games. The week concluded with a championship Friday, full of contests and tournaments.

Rabbi Sherman has a long history of being an big basketball fan something that he gets from his father. Sherman has deep roots with the Syracuse Men's basketball program and was able to pull some strings. Camp guests included Terrence Roberts (All-Big East), Elimu Nelson (professional player in Israel) and Coach Howard Fisher (College of the Canyons/Head Coach 17U Team USA

When asked of Rabbi Sherman if the camp would happen again he immediately added "It was such a  success that our next week long camp will be August 8th-12th at Sinai Temple." Rabbi Sherman added "We will welcome new guest speakers to our camp from the college and professional
level. The concluding banquet for basketball camp will be a Shabbat dinner and awards ceremony."

Rabbi Sherman's camp is one of the many ways Rabbis are looking to sports to engage more members and a diverse population of youngsters and parents. To book Jewish athletes check out

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