September 2007 in the Exponent: Sports? At This Time of Year?


New Name Gets Inaugurated at Day School

The Sept. 13, 2007 edition of the Jewish Exponent fell on Rosh Hashanah 5768, so a cover photo featuring candles, apples and honey seemed appropriate.

And at the bottom of the page, a story described the dilemma Jewish athletes in high school faced when it came to sports and the High Holidays.

Council Rock High School North senior Noah Gross noted that while school closed, there still were practices, which he decided to skip to instead attend services.

“I was sitting in synagogue, and I was wondering what part of practice they are in — special teams or offense,” Gross said.

“From little leagues to the major leagues, Jewish athletes may be forced to make a similar choice during this year’s holiday season. The question they ponder: Is it worth skipping a game or practice to attend synagogue, or is it best to honor a sports commitment?”

The dilemma isn’t a new one: Older sports fans might remember when Los Angeles Dodgers Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax refused to pitch in a 1965 World Series game that fell on Yom Kippur.

Also on the front page was an article about Akiba Hebrew Academy being renamed Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.

Not only was the school getting a name change, but a new campus was in the works — the former site of the American College in Bryn Mawr.

The day school got its new name as part of a $5 million gift from the Barrack Foundation and honored the brother of Akiba alumnus Leonard Barrack.

Neither of those stories, however, captured the lead story position. That honor went to a JTA story reporting that Jewish youths were less attached to Israel than in the past.

Variations of that story appear every so often: A brief the Exponent included in its June 29, 2017 issue makes similar findings.


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