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Young Israeli batters stop off at Tri State Sports in Westwood

Local | WorldPublished: 23 July 2010

On their journey to a baseball tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Israeli National Youth Team made a pit stop in Westwood, where the team was welcomed by the owner of Tri State Sports, home of CloseoutBats.com.

CloseoutBats.com is a family-owned business that specializes in wholesale sporting goods. The visit allowed the team from Israel a rare opportunity to shop for baseball equipment, which is difficult to come by in their home country, where basketball and soccer dominate the market.

Team manager Yaron Erel has long bought baseball equipment from CloseoutBats.com, and called to arrange a visit to the company’s warehouse.

 
 

Sharsheret hopes race will raise awareness

LocalPublished: 09 July 2010

Sharsheret — a Teaneck-based organization that helps those affected by breast cancer — is seeking to raise both funds and awareness by sponsoring a team of local athletes in the Nautica/NYC Triathlon on July 18.

Donations have already eclipsed the organization’s goal, said Ellen Kleinhaus, Sharsheret’s project manager, and have so far surged beyond $41,000. The organization set up Webpages for the team members through which each athlete can broadcast a personal message and donations can be electronically processed.

 
 

Youth group grooms student leaders

LocalPublished: 02 July 2010

For the fourth year in a row, HaGalil, the New Jersey region of the Conservative movement’s United Synagogue Youth, has groomed a number of its high school students for leadership positions through its Raysheet program.

HaGalil includes more than 1,100 members in 39 chapters throughout northern and central New Jersey.

Every year, the Raysheet program, which in English means “beginning” (indicating a new beginning for recent high school graduates), selects students from a pool of applicants for training for future involvement, local or national, in USY or Kadima, the middle-school youth group.

 
 

Former Yankee hitter a hit at youth league bbq

LocalPublished: 11 June 2010

Major League baseball’s first designated hitter, Ron Blomberg, was a special guest at a barbecue on Sunday marking the conclusion of Yavneh Youth League baseball’s regular season.

The author of “Designated Hebrew” (Sports Publishing), written with Dan Schlossberg of Fair Lawn, Blomberg was the New York Yankees first draft pick in 1967. His career ended prematurely because of injury.

“The 2009 season was dedicated to the memory of 10-year-old Miriam Avraham, z”l, a former player who tragically passed away on Sukkot of 2008,” Howard Eisenstadter, commissioner of the YYL, told The Jewish Standard at the barbecue, which had to be moved into Yavneh’s Paramus building because of the weather.

 
 

Bonding through basketball

LocalPublished: 30 October 2009

Several months ago, residents of Hod Hasharon in Israel approached the education department of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem with a proposal: They wanted the city’s high school basketball team to travel to America to compete against high school teams on the East Coast.

Soon after, UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey’s community shaliach Stuart Levy received a phone call pitching the idea.

“Members of the high school from Hod Hasharon have a connection to members of the Tenafly community,” said Levy. “Many have close friends and family that live here.”

 
 

Maccabi Games not just about competition

LocalPublished: 28 August 2009

Local teens joined thousands from all over the world at the annual Maccabi Games, hosted last week by the Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester, the JCC on the Hudson, and the JCC of mid-Westchester.

The Olympic-style competition offers 11 different sports in all, including baseball, basketball, bowling, dance, golf, in-line hockey, soccer, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and volleyball. Forty-four teams from around the world traveled to mid-Westchester to compete in more than 30 different venues. Delegations were sent from Israel, Toronto, Venezuela, and other countries.

 
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