Monday, January 20, 2020


Jewish NBA Player Who Scored League’s First Basket Dies at 94

(JNS.org) Oscar “Ossie” Schectman, a Jewish player who scored the first basket in the history of what evolved into the National Basketball Association (NBA), died recently at age 94.

Schectman’s historic field goal came on Nov. 1, 1946 for the New York Knicks of the Basketball Association of America (BAA)—the precursor to the NBA—against the

10th Annual Moriah Golf, Tennis & Cycling Outing A Huge Success, Raises over $275K!

3rd Annual Kayitz Classic Creates Community Unity

On Tuesday, August 6th, Areyvut and Moshava Ba’ir, with the help of The Frisch School, held the 3rd Annual Kayitz Classic, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The tourney was won by the threesome of Avi Kaye, Ike Pariser and Mo Pariser

Areyvut, a non-profit organization based in Bergenfield, NJ, runs programs for children and teens to facilitate their

TBO 8U Team Closes Out Regular Season in 3rd Place, Playoffs Ahead

In late May, thirty of Teaneck Baseball Organization’s best players showed up at Clubhouse to try out for the eight and under summer travel team. It was a difficult job for the coaches to select a twelve man team with one alternate. The plan for the team was to play three games a week and practice three times a week. Thank G-d for shabbos..


Mitch Gross Basketball League

The Mitch Gross Basketball League or MGBL was established in 2009 in memory of then Teaneck resident and friend to many – Mitchell Gross.   MGBL is a privately operated recreational basketball league. The league was founded by Moshe Zwebner and other dear friends of Mitch (Ronnie Aranoff, Abe Cohen, Dov Elefant, Eddie Goldberg, Lior Hod, Michael Katz,

Israeli Lacrosse Team to Forfeit Chance at Title Because of Shabbat

Israeli women’s lacrosse team member Sara Greenberg wields her stick. Credit: Donna Pedersen.

The Israeli women’s lacrosse team will not play on Shabbat, even though this means they cannot win the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) 2013 Women’s World Cup, which ends this weekend in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada.

On Wednesday, the

Moonlight Moonakers Still Undefeated

On July 14, the Moonlight Moonrakers faced the Garden View Mountain Lions. Both teams entered the game 2-0 but only one would remain undefeated when the day was over. The Mountain Lions jumped out to an early five run lead. Then lead by the offensive prowess of locals; Yosef Isaacs, Jonathan Gellis and Kenny Schiff the Moonrakers bats came to life. The team

Shabby Babies Making a Push in Bnai Yeshurun Softball League

Josh Kravitz and Shmuel Babich founded the Shabby Babies of the Congregation B’nai Yeshurin Softball league three short years ago. The team name and original core group are transplanted from the Shabby Babies of the Queens Softball league. In Kravitz’s last season with the Queens squad, the team suffered a tough loss in the championship game. When Josh and

Teaneck Baseball Bragging Rights Settled in Groundbreaking Tourney

On June 19, 2013, both at Teaneck Southern Fields and at Votee Park, the winners of TBO and Teaneck Southern’s championship baseball and softball teams played each other for the inaugural “Teaneck Bragging Rights” Championship Games.

The Southern Wildcats (manager Linda Padilla-Diaz) team was up 19-16 going into the bottom of the sixth. In that

Tamir Goodman / Omri Casspi Camp - A Resounding Success

Tamir Goodman burst onto sports fans’ radar in the mid-’90s when he was ranked as the 25th-best high school basketball player in the country. Sports Illustrated christened him the “Jewish Jordan” and he appeared on 60 Minutes, Fox Sports and ESPN. Upon graduating from high school he received a scholarship to play for one of

Dallas Mavericks Agree to Deal With Gal Mekel, Second Israeli to Sign With NBA Team

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Maccabi Haifa’s Gal Mekel, a 6-foot-3 point guard, agreed to a multi-year deal to play for the Dallas Mavericks next season, becoming the second Israeli basketball player ever to sign with an NBA team. Four years ago, OmriCasspi became the first.

In June, the 25-year-old Mekel helped lead Maccabi Haifa to the

Cardinals Defeat Mets for Mustang PAL Championship

The Mustang division in PAL, comprised primarily of 8-9 year olds, was won this year by the Cardinals, managed by Dr. Brian Kardon, Rabbi Duvie Weiss and Rabbi Alex Mondrow. The Cardinals were the #1 seed going into the playoffs with a 7-3 record. Their dominant pitching led by Meir Weiss and Elvis de Leon and timely hitting had led them to the top spot in the