JDS Lions Win PVAC Championship

Written by Nate Miller on . Posted in Sports

The Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (JDS) girls’ middle school basketball team narrowly defeated the Washington Christian Academy 26-24 on Monday, Feb. 11, to win the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC) championship, in a dramatic comeback. JDS Lions co-captain and eighth-grader Avital Friedman was the highest scorer, with 11 points. Sixth-grader Shani Schwartz scored nine points, including two three-point shots.

Berman Boys Varsity Emerges Victorious in Cougars vs. Lions Showdown

Written by Roey Herzfeld and Ezra Troy on . Posted in Sports

Every winter, one of the most anticipated high school sporting events in Greater Washington area Jewish community is the varsity basketball game between Berman Hebrew Academy and Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (CESJDS). Hundreds of people come out on a Saturday night to watch the Berman Cougars host the CESJDS Lions. The energy is intense, and emotions run high.

My Once-in-a-Lifetime Pitch

Written by Ben Shlesinger on . Posted in Sports

One Jewish Federation of Greater Washington volunteer recalls his experience at last year’s Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park.

2017 NBA Draft Has Local Flavor

Written by Jason Landy on . Posted in Sports

From time to time, a kid growing with a great passion for the game of basketball will daydream of playing ball under the game’s brightest lights in the NBA. For one local talent, his dreams of making it to the professional ranks will become a reality at the NBA Draft.

Don’t Blame Kevin Durant — Blame Yourself

Written by Efraim Andrew Wakschlag on . Posted in Sports

Last summer, Kevin Durant made the weakest move in the history of sports. After losing to the Golden State Warriors in a very close playoff series, Durant decided to jump ship and join the team that had just beaten him, forming what has become known as a “super team.” At that point, the Golden State Warriors already boasted former most valuable player (MVP) Stephen Curry, as well as Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and an overall healthy bench. While what Durant did was shocking, in the end he had every right to do it.

The Capitals Lack the Mazal in Their Mojo

Written by Phil Jacobs on . Posted in Sports

So, I’ve been following these Washington Capitals since their inaugural 1974 season; and, like you, I watched last week as once again as Lucy pulled the football away from Charlie Brown and the Capitals’ season ended up on its back.

Doubleheader Sponsored by iGlasses Ends With Double Wins for the Thunderbolts

Written by Roey Herzfeld on . Posted in Sports

SILVER SPRING (Md.) — The Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts took both games of their doubleheader against the Baltimore Dodgers on June 18. The Thunderbolts and Dodgers play for the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL), a summer baseball league located in the greater Washington, D.C., area, and a member of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB).

Virginia Tech's Zach Jones Interns With Israeli Baseball Team

Written by Hannah Elovitz on . Posted in Sports

When Hillel at Virginia Tech Executive Director Sue Kurtz heard that the Israel Association of Baseball was seeking American baseball fans to intern with their teams, she immediately thought of Zach Jones. Jones, then a junior at Virginia Tech, was involved with the Virginia Tech baseball team. Kurtz connected Jones with the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow, Or Shaked, and sent him on his way to Israel for a four-month internship with Masa Israel and Destination Israel.

Let’s Get the NBA Finals Started Already

Written by Efraim Andrew Wakschlag on . Posted in Sports

I have never, until this year, had a tough time watching the NBA playoffs. I never even thought I’d ever utter those words; but here we are. The least competitive NBA playoffs anybody can remember are finally dwindling down, with two super-teams — the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers — duking it out for the championship.