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4 Questions: Jews v. Catholics Basketball Game

The Jews take on the Catholics Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m. at Boulder High School. Even as we get ready for Passover, we thought of 4 Questions for CU Chabad Rabbi Yisroel about this historic game.

How did you get the idea for the basketball game?

I was getting to know the priest across the street [from the new Chabad house], and he was laughing and he was joking when we become friends we should have a basketball game. I thought it was a great idea and was telling everyone about it. He forgot about it.  Months later, I saw him on campus and the priest said, “Are you the rabbi” and I said, “Who are you?”  I then asked him: “Are you still up for the basketball game?”  It is a fun, sport activity and everyone likes the idea.  Also, it is a great idea to do this before Pesach and recruit for the Seders. I strongly believe in having all the Jews come to the Seder.

How did you pick the people for the team?

Jordan Malka, the team captain, did. He put a pretty good team together.

What are you most excited about?

The whole thing. It’s an original idea and is really exciting and a lot of fun. Also, we are wearing blue and white. I’m excited for the general atmosphere. Parents are coming to watch their kids; it should be pretty cool. I hope we do this at least once a year, but I would like it to have it more than that. And, we can’t have any Jewish event without food. We will have hot dogs for $2 with buns.

One final question: Are you going to play?

No. I don’t know how to play basketball, I’m not an American. I don’t plan to play, but I’ll do the ceremonial kickoff.

About Sara Fruman

Sara Juliet Fruman is the first Boulder Jewish News intern and is also social media outreach editor for She's originally from the suburbs of New York City, and she's a Yankee fan. She's a social media and new media enthusiast. Sara is a proud Zionist and Jew. She's obsessed with music, especially the Beatles. She's also interested in pop culture and comedy. In her free time, she likes to ski, read, write and relax with friends. Follow her on Twitter: @CUJewishBuffs, @cuindependent and @sarajuliet.

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