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.