The Mensch List: Putting Sunday sports in play
Nowhere in the Torah does it say: “And on the seventh day, God played soccer.” Which is too bad for observant Jewish youths who would love to take advantage of the many local sports leagues that play on Saturdays.
Fortunately, there are Dr. Matthew Lefferman and Eric Weissman. These two members of the Modern Orthodox congregation B’nai David-Judea in Pico-Robertson have worked tirelessly to ensure the presence of Sunday sports games locally.
“People are delighted to know that there is an opportunity for their kids to participate in athletic opportunities and still practice their Judaism as they want to,” said Weissman, 38, a father of two.
The pair have taken a three-pronged approach. Both men coach with the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), which already had Sunday games. Lefferman, who coaches two teams, has acted as an unofficial liaison to help recruit Sunday players, coaches and referees.
They also lobbied Beverly Hills Little League to create a Sunday division, then helped structure and run it. Now they sit on its board.
In order to further expand opportunities for Jewish youths, they formed the nonprofit Maccabee Athletic Club (MAC) a year ago. It started with a club soccer team and this year is expanding to basketball and flag football.
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New Apple operating system lists Israel without a capital, Jerusalem without a country
The map included in Apple’s new iOS6 operating system reportedly does not show Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Every other country on the map has its capital listed, The Algemeiner reported Tuesday.
In addition, the world clock included in the operating system lists Jerusalem without an affiliated country — the only city to be included that way, the paper said.
Apple did not respond to JTA requests for comment.
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs dead at 56
Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues.
Jobs’ death was announced by Apple in a statement late on Wednesday.
The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod and the iPhone resigned as CEO of the world’s largest technology corporation in August, handing the reins to current chief executive Tim Cook.
Jobs, who fought a rare form of pancreatic cancer, was deemed the heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America.
Jobs was a Buddhist.
Reporting by Edwin Chan; Editing by Gary Hill