Shabbat Surfing: Feeling Good

Earlier this week, NPR aired a story about the new Pakistani Muslim owners of Coney Island Bialys and Bagels. A family business started in 1920 by a Polish immigrant from Bialystock, the shop claims to be the oldest bialy bakery in New York City.  The new owners have promised to keep everything the same: the ingredients and suppliers, hand-rolling and properly boiling the bagels, and the kosher supervision.

In the Bronx, an Islamic Center has opened its doors to a  Chabad synagogue so that they have a place to hold Shabbat services. The two houses of worship have a history of supporting each other and  have formed a deep bond.

The New York Times  took its sports section readers to Kiryat Shmona, one of Israel’s smallest cities, in a feature about its professional soccer team. The small club beat power team Hapoel Tel Aviv to capture the Toto Cup and sits atop Israel’s Premier League with an 11-point lead. The club is full of promise  and on the course for its first league championship. If Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona captures the championship, it will certainly be well-deserved.

DCJCC Summer Softball League – Champions and All-Stars

This past weekend saw the conclusion of the Washington DCJCC’s Summer Softball League. Champions were crowned in Division A: “Bats, Balls and Shmear” captained by Jason Fasteau and Division B: “Muddy Bagels” captained by Steve Mirman. Registration is underway now for fall leagues in softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball and bowling.

The softball season ended with an All-Star Game between the team captains from the two divisions — enjoy the following pictures, which to me, are the essence of a summer day.

Washington DCJCC Sports Leagues: Spring Training Begins Now

DCJCC Sports Leagues

Pitchers and catchers have been reporting. The Grapefruit and Cactus leagues will begin their exhibition games next week (the Nationals demonstrate their competitive ambitions by taking on the squad from Georgetown University on Feb. 28). Yes. Snow is falling even as I type this. Yes. The glaciers will be upon us by Friday. But these are but momentary meteorological distractions, because spring is on the way. We know this for certain because registration for the 16th Street J’s DC Spring Sports leagues is underway. The best news is that in the J’s co-ed softball league, we still have no policy regarding testing for HGH (last I checked there was also no testing in the co-ed outdoor soccer league either).

We’re in our 25th year of bringing people together to build a stronger community through recreation, and we have leagues for adults of all ages and skill levels!  Join one of our basketball, softball, volleyball, and bowling leagues either with your friends or as an individual – teams are forming right now!  Great discounts are available for seniors, college students, and 16th Street J Fitness Members, as well as for those who sign up before March 1! 

Questions?  Comments?  Ideas for a new league?  Email Mark Gray-Mendes, Director of Sports Leagues or call (202) 777-3279.

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