Jewish Journal

Jewish high school team will get its shot at Texas title

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 1, 2012 | 7:08 pm

I don’t know if the parents at Robert M. Beren Academy, the Orthodox Jewish day school whose high school basketball team was going to miss the Texas state semis to observe the Sabbath, are readers of The God Blog. But I do know that my discussion of the legal questions surrounding an athletic association refusing to accommodate religious beliefs by rescheduling a game were not unrelated to the story. It turns out that some of the parents threatened the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, known as TAPPS, with a lawsuit if it didn’t reschedule the game.

Score one for the Beren Stars. CNN reports:

“I don’t know it’s sunk in yet, we’re excited,” Beren coach Chris Cole said.  “This is something we’ve obviously been fighting for. This isn’t the way we wanted it to happen. We were hoping TAPPS would accommodate us in a way that was willing,” as opposed to the threat of a lawsuit, he said.

Cole said his team was thrilled to able to play. “They’re kids, there is great excitement,” he said, noting the texts were pouring in from his team.

Cole, coincidentally, is Christian. Read the rest from Eric Marrapodi here.

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