Game rescheduled for Jewish basketball team that refused to play on Sabbath
The Beren Stars will play their playoff game on Friday afternoon, before the Jewish Sabbath begins.
March 1st, 2012
03:39 PM ET

Game rescheduled for Jewish basketball team that refused to play on Sabbath

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) – A Jewish high school basketball team that had opted out of a shot at a Texas state championship because it refused to play on the Sabbath will now get that shot, after a playoff game was rescheduled on Thursday.

The game, initially set for Friday night, after the Jewish Sabbath begins, has been rescheduled for Friday afternoon, Houston’s Robert M. Beren Academy announced Thursday.

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) made the scheduling change after parents filed a lawsuit, the Orthodox Jewish private school said in a statement.

The decision allows the Beren Stars “to play this Friday without violating our Sabbath,” the statement said. “We are thankful to the TAPPS for ultimately making the right decision.”

Until Thursday’s announcement, the Stars were planning on sitting out the Friday night game. The school observes the weekly Jewish day of rest, called Shabbat, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. tianna

    Your religion is more important then sports. It not like you cant do a sport any other time.

    March 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  2. tianna

    Your religion is more important then sports. It not like you cant do afolow sport any other time.

    March 7, 2012 at 10:06 pm |
  3. Bedir cayı 43

    Basketball America is very popular.In Football too popular, Where is Aizanoi Aizanoi.
    Beautiful Basket and football sports

    March 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  4. Kalista

    I believe it was a tough decision, but in the end I think they made the right choice to stick up for their religon. Better luck next time.

    March 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm |