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YULA Panthers Defeat SAR Sting in Rematch of 2011 Sarachek Finals; Win Record Seventh Championship

After five days of thrilling basketball and friendly competition, the YULA Panthers of Los Angeles, CA were crowned champions of Yeshiva University’s 21st Annual Red Sarachek Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Panthers defeated the SAR Sting of Riverdale, NY by the score of 45-35 before a packed crowd in YU’s Max Stern Athletic Center. The win avenges last year’s championship game loss to the Sting and gives YULA its record seventh Sarachek Championship.

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The tournament, named for legendary former YU Maccabees coach Bernard “Red” Sarachek, featured 20 Jewish high school basketball teams in a dramatic tournament played before live crowds and broadcast to audiences in the thousands.

In addition to YULA and SAR, this year’s field includes schools from across the U.S. and Canada: Bnei Akiva Schools – Or Chaim (Toronto, ON); Columbus Torah Academy (Columbus, OH); Cooper Yeshiva (Memphis, TN); Frisch School (Paramus, NJ); Fuchs Mizrachi School (Beachwood, OH); Hebrew Academy High School (Montreal, QC); Houston Bnei Akiva (Houston, TX); Jewish Educational Center/RTMA (Elizabeth, NJ); Maimonides School (Brookline, MA); North Shore Hebrew Academy (Great Neck, NY); Samuel Scheck Hillel School (North Miami Beach, FL); Shalhevet High School (Los Angeles, CA); Torah Academy of Bergen County (Teaneck, NJ); Weinbaum Yeshiva High School (Boca Raton, FL); Yavneh Academy (Dallas, TX); Yeshiva Atlanta (Atlanta, GA); Yeshiva of Virginia (Richmond, VA); and Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (New York, NY).

The second tier title went to Cooper Yeshiva, third tier went to Maimonides and fourth tier went to Columbus. YULA forward Jack Gindi won tournament MVP honors.

Excitement permeated Yeshiva’s Washington Heights Campus upon the invasion of fans and athletes of the tournament. For the first time in its history, those who could not attend the tournament  in person could still keep up with the action via broadcast in high-definition video provided by MacsLive. The broadcast was made possible with the support of Yeshiva University’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Center for the Jewish Future. Fans also kept up with latest tournament news in real-time via Twitter and Facebook updates.

But the tournament served a function beyond the court. For many of the participants and fans, the tournament offered an opportunity to be introduced or re-introduced to the culture of Yeshiva University. Throughout the weekend, tours were conducted all over the campus so the young all-stars could gain an early appreciation for the unique educational environment offered at YU.

“I love this tournament,” said Jacob Kestenbaum, a tournament rookie from the North Shore team.  “It’s a great experience and a great atmosphere and I look forward to returning next year.”

Jacques Kaswan, another first-timer from Hillel Miami described the whole weekend as “very cool,” he said. “Its amazing that YU puts this whole thing together every year.”

Friends, family and fellow students all crowded the bleachers to watch the games. Ira Shein, a grandparent of two Fuchs Mizrachi athletes who had no previous YU connection was impressed with the grand nature of the tournament. “This is a wonderful event,” he said. “I think YU is giving these kids a great opportunity to feel a part of the American sport scene within a Jewish environment.”

Aviva Schechter, an aunt of two Miamonides students shared these sentiments. “This is so much fun,” she said. “The boys are having such a great time.”

Cindy Ashwal drove the 8 hours from Cleveland to watch her son Eli, from the Fuchs Mizrachi team, play in the tournament. “I would not have missed this for anything,” she said. “This is fantastic for my son to meet up with Jewish boys from all over the country. I hope YU keeps it up every year.”

For complete coverage of the tournament, including scores, statistics, game summaries and awards visit MacsLive.


Exhibition Presented by YU Museum in Collaboration with Einstein Explores Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine

Modern medicine emerged in the second half of the 19th century, as innovative technologies and new theories of disease paved the way for extraordinary medical advances. For Jews, and for the Jewish community at large, the field of scientific medicine presented new opportunities, new challenges and new ways to engage with modernity. Through an array of original medical instruments, artifacts, documents, letters, photographs and video, Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860-1960, explores the Jewish encounter with modern medicine on an individual, communal and religious level. The exhibition, on display at the Yeshiva University Museum through August 12, brings the conversation up to the present, concluding with a specially produced film that examines key issues in contemporary Jewish bioethics.

Einstein's Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman speaks to local high school students.

On March 21, Trail of the Magic Bullet was the centerpiece of two educational initiatives. In the morning, in a program organized by Ilana Benson, museum educator at the YU Museum, 80 students from four Jewish New York area high schools used the exhibition as the jumping off point for discussions around the role of halakha in medicine and the training of the Jewish medical student across history. Science, pre-med and AP biology students from Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Yeshiva University High School for Girls, DRS Yeshiva High School and Yeshiva of Flatbush participated. In tandem with tours of the exhibition, Rabbi Dr. Edward Reichman of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine led the students in discussions of key medical case studies and gave an interactive lecture on the history of the training of Jewish medical students. In addition to seeing a range of rare medical artifacts, documents, posters and letters, the students from these schools had the chance to engage on topics such as organ donation, genetic testing and general Jewish medical ethics.

In the evening, the Yeshiva University Medical Ethics Society also brought 40 undergraduate students to the museum to experience the Trail of the Magic Bullet exhibition, and to participate in another lecture given by Reichman. The students heard about and discussed the experience of Jewish doctors in the modern medical field and developments that have facilitated the participation of Jewish doctors within modern medicine. The program featured a rich and engaging discussion around such issues as the acceptance of Jews into secular medical schools, advancements in medical technologies, and the role of halakha in connection to the medical field and contemporary bioethics.

Surgery, Newark Beth Israel Hospital, early 20th century / Collection of the Jewish Historical Society of New Jersey

These two programs highlight the educational impact and potential of the exhibition and attest to the value of the collaboration between the YU Museum and Einstein.

The exhibition celebrated its opening with a program on February 29, 2012, which featured a discussion by Dr. Edward Burns, executive dean of Einstein, on the Jewish role within the medical profession; and the screening of “Heal, You Shall Heal” (produced and directed by Ilana Trachtman), a film that was commissioned and developed by YU Museum in conjunction with the exhibition.