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The Tournament

American Friends of Sderot is excited to announce The Second Annual 8th Grade Boys Yeshiva Day School Basketball Tournament that will take place during the month of November.

Participating Yeshiva Day Schools:

  • Bi-Cultural Day School, Stamford CT
  • Yeshivah of Flatbush, Brooklyn NY
  • HAFTR, Lawrence NY
  • HALB, Long Beach NY
  • HANC, Uniondale NY
  • Yeshiva Har Torah, Queens, NY
  • Ramaz, New York, NY
  • JEC, Elizabeth NJ
  • Manhattan Day School, New York NY
  • Magen David Yeshivah, Brooklyn NY
  • North Shore Hebrew Academy, Great Neck NY
  • RPRY, Edison NJ
  • The Moriah School, Englewood NJ
YCQ, Queens NY

The goal of the Tournament is to raise awareness for the plight of our fellow Jewish brothers and sisters that live in Sderot in Southern Israel, on the front lines, just 1 mile from the Gaza border. Sderot has become one of the most significant national symbols of heroism.  Sderot is home to the largest Hesder Yeshiva in Israel where over 500 students attend the Yeshva and will also serve in the Israeli army.

There is an extremely important educational component to the Tournament as well. The Tournament gives middle school students in the tri-state area the opportunity to learn about how living in Sderot affects the children of Sderot, who constantly live under the threat of a terrorist attack with Kassam Rockets or from underground tunnels. Our students can proudly stand in solidarity with them  Sderot’s brave determination in the face of continuous terror 24/7 has revealed to the world a model of outstanding courage that sets the tone in the State of Israel.

The Tournament also provides a vehicle for middle school students to take a leadership role in participating in a meaningful fundraising project. Funds raised from the Tournament will go towards programs and security to benefit the members of the Sderot community and show our solidarity, connection and support with them.

In addition to the fact that this Tournament is for a worthy cause and provides a meaningful learning experience, it gives the Yeshiva Day School 8th Grade Boys Basketball Teams the forum to join with other teams in the tri-state area and to play at least 3 games against good competition.

The first two games of the Tournament will take place at locations throughout the tri-state area at the different participating schools. The Tournament will culminate in Championship Sunday December 10th where all 14 teams will play in a Tournament style format in two Tiers at one location.

Each participating School/Team in the Tournament commits to raise a minimum of $1000 to help continue to provide programs to benefit the community of Sderot. These funds can be raised in several different ways including - from Players, their Parents, Sponsors, and from the School, and/or a combination of all. 

The school that raises the most money will receive a unique commemorative basketball with their school logo, the AFS logo, and the names of the players on the team, to be displayed in a beautiful lucite case in the school.

To enhance the anticipation and fun of the games, there will be an exciting and innovative scoring system by which each team has the opportunity to score points in addition to the actual results of the games. For example, a win is worth 30 points; each 3 point shot made is worth 3 points.

At the conclusion of the Tournament on Championship Sunday trophies will be given to the winning team and each of the members on the Championship teams in both Tiers. . A Tournament MVP player will be selected from each of the Championship teams. In addition, each School/Team will nominate one All Star Player who will receive an All Star trophy.

This exciting Tournament format will give all teams an opportunity to compete, play at least 3 games, and have a good time, while raising awareness and funds for Sderot.

For more information please email Judah Rhine, Judah@sderot.org or call 516-707-2638.  We look forward to working together and helping our students make a difference for the community of Sderot.