Orthodox Jewish school falls in state title game

Beren Academy lost 46-42 to Abilene Christian in the championship Saturday night

March 4, 2012 2:51:12 PM PST
The boys basketball team from an Orthodox Jewish school in Texas fell just short in its championship run after a semifinal game was rescheduled to not conflict with the Sabbath.

Beren Academy lost 46-42 to Abilene Christian in the championship Saturday night.

Beren's semifinal originally was set for Friday night. Beren students say their faith prohibits participation between sunset Friday and sunset Saturday.

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or TAPPS, had initially rejected Beren Academy's requests to reschedule. But several parents filed an injunction seeking to force TAPPS to reschedule the semifinal. TAPPS relented and changed the time to Friday afternoon.

Beren Rabbi Harry Sinoff said the school "just thought it was right for us to play. It was good for basketball."

Although the team lost Saturday night's state championship game, the team received a warm welcome home Sunday and the community congratulated them on all they accomplished.


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