Congratulations to both the Maimonides School Girls and Boys Teams on their Championship Victories!
Girls Championship Game: Maimonides School 73 vs. Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy 47
-Leading Scorer: Tova Gelb with 29 points
Boys Championship Game: Maimonides School 64 vs. Yeshivah of Flatbush 59 in OT
-Joss Weiss scored his 1,000th Maimonides Career Point
-Eytan Pomper ties the game in the last few seconds of regulation time with a three pointer
2018 ALL-STAR TOURNAMENT TEAm
BOYS SECOND TEAM
Josh Mermelstein - Atlanta Jewish Academy
Gabe Plotsker - Kushner Yeshiva High School
Jack Mishaan - Yeshivah of Flatbush
Murray Dweck - Yeshivah of Flatbush
Judah Kosowsky - Maimonides School
BOYS FIRST TEAM
Nachum Silverman - Atlanta Jewish Academy
Jonah Braverman - Kushner Yeshiva High School
Joe Kattan - Yeshivah of Flatbush
*Josh Weiss - Maimonides - Boys Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Eytan Pomper - Maimonides School
GIRLS SECOND TEAM
Daniella Hanau - Maimonides School
Jennie Mellman - Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
Adielle Tuchman - Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
Jacqueline Mizrachi - Yeshivah of Flatbush
Danielle Shapiro - Kushner Yeshiva High School
GIRLS FIRST TEAM
*Daniella Bessler - Maimonides - Girls Tournament Co-Most Outstanding Player
*Tova Gelb - Maimonides - Girls Tournament Co-Most Outstanding Player
Mia Raskin - Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy
Rebecca Nussbaum - Kushner Yeshiva High School
Marlene Levy - Yeshivah of Flatbush
About the Maimonides School Invitational Basketball Tournament in Memory of Leland Gelman
The Maimonides Invitational Basketball Tournament is about much more than basketball. It is an opportunity for students, teachers, families and alumni to coalesce in spirit behind our students. It is a warm, memorable Shabbat experience for participants and the school community. And it is a model for all on blending intense play on the court with examples of middot including sportsmanship, humility and respect.
It is a fitting tribute to have this tournament named after Leland, a Maimonides School alum (Class of 1982), as Maimonides and team sports meant so much to him. We are very appreciative of the Gelman Family's support in honoring Leland's memory this way.
Dear participants in this year’s Maimonides School Invitational Basketball Tournament in Memory of Leland Gelman,
We want to wish you a very warm welcome to our School and community. In this past week's Parsha, Yaakov Avinu prepares to meet his brother Eisav. Afraid of what his brother might do in retaliation for the loss of the bechora, Yaakov Avinu sends gifts, prepares his family, and davens. The night before the meeting, Yaakov Avinu wakes up and crosses a river. The Rashbam explains that what in fact happened was that Yaakov Avinu got scared and tried to flee with his family. Despite all his hard work and preparation, he just did not think he could overcome this challenge. So Hashem sends an angel to stop him. Because Hashem will not let Yaakov Avinu give up. He must face his fear, he must rise to the challenge, he must execute his game plan.
According to the Rashbam, this episode is a story about resilience and grit. About believing in yourself and trusting in your preparation. As athletes you all know what it means to leave it all on the court. To try your best and keep pushing until the buzzer. To trust in the hard work and determination you put in to your practices. And with the right strategy, effective effort, and a little Tefillah, B'ezrat Hashem you will all find your own hard earned success both on and off the court.
We are looking forward to sharing this tournament and Shabbaton with you. Through all our efforts we can all grow as athletes, as bnei and bnot Torah, and as a community.
Naty Katz, Head of School
Scott Mattoon, Associate Head for General Studies
Rabbi Dov Huff, Limudei Kodesh Principal
"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them.
But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan
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