Over the weekend of December 7-10, 2017, Maimonides School, in Brookline, Massachusetts, will welcome boys and girls student-athletes and coaches representing other Jewish day schools from around the United States for a varsity basketball tournament.  Please click the Schedule link for a complete game schedule.

       The Maimonides School 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. 


Participating schools

Maimonides School

Atlanta Jewish Academy, Atlanta, Georgia

Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, Livingston, New Jersey

Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, Maryland

Yeshivah of Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York


Tournament Organizing Committee

Ahron '76 and Sheera '76 Solomont, Co-Chairs
Rabbi Dov Huff '00, Limudei Kodesh Principal
Hal Borkow, Athletic Director
Mike Rosenberg, Director Alumni Relations

David Berg
Claudine (Cohen) Grossman '91
Adam Grossman
Sharon Kramer '85
Rich Pomper
Miriam Spear


Student Volunteers

Uriel Cohen ’19
Sol Feder ’21
Mark Fraenkel ’21
Abe Lovich ’22
Bo Lovich ’22
Talya Saltzman '19
Reva Sanders '19
Yakira Solomont ‘19
Maimonides Robotics Team



M. Blechner
E. Edelman
J. Galper
J. Jaffe
Y. Jaffe
N. Katz


Tournament Volunteers

 Michal Alge '14
Sharon Alge
Eytan Baratz
Brad Baskir '10
Neal Beberman
Susie Berg
Michal & Barry Bessler
Mark '67 & Debbie Blechner
Zev Blechner '76
Fred Calm and Janet Stein
Mark & Camille Bressler
Scott Cohen
Ilyse Ehrenkranz
Amos Eitan
Talia Epstein '12
Julie Feder
Linda Galper
Zev & Risa Gewurz
Adam & Amy Goldman
Elliot Green
Sheldon & Lynn Hanau
Jesse Hefter
Esther Jaffe
Andy Jick
David Katz
Josh & Devorah Kosowsky
Mordecai Kramer
Amos & Chantal Lawrence
Mark Lovich
Nathalya Mamane
Daniel Mishkin
Eli Neusner
Menachem Pollack '12
Yoel Pollack '12
Bill Rosenberg
Garvey Salomon
Eli & Cheryl Sanders
Ari & Ruth Schwartz
Rebecca Singer
Roni Shapiro
Joseph Solomont '14
Steve Spear
Jay & Naami Turk
Shmuel Weglein
Jen Weinstock
Lee Weiss
Gene Vaitsblit


Special thanks to the the administration and staff of Maimonides School

Merv Alge, Director of Operations
Ben Alvarado
Adelberto Amorim Desovza
Elka Tovah Davidoff, Executive Assistant to Head of School
Rabbi David Ehrenkranz
Nathan Katz, Head of School
Rabbi Yaakov Jaffe
Scott Mattoon, Associate Head of School,General Studies Principal
Francoise Maxime
Ellen Pulda, MS/US Executive Assistant
Clinton Ray
Fadumah Siyad
Leanne Taylor, Student Life Team
Rabbi Simon Taylor
Faun Zarge, Director of Strategic Engagement



Tickets will be available at the door.  Suggested donation of $4 per game or $12 for a weekend pass.


Contact Information

For additional information or questions, please contact Ahron Solomont, Tournament co-Chair: asolomont@aol.com



tournament co-chairs' letter

Dear Friends,

       Welcome to this year’s Maimonides School Invitational Basketball Tournament in Memory of Leland Gelman. We hope you’ll have an experience that will be fondly remembered, and that you’ll be enriched by this year’s religious, athletic and cultural programs. 

       We are extremely grateful to the Gelman family for sponsoring this event, which brings day schools together representing wonderful communities from across the United States.
       Much appreciation is due to the Maimonides Community who has opened its homes with gracious hospitality to our participants. We are thankful to the School’s administration, faculty, students, and parents who have been greatly supportive and whose combined efforts have culminated in making this tournament a reality. In particular, thank you to Scott Mattoon and Rabbi Huff for their guidance and to Maimonides’ devoted athletic director Hal Borkow, who works tirelessly, for all of the School’s sports programs. Yasher koach to Mike Rosenberg for his wise advice and assistance. Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach Rabbi Ed Gelb and Assistant Coach, Avi Klausner, along with the Girls Varsity Head Coach Garvey Salomon and his assistant Kyla Gabriel continue to share their expertise, capably guiding our players throughout the season.
       Many thanks to our outstanding tournament committee and volunteers, whose myriad of talents help make this a wonderful event for all those participating!

With warmest regards,

Ahron '76 and Sheera ' 76 Solomont
Tournament Co-Chairs


Catch the action online

Videos of all of this year's games can be found online.  Check out tournament photos on our Facebook site.