SPORT­ING GES­TURES OF A NON-JEWISH LEAGUE

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

May I add my own ex­pe­ri­ence with non-Jewish foot­ball au­thor­i­ties to that of Daniel Baum ( Let­ters, Septem­ber 25)?

In the early 1970s, I helped form the Club Shalom Jewish foot­ball team for 13-15 year-olds. It was not prac­ti­cal to try and join ei­ther the AJY or Mac­cabi leagues and I ap­proached the lo­cal Sus­sex “Mini Mi­nor” league. I was told that all matches took place on a Sun­day morn­ing.

When I ex­plained that the team at­tended re­li­gious classes at that time, I was told that when­ever Club Shalom played it would be on a Sun­day af­ter­noon. The league man­age­ment also agreed to hon­our Jewish hol­i­days that fell on a Sun­day.

A fur­ther con­ces­sion was made by trans­fer­ring the Fri­day evening man­age­ment meet­ings to Thurs­days.

And when the an­nual Mini Mi­nor league team was cho­sen it con­tained a num­ber of our play­ers.

In yet an­other show of un­der­stand­ing, when we had a match straight af­ter the Mu­nich Olympic mas­sacre, and our team wore black arm­bands, the man­agers of the op­pos­ing team, agreed to keep a minute’s si­lence. Stan­ley Lerner Hove Park Way, Hove, East Sus­sex Please note that in­di­vid­ual let­ters can­not be ac­knowl­edged. Let­ters may be edited. The email ad­dress for cor­re­spon­dence is: let­ters@thejc.com. All cor­re­spon­dents are re­quested to sup­ply their postal ad­dress, even when writ­ing by email.

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