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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

From the Football field to the Beit Midrash

Alan Shlomo Veingrad, former NFL Offensive Lineman, shared his story of being the only Jewish player on the Super Bowl XXVII World Champion Dallas Cowboy Team with all of our students. He captivated us with a moving representation on how he found Hashem and moved toward a life of torah and mitzvot. Alan stood before our students in a beard, suit and kippa along with his Super Bowl XXVVII ring. He discussed how and why he made the choice to leave behind the life of materialism and fame to find true fulfillment in becoming an observant Jew. The program resonated with all of us, especially during this month of Elul, as we examine our lives and evaluate what is most important to us in preparation for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.