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Friday, December 14, 2012

17th Annual Thomas Hausdorff Memorial Basketball Tournament & Shabbaton

This weekend from December 7, 2012 - December 9, 2012, the Yeshivah of Flatbush hosted its 17th annual Thomas Hausdorff Memorial Basketball Tournament and Shabbaton in memory of a very well respected and loved principal at the Yeshivah. Thomas Hausdorff was a principal at the Yeshivah and after he passed away, a tournament was brought about in his honor. His love for learning torah and basketball is the reason why this weekend was so important. A committee of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors along with coordinators Mike Gelber and Rebecca Silberman invited schools from all around the country to play against the Yeshivah's Boys JV Basketball team. Teams from Detroit, Memphis, and New Jersey came to participate and the boys and coaches were invited to stay at homes on Ave J.

The tournament started off on Thursday night with a basketball game and a moving Yachad program. It then continued through an amazing shabbaton weekend with the help of Rabbi Besser making the boys really feel the Flatbush Shabbat ruach. On Friday night the players ate in the Yeshivah and then went to the beautiful home of Steven and Michelle Sasson where the participants sang Shabbat songs utill the end of the night. When Shabbat ended the tournament continued and students came to cheer the players on during the games. 

The tournament and shabbaton was a complete success, no one wanted it to end! Congratulations to the Yeshivah of Flatbush Boys JV basketball team for receiving first place in the tournament.
Special thanks to Mike Gelber and Rebecca Silberman for their countless amount of hours and effort they put into making this weekend like no other. Thanks to all those that housed players and coaches and to the committee members that worked so hard to make this weekend amazing. Truly a weekend we can never forget. Friendships were made between the students that will never be forgotten. Can't wait until next year and many more to come! ~Emily Shrem, Senior Commissioner