When Sandy Koufax Did Not Pitch on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Nat Benjamin

A story that may be even more important today…. and a story we hope you share with current and future generations.

The legendary pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sandy Koufax, informed his team that he would not be able to pitch on Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because it was Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 6, 1965.

This decision made by Sandy gave all young Jewish children and their families such a sense of pride that the best pitcher in baseball was not available due to his observance of the most solemn of days in the Jewish calendar. As great as he was already, he became the biggest hero for the American Jewish community who felt such a wonderful sense of Judaic pride.

As legend has it, Koufax pitched in 3 of the next 6 games ( winning two of the games by shut out) and won game 7 on only 2 days of rest!

We hope you can read the full story courtesy of ESPN’s Jim Caple here.

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Sandy Koufax, Hall of Fame Pitcher , Observes Yom Kippur During World Series of 1965

Honoring Adler Aphasia Center, July 15, 2017

Please mark the date: Saturday, July 15, 10:30am

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Dr. Deane Penn, Susan Penn and Elaine Adler.

Please join our Chavurah Beth Shalom as we honor Elaine and Mike Adler and the Adler Aphasia Center as June was Aphasia Awareness Month. The chairperson for our special event is Susan Penn, board member of the Adler Aphasia Center founding member of our Chavurah.

Among our invited guests are:

Immediately following Shabbat Services at 10:30am, we will acknowledge Mike and Elaine for their work in raising awareness of Aphasia and there will be in attendance many people from our community who helped to establish the Mike Adler Aphasia Awareness Task Force Law which is now officially recognized by the State Of New Jersey Legislature and now a permanent part of the NJ Department of Health.

Susan Penn will introduce Elaine who will speak to us about Aphasia, what it is, the work being done to raise awareness and the resources offered by the Center to those afflicted.

Our Chavurah Beth Shalom Senior Rabbi Scholar,  Jack Bemporad will add his congratulations and appreciation to the Adler family for their good works in our community and beyond.

The Adler family as well as the Penn family are founding members of our Chavurah and we hope to see everyone on this special day at the Alpine Community House ( 5 Old Dock Road, Alpine, NJ, 07620).

Light refreshments will be served to those attending and all are welcome from our community.

To learn more about Aphasia, please visit the Adler Aphasia Center website: adleraphasiacenter.org.Chavurah Beth Shalom