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.

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

Yom Kippur at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Chavurah Beth Shalom Yom Kippur ServiceWishing all a peaceful and easy fast.
We hope to see our Chavurah Beth Shalom members this evening as well as tomorrow:
TUESDAY , SEPTEMBER 18: Tickets are required.
7:30 pm : Kol Nidre / Eve of Yom Kippur.
The Kol Nidre will be played by cellist Madeleine Golz and harpist Karen Stern Norrell and prayers by Rabbi Benjamin. Sermon by Rabbi Bemporad.
WEDNESDAY , SEPTEMBER 19: Tickets are required.
10:00 am: Yom Kippur Morning Service. Led by Rabbi Benjamin and Rabbi Bemporad.
2:00 pm: Yom Kippur Family Service. Led by Rabbi Nat Benjamin and Rabbi Steve Meltz , our Children’s Services will teach our youngest members about Yom Kippur and will recite a few prayers as well as give each child the opportunity to blow the Shofar and learn of its meaning.
A special short film, The Brave Little Boat, will be shown to our children and their families. This is an exclusive showing for our Chavurah Beth Shalom families and is written and produced by Stephen Ollendorff / The Ollendorff Center For Human and Religious Understanding and a founding member of our Chavurah.
3:00 pm: Yom Kippur Afternoon Service and Yizkor led by Rabbi Benjamin and sermon by Rabbi Bemporad.

Kol Nidre at Chavurah Beth Shalom

We’re so very honored to have cellist Madeleine Golz and harpist Karen Stern Norrell bring their beautiful music to Chavurah Beth Shalom as they provide the instrumental for Kol Nidre.
Please plan to arrive early to hear the Kol Nidre which is played at the beginning of our service beginning at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, September 18 .

Yom Kippur Children’s Service

Rabbi Nat Benjamin, Chavurah Beth SHalomYom Kippur Children’s Service will begin at 2pm on Wednesday in Tenafly . I will conduct the Chavurah Beth Shalom Children’s Service with Rabbi Steven Meltz.
All children attending will have the opportunity to read and carry the Torah as well as blowing the Shofar as they learn more about Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe.

Yom Kippur at Chavurah Beth Shalom

Chavurah Beth Shalom

Join our Chavurah Beth Shalom community for Yom Kippur services on Tuesday evening , September 18, with Kol Nifre beginning at 7:30pm prompt . All events are at the Clinton Inn/Conference Center in Tenafly, NJ.
Our High Holy Days services require tickets.
Please email or message for membership & ticket information.
ChavurahBethShalom@gmail.com OR RabbiNatBenjamin18@gmail.com

See our full High Holy Days schedule here:


Tuesday, September 18, 2018, Tickets required.
7:30pm: Kol Nidre

Wednesday, September 19, 2018: Tickets required.
10:00 am:Yom Kippur Morning Service
2:00 pm: Children’s Service- For adolescent, elementary children and pre-teens, their families and their guests.
3:00pm: Yom Kippur Afternoon and Yizkor. Tickets required.

Rabbi Nat Benjamin