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Time to be with Friends

Read this story in the Cleveland Jewish News

Filling up the Mandel Jewish Community Center’s basketball courts in Beachwood Wednesday nights from 6 to 10 was the Cleveland Jewish Basketball League, run by BBYO. Teenage boys from Jewish youth groups including NFTY, NCSY, USY and BBYO formed the 12 teams. An Akron team buses in every week, and some schools have community groups.

The CJBL included 10 regular-season games and playoffs. It finished with finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

When asked what he enjoyed most, Jesse Orleans, a member of Samson AZA No. 2076, said, “I got to meet new people and now it’s really fun playing basketball with them.”

While the game was being played, each BBYO chapter was assigned a night to run concessions. Proceeds from that night benefitted that chapter. The JCC provided the snacks. Granola bars, water, Fruit by the Foot, pretzels, and candy were common munchies.

The CJBL, or Jewball, as it is often called, provides many opportunities to catch up with friends.

“I go to see my BBYO friends because it is the only day of the week I can see them since they are not in my chapter,” said Danielle Dubin, a member of the BBYO chapter Beresheit BBG No. 2412, describing her favorite part of Jewball.

BBYO also ran B-FIT from 7 to 8 Wednesday nights. B-FIT was a 12-week program of workouts, health and wellness for teenage girls in BBYO.

Alyse Weinstein, a member of Star of David BBG No. 673, said, “I like that I can go exercise and see friends all in one night at the same place. It makes things easier and more convenient for when I have homework to do.”

Joanna Sherman will be sophomore at Hawken School in Chester Township and is a member of Star of David BBG.

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