Read more in the J Weekly article that covered not only the Golden Tallis tournament, but also the invitational that brought togetehr seven Jewish middle schools from around the Bay Area for a friendly jamboree-style event just before the high school game.
The first clue that this wasn’t just another youth basketball tournament was the name — the Golden Tallis Invitational.
Add in the fact that many of the players were wearing kippot. And that chatter in Hebrew and Russian mixed with English in the stands, where parents and grandparents kvelled over their athletic progeny.
Sure, there were plenty of 3-point attempts (some successful), a technical foul or two and plenty of errant passes. But that’s not what this tournament, held Jan. 28 at UCSF Mission Bay’s Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center, was all about.
The focus was on camaraderie and on highlighting the sports programs of the seven competing Jewish day schools, as well as the two Bay Area Jewish high schools that co-hosted the tournament.
Co-sponsors Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco have been holding a Golden Tallis basketball tourney for the past dozen years.
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