From the round robin games and skills competitions to the final championship game on Jan. 25, the upcoming Jaguar Basketball Tournament presents an opportunity for Jewish students across North America to not only compete, but also to connect with their counterparts in other areas religiously and culturally.
The 70 student athletes involved in the tournament will stay in homes of Jewish families all over Houston. These students vary in their levels of religious observance. This means that the most Orthodox must stay in kosher homes and be able to walk to religious services. The Emery/Weiner School, 9825 Stella Link, the host of the tournament, will provide two religious services at the school for students to attend on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. These services provide opportunities for students to celebrate in either an Orthodox manner or choose a more liberal service.
Participating schools include The Emery/Weiner School; Beren Academy, Houston; Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario; Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario and Abraham Joshua Heschel School, New York City, New York.
Events include round robins games from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Jan.22 and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 23, a skills competition and all-star games from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and the third place and championship games from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 25.