Jewish School Team Faces Forfeit Over Championship on Sabbath

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Denver (AP) State senators have taken up the cause of a jewish school's basketball teams whose playoff runs may be halted because its players can't play on their sabbath.

Herzl/Rocky Mountain Hebrew Academy's boys team could be headed for a regional championship on Saturday, March 8th, if it wins one more game. But the Denver school's religious beliefs prohibit students from playing on the jewish sabbath between sundown Friday And sundown Saturday.

Earlier this month, the Colorado High School Activities Association rejected the team's request for a schedule change.

Chsaa says the school would be replaced if it goes to the regional championship and can't play.

Senator Ken Gordon says there's little lawmakers can do to the privately funded organization but says CHSAA should be more flexible.

Chsaa commissioner Bill Reader says it's impossible for the group to be all things for all people.


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