Monday, December 17, 2007

Cooper Invitational

We could not have asked for more. The First Annual Cooper Yeshiva High School Invitational Basketball Tournament was a success from beginning to end. The three visiting teams, Block Yeshiva of St. Louis, the Yeshiva of Atlanta, and Torah Academy of Bergen County from Teaneck, New Jersey, arrived on Thursday afternoon looking for some good basketball and left Sunday morning having gotten so much more. The fierce competition on the court was rivaled only by the jovial camaraderie off the court. The cheering of the hometown fans was rivaled only by the spirited singing at Friday night's oneg.

While they got off to a slow start, the Memphis Macs awoke from their slumber on Motzei Shabbat and pulled off a stirring upset of the heavily favored, and eventual tournament champions, TABC Storm. They followed with a Sunday morning victory over Block and a very respectable 2-2 finish. Needless to say, they made us proud both on and off the court.

A heartfelt thank you to all who participated and, in particular to Coach Josh Kahane, for his indefatigable efforts in putting it all together. For more pictures of the action, click here.

Let the countdown to next year's tournament begin...

Tuesday, December 11, 2007


Take one Styrofoam tray, add 2 large Hershey bars and 1 loaf cake. Spread 2 cups of Marshmallow Fluff, 1 cup of icing, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, 9 cookies, 9 Hershey Kisses, 9 mini-muffins, 9 cups of chocolate pudding, 9 apples, 9 licorice sticks, 9 candy canes, and 9 overturned ice cream cones. Sprinkle concoction with rainbow sprinkles, Mike and Ikes, Candy Corn, add 9 puffs of whipped cream and you have... an edible menorah.

Or, at the very least, you've had a blast trying to make one.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

A School Ablaze

Everywhere you look - in every classroom and in every corner, dangling from the ceiling and draped across every wall, lining every window and brightening every face - are sparks of energy and flames of enthusiasm. Our school is ablaze with the spirit of Chanukah.