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Helpful hoops

Crossroads, the Anglo teen organization founded to assist teens at risk, has taken its show on the road of late and is headed to Modi’in this weekend with a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. “There is a wonderful young boy who is on the committee of one of the Modi’in shuls, and we asked him what does he want in Modi’in for teens, and he said more basketball,” Crossroad’s Danielle Salber, who is organizing the tournament, told Haaretz. Salber, a New Yorker who has lived in Israel for 10 years, said Crossroads has expanded its goals from intervention to prevention. “We are trying to provide healthy outlets and healthy arenas for kids who are pre-risk or starting to show signs,” she said. “Sports is a time for them to play with our counselors and feel, ‘Wow, I can talk to this person.”’ The Modi’in team, which runs a weekly hangout for Anglo teens at the Azrieli Mall on Saturday nights, includes Miles Reading (Australia), an art therapist, and social workers Tzvi Zucker (NY) and Shula Jaffe (NJ). To sign up, email danielle@crossroadsjerusalem.org.

Player-to-player

The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced a partnership with Amazing Israel to offer a new track on the Taglit-Birthright program this summer. In addition to the program’s standard fare for the 10-day trip this June, the scheduled 40 participants will teach the sport to young Israeli athletes, train, and compete in exhibition games against the Israel men’s and women’s national teams, the organization announced. “We’re big believers in using sport as a platform to help connect Jews with Israel,” said Scott Neiss, who founded Israel Lacrosse after participating in an Amazing Israel trip in 2010. “We’re preparing for a world championship and we want to get good competition for our international team,” Neiss told Haaretz. The program will bring the highest level of competition yet to be seen in Israel, said the native New Yorker. Neiss added that the plan is also to have national team players who have served in the army to work with participants, creating a “unique player-to-player” relationship, naming Mikey Pfeffer (originally from Maryland), Matt Slapan (Long Island) and Stephanie Tenenbaum (New Jersey) as examples.

Bowl-ing party

Janglo, one of the country’s leading online networks for English speakers in Israel, got into the Super Bowl spirit this month, giving away two tickets to a party for Sunday’s climactic finale. Glen Weinberger was the lucky winner of the prize to watch Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday night at a massive party at the First Station in Jerusalem.  “We want to be more involved with the event scene in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and this is a good way for event organizers to publicize their events and generate some excitement about them,” Zev Stub, CEO of Janglo since he founded it in 2001, told Haaretz. The party, which boasts multiple projectors, pre-game festivities, a comedy show and “authentic” Super Bowl food, will go down in the main tent of the old Jerusalem train station known as The Tachana. For those stuck in Tel Aviv, there is always the option of catching the game either at Mike’s Place or the Dancing Camel Brewery. Stub added that Janglo is getting more involved in giveaways, with upcoming events including Neil Young’s concert and local shows.
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