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Rabbinical Soccer Match Tests Cape Town Turf

July 6, 2010 12:00 PM
When a group of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis took to the pitch of Cape Town Stadium to face off against the Ikapa Sporting Football Club, they were the first team to play on a field made famous four months later by the 2010 World Cup.
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Rabbi Pini Hecht, Outreach Director of Camps Bay Shul, stays on top of the ball during a lighthearted match between a group of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis – calling themselves Chabad United – and the Ikapa Sporting Football Club. The February face off took place in Cape Town Stadium, one of the hosting venues of the 2010 World Cup. (Photo: Leif Johannson Photography / Shawn Levin Productions)
Rabbi Pini Hecht, Outreach Director of Camps Bay Shul, stays on top of the ball during a lighthearted match between a group of Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis – calling themselves Chabad United – and the Ikapa Sporting Football Club. The February face off took place in Cape Town Stadium, one of the hosting venues of the 2010 World Cup. (Photo: Leif Johannson Photography / Shawn Levin Productions)

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Barnett Laschever Goshen, CT via chabadnw.org July 17, 2010

The Soccer Rabbis That was the most unexpected sports event I have ever witnessed. It's none of my business but would G-d have been displeased if they took off their hats and coats while playing soccer. I'm 86 but it all reminds me of the days when I threw the javelin and discus in high school and then spent a semester at U of Michigan taking a course in dueling. Cross country was out of the question: practice was running up and down the huge Michigan football stadium. Anyway thanks for cheering me up on a hot summer day. I think Chabad should send a team to the Maccabi Olympics. Reply

Anonymous jerusaelm, jerusalem July 7, 2010

a unique team uniform a unique team uniform
that's for sure Reply