Sam Fein (right) poses with Assistant Director David Furman and Sports Supervisor Zac Dykan on the Schechter basketball courts.
CSS: How did the idea for Hebrew Hoops arise?
Fein: I think probably my idea for this originated back at Schechter when I was a camper. I used to live on the basketball courts. It was really the only time of the year that I could play with other Jewish basketball players. So I wanted to create another venue where Jewish athletes could come together and work on their basketball game.
CSS: What is the mission of your camp?
Fein: The mission of the organization is to use the power of sport to steer Jewish youth towards a lifelong connection to the Jewish community.
CSS: What makes Hebrew Hoops different from non-Jewish basketball camps?
Fein: We teach Jewish values at Hebrew Hoops, like patience, diligence, righteousness and humility. We emphasize those values throughout camp and we recognize a player each day who best represents those values.
CSS: What’s in store for the future of Hebrew Hoops?
Fein: I think the next step for us is a girls’ Hebrew Hoops basketball camp. I think it’s really necessary, and it’s something that the community will really value.
CSS: Best of luck!