I’d like to focus this week’s message on a topic of great personal importance to me: baseball. It may seem like too light a topic to write about considering the events that have taken place in recent days–but, perhaps, all the more reason.
Baseball is about family. It’s about connection–a common thread among strangers. To me, baseball has always been about more than wins and losses (mostly losses if you are a Phillies fan like me). Growing up in Philadelphia has caused me years of heartache from my beloved Phillies. But going to games was where my dad and I got to spend time together, just the two of us. And now it’s an experience I get to share with my daughters at PawSox games.
Baseball is also about community. I remember living in Philadelphia when the Phillies finally won the World Series in 2008. There was a collective roar in our neighborhood when the last out was made, and all of my neighbors came pouring into the streets to celebrate. And I remember watching the World Series last year, well after midnight, waiting for the Cubs to end their long World Series drought–and witnessing friends on Twitter doing the equivalent of cheering in the streets. While we weren’t together, we were joined by our love of the game.
While I see baseball as family, connection, and community, for many, baseball is about learning the culture of our country. This is the focus of a new traveling exhibit on loan from the National Museum of American Jewish History and on display at the Alliance’s Dwares JCC beginning next week. “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American” is about the central role our national pastime has played in the lives of Jews and other American minority communities as they sought to understand and express the ideals, culture, and behaviors of their homeland.
Chasing Dreams will be on display November 6 through December 15. I invite you to stop by and take a walk through this fascinating exhibit. And join us for several events associated with it.
Family, connection, and community: three things I associate with baseball and three things I hope you will associate with the Jewish Alliance.
Thank you again for the incredibly warm welcome over the last three months and Shabbat Shalom!
Adam Greenman | President & CEO
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