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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Beren coach Chris Cole instructing his players during a timeout at the championship game, March 3.

Texas school group pressured to be more inclusive

By Shira Schoenberg, JTA April 3, 2012

Comments by the head of a Texas school association at the center of a controversy over Sabbath accommodations is fueling a drive by its members to be more open to the needs of Jewish and Muslim schools. Edd Burleson, the director of the The Texas Association...

Beren Academy players and coaches receive their second-place medals after losing to Abilene Christian in the Texas 2A state final, March 3, 2012.

Beren comes up short in tourney, but stands firm on larger principles

By Uri Fintzy, JTA March 7, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas—In Texas, they say, high school athletics are a religion. But last weekend the saying took on a new meaning. The Robert M. Beren Academy, a small Modern Orthodox school in Houston, had captured national headlines during the week. Its...

Chris Cole, coach of the boys basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, offering up some strategy for his squad.

Orthodox school playing for Texas basketball title

JTA March 3, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Robert M. Beren Academy of Houston is playing Saturday night in the 2A private and parochial boys basketball state championship game. The game, which was set to start at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, can be watched live via an...

Orthodox ballers sue Texas school school district

JTA March 1, 2012

NEW YORK -- The captain of an Orthodox high schol basketball team has sued a Texas public school district over the refusal to accomodate a request to reschedule tournament games that conflict with the Jewish sabbath. In a suit filed Thursday in U.S....

Chris Cole, coach of the boys basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, offering up some strategy for his squad.

Shabbat conflict sends Beren Academy basketball squad to the sidelines

By Ben Harris, JTA February 28, 2012

NEW YORK -- Chris Cole, the coach of the boys' basketball team at the Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, says his squad is peaking coming off its 27-point victory in the state tournament quarterfinals. Apparently the Stars, who with a record of 24-5...

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