Health & Fitness
Teams battle for Jewish Football League title.
The Matzoh Bailers: Loren Blumberg, Adam Ellis, Brad Warren and Mark Gross
Special to the Jewish News
he Jewish Football League
recently completed its third
spring season of flag football.
Four teams battled at Pioneer Park
in Farmington Hills on four Sundays,
playing three weekly regular-season
doubleheaders and a day of single-
Eight players were on each team,
selected through a draft. There also
were a few substitutes.
After the dust had settled, the Matzoh
Ballers owned the league champion-
ship, thanks to a 32-13 win over the
Inglorius Basterds in the playoff title
The Ballers carried the No. 1 seed
into the playoffs, thanks to their 5-1
regular-season record. The Basterds
went 4-2 and had the No. 2 seed. The
Purple Gang (2-4) was the No. 3 seed
and the Leatherheads (1-5) were No. 4.
Wins by the Ballers over the
Leatherheads and the Basterds over
the Purple Gang in the first round of
the playoffs set up their collision in the
The Basterds struck first on a touch-
down pass from Mike Finklestein to
Mark Novak. The Ballers responded
with four unanswered touchdown
passes thrown by Adam Ellis. Loren
Blumberg caught two; Rick Rubenfaer
Women And Science
The American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science (ACWIS),
Michigan Region, held its annual Women and Science Luncheon, "Birth and
Rebirth", on Tuesday, May 11, at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield. Shown are: Betty
Chu, M.D., program co-chair; Dr. Sonya Friedman, chair ACWIS Michigan Region;
Susan Lifton, program co-chair; Carmen Dell'Orefice, honorary guest; Professor
Nava Dekel, head, Department of Biological Regulation, Weizmann Institute of
Science, Rehovot Israel; Dr. Lilly Jacobson, program co-chair.
June 17 • 2010
and Brad Warren each had one.
Rubenfaer was a fill-in player for the
Ballers for the day. Only four Ballers
players were available, which meant
the game would have played four-on-
four instead of the normal five-on-five.
"Rick was still there after his
(Leatherheads) game and he volun-
teered to play for us so the Basterds
could play five players at a time Ellis
said. "They had all eight of their guys
Ellis also threw a touchdown pass
to Mark Gross; Finklestein connected
with Brad Rosenberg for a scoring
Warren was a menace on defense,and
Ellis had two interceptions. Also on the
Ballers' roster were Marc Landau, Mike
Lebow, Eric Lusky and Bryan Weiss.
Mike Cooper, Mike Flashner, Lowell
Friedman, Brian Tepper and Jeremy
Walker rounded out the Basterds' ros-
The JFL is gearing up for its sixth fall
season, which will begin around Labor
Day and continue into mid-November.
Games will be played on Sundays.
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firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the league's
Facebook page at www.facebook.com/
"We've had six teams in the fall the
past few years. We'd love to have eight
teams," Ellis said.
To say Matt Fenster had a breakout sea-
son this spring for the Lafayette College
baseball team would be a major under-
The junior from
Bloomfield Hills Andover
High School was named
to the All-Patriot League
First Team as a designat-
ed hitter. He started 35 of
the 36 games he played
and batted a league-best
His career batting
average headed into the season was .268.
Fenster had 50 hits, 22 RBI, 10 doubles
and two triples along with a .549 slugging
percentage and .434 on-base percentage.
He hit .333 with runners in scoring posi-
tion. Among his 13 multi-hit games was a
5-for-5 performance against Monmouth
in a 6-5 win for Lafayette.
While Fenster was Lafayette's desig-
nated hitter most of the time, the 6-foot,
180-pounder also played 13 games at
either first or third base.
An economics and business major at
the Easton, Pa., school, Fenster has a 3.1
grade point average. He was named to the
Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last
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Shermans Mark A
Decade Of Honoring
The Visiting Nurse Association of
Southeast Michigan (VNA), an Oak
Park-based independent nonprofit
home health care and hospice orga-
nization, conferred the 10th annual
Sandra M. and Alfred I. Sherman
Award to Roslyn Butler (center flanked
by the Shermans) on May 27.
The award, created through an endowment by the Shermans in 2001, was among the
first of its kind to recognize excellence among home health aides. While it is common for
endowments to be made in honor of a person after death, the Shermans took an innova-
tive approach with their contribution.
"Being able to present this award as a living legacy is truly rewarding. Each honoree
has been so deserving:' said Sandra Sherman. "We are pleased to be able to enrich the
lives of our home health aides."
Bestowed annually, the award is presented on Sandra Shermans birthday and comes
with a stipend to help the recipient continue his or her education or to offset the upkeep
of their vehicle. Now an honorary board member, Sandra Sherman devoted 35 years of
service to the VNA Board of Trustees. She and her husband live in Bloomfield Hills.