By: Gavriel Factor  | 

 Yeshiva University Student Council Sponsors Tickets for Nets V. Macabbi Ra’anana Game 

Yeshiva University students displayed their support and advocacy for Israel by attending a preseason basketball game with 100 tickets sponsored by the Yeshiva University Student Council and the Office of Student Life. The game, between the Brooklyn Nets and the Israeli team Maccabi Ra’anana, took place shortly after the Hamas terrorist attacks on Oct. 7.

Students received partially sponsored tickets Oct. 12 to show support for Maccabi Ra’anana in light of the terror attacks. Yeshiva Student Union President Zakkai Notkin (YC ‘24), upon hearing of the event, wanted to show support for Israel and worked with the Office of Student Life to provide 100 subsidized tickets for students to attend the event. 

Maccabi Ra’anana, a professional Israeli basketball team from the southern town of Ra’anana, was visiting from Israel to play in a preseason matchup against three NBA teams, experience international basketball and showcase themselves to American fans. 

Throughout the game, there was a lot of support and unity for Israel from both teams and the fans. Though the Nets won the game, 135-103, students felt that attending the game was important. 

“It was incredible and meaningful to all come together, Jews and non-Jews, and show support for Israel in a beautiful way,” Yedidya Schechter (YC ‘24), told The Commentator. “To show our achdus (unity), there was an uplifting kumzitz after the game with hundreds of all different kinds of people which was deeply heartfelt.” 

"During the game, the atmosphere was truly beautiful with signs, Israeli flags, white and blue, and a strong sense of Jewish and Israeli pride,” Shoshi Fogelman (SCW ‘24) shared. “It was really really special. The crowd's enthusiasm, regardless of which team scored, made it feel like a big, heartwarming embrace from the entire community. It was so beautiful to see everyone coming together and all the ruach (spirit) despite everything that was going on in the world. The Brooklyn Nets also showcased incredible support, making it a truly special and fun experience for everyone." 


Photo Caption: Brooklyn Nets and the Maccabi Ra’anana at the Barclays Center

Photo Credit: Gavriel Factor