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Lacrosse: Fast-Growing Sport Becomes Frisch’s Newest Offering

Yeshivat Frisch is proud to introduce its newest sport offering: lacrosse. Students will have the chance to practice their budding lacrosse skills each Sunday morning from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at a Frisch-sponsored clinic hosted on Frisch grounds. Children in grades 3-8, enrolled at various yeshiva day schools in New Jersey, will also have the chance to participate in the clinic earlier in the day.

Once a mainstay of prep schools and the upper-crust country club set only, lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in America and Israel. Marc Goldfarb, Passaic, NJ, resident, is proud to help bring it to the U.S. Jewish community.

“I grew up on Long Island with Italian and Irish kids, and lacrosse was the pastime in which we all participated,” explained Goldfarb. “When I became a ba’al teshuva and moved to a Jewish community, I wanted to bring the magic of the sport there. There’s something unique about lacrosse that really bonds teammates and allows players to flourish both on the field and in their lives everywhere else, whether in the classroom or in social settings.”

“In the last year or two, I’ve had a lot of students approach me with their desire for a lacrosse club at Frisch, and I knew Marc would be the perfect person to help us get a program off the ground,” explained Aron Coren, athletic director at Frisch.

Goldfarb runs the Chevra Lacrosse Program, a grassroots initiative to bring lacrosse to the greater Jewish community, in Passaic, and has been seeking ways to bring it to other New Jersey communities. The partnership with Frisch is a perfect way to attract students of all ages who live in the Teaneck, Bergenfield, Paramus, Englewood and Tenafly Jewish communities.

While lacrosse won’t be an official sports team in the beginning, Goldfarb is confident that once students learn and master the fundamentals of lacrosse, the program can quickly grow into an organized sport. Helping Goldfarb in his efforts is Kyle Bergman, a three-time CAA all-conference player at Drexel University who finished his collegiate career with 100 points. He has also represented the Israeli national team in multiple competitions.

“Frisch is the first yeshiva high school to offer any kind of lacrosse program, which makes sense as Frisch is always proud to be a trailblazer and offer its students every opportunity to explore their interests and passions,” said Goldfarb. “I am proud to partner with Frisch to bring lacrosse to the Bergen County Jewish community.”

By JLNJ Staff

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