By Jacob Schaperow, editor-in-chief, @jschap1
Maryland Hillel brought a contingent of about 70 students to Nationals Park this past Sunday for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s annual Grand Slam Sunday, a Jewish community day at the ballpark. Students registering through Hillel got discounted tickets and a free bus ride to and from the game. Two of Hillel’s new staff members, MJ Kurs-Lasky, director of student life, and Chen Portnoy, Hillel’s Israel Fellow, chaperoned the trip.
While food was not included, kosher-keeping students could bring lunch or purchase lunch at the park’s kosher concessions stand: the “Kosher Grill.” It sells hot dogs, knishes, falafel and shwarma, and is under the supervision of the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington.
Thirty-six local Jewish organizations, from Kemp Mill Synagogue to the Washington Society of the Jewish Deaf, partnered with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and brought a group to the game. A portion of every ticket purchased benefited the Federation.
UPDATE: The Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 7-4.