By Jacob Schaperow, editor-in-chief, @jschap1

University freshmen, as well as upperclassmen and at least one transfer student, watch the Nats play the Marlins at Nationals Park. The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington sponsored this year’s Grand Slam Sunday, the annual Jewish community day at the ballpark, and more than 30 Jewish organizations from around the D.C. area, including Maryland Hillel, brought groups.(Photo by Jacob Schaperow.)

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.


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