On Thanksgiving Day, our Los Angeles JLIC and Yavneh community, under the visionary leadership of UCLA student and Yavneh fellow Alex Rubel, gathered for a meaningful and exciting event—the annual ‘Todah Bowl’ flag football tournament. Alex, the mastermind behind this extraordinary initiative, conceived the entire idea last year and elevated it this year by incorporating a tzedaka element. Alex’s commitment showcases the ideal expression of Yavneh’s student empowerment and leadership model.

Charitable Spirit on the Field:

The tournament featured eight teams, each playing not just for the thrill of victory but for a greater cause. Each team selected a charity to represent, with notable organizations such as Friends of the IDF, United Hatzalah, Magen David Adom, and the Levin Lone Soldier Center receiving support. The fusion of sport and charity added a layer of significance to the event, highlighting the community’s commitment to making a positive impact.

Todah Bowl Bracket and Fundraising

Fundraising Success:

Beyond the touchdowns and tackles, the community rallied together to raise funds for the designated charities. All the money collected will be directly donated to the winning team’s chosen organization after the tournament, ensuring a tangible and immediate impact on the causes at hand.

Community Engagement and Support:

Over 100 players participated in the tournament, showcasing the power of community coming together for a common cause. The event attracted not only players but also fans and spectators, all contributing to the vibrant atmosphere at Rancho Park.

Acknowledgments and Gratitude:

The event organizer took a moment to express gratitude and acknowledge the contributions of the community. A special thank you was extended to team captains for their leadership, as well as to everyone who participated in the fundraiser and helped spread the word. The unwavering support from sponsors, including JLIC@UCLA and Yavneh West, was recognized as instrumental in the success of the event.

Championing a Cause:

The Lions of Judea emerged victorious in the championship, securing the honor of directing the funds raised—over $2,000—towards Magen David Adom. The event organizer highlighted the impressive team spirit, sportsmanship, and overall level of play, emphasizing the collective effort that made the tournament possible.