On June 28-30 – the height of the baseball season, baseball experts, including former players, journalists and others, will come together at Camp Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Falls Village in the Berkshires, for “Judaism & Baseball,” a weekend exploration of the spiritual, social, and historical connections between Judaism and America’s favorite pastime.
Among those on hand: Inventor Hal Richman, whose original fantasy baseball game, Strat-o-Matic, changed the way fans watch baseball; former New York Yankee and Met outfielder Elliott Maddox; Aviva Kempner, director of the documentary “The Life & Times of Hank Greenberg”; Dr. William Simons, director and editor of “The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball & American Culture”; Martin Abramowitz, creator of the Jewish major leaguers baseball card series; former San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals left hander Bob Tufts, and others. Providing commentary will be Talmud scholar, magician, and major baseball fanatic Arthur Kurzweil; as well as Ivy Weingram, associate curator at the National Museum for American Jewish History, who is currently working on creating the museum’s 2014 exhibit “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Jews in America.”
The retreat, which is presented in partnership with Jewish Major Leaguers and the National Museum of American Jewish History, will also feature lectures, panels, interactive discussions, and more.
For more information, or to register, visit www.isabellafreedman.org/baseball.