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Wimbledon Chabad Welcomes Israel's Deaf Football Team

Wednesday, 28 April, 2010 - 7:29 am

showpic.jpgLast Shabbat, Chabad of South London in Wimbledon welcomed the Israeli Deaf Football Team who were in London on the first leg of their European Deaf Championships qualifier with the British team.

The head of the Israel Deaf Sports Organization, Moshe Ivgi, realised that the 25-strong team would be staying close by to the Chabad House and contacted Rabbi Nissan and Sarah Dubov to find a place for the sportsmen to have a traditional Friday night meal.

“It was an astonishingly moving event,” said Rabbi Dubov.

Enjoying traditional Shabbat food, dancing, singing and words of Torah with the help of a sign-language translator, the Israeli footballers were moved by their experience.

“We play in many places throughout the world and we’ve heard about Chabad, but never knew what it is about,” admitted one of the Israeli athletes. “This evening has really touched our souls.”

Although the Israeli team lost their match against England 4-1, they made a resolution for the future: “Wherever we are in the world, we will make Kiddush on Friday night and remember the Chabad House.”

[Photo taken before the commencement of Shabbat.]

 

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