Shalom Jax’s screening of the First Basket film a slam dunk!


By Shalom Jacksonville


               A large turnout was on hand in early June at River Garden Senior Services to view the documentary about Jews and basketball known as ‘The First Basket’. The film which was shown by Shalom Jacksonville, centers around the first basket scored in NBA history by a Jewish man from Queens named Ossie Schectman. The movie also covers the Jewish immigrant experience of the early 20th century and explains why Jews dominated the sport in its earliest days.


                Freshly popped popcorn and drinks were served prior to the screening and a special talk on the historic links between the Jews, Jayhawks from the University of Kansas and basketball was given by Federation Communications Director Matt Franzblau on his graduate Alma Mater.  Special thanks goes out to the River Garden staff and all attendees who made this event such a success. 


              Come to Beaches this month for another historical look at Hebrews and the Hardwood as on Sunday, Aug. 27th at 5:00 p.m., Beth El – The Beaches Synagogue will be screening the film, where wine and cheese will be shown prior. This event is free and open to the community, however donations are gratefully appreciated. For more information, contact Gail Greenfield at 904-534-7381 or at