Friday, August 8, 2014

Sure Bar Bet Winner: After Hebrew School What Business Did Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz Eventually Enter?

NyPo reports:

Growing up, Geoff, 28, and Mitchell, 25, did not go to school on the High Holidays, but incorporating observance and the religion of NFL football is more challenging. This season, the Giants face the Redskins in Washington on Sept. 25 — the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Schwartz will make the trip and play in the game. The next week, he says he will attend Kol Nidre services on Friday night but will not fast that night or throughout the day on Saturday for Yom Kippur.

“In the past, the year I was on [injured reserve] I fasted, I wasn’t playing,’’ Schwartz said. “I’ll go to services, but the fasting during the season, it’s got to be on Tuesday [the players’ day off]. The way I look at it is, I’m only playing football for a certain number of years and I kind of owe it to myself to kind of take advantage of it.’’

Parents Lee (a management consultant) and Olivia (an attorney) will fly in from L.A. to spend Yom Kippur with Geoff and his family, and then go to the game against the Falcons the next day at MetLife Stadium. That’s nothing new. Lee Schwartz said he and his wife have been to High Holiday services in Minnesota, Dallas, Reno, Nev., and Kansas City, wherever football has taken them.

“It makes us really happy and proud,’’ Lee Schwartz said. “We had a Jewish household and they went to religious school and we were part of a synagogue. We tried to bring the traditions home and raise them with a real Jewish identity.’’

The full story is here.

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