Shoot 4 Shalom: This Year We Double It!

Shoot 4[COMMUNICATED] Play Ball. Shoot4Shalom’s Basketball Tournament harnesses the power and the passion of competitive team sports. 

After a tremendously successful first year, the Shoot4Shalom Basketball Tournament is back. Just a mere year ago, 32 teams came to play and raised over $150,000 for the children of Shalom Torah Academy. This year the tournament is scheduled for February 21st 2016 and it will be bigger, as the stakes are that much higher!

Over the summer, the two Shalom schools merged creating a warm bustling environment where every day over 230 children are learning Torah, connecting with their heritage, and receiving a great education. As one walks through the halls the excitement in the air is infectious, and all players and fans are encouraged to come down and witness this wonderful institution. However with a bigger school comes more financial responsibility.

With a need for a bigger tournament, Shoot4Shalom has risen to the occasion. The facility, located in Neptune, NJ, has 4 full length NBA courts, thereby creating the ability to expand the tournament from 32 teams to 64 teams. The host this year is former New York Knick and fan favorite Charles Oakley, who will be available to all the players to share his own experiences while playing for the Knicks. The prizes are bigger with the winning team receiving their choice of VIP sports experiences: 1)  A meet and greet with Matt Harvey or Henrik Lundqvist  2)  A tour of Yankee Stadium with a former Yankee champion or 3)  a tour of Madison Square Garden with former Knick John Starks. There is even a package that includes tickets to Knicks VS Cavaliers game and a meet and greet with the whole team after the game.

Of course the basketball experience will be top notch, with the best teams from across the NJ/NY area coming to compete. Players will receive once again complimentary personalized jerseys and tournament apparel. Each team will play at least 4 games and plenty of food and energy drinks will be available throughout the day. There will even be an on court gala dinner catered by Richter Caterers to celebrate the great day that everybody experienced.

The businesses that participate will not only be treating their employees to a great day full of sports and fun, but through banner placement, ads and email blasts, will get the recognition and exposure that they deserve.

Families will have a great time too. Besides cheering on their favorite team with Shoot4Shalom pom poms, there will be popcorn, nosh and fun for the whole family to enjoy.


“Score Eternity”  Every player and sponsor scores by helping educate the next generation of Jewish children.   Every dollar raised goes towards the fight to keep the next generation of Klal Yisroel strong by providing a comprehensive Jewish Day School education for children who come from homes with minimal Jewish experience and background.   While public schools enjoy the use of public taxes, Shalom relies on private funders to provide the education that is crucial to Klal Yisroel’s future.  We need your support and sweat to make a difference.

Make an Impact on Jewish Education:  In the words of one former Shalom Torah Academy student who is now spending a year in Israel post-high school,

“… After only a couple months of being with Jewish kids, I felt a strange feeling that I had never felt before: a sense of belonging. I felt like I was part of a family. Going to Shalom Torah helped me discover my potential. I never knew what kind of person I could be until the first day of Shalom Torah…. Through my Jewish studies, I gained a sense of identity, and through this I became motivated to improve my life in every aspect possible..

It’s also notable how Judaism affected my life. Before I walked into Shalom, I barely knew what the Torah was. I certainly didn’t know how to pray or what was kosher. To my own surprise, when I walked out of Shalom, I didn’t just know Judaism; I lived Judaism.  I learned about the Torah, the prophets, the Jewish laws, how to pray, what to eat, what to wear, what to do when someone loses an item, when to do certain things, how to do certain things, why we do certain things, and so on. I learned all that and so much more. Becoming a part of Judaism affected me in ways that would take a hundred pages to describe, but the main idea is that Judaism gave me everything I didn’t know I needed. For that, I am so grateful.”

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Please email [email protected] for more information, to sponsor a team or to play in this inaugural event.

Call Yisroel Mayer Merkin at (240) 723-2653 for more info!




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