There is a suburb of Cleveland called Beachwood. The town soccer program, which is open to residents and non-residents, is very popular because they offer a “no Saturday games” option. While we don’t live in Beachwood, my son Asher plays in this program. Here’s how you know this secular, run of the mill sports program is filled with Jews (who are grateful for the “no Saturdays” option):
Soccer Coach #1: “Jack, Rick, Ra’anan, Ariel, Andrew, Uriel . . . heads’ up! Look alive!”
Soccer Coach #2: “Yehudi! Ben-Tzion! Sam! Jason! Gavi! To the left! Look left! Hey what are doing? LEFT! SMOLAH! [‘left’ in Hebrew]”
Spectator #1: “Atah yode’ah mah? Hem tovim!” [translastion: “You know what? They’re good!”]
Spectator #2: “Ani yode’ah, ani yode’ah! Ani lo ma’amin – shavuah she’avar hem c’mo behemot.” [translation: “I know, I know. I can’t believe it – last week they were like cattle.]
Gotta love Beachwood.