Local women invited to play catchball

 

Come out and play a popular Israeli women’s sport, called mamanet, with Israeli athletes as teammates.

There are no athletic requirements, just a willingness to learn and have fun.

An Israeli women’s mamanet team will be in Milwaukee Feb. 3-11. They’ll hit the gymnasium of the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, ready to get their fun on.

In English, the game is called catchball, which is similar to volleyball, but players catch and throw the ball to one another.

Women of all ages can play. The Israeli athletes along with their coach will teach the rules of the game.

The only “catch” to catchball is to be “willing to learn and have fun,” said Susie Rosengarten, Partnership2Gether coordinator of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Israel Center.

Catchball is “the fastest growing sport for women in Israel,” Rosengarten said. This game is for “women of all athletic abilities.”

The Israeli catchball delegation, a joint effort of P2G and Milwaukee Jewish Federation, is “a wonderful opportunity for people to come and be together,” Rosengarten said.

It is more than just team camaraderie. The catchball delegation serves to “strengthen the ties between the Jewish community here and in Israel,” Rosengarten said.

The end-of-the-week tournament is set for Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. at the JCC.

The tournament will be “very festive,” said Rosengarten and husbands, wives, partners and children are encouraged to attend and cheer on.

Rosengarten said the catchball delegation is about “forming people-to-people relationships.”

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How to join in

What: Women’s Catchball Tournament

When: Must commit to one instructional session (Feb. 4, 1:30-3 p.m. or 7-9 p.m.); one open gym session (Feb. 5, 9:30-11 a.m. or 7-9 p.m.; Feb 6, 9-10:30 a.m. or 7-9 p.m.; or Feb. 7, 5:30-7 p.m.); and the tournament (Feb. 10, 1-4 p.m.).

Cost: Free.

Sign up and more info: MilwaukeeJewish.org/IsraelinMilwaukee or contact Susie Rosengarten at 414-390-5762 or SusieR@MilwaukeeJewish.org