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Strikes and spares at Super Bowl-a-thon

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Forget football; bowling was the name of the game on Sunday, Feb. 2 in Rockville Centre. Congregation B’nai Sholom-Beth David held a Super BOWL-a-thon fundraiser on Super Bowl Sunday at Maple Lanes, where bowlers of all ages raised money for the temple. 

To further aid the “super” spirit, each participant created a superhero name as a pseudonym. Rabbi Howard Diamond – who came up with the idea last year as a way to bring people out and support the temple – became “Diamond in the Rough” and Cantor Dan Mendelson dubbed himself “Dan the Music Man.”

According to Nancy Hochhauser, vice president of the temple’s board, the event was so successful last year, they decided to hold it again, and will most likely hold it again next year. Out of the seven fundraisers for the temple each year, she said this is in the “top three.”

“It’s a great way to bring our temple community together to support the synagogue,” she said. “And it’s a very successful fundraiser.”

Participants enjoyed the afternoon and even surprised themselves with their skills.

“It’s my first time bowling in 30 years,” said Herb Friend, who bowled a strike on his first time up.

The three winners – Best Bowler, Worst Bowler, and Top Fundraiser—will be announced at the Shabbat Across America Dinner on Feb. 28 at the synagogue. For tickets and information, call (516) 764-4100.