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Reprinted without comment

16 February 2004

Excerpt from “Religion losing to youth sports on weekends” (link will rot), Boston Globe, 16 February 2004:

On a recent Sunday, Alice Gelwan, a resident of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, allowed her daughter to skip Hebrew school so she could take gymnastics lessons with a private teacher at Chelsea Piers Sports and Entertainment Complex, an 80,000-square-foot indoor arena in Manhattan.

“This is much better,” said Gelwan, as she watched her daughter. “At Hebrew school, they give them a snack and go ramble about something that happened 500,000 years ago [sic]; but here, they are strengthening family ties, building friendships and self-esteem, and they know their parents are proud as can be.”