HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


Aly Raisman

Issue: Athletics

Aly Raisman is a three-time Olympic medal gymnast and captained the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team to its first team gold medal since the 1996 Olympic Games. Raisman added the United States' first ever gold medal in the floor exercise and also won bronze on the balance beam. She is looking to become the most decorated American gold medal gymnast at the 2016 Rio Olympics next summer.

How did sports impact your Jewish identity?

Being able to perform Hava Nagila at the 2012 Olympic Games was truly a special experience I'll never forget. To be honest, initially I picked the music because I loved the song and my coaches felt it would be a great fit. I had no idea the impact it would have on myself and the Jewish community around the world. Since I performed that routine in London I have felt a stronger connection to the Jewish community because I received so much love and support. It was unexpected which makes the moment and experience so much more rewarding.

 

What advice would you have for a young Jewish athlete today?

I would tell young female athletes to be true to who they are, and be comfortable in their own skin. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and nobody is perfect so don’t compare yourself to others! Through my partnership with Walden Behavioral Care, I have the opportunity to speak to students about body image and the importance of having balance in life. Whether it’s gymnastics, painting, dancing, etc., find something you love to do and work hard at it!

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Athletics

This issue presents a wealth of guidance and examples for day schools to stay on top of their game. Articles discuss how schools ensure that athletics stay informed by a school's mission, by embodying Jewish values and embracing inclusivity; how they can use sports as a vehicle for teaching about and fostering love for Israel; how a wide range of sports can bring out the best in students and faculty; and how schools can more broadly employ movement and teach healthy living.

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