Omri Casspi

Cleveland Cavaliers' Omri Casspi (36), from Israel, looks on during an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are gearing up for the team’s second annual Jewish Community Night on Wednesday, Feb. 27, coordinated by the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Enjoy kosher food, watch Omri Casspi and the Cavaliers take on the Toronto Raptors, participate in a postgame chalk talk.

Guests who purchase tickets through a special URL – http://groups.theqarena.com/jewishcommunitynight – will receive a scarf emblazoned with the Cavaliers logo in Hebrew and English.

Season ticketholders planning to attend can contact Debbie Yasinow, director of donor relations and manager of the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection at the Federation, at dyasinow@jcfcleve.org for a redeemable scarf voucher.

Seats will be available in the “Loudville” curve and “Loudville” sides sections and lower baseline and lower curve sections.

Like last year, practice courts on the top floor of Quicken Loan Arena will be open through halftime for shoot arounds. Pregame festivities include the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland section singing the national anthem, an honoring of Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters, volunteer recognition of representatives of Jewish night’s partner agencies and, though not finalized, a rabbi basketball game.

Representatives from BBYO, the BBYO basketball league, children who participated in the Federation’s 8th Night of Chanukah program and members of the Friendship Circle of Cleveland will also be in the high-five tunnel prior to the 7 p.m. tipoff.

Kosher food options increased from last year and will be available from the “Just 4 U” concession stand outside section 116.

Yasinow said the Federation wanted to stress the “community” aspect of the night even more this year.

“We’re trying to reach out to more groups and different members of the community to make sure they all feel involved,” she said.

The evening is less about basketball and more about making connections.

“For some, it’s an excuse to just get together in this nice, informal setting,” Yasinow said. “What I noticed last year, and what I expect this year, is people don’t actually stay in their seats. It’s basically this big gathering of friends and family with everyone visiting each other. … There’s a sense of pride in being a member of a Jewish community.”



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