Jewish Heritage Night with the Warriors

The Golden State Warriors will host their 11th annual Jewish Heritage Night on Thursday, December 15, against the New York Knicks – organized by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and Chabad of SF.

The Warriors (5-2) have won five consecutive Jewish Heritage Night games, and have returned this year with a star-studded new lineup, including superstar Kevin Durant (small forward), veteran David West (power forward), and tough guy Zaza Pachulia (center), who have joined the fellas – Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston – under the direction of the formidable Steve Kerr.

Already this season, Kevin Durant has begun with a bang, averaging 29 points per game, and been spotted traipsing around his adopted Bay Area on BART; and Steph has broken the NBA’s record of 3-pointers made during a single game – with 13!

Each Jewish Heritage Night ticket holder can attend a special pregame tailgate party at 5:00 pm and will receive a souvenir cap adorned with a Warriors logo inside a Star of David.

But what do Jews have to do with basketball anyway?

Well, a lot actually….

Photo courtesy of The First Basket

The 1930s and ‘40s saw scores of Jewish players, champion teams, and proud Hebrew athleticism.

Did You Know? The first basket in NBA history was scored in 1946 by Ossie Schectman of the New York Knicks. Schectman, who passed away in 2013, plays a central role in David Vyorst’s 2008 documentary, “The First Basket,” which highlights early Jewish basketball history (here’s a trailer).

Check out some more history here:

Be sure to follow the news about the Warriors’ Jewish Heritage Night with the hashtag #WarriorsJHN or #JewishDubNation on social media.

Categories: Events, Community


November 08, 2016