The Jerusalem Lions is the only women Rugby team in Jerusalem, and in 2009 it placed third in the Rugby league in Israel. In 2010 I’m not sure they competed.
Their only competitors are the Tel Aviv and Haifa teams.
The team is made up of amateurs in their 30s who leave their work and children once a week to train, rain or shine.
The year 2013 has been big for Israeli women’s rugby. In May, the women’s national seven-a-side team finished third in the Division B European Nations Cup held in Bratislava, Slovakia. Then Israel hosted the Division A European Rugby Sevens Championships, in my home town of Netanya.
Back in 2011, an appropriations committee in the Jerusalem municipality decided not to fund the women’s rugby team after religious city council members discovered the team plays on Shabbat.
I think there are worse things they could do on Shabbat than play ladies’ rugby.
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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