Maccabi Haifa vs. Detroit Pistons, Oct 8 at the Palace

September 11, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Shooting for the stars? What better aspiration for a youngster dreaming of playing with the pros than a night out at the Palace of Auburn Hills?  Mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 8th, and get ready for thrills when the Maccabi Haifa blast into the D for a preseason exhibition game with the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills, followed on Wednesday, October 9th with basketball clinics for the community to benefit the team’s “Haifa Hoops for Kids” charity program.

Jewish Community Night at the Palace, Maccabi Haifa in the House! 

Get special discounts on your tickets to the game and join the fun of “Jewish Community Night” at the Palace. Imagine Hatikvah sung by many of the community’s cantors, group reunions and gatherings. Imagine cheering for both “home teams” as the Detroit Pistons play the 2012-2013 Israeli Super League Champions. Now ranked 15th in Europe, Maccabi Haifa features some of the best players from Israel and the United States.

Jewish Community Night will include the Piston’s Power Hour from 6 to 7 p.m.; special discounts on food and drinks; an on-court experience to Take a Shot on the Piston’s Court Postgame; group photos on center court; Piston’s customized “swag” given out at the game; and more surprises.

Exclusive ticket pricing: 100-Level $26; 200-Level $13. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold will be donated to the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign.

To purchase your tickets for the game, visit pistons.com/jewishcommunity and use the password pistons

On a three-city tour

The Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team of the Israeli Basketball Super League has a long and storied legacy as it was one of the original eight teams to form the Israeli Premier League for the 1954 season.  Under the ownership of American businessman Jeffrey Rosen, the team has earned a playoff appearance in four out of the last six seasons, and was crowned the 2012-13 Israeli Super League champion for the first time in franchise history. The team’s trip to the United States this year marks the third time in four years Maccabi Haifa will travel to play against NBA competition and includes games against the Phoenix Suns, the Detroit Pistons, and the Memphis Grizzlies.

Haifa Hoops for Kids

On Wednesday, October 9th in coordination with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, Maccabi Haifa players and coaching staff will hold two basketball clinics for the Detroit Jewish community to raise funds for the team’s “Haifa Hoops for Kids” program to benefit underprivileged children and children with special needs in Israel. Two hundred middle and high school youths will have a chance to learn and play with the Pros!

“Haifa Hoops for Kids,” a charitable initiative between Maccabi Haifa and United Jewish Communities of Metro West New Jersey, offers companies, individuals and organizations the chance to send underprivileged children and children with special needs in northern Israel to experience a Night of Fun at a Maccabi Haifa basketball game. Thanks to generous donations, Maccabi Haifa has hosted over 15,000 children at its home games, whom otherwise could not afford the opportunity to attend a professional basketball game.  Our Maccabi Haifa basketball players visit local hospitals, including Rambam Hospital in Haifa, homeless shelters, food banks, schools for special needs children and boarding schools for at-risk youth.

For more information about the game or the clinics, please contact Lori Davidson-Mertz at 248-203-1493 mertz@jfmd.org

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