Torah and Turf is a popular league with over 50 young professionals involved. One of the main objectives of the program is to have stimulating discussions which focus on Jewish topics that interest the typical young professional. Topics ranging from the struggles of daily life to deeper understanding behind Jewish customs and holidays are talked about in a comfortable, relaxed, and enjoyable fashion. The other focal part of the program is an organized sport connected to the discussion. These two aspects are synthesized within the Torah & Turf program and it has become a respected and well known program in the St. Louis area; a flag football league with a pregame Torah interaction. Participants love the laid back atmosphere of the Torah part of the program and are impressed with the level of play and competitiveness of the flag football games that follow.
For young pros, socializing and networking is also an integral aspect of Torah and Turf and many personal and business relationships are formed over the season that continue far beyond it. Additionally, there are a handful of events scattered throughout the off-season to maintain the feeling of camaraderie that evolves over the season.
The current Rabbi of Torah and Turf is Yaakov Silverman. Yaakov hails from Atlanta, GA and brings together his passion for Torah, Judaism, and football in his classes and then in the WR position on the gridiron. He enjoys drawing inspiration from sports and tying it together with Torah thought to create a powerful and succinct message that pertains to the young Jewish professional. Yaakov can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.