Brisk action on A’s Jewish heritage ticketsby george altshuler, j. staff
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The Oakland A’s will host their second annual Jewish Heritage Night on June 19 during a 7:05 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. As of early this week, the A’s already had sold more than 1,000 tickets, and the club expects to double last year’s total of 650 tickets sold.
Fans who buy designated tickets will sit together in the plaza infield section at the Oakland Coliseum and receive a souvenir scarf featuring Hebrew lettering that phonetically spells out “Athletics.”
More than 15 local Jewish groups have signed up for packages of 25 or more tickets, according to Josh Feinberg, an A’s account manager.
Three young adults’ groups — EastBayJews, the Young Adult Community at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco and East Bay Moishe House — have joined together to create a young adults’ section. Their aim is to have at least 50 people in their section.
The JCC of Sonoma County plans to bring a group of 100, some of whom will be there to support the center’s youth choir when it sings the national anthem. During the seventh-inning stretch, Los Gatos Congregation Shir Hadash’s cantor, Devorah Felder-Levy, will sing “God Bless America.”
Both the A’s and the visiting Dodgers have no Jewish players on their rosters, according to JewishBaseballNews.com.
This year’s heritage game will take place on a free parking night. Tickets are $26, and the deadline to purchase is Tuesday, June 12. For more information, visit http://www.oaklandathletics.com/jewish.
The San Francisco Giants’ Jewish heritage game this season, the eighth annual, is set for Aug. 14 at AT&T Park against the Washington Nationals.