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Orthodox Jewish School Beren Academy Can Play In State Basketball Playoff Game

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Cicely C. Mitchell

The basketball team of a private Orthodox Jewish school in Houston will be allowed to play in the 2-A state semi-finals after all.

On Thursday, a judge issued a temporary restraining order making it possible for Beren Academy to play in the playoff game.

It has not been announced when the playoff game will take place. Beren is an academic institution that observes the weekly Sabbath and the playoff game was originally set to take place on a Friday, which conflicts with the Sabbath.

Thursday’s restraining order called for the start time of Friday’s game to be rescheduled.

Beren Academy issued a statement of thanks for the ruling:”We are thankful to the TAPPS for ultimately making the right decision. The school administration and board was not involved in any legal action and we regret that it took a lawsuit filed (by) parents to bring about this decision. The Beren Stars look forward to competing in the state semi-final round tomorrow afternoon.”

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) posted a statement in regard to the ruling: “TAPPS has been served a Temporary Restraining Order which requires the Beran Academy be allowed to participate in the 2012 TAPPS State Basketball Tournament. TAPPS will comply with the order. TAPPS is currently making the necessary changes in the schedule. Actual time and location for Friday’s semi-final will be posted as soon as all arrangements are confirmed.”

Earlier, TAPPS denied Beren’s appeal to move the start of the playoff game and said TAPPS had to stick to its by-laws.

The Beren Academy advanced to the 2A semifinals of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial School’s boys’ basketball tournament.

The Beren students, bound by their religion, recognize the Sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown on Saturday.

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