Menajem and Daniel Benchimol will never get to see their younger brother, Sholem, play soccer again after the 17-year-old was killed when a car struck his bicycle.
The teenage son of Beit Rambam Congregation Rabbi Jose Benchimol would have been a captain of the Scheck Hillel Community School soccer team this fall.
He was known for playing while wearing a yarmulke skull cap.
“Beitar Jerusalem will be the first professional Israeli team to launch a soccer academy outside its home country and will also make strides in religious liberty by becoming the first soccer academy in the United States to respect the observance of Shabbat,” the club announced.
Orthodox Jews and other religious people who observe a Saturday of rest are often unable to play youth soccer because games are typically held on Saturdays.