NEW YORK — A Jewish teen from suburban New York City came up short in her bid to make the US Olympics table tennis team and did not compete in the trials on Shabbat.
Estee Ackerman, a 14-year-old freshman at the Yeshiva University High School for Girls in Queens, lost matches for two consecutive days at the trials last week in Greensboro, NC.
The three-day trials finished on Saturday, Feb. 6, the Jewish Sabbath.
“I know my decision is the right one because, in life, I will always keep Judaism as my No. 1 priority,” Ackerman, of West Hempstead on Long Island, told Newsday.