10 Jews Get On a Snowboard *(UPDATED)*

Yesterday was the magic hour for Eric Sweet’s 10-Jew snowboard and the ride featured mixed results. They got up, did some turns but as was to be expected, struggled initially getting down an entire run. Regardless, I think Judaism can consider yesterday a victory for all of its people even if the participants themselves were unsure.

“This has the potential for disaster. Obviously, we’ve never done this before,” said Joshua Beck, prior to the first run. Beck, of course, is also an orthopedic surgeon and his mother is very proud of him and she brags to her friends all the time around the pool in Florida about her son, the doctah.

“We are 10 Jews celebrating not necessarily inside a synagogue but celebrating God and celebrating the beauty of this area as Jews together on the minyan board,” said Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn, who was worshipping in the snow.

Eventually, after several spills, they put it all together, and as a group are able to carve their way down the mountain. This is more inspirational than Masada and Channukah put together! Also, I love that the 2 girls, 1 cup, phenomena has spread to the extent that newscasters can refer to it, even obliquely, during their broadcasts, now that’s progress!

Check it out and make sure you watch the video below too, if only to fully enjoy Eric Sweet’s crazy wooly-mammoth jacket, (he’s the guy in the back in the picture below.)


edited to add: After receiving an email from “Louise” who is the person who also commented below, who says she is a member of the “Minyan Snowboard Management Team” the silly jacket that Eric Sweet is wearing is a $5,000 buffalo coat, from one of the sponsors of the board. So, that’s neat I suppose, besides the fact that it looks ridiculous, and this is coming from someone who prides himself on his ridiculous wardrobe.

4 Responses to “10 Jews Get On a Snowboard *(UPDATED)*”

  1. 1 dibbes
    April 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

    What a waste of time. I was expecting a double black diamond or something challenging; that is obviously the bunny slope they are on. COWARDS. Also why not make a star or david shaped ‘board’ sure you’d then need 12 boards to strap together but still could get away with only 10 jews; hence preserving the minion.

  2. 2 shatraw
    April 3, 2009 at 11:36 am

    go jews!

  3. 3 Lou
    April 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    If anyone would like to learn more about the 10-person or 3-person snowboard, please contact the inventor, Eric Sweet, at snowboardantiques at ya hoo dot com. We welcome your inquiries! Also, check us out on CNN! And network television. More soon…

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