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A temple in Boston and a temple in Philadelphia are making a friendly bet on next week’s Super Bowl, with charity being the winner.
Congregation Rodeph Shalom of Philadelphia and Temple Israel of Boston have agreed to a Tzedakah Super Bowl Wager over the results of the big game.
The synagogues announced the charities of their choices on Wednesday. The synagogue from the city of the losing team will donate 18 times the difference in the score to the charity of the other synagogue’s choice.
Rodeph Shalom has chosen Philly Youth Basketball, which empowers youth as students, athletes and leaders. Temple Israel has chosen the CTE Center at Boston University Medical Center, which conducts high-impact, innovative research on chronic traumatic encephalopathy and other long-term consequences of repetitive brain trauma in athletes and military personnel. Both synagogues also urged their congregants to donate to the charities ahead of the Super Bowl.
Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, who grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, attended Temple Israel of Boston as a child. Lurie is a former Patriots season ticket holder and reportedly was outbid by Robert Kraft in an effort to purchase the team, WHDH Boston reported. Meanwhile, Temple Israel Associate Rabbi Matt Soffer is from Philadelphia and remains an Eagle’s fan. He grew up at Congregation Rodeph Shalom.