Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Located in the old Gershman Y Building, the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame provides the Community with tangible and lasting evidence of the past, present and future of Jewish sportsmen and sportswomen in the Philadelphia area and to instill Community pride in Jewish accomplishments in the field of sports and the role sports has played in preserving Jewish culture. It was founded in 1997.
Backstory and Context
The Hall and Museum reflect the obstacles that Jews had to overcome in order to excel in sporting endeavors locally, nationally and internationally; portray the instrumental role sports has played in success in life, and provide continuity to future generations of Jewish athletes.
The inductees into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame represent the best of the best, those individuals and teams who, through perseverance, dedication, superior talent and skills, have risen to the top of their respective sports. The indelible impression left by sports to many generations of Americans has also become a great source of Jewish pride and inspiration.
The Gershman Y's roots date back to 1875 when the Youn Men's Hebrew Association was established to provide a place for the Jewish community to gather, socialize and participate in various physical activities. It remains an important social, educational, and fine arts center for the entire community Philadelphia community.
"The Gershman Y." Gershman Y. Accessed January 3, 2018. http://www.gershmany.org/about/gershman-y.