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Kobe: As We Knew Him


Dear Friends,

We are excited to be sharing a great event coming to the Kaiserman JCC this November. As part of our 50th Anniversary celebration, we will be celebrating the life and career of the most famous person ever to set foot on the Kaiserman JCC’s basketball court: Kobe Bryant.

As a middle and high schooler, Kobe spent countless hours honing his craft in our Krancer Family Gymnasium. On Sunday, November 6th, Kobe’s biographer, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter, Mike Sielski, and the L.A. Lakers team photographer, NBA Senior Photographer and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Andrew D. Bernstein, will gather with some of Kobe’s high school friends, teammates and coaches for a roundtable discussion focused on Kobe’s formative years growing up in Lower Merion, which culminated in the 1996 Pennsylvania State Championship.

In addition to the roundtable discussion, we will have book signings of Mike Sielski’s recent book The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality and the book Andrew D. Bernstein collaborated on with Kobe: The Mamba Mentaility: How I Play (both of which will be available for purchase). This wonderful evening will be capped off by a silent auction of signed 20×30 inch prints of 24 of Andrew D. Bernstein’s iconic photographs. The selection will feature a wide assortment including 76ers legends such as Julius Irving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson, and NBA legends including Kobe, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and more!

This event is part of the Kaiserman JCC’s 50th Anniversary fundraising campaign, and all money raised from the event (including admission, proceeds from book sales and the silent auction) will benefit the JCC.

Click here for more details and to register.

Shabbat Shalom,
Dan Horowitz and Miriam Zahavy
On Behalf of the Kaiserman JCC Board of Directors