This coming Sunday, February 13, evening minyan will be at 5:30 pm due to the Super Bowl.
When I sent out my “Rabbi’s Update” on Monday I had forgotten to include the time change for this coming Sunday because the Super Bowl is simply not on my radar as I am not a football fan.
I watched the Super Bowl three or four times with 40 or so other rabbis since a rabbinic conference I attended usually started on Super Bowl Sunday. (One of the reasons it did so is that the conference center cut the group a break because few clients wanted to book the center on Super Bowl day.) I watched the 2001 Super Bowl with congregants in York, PA, since people in York tend to root for Baltimore sports teams and the Ravens won the Super Bowl that year.
But for the most part it’s not part of my routine, although I have lived in both Los Angeles and Cincinnati, the cities where this year’s two competing teams are from.
As someone who doesn’t mind missing the Super Bowl, however, I have discovered that in more normal non-pandemic times, the Super Bowl is a great time to avoid crowds. Shopping malls are usually deserted during the Super Bowl, as are movie theaters.
On January 31, 1993, I was one of seven people in the 1,120 seat Uptown Theater in Cleveland Park, DC, watching the movie “Schindler’s List.” I lived about a block away in the Quebec House apartments next door to Adas Israel Congregation. When “Schindler’s List” came out the lines to see it were very long and my family can tell you that I absolutely hate standing on line. Realizing that most people would be watching the Super Bowl that afternoon, I decided to go see “Schindler’s List” and attendance was so sparse I could literally count how many people were there.
As always, if I can do anything for you or you need to talk, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-977-0768 rather than through the synagogue office. Although I am working primarily from home, I am happy to meet you at the synagogue by appointment.
Rabbi Charles L. Arian