From the June 26, 2014 Jewish Home LA:
“Our main goal was that the kids have fun,” said Tenebaum, who took care to make sure they met that goal. But while the kids were competing, they were learning more than skating and shooting. “On top of the physical exercise, we emphasized the lessons they should learn, as part of being a team,” he said. “Over a few weeks they’ve learned how to work as a team for a common goal. They’re learning how to be good sportsmen when they win, not taunting their opponents. And how to deal with losing, letting go and understanding that you win some and you lose some. It’s a huge Kiddush Hashem; the people at the rink are very impressed with our kids’ behavior. There’s no foul language or tantrums.”
From the April 2, 2014 Jewish Journal:
It looked like any other youth ice hockey league, save for a few exceptions: Tzitzit poked out from under most players’ jerseys, many fathers watching from the stands wore kippot, and reggae star Matisyahu was in the house watching two of his sons, Laivy and Shalom, enjoy some ice time.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for taking your time to help provide this exciting league for our children. I know my son really has a good time and looks forward to it all week! The league is also a great incentive for my son to succeed with school-related goals!
— Aryeh L, 11/3/2014
We would like to take a minute to thank Josh Botnick and Isaac Tenenbaum for their time, planning, and orchestration of LAJHL. The Coaches, Referees, and Scorekeeper that showed up week after week deserve a thank you as well. The parents that supported our children deserve a thank you.
Aaron’s experience at LAJHL was much greater than the ordinary stick time sessions that he is exposed to.
He is more confident and better understands the team work concept.
— Michael and Hengameh – 6/23/14
I tried for about a year to find a hockey league that didn’t play on Shabbat and that was at my skill level, and was unsuccessful. After a lot of trying and failing, I finally found Josh, and LAJHL. I had an amazing time and I am so grateful that I was able to play with a great group of guys for an awesome season. Thank you to everyone who made this possible.
— Yoni – 6/23/14
We would like to echo all the thank you to Josh & Isaac. Yaakov had a wonderful season. He enjoyed the opportunity to play and practice improving his game. Thank you for all your time & effort. Looking forward to next season.
— Anonymous – 6/24/14
Thank you so much for starting this hockey league. I have been searching for something for my son for a year now, I even approached the Culver Rink about starting a Jewish league but they had bigger issues going on at the time. I loved the article in the Jewish Journal. It was a high five moment in our house when we read it.
— Molly – 4/7/14