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Court Order Puts Texas Jewish School Back In Semis

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HOUSTON (AP) – An Orthodox Jewish school in Texas has been reinstated to its state basketball tournament after a judge ordered organizers to reschedule the team’s game so it doesn’t conflict with the Sabbath.

The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or TAPPS, had rejected appeals from Beren Academy to reschedule a semifinals game that was to be played at 9 p.m. Friday. Beren players observe the Sabbath between Friday night and Saturday night and won’t play basketball during those hours.

A group of parents with boys on the team subsequently sued TAPPS and a judge has now issued a temporary restraining order requiring the agency to reschedule the game.

TAPPS director Edd Burleson said Thursday that the association will honor the restraining order and allow Beren to play Friday afternoon.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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