Eating With Sports Team


I go to a large public high school. There are few Jewish students, and only a handful of them observe anything Jewish. I keep kosher. Lately, unkosher chicken wings are being served at our sports team gatherings. I don’t want to be left out of the group. My teammates refuse to skip eating the chicken, claiming it is important for team bonding and ridiculing me when I don’t join them. How can I get over this and still keep kosher without being left out?

, 3 years


  1. There is only one simple answer and that is not allow yourself to be cowed into doing something that you do not want to do. I know that it will be hard at the beginning but you will feel much stronger and more committed if you stand by your own beliefs. I have a brother who was a serious sportsman for a while when he was younger. He did not like alcohol and he had no desire to drink it but after matches the team would go out together for a drink. They all ordered pints of beer and lager and my brother ordered a pint of…milk! Yes, they made terrible fun of him at the beginning but after a short while they actually became quite proud of his “drinking problem”.

    May God grant you the strength to continue growing in Torah knowledge and observance.

    Best wishes from the Team