Sundays with Sondheimer: Being Jewish at a Catholic school
On Sundays this summer, I'm presenting my favorite videos from those I've shot over the last three years and telling the back story.
Ben Loth of Encino Crespi was a terrific offensive lineman in 2008. But even more interesting was the fact he was Jewish and attending a Catholic school.
I went to speak with him, and we sat together in the chapel across the street from Crespi. He explained how his religious beliefs were not affected hanging out with a student body that was mostly Catholic. He also gave insight into how important summer conditioning is for football.
His experience was a positive one, and now his brother, Joel, a 6-foot-6 basketball-football player, will be a freshman this fall at West Hills Chaminade, another Catholic school. Loth received a scholarship to Iowa State, where he has grown to 322 pounds.
-- Eric Sondheimer