As raise $2,000 for Sacramento-area synagogues

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The Oakland A's rallied for the Jewish community last week, raising $2,000 for the three burned synagogues in the Sacramento area.

The baseball club allotted $3 from every $10 ticket sold in conjunction with the Israeli-Jewish Community Night, held Thursday of last week at Oakland's Network Associates Coliseum.

Rabbi Brad Bloom of Sacramento's Congregation B'nai Israel tossed the ceremonial first pitch of the game, which the A's eventually won, 7-6, over the Chicago White Sox. Cantor Moishe London from Sacramento's Kenesset Israel Torah Center, which was left homeless after the fire, sang the national anthem.

Also attending were Rabbi Matthew Friedman of Congregation Beth Shalom in Carmichael, the third torched synagogue, and Rabbi Stuart Rosen of Kenesset Israel.

The event was "particularly important given what's going on this week," said Jim Bloom, A's director of marketing and communications, referring to Tuesday's shootings at a Los Angele-area Jewish community center. "We have a long way to go in the area of tolerance. We are very happy to raise money and to show a lot of different aspects of the Jewish community."

Warming up the crowd before the game, a youth group from the Contra Costa JCC performed Israeli folk dancing.

The money raised will go to the Unity Fund, established to help rebuild the synagogues hit by arson on June 18.