NBC releases unaired 'American Ninja Warrior' footage of Orthodox competitor cut after Shabbat opt-out


Members of the Jewish Inspiration Foundation on the set of "American Ninja Warrior." Shown here (l-r): Chaya Ruth Weberman, Eli Casper, Ari Cohen, Esther Schwab and Aydra Jones.

(JTA) - When Michael Neuman found out his run on this season of the NBC obstacle course competition show "American Ninja Warrior" would not air, the competitor inside of him was crushed. Part of the filming schedule had conflicted with his Shabbat observance.

But Neuman was even more disappointed that he would not get to keep any footage from the show. Neuman, a 30-year-old psychotherapist from Miami Beach, had arranged to bring three young people from his Jewish Inspiration Foundation - which supports Jewish youth with physical challenges through sports - onto the show with him. Their pare...

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