MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE OPEN MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 24, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Open Men’s Basketball Chairman Josh Schachter, along with Head Coach Doug Gottlieb and Assistant Coach Jacob Rauchbauch are pleased to announce the Open Men’s Basketball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

The athletes are Marc Chasin of Coral Gables, FL, Ithaca College; Jordan Cohen of Tarzana, CA, Lehigh University; Joseph “JoJo” Fallas of Beverly Hills, CA, Cornell University; Robbie Feinberg of Hidden Hills, CA. Harvard University; Grant Greenberg of Leavenworth, KS, University of Saint Mary; Daniel Janel of Fresh Meadows, NY, Connecticut College; Alec Kobre of Santa Rosa, CA, University of the Pacific (’16); Jeremy Lieberman of Laramie, WY, University of Wyoming; Jimmy McDonnell of Jackson, NJ, Temple University (’15); Joe Schneider of Longmeadow, MA, Amherst College; Sam Singer of Berkeley, CA, University of California-Berkeley; Travis Warech of Pine Brook, NJ, Ithaca College (’13).

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The Organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE MASTERS MEN’S 45+ BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 8, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Masters Men’s 45+ Basketball Chairman David Kantor, along with Head Coach Todd Schayes is pleased to announce the Masters Men’s 45+ Basketball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

Head Coach Schayes is currently the Varsity Head Basketball Coach at Kent Denver School and is a four-time alum of the Maccabiah Games. The athletes are Eric Abel of Owings Mills, MD; Scott Alterman of Atlanta, GA; Jason Aspes of Atlanta, GA; David Cohen-Mintz of New York, NY; Michael Foonberg of Denver, CO; James “Jimmy” Kieserman of Dresher, PA; Albert Moscatel of Mercer Island, WA; Michael Nekritz of Northbrook, IL; David Rothstein of Pinecrest, FL; Todd Tyrrell of Denver, CO; David Webner of Narberth, PA; and Josh Wexler of Bronx, NY.

“Team USA’s Masters Men’s 45+ Basketball Team is incredibly excited about the upcoming 20th World Maccabiah Games, as we try to secure the first Maccabiah gold medal for this age group” said Schayes. The 12-man roster is made up of former Division I basketball players, plus a trio of hoopsters (Jimmy Kieserman, Al Moscatel, and Josh Wexler) who were teammates on the 1993 Maccabiah Open Men’s Basketball Team. We look forward to combining our love of Israel, Judaism, and hoops into two weeks that we will never forget – go USA!”

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The Organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE MASTERS MEN’S 35+ BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 4, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Masters Men’s 35+ Basketball Co-Chairs Josh Kahane and David Roberts, along with Head Coach Dr. Ed Wiener are pleased to announce the Masters Men’s 35+ Basketball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

The athletes are Conrad Adamczak of Los Angeles, CA; Adam Carl of Northbrook, IL; Gil Charash of Encino, CA; Sharone Hakman of Los Angeles, CA; Josh Kahane of Memphis, TN; Joseph Leavitt of Santa Monica, CA; David Ostroff of Arlington, VA; David Roberts of Chesterfield, MO; Michael Rubenstein of Houston, TX; Antwuan Sanders of Highland Park, IL; Mark Small of Encino, CA; and Paul Vitelli of Hoboken, NJ.

“Having won a gold medal for Team USA at the 4th Maccabiah Games in 1953 as a collegiate player, it is truly an honor to now return in 2017 as Head Coach of the 35+ Masters team for the 20th Maccabiah Games” said Dr. Wiener. “Our team is made up of both exceptional basketball players and exceptional men who embody the mission and values of Maccabi USA. We look forward to representing the USA with distinction this summer.” 

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The Organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE YOUTH MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, February 27, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Youth Men’s Basketball Chairman, Brian Seitz along with Head Coach Howard Fisher and Assistant Coaches Jeff Klein and Brian Seitz are pleased to announce the Youth Men’s Basketball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

Coach Fisher is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA and Assistant Coach Klein is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The athletes are Amitai Afenjar of Los Angeles, CA, Milken Community High School; Sam Beskind of Tucson, AZ, Catalina Foothills High School; Jackson Blaufeld of Pittsburgh, PA, Taylor Allderdice High School; Bryan Knapp of Washington, DC, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; Max Leibowitz of Encino, CA, Valley Torah High School; Griffin Levine of Parker TX, Yavneh Academy; Ben Lubarsky of Juno Beach, FL, The Benjamin School; Caleb Milobsky of Greenwood Village, CO, Cooper Yeshiva High School; Gabriel Ravetz of New York, NY, Blair Academy; Casey Ring of East Lansing, MI, East Lansing High School; Abraham Rosow of Brooklyn, NY, Yeshivah of Flatbush; Daniel Schlakman of Sharon, MA, Milton Academy.

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The Organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE OPEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, March 2, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Women’s Basketball Chairwoman Donna Orender, along with Head Coach Sherry Levin, and Assistant Coach Jennifer Cosgrove are pleased to announce the Open Women’s Basketball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports

Head Coach Levin is currently the Head Coach for Girls’ Basketball at the Worcester Academy; Assistant Coach Cosgrove is currently the Assistant Coach for the Fordham University Women’s Basketball team. The athletes are Tara Berger of Purchase, NY, Wesleyan University; Allison Chernow of Dresher, PA, Emory University; Drew Edelman of Sunnyvale, CA, University of California – Santa Barbara; Paige Fecske of Studio City, CA, Pepperdine University; Hannah Fox of Plymouth Meeting, PA, Amherst College; Hayley Isenberg of Dallas, TX, Harvard University; Leah Matusow of Dresher, PA, Pennsylvania State University (’12); Leah Purvis of Valley Village, CA, Miami University of Ohio; Lauren Rothfeld of Dresher, PA, Salisbury University; Maria “Masha” Shtikel of Shoreline, WA, Seattle University; Allison Silfen of Rye Brook, NY, Bowdoin College; and Emily Surloff of Los Angeles, CA, Columbia University.

Chairwoman Orender and Head Coach Levin are multiple Maccabi USA alumni, having both played in the World Maccabiah Games. Head Coach Levin led the Juniors Girls’ Basketball Team to a Gold Medal for the 19th World Maccabiah Games in 2013.

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The Organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE JUNIORS BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, March 2, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Juniors Boys’ Basketball Chairman Steve Rosenberg is pleased to announce the Juniors Boys’ Basketball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

The athletes are Braelee Albert of Encino, CA, Brentwood School; Lior Berman of Birmingham, AL, Mountain Brook High School; Zeke Blauner of Ardsley, NY, Ardsley High School; Tyler Krivitzkin of Weston, FL, Cypress Bay High School; Benjamin Leff of Armonk, NY, Byram Hills High School; Matthew Liner of Los Angeles, CA, Beverly Hills High School; Brett Polson of Los Angeles, CA, Brentwood School; Ryan Retzlaff of Claremont, CA, Claremont High School; Isaac Rosenthal of Portland, OR, Beaverton High School; Anthony Spencer of Pacific Palisades, CA, Palisades Charter High School; Jack Stern of Voorhees, NJ, Moorestown Friends School; and David Wolf of Albany, CA, Albany High School.

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The Organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE JUNIORS GIRLS’ BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, February 28, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Juniors Girls’ Basketball Chairman, Lisa Fischman, along with Head Coach Rebecca Silberman and Assistant Coach Matthew Feldman are pleased to announce the Juniors Girls’ Basketball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

The athletes are Jamie Behar of Oceanside, NY, Oceanside High School; Crystal Bridge of North Potomac, MD, Thomas S. Wootton High School; Sophie Cweiber of Chalfont, PA, Pennridge High School; Ashley Isenberg of Dallas, TX, The Greenhill School; Rachel Kaiser of Coral Gables, FL, Gulliver Prep School; Julia Kreider of Doylestown, PA, Tohickon Middle School; Rachael Millan of Huntingdon Valley, PA, Lower Moreland High School; Ema Schumer of New York, NY, The Dalton School; Eliana Silk of New Rochelle, NY, New Rochelle High School; Charlotte Stern of Voorhees, NJ, Moorestown Friends High School; Sophie Trachtenberg of Oklahoma City, OK, Classen School of Advanced Studies; and Tessa Wayne of New York, NY, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School.

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The Organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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MACCABI USA OPEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM APPOINTED TO REPRESENT THE USA AT THE WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, October 10 – Sherry Levin, Head Coach, Open Women’s Basketball, is pleased to announce the appointment of twelve athletes to represent the USA at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel in July, 2017. Levin, the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Worcester Academy, along with Assistant Coach, Jennifer Cosgrove, Assistant Coach at Fordham University, are excited about the prospects for this team of talented young women.

“It is an honor to be coaching such an exceptional group of women. On the court, they bring the highest level of talent to reach our goal of bringing home a gold medal,” Levin said. “It will be inspiring to travel with them, exploring Israel and deepening our connection with our heritage. We will come together next summer first representing the USA while competing to the best of our ability on the International stage, and then share the Maccabiah experience together. It is an amazing opportunity that will stay with us for a lifetime.”

The athletes all play competitively at their respective colleges, seven from Division I schools. They include: Tara Berger of Purchase, NY, Wesleyan University; Jennifer Berkowitz of Wayland, MA, Yale University; Allison Chernow of Dresher, PA, Emory University; Drew Edelman of Sunnyvale, CA, University of California Santa Barbara; Paige Fecske of Studio City, CA, Pepperdine University; Hannah Fox of Plymouth Meeting, PA, Amherst College; Hayley Isenberg of Dallas, TX, Harvard University; Leah Purvis of Valley Village, CA, Miami University of Ohio; Lauren Rothfeld of Dresher, PA, Salisbury University; Maria Shtikel of Shoreline, WA, Seattle University; Allison Silfen of Rye Brook, NY, Bowdoin College; and Emily Surloff of Los Angeles, CA, Columbia University.

The Maccabiah Games are the world’s third largest international sporting event and attracts elite Jewish athletes from around the world. The Maccabiah Games in 2017 will be comprised of 9000 athletes from 80 countries. The Games provide Jewish athletes the opportunity to come to Israel and compete at an elite level while also building connections with their teammates, competitors and the people of Israel.

 About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The organization is one of 38 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

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The first time Emily Seelenfreund played Wheelchair Basketball as an 11 year old, she was hooked. Born with Osteogenesis imperfecta, or Brittle Bone Disease, which is characterized by fragile bones that break easily, she never thought she’d be able to play sports at a high level competitively. “I fell in love immediately with the team aspect and competitiveness of basketball,” recalls Emily. That moment marked the beginning of a prestigious Wheelchair Basketball career for her, culminating with her participation at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games.

Emily played as much basketball as she possibly could, competing throughout middle school and high school, eventually earning a scholarship to play at the University of Alabama. During her time at college where she studied Political Science and History, Emily won three National Championships with Alabama’s Wheelchair Basketball program, was a member of the USA under-25 team that won gold at the 2011 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, and was selected as an alternate for the 2012 London Paralympics. After graduating from college, Emily moved to New Mexico to take part in the “Teach for America” program, figuring her successful Wheelchair Basketball career had ended.

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(Emily pictured center, wearing jersey #21)

While living and teaching on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, Emily was approached by Stu Greenberg, USA Organizing Committee Paralympic Sports Chairman for the 19th World Maccabiah Games in 2013. He asked her to consider representing Team USA on a team that also included a few Canadian and Dutch players. “I was hesitant to go, it was going to be a crazy hard year of teaching for me,” remembers Emily. “Knowing it was the first time Paralympic Basketball was offered at the Maccabiah Games, I had to be there to represent the USA in Israel, a country that’s very important to me, as it is the birthplace of my grandfather and home to my aunt and cousins, at an event that is so much bigger than sports.”

Emily’s most memorable moment as a Wheelchair Basketball athlete occurred prior to the gold medal match at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games. “Before the championship game, we hadn’t had huge crowds. But the Maccabiah organizers posted ads and ran buses to that game, and the stadium was completely full,” said Emily. “Even though we eventually lost the game, what a special moment it was to come into this packed gym and see all that support.”

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(Team USA from the 2013 World Maccabiah Games)

These days, Emily is in her second year at Harvard Law School, with the ultimate goal of working in Disability Rights advocacy after graduation. For now, she plans on applying for Team USA for the 2017 World Maccabiah Games, which will mark the first time that the United States has a solely American squad. “Being one of the first Paralympic Basketball players at the Maccabiah Games was very special,” remarks Emily. “I want to continue to build this wonderful program and be a part of its tremendous growth.”

Maccabi USA is currently seeking qualified Jewish Paralympic Basketball players to represent Team USA at the 20th World Maccabiah Games on a Mixed Gender team for those ages 18-35. To apply, click HERE! For more information, please contact Stan Corn, Paralympic Basketball Chairman, at 804.221.3900 or stancorn@reagan.com.

 

Previously:

Ellie Greenberg: In Her Own Words

From Maccabi Canada to Maccabi USA: Ice Hockey with Greg Gardner

From Running in to Coaching at the Maccabiah with Jordan Schilit

Building Maccabi USA’s Lacrosse Program with Eve Levinson

Maccabi USA Baseball with Eric Holtz

From the Maccabiah to Maccabi Young Leadership

Maccabi USA Cricket led my Former Israeli National Team Cricketer

Judo: A Family Affair with Adam Moyerman

Tennis in Santiago with Natasha Dabrowski

Maccabi USA Golf with Dan Frankel

Swimming for a Purpose with Sarah Solomon

Maccabi USA Field Hockey with Rebekah Abrams

Breaking the International Maccabi Games Golf Scoring Record at the European Maccabi Games

Ori Hoffer on Preparing for his First Maccabi USA Experience

Half Marathon with Melissa Perlman

Women’s Soccer with Catie Chase

Coaching at the EMG with Scott Garson

Maccabi USA Soccer with Morry Steinbach

Prepping for the European Maccabi Games with Zak Elfenbein

Maccabi Memories with Caroline Post

Maccabi Memories with Dallen Stanford

Maccabi Memories with Matthew Halpern

Maccabi Memories with Charly Santagado

Maccabi Memories with Matthew Monheit

Maccabi Memories with Lenny Krayzelburg

Maccabi Memories with Rachel Magerman

Maccabi Memories with Noah Springwater

Maccabi Memories with Stuart Weitzman

 

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(Photo Credit: Matthew Halpern)

As the Head Basketball Coach at the College of Idaho in Caldwell, ID, Scott Garson does not have much opportunity to interact with Jews.  “By moving here, I tripled the Jewish population of Caldwell!” joked Scott.  The European Maccabi Games provided Coach Garson with the opportunity to re-connect with Judaism in an athletic setting, a “once in a lifetime experience that changed my life in a positive way from the standpoint of being a Jew.”

For most of his life Scott has been aware of Maccabi USA.  His father coached and he played Basketball at the JCC Maccabi Games, but it wasn’t until 2009 that Scott had his first chance to represent Maccabi USA.  Bruce Pearl, current NCAA Basketball Coach, and at the time the Head Coach of the Open Men’s Basketball team at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, invited Scott to be his Assistant Coach. Scott had to decline, but his head was turned and he knew he had to get involved somehow.

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Fast forward six years later to the 2015 Jewish Coaches Association Breakfast at the NCAA Basketball Final Four.  Scott was awarded the 2015 Red Auerbach Coach of the Year Award, and Adam Chaskin, the Head Coach of the Open Men’s Basketball team for the European Maccabi Games, was in attendance. Small talk turned to deep conversation, and Adam offered Scott the position as the Assistant Coach for his team. “I told him to give me 24 hours to check my schedule,” recalls Scott, “and then it was an absolutely!”

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(Scott Garson, Left, and Adam Chaskin, Right)

At the European Maccabi Games, Scott Garson helped lead the Youth Men’s Basketball team to a gold medal as the Assistant Coach, defeating Israel in the final. “As good and as fun as the basketball was,” said Scott, “the best parts were the experiences outside of the competition – particularly being Jewish in Berlin.”

Garson’s favorite day of the trip was July 28, the day that Maccabi USA’s Youth and Juniors athletes visited Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp before celebrating at the Opening Ceremony.  For him, the juxtaposition of the sorrow and horrors befitting a concentration camp compared to the jubilation and celebration of the Opening Ceremony was one he will never forget.  “That particular day made an impression on me more than any other day,” exclaimed Garson. “Going from a concentration camp to turning around and singing Hatikvah with thousands of Jews at Hitler’s Olympic Park? Wow.”

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(Photo Credit: Mark Susson)

Asked for his final thoughts on his experiences in Europe, Scott said, “It was an important thing to do. One of the top experiences in my life, without question.”

 

Previously:

Maccabi USA Soccer with Morry Steinbach

Prepping for the European Maccabi Games with Zak Elfenbein

Maccabi Memories with Caroline Post

Maccabi Memories with Dallen Stanford

Maccabi Memories with Matthew Halpern

Maccabi Memories with Charly Santagado

Maccabi Memories with Matthew Monheit

Maccabi Memories with Lenny Krayzelburg

Maccabi Memories with Rachel Magerman

Maccabi Memories with Noah Springwater

Maccabi Memories with Stuart Weitzman

 

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