Philadelphia, PA, March 2, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Field Hockey Chairman Tonja Magerman, along with Co-Head Coaches Danielle Altersitz and Donna Richardson are pleased to announce the Open Women’s Field Hockey Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games. The Games 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 Annie Artz of Medford, MA, Tufts University; Kayla Devlin of Annapolis, MD, University of Delaware (’16); Alexis Esbitt of Hockessin, DE, University of Delaware (’10); Rose Gorski of Glencoe, IL, Cornell  University; Rachel Gulotta of Metuchen, NJ, The College of New Jersey; Oliva Harris of Danbury, CT, Bucknell University; Chelsea Kramer of New Vernon, NJ, Dickinson College; Catherine Kurtin of Chestnut Hill, MA, Yale University; Celia Lewis of Houston, TX, Tufts University; Catherine Perlmutter of Blue Bell, PA, Dickinson College; Renee Rosenbum of Audubon, PA, Slippery Rock University (’16); Briana Rubenstein of Bayport, NY, Adelphi University (’16); Camille Scheyer of Glencoe, IL, Yale University; Meredith Shifman of New York, NY, Johns Hopkins University (’06); Taylor Stone of Herndon, VA, University of Louisville; Sarah Jane Weill of Chappaqua, NY, Bowdoin College; and Yael Yonah of Princeton, NJ, West Windsor Plainsboro South 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

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.


The day Rebekah Abrams returned from the recent European Maccabi Games in Berlin, she immediately asked her parents if she could “pretty please” attend the upcoming Pan American Maccabi Games.  “I just wanted to do it again so badly,” said Rebekah. “My parents were very supportive and I am very thankful to them for that.”

Rebekah, currently studying to be a Biomedical Engineer with a minor in Judaic Studies at the University of Rochester, hadn’t heard of Maccabi USA until speaking with her good friend Daniella Rabin, who competed at the 2013 Maccabiah Games as a Juniors Gymnast.  Daniella knew how serious Rebekah took Field Hockey (she plays on Rochester’s Field Hockey team), and suggested she look into participating at the 2015 European Maccabi Games. “I started to really look into the opportunity,” recalled Rebekah. “And the more I learned, and the more I spoke with Daniella, the more I knew I had to go to Germany.”


Although Maccabi USA’s Open Women’s Field Hockey team at the European Maccabi Games did not achieve their goal of winning a medal, Rebekah described her time in Germany in glowing fashion.  “Not only did I become a better Field Hockey player, I made so many real friends that I am in touch with constantly!”


As a newly minted Maccabi USA alum, Rebekah knows what she’d like to do the same and differently at the Pan American Maccabi Games.  Unsurprisingly, they involve building relationships. She plans on interacting with her International counterparts on a more personal level.  “I wish I had talked to more of the International players, to learn more about them and their culture,” she said.  “It’s fascinating, the opportunity to meet all these Jews from so many different parts of the world. How cool is that?”


As the interview is coming to an end, it is casually mentioned that there are roughly 40 days until her departure to Chile; she can barely contain her excitement. “There were so many moments from the European Maccabi Games that I can’t forget, and now I get to do it all over again in Chile? How fantastic! I can’t wait!”



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