MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE MASTERS AND GRAND-MASTERS GOLF TEAMs FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 10, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Golf Co-Chairs Debbie Adams, Bruce Apple, and Dan Frankel are pleased to announce the Masters and Grand-Masters Golf Teams 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 Masters athletes are Debbie Adams of Asheville, NC; John August of Rochester, NY; David Blatte of Roslyn Heights, NY; Reva Freshman of Tarrytown, NY; Cheryl Goldstein of Coral Gables, FL; Howard Gross of Santa Barbara, CA; Daniel Levinson of New York, NY; Leon Roday of Henrico, VA; Daniel Weiner of Berkeley, CA.

The Grand-Masters athletes are Terry Cole of Ventura, CA; Joseph Ende of Boca Raton, FL; Gary Freedson of Delray Beach, FL; and J. Samuel Tenenbaum of Chicago, IL.

“One of the most unique parts about the Golf competition is that it allows athletes over the age of 50 to experience the unforgettable journey of the Maccabiah” said Co-Chair Frankel. “During the two weeks in the Holy Land, the Golf Team forms an impeccable bond, despite the disparity in age ranging from 15-80. We are so grateful to have the talent and commitment of our Masters and Grand-Masters athletes. It is both a testament to the game of golf and to the Games that they can compete for themselves, their country, and the Jewish people. What an honor it is to have these extraordinary men and women as part of Team 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 JUNIORS GOLF TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Golf Co-Chairs Deborah Adams, Bruce Apple, and Daniel Frankel, along with Head Coach Michael Weinhaus are pleased to announce the Juniors Golf 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 Samantha Bobman of Rye, NY, Rye Country Day School; Elizabeth Friedberg of Old Greenwich, CT, Rye Country Day School; Henry Friedberg of Old Greenwich, CT, Greenwich Country Day School; Olivia Friedberg of Old Greenwich, CT, Rye Country Day School; Jesse Goodman of New York, NY, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School; Jordan Hamelsky of Newtown, MA, The Winsor School; Josh Packer of Hewlett, NY, DRS-HALB Yeshiva High School for Boys; Jennifer Rosenberg of Laurel Hollow, NY, Cold Spring Harbor High School; Mira Rubin of Boca Raton, FL, American Heritage School; Corey Rutkin of Great Neck, NY, Great Neck North High School; Alexander Saslove of Aspen, CO, Berkshire School; Rebecca Skoler of Needham, MA, The Winsor School; Adam Stiller of Bell Canyon, CA, Calabasas High School; and Benjamin Sussman of New York, NY, Riverdale Country 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 OPEN GOLF TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, March 9, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Golf Co-Chairs Deborah Adams, Bruce Apple, and Daniel Frankel along with Head Coach Peter Epstein are pleased to announce the Open Golf 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 Scott Adams of Asheville, NC, Colgate University; Hannah Berman of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, University of West Florida; Joseph Burkinshaw of Germantown, MD, Shepherd University; Zachary Burkinshaw of Germantown, MD, Shepherd University; Ben DuBois of Renton, WA, Gonzaga University; Benjamin Feld of Plymouth Meeting, PA, Drexel University (’13); Julia Hyman of Allentown, PA, Georgetown University; David Lebowitz of Santa Monica, CA, Tulane University (’97); Marni Murez of Manhattan Beach, CA, Boston College; Alexa Popowitz of Boca Raton, FL, Georgetown University; Ashton Silk of Hillsborough, CA, University of San Francisco; Benjamin Smith of Philadelphia, PA, University of Delaware (’09); Julie Steinbauer of Doral, FL, Rollins College; Sean Wigler of Birmingham, MI, Arizona State University; and Michael Zausmer of Boynton Beach, FL, Lafayette College (’15).

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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USA MACCABIAH GOLF ATHLETES HONORED AT THE 22ND PALM BEACH GOLF TOURNAMENT

Philadelphia, PA, February 20, 2017 – Maccabi USA will host its 22nd Annual Palm Beach Golf Tournament at The Falls Club in Lake Worth on Monday, March 20. The tournament is co-chaired by Lou Shook, of Delray Beach, FL and Maccabi USA Chairman, Bob Spivak of Philadelphia, PA.

This year’s tournament allows us the opportunity to honor the golf athletes from Florida who will represent Team USA at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel this July. The golfers are Alan and Kerry Appelbaum of Boca Raton; Hannah Berman of Ponte Vedra Beach; Joseph Ende of Boca Raton; Peter Epstein of Miami Shores; Gary Freedson of Delray Beach; Cheryl Goldstein of Coral Gables; Alexa Popowitz of Boca Raton; and Julie Steinbauer of Doral.

The 22nd annual Palm Beach Golf Tournament will help fund the participation of Jewish athletes in need from the USA and around the world at the World Maccabiah Games. Their participation will help build the next generation of leadership for the Jewish community and create ‘Goodwill’ Ambassadors for the State of Israel. The 20th World Maccabiah Games will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will join the 8,750 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

Participation in the World Maccabiah Games is a life-changing experience. Jewish athletes from around the world gather in Israel to compete in their sport and unite as one Team. They develop relationships with their teammates and athletes from around the world that last a lifetime.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, producing the emotional intensity, high ideals and powerful camaraderie of competition. We connect athletes, volunteers, fans 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.

Please plan to join us as we honor the members of the Maccabi USA Golf Team at our annual Golf Tournament. There is still limited space available to participate in the tournament. For more information about the tournament or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sara Feinstein at 267 627 5654 or sfeinstein@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 from 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 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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MACCABI USA – Building Jewish Pride Through Sports

The plane approached Santiago, Chile with the giant endless blue sky above, the regal turquoise Pacific Ocean below, and the giant snowcapped Andes Mountains facing us. We were thousands of miles away from the beauty that is Israel and yet in that same moment I felt so closely connected to her. It was in that moment I realized just how beautifully the international Maccabi Games, no matter what country they are held in, unifies some of the world’s greatest Jewish athletes, and Jewish people as a whole.

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(Medals from the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games, Dan in the center)

In the early 2000s, I was participating in the JCC Maccabi Games and in PGA Junior Golf Tournaments. I was introduced to Maccabi USA in 2004 when I was approached to try out for Team USA’s Juniors Golf team at the 2005 Maccabiah Games. After competing in the U.S. qualifier, I made it! This was my first opportunity to compete at the World Maccabiah Games, and the tournament took place at Caesarea Golf Club in Israel. Since that fateful day in 2004, I have participated, both as a coach and an athlete, at the 2005 & 2013 Maccabiah Games, the 2006 Maccabi Australia International Games, and most recently at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games. My excitement level to meet, compete, and share/create memories with so many people from around the world while in Chile was the same as it was leading up to Israel nearly eleven years ago.

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(Juniors’ Golf Team at the 2005 Maccabiah Games, Dan second from the left)

International Maccabi Games are about far more than Golf, Basketball, Field Hockey, Track, Volleyball, Soccer, Swimming- to name just a few of the large range of sporting events that occur at these Games. They are about introducing the world’s Jewish population to each other and more significantly, introducing the world to the spirit of Jewish altruism.  During the recent Pan American Maccabi Games, we spent as much time with our Tzedakah Projects, giving back to the Chilean Jewish and non-Jewish communities by visiting hospitals, supporting local patients with vital supplies and creating food baskets for those in need, as we did competing in our individual sporting events.

During my time in Chile, I realized I am just one of the many thousands of people who participate in the World, European, and Pan American Maccabi Games. There are so many Jews from all over the WORLD sharing their cultures, traditions, and peaceful spiritualism with one another. This past summer the European Maccabi Games were hosted in Berlin, Germany, which I unfortunately could not attend. When these Games commenced, Team USA had played a major role in creating the largest gathering of Jews congregating in Berlin since the Holocaust.

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There is no doubt that competing for my country in Israel and Australia and coaching in Israel and Chile hold some of my life’s greatest memories. It doesn’t hurt that I/we’ve been able to win some medals along the way :). That being said, the most meaningful aspects of these life-changing adventures are the friendships that were sparked and the relationships I have developed with so many special people from a wide range of ages and diverse backgrounds. This year in Chile, our Maccabi experience transformed us all from foreign tourists to members of a world community. We saw the beauty of the land, we met the people who lived in this country, some less fortunate than others but all of whom were courteous, and appreciative of our presence.

This was the perfect setting for our Maccabi family of athletes, coaches, and administrators to create lifetime friendships. I am eternally blessed for this experience and to be a part of the Maccabi USA family.

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Previously:

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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