MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE OPEN ROWING TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, June 6, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Rowing Chair Tony Schneider along with Head Coach Mitchell Budman, is pleased to announce the Open Rowing 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 Noah Chaskin of Schenectady, NY, United States Naval Academy; Chloe Fishman of Palo Alto, CA, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ethan Genyk of Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania; Samantha Kolovson of Wayland, MA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst (’16); Joshua Kuppersmith of Glencoe, IL, Harvard University; David Wexner of New Albany, OH, Harvard University; Brooke Wolford of Philadelphia, PA, University of Central Oklahoma (’16); and Ilana Zieff of Boston, MA, Brandeis University (’10).

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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Today we feature Caroline Post, two time Maccabi USA alum at the 2009 and 2013 World Maccabiah Games. Read below to learn more about Caroline’s experiences with Maccabi USA both in and out of the water.

 

Over the course of two Maccabiah Games, Caroline Post won five gold medals and one bronze medal in the six Rowing events in which she competed!  One would assume her athletic successes would encompass her most memorable experiences; rather, Caroline’s most memorable experience occurred at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, when she participated in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Ceremony.  It was Caroline’s first Bat Mitzvah. “It was a beautiful sight to behold,” said Caroline. “The entire atmosphere was joyous and inspired pride.”

17th Maccabiah Bnai Mitzvah

Caroline first became aware of Maccabi USA in 2008, when the Rowing coach for the 18th Maccabiah Games, a lifelong family friend, recruited Caroline to compete. Suffice to say, Caroline dominated the Rowing competition at the 18th Maccabiah Games, going undefeated, winning the gold medal in single sculls, double sculls, quadruple sculls and pair without coxswain.

2009 Row Team

Participating in four different events meant long days for Caroline.  Every day she raced at least twice; sometimes she would race as many as four times!  “It was definitely a mental challenge as much as a physical one,” exclaimed Caroline. “I had such an amazing time in 2009 that of course I didn’t hesitate to come back for the 2013 Games.”

ROW Portrait Rowing M&W Open M19

To Caroline, the Maccabiah Games are so much more than the actual athletic competition; it’s all about the people. “We shared a hotel with the other Rowing teams, sharing breakfasts and dinners with rowers from all over the world,” remembers Caroline. “I still keep in touch with them, and look forward to seeing them all again soon.”

ROW Portrait Rowing M&W Open M19

Previously:

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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