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

Philadelphia, PA, June 22, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Juniors Boys’ Soccer Chairman, Bryan Pollack along with Head Coach Jesse Goldberg, and Assistant Coach David Parks are pleased to announce the Juniors Boys’ Soccer 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 Aidan Aisiks of New York, NY, Horace Mann High School; Sebastian Baredes of Aventura, FL, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School; Ori Bitton of Agoura Hills, CA, Oak Park High School; Josh Friederwitzer of Woodbridge, NJ, Next Generation USA Leadership Academy; Jack Green of Anchorage, AK, West Anchorage High School; David “DJ” Handen of El Dorado Hills, CA, Marina Village Middle School; Maxwell Katz of Fox Point, WI, Nicolet High School; Owen Kempton of Cheshire, CT, Cheshire Academy; David Kugler of Glencoe, IL, New Trier High School; Roee Maor of Demarest, NJ, Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest; Jackson Meli of New York, NY, Avenues: The World School; David Mizrahi of Aventura, FL, University School; Max Mogul of New York, NY, Beacon School; Dor Moskowitz of Sunnyvale, CA, Fremont High School; Brent Rodgers of Alpharetta, GA, The Weber School; Matthew Ross of New York City, NY, Trinity School; Evan Sichel of Cincinnati, OH, Sycamore High School; Jeremy Smithline of Newtown, PA, Council Rock High School North; Philip Stulman of Santa Clarita, CA, Albert Einstein Academy; and Aaron Zalesne of Elgin, SC, Hammond School. Marc Egnal of Bellevue, WA, Adam Henry of Fort Myers, FL, Yali Levy of New York, NY, and Bailey Moshal of Wynnewood, PA. withdrew due to injury reserve.  

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+ SOCCER TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 11, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Masters Men’s 35+ Soccer Co-Chairs Ross Berman and Rob Wynner along with Head Coach Michael Erush is pleased to announce the Masters Men’s 35+ Soccer 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 Ori Adrabi of Los Angeles, CA; Amir Benakote of Los Angeles, CA; Ross Berman of New York, NY; Michael Coakley of Playa Del Ray, CA; Joshua Freeman of Leonia, NJ; Brian Greenfield of Needham, MA; Michael Haynes of Montclair, NJ; Mathew Herold of Venice, CA; Jeffrey Jacobs of New York, NY; Leonid Krupnik of Belmont, CA; Noah Lewkowitz of Phoenix, AZ; David Linn of New York, NY; Robert Olin of New York, NY; Itzik Rapaport of Canoga Park, CA; Marc Schwartz of South Orange, NJ; Moshe Shalchon of New York, NY; Tal Sheynfeld of New York, NY; Zachary Viders of Katonah, NY; and Rob Wynner of Westlake Village, CA.

“The Masters 35+ team is confident, determined, and committed to both enjoying the Maccabiah Games and fulfilling our team goals of winning a gold medal. I am very excited to lead this team in July” said Coach Erush. “The athletes will have a great experience during the competitions, but more importantly have a chance to represent in our country in the beautiful state of Israel.”

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+ SOCCER TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 10, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Masters Men’s 45+ Co-Chairs Ian Grusd and John Levene, along with Head Coach Alan Bodenstein and Assistant Coach Gary Bernstein are pleased to announce the Masters Men’s 45+ Soccer 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 Joel Biran of Gladwyne, PA; Lawrence Block of Boyds, MD; Daniel Deresh of North Billerica, MA; Brett Epstein of Chandler, AZ; Marc Essenfeld of Scotch Plains, NJ; Stephan Feldgoise of Scarsdale, NY; Stefan Greenberg of New York, NY; Ian Grusd of Colts Neck, NJ; David Haas of New York, NY; Don Kent of New York, NY; John Levene of New York, NY; Drew Misher of Haverford, PA; Lee Popper of Needham, MA; Andrew Reichgut of South Orange, NJ; Matthew Sills of Oakland, CA; Howard Snyder of Bryn Mawr, PA; David Warren of New York, NY; Michael Weiss of Armonk, NY; Randy Winn of New York, NY;  and Mark Wisnevitz of Arlington Heights, IL.

“I am extremely excited to be part of my 9th event with Maccabi USA. I am also excited to coach the most accomplished team in Masters 45+ history. We are looking forward to being very competitive on the field and spending time together as brothers in the Holy Land” said Head Coach Bodenstein.

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 SOCCER TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 2, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Open Women’s Soccer Chairman Marc Backal, along with Head Coach Wendi Whitman and Assistant Coach Catie Chase are pleased to announce the Open Women’s Soccer 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 Chayse Bauer of Frisco, TX, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Samantha Bell of Lafayette, CA, University of Texas at Dallas; Sienna Drizin of Las Vegas, NV, University of California-Davis (’16); Emily Duner of Atlanta, GA, Northwestern University; Alexis Elowitch of Portland, ME, Saint Anslem College; Natasha Friedman of Phoenix, AZ, Simmons College; Ellie Greenberg of Gladwyne, PA, Middlebury College; Ally Grunstein of Warren, NJ, Quinnipiac University; Danielle Kaufman of Wilmette, IL, Bucknell University; Ariel Kupritz of Maryville, TN, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; Sara Messinger of Cherry Hill, NJ, George Washington University; Pamela Pierre of Houston, TX, University of Alabama-Birmingham (’07); Jessica Ritchie of Glencoe, IL, Cornell University; Gabrielle Rosenfeld of Holland, PA, Bucknell University; Rachel Sharkey of Bowie, MD, Drexel University; Jessica Shreck of Lido Beach, NY, Boston University; Olivia Silverman of Cincinnati, OH, Saint Louis University; Sydnie Telson of Trabuco Canyon, CA, University of San Francisco (’16); Monica Weiss of Boca Raton, FL, Lafayette College; and Libby Zelikowitz of Flushing, NY, Mercy College.

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 MEN’S SOCCER TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, April 25, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Soccer Co-Chairs Preston Goldfarb and Mark Knue, along with Head Coach Preston Goldfarb and Assistant Coach David Goldstein, are pleased to announce the Open Men’s Soccer 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.

“In 2013, the Open Men’s Soccer Team became the ‘Impossible Dream’ Team by winning the first ever Gold Medal by an Open Men’s Soccer Team for USA. We believe our 2017 Team will continue that ‘Impossible Dream’ by becoming the ‘Forever Team’ and make history again by going ‘Back-to-Back for Gold Medals’” said Goldfarb. “These Games are not only about winning and competing, but more importantly about the life altering experiences we will all have together in Israel, not just for a month, but for “forever!”

The athletes are William Cohen of Chicago, IL, Amherst College; Jonathan Dolezal of Wynnewood, PA, University of Pennsylvania (’14); Lance Dotzman of Holland, PA, Muhlenberg College (’14); Oliver Eisen of Stockholm, Sweden, Kungsholmens Gymnasium; Stephen Elias of Rye, NY, North Carolina State University; Aaron Franco of College Park, MD, University of Maryland; Samuel Friedman of New York, NY, Lafayette College (’11); Joshua Haberman of Woodbury, NY, Princeton University; Benjamin Issroff of New York, NY, Princeton University; Ryan Jones of Holland, PA, Marywood University (’13); Daniel Kohen of Beverly Hills, CA, San Diego State University (’15); Kovi Konowiecki of Long Beach, CA, Wake Forest University (’14); Max Kurtzman of Gladwyne, PA, University of Pennsylvania (’15); Elijah Lichtenberg of Beverly Hills, CA, Claremont McKenna College; Evin Nadaner of Bronx, NY, Boston University (’14); Samuel Raben of Greenwood Village, CO, Wake Forest University; Drew Rosenberg of Short Hills, NJ, Northwestern University; Jake Rozhansky of Takoma Park, MD, University of Maryland; Daniel Rubenstein of Bryn Mawr, PA, Wesleyan University; Brett Walsdorf of Lloyd Harbor, NY, Syracuse University (’12); and Alec Weiss of Merion, PA, Villanova University (’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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JOE NEMZER NAMED HEAD COACH FOR MACCABI USA’s JUNIORS BOYS’ SOCCER TEAM

Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2016 – Bryan Pollack, Overall Juniors Boys’ Soccer Chairman for the 20th World Maccabiah Games USA Organizing Committee, is pleased to announce the appointment of Joe Nemzer as Head Coach for Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Soccer team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games. Nemzer coached the undefeated Open Women’s Soccer Team at the 2015 European Games in Berlin, Germany and is currently the Head Coach of the Women’s Soccer team at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD.

“Coaching the undefeated Women’s Soccer Team in Berlin was such a powerful experience. I am excited to once again be part of the Maccabi USA organization, this time for the World Maccabiah Games, which to me is a whole different playing field,” Nemzer said. Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Soccer team members will be part of the overall 1,200+ member USA Team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games.

Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish athletes to represent Team USA in Soccer at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in the following divisions: Juniors Boys (born 2001-2002) & Girls (born 1999-2002), Youth Mens (born 1999-2000), and Open Mens & Womens (ages 18-35).

The 20th World Maccabiah Games are the world’s third largest international sporting event and will consist of over 10,000 athletes from 80 countries participating in 42 sports.

Juniors Boys’ Soccer tryouts will be taking place in January 2017. Applications for the Games must be submitted prior to the tryout. Please visit www.maccabiusa.com to apply for the Games.

For more information, please contact Program Director Shane Carr, at (215) 561-6900, or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com or Bryan Pollack at maccabi.2017.juniorboyssoccer@gmail.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 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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MACCABI USA – Building Jewish Pride Through Sports

For the past few weeks, I have had the privilege of working alongside the Maccabi USA team at their headquarters in Philadelphia. I was tasked with “helping Maccabi USA improve its Marketing Communications platform by focusing on Digital Media.” The people I was surrounded with everyday created such a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and I am so grateful for their willingness to include me in their work environment. So – thank you Maccabi USA for the amazing externship experience you gave me!

As I stepped into the stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games carrying the USA banner, I felt an enormous amount of pride. I heard “USA” announced on the loudspeaker and watched as the Americans in the stands cheered us on. I looked around and saw teams from Brazil, Cuba, and Uruguay…. So many people, how could they all be Jewish? After all the teams were called, the Opening Ceremony fittingly began with the Israeli National Anthem. I was dressed in stars and stripes, my neighbor in yellow and green, but there we were, together, singing the same words of Hatikvah.

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(Ellie is holding the left most banner and is third from the left)

That is the beauty of Maccabi; while my life is vastly different from the defender marking me on the field, we do share significant similarities. Nationality and language aside, we both love to play soccer and embrace our Jewish background.

Despite our similarities, I still had much to learn from these other Maccabi athletes.

My team faced Brazil in the finals. And while Brazil was our competition, they represented a type of sportsmanship I had never before experienced.

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As the final whistle blew, I ran to my teammates with excitement. We had just won the gold! But amid our celebrations, I failed to notice what was happening on the sideline.

The Brazilian captain had approached the referee and asked to present Team USA with their gold medals.

And suddenly, each member of Brazil’s team was hanging a medal around our necks. These girls were so encouraging and excited for us, clapping and celebrating; I doubt I will ever again encounter sportsmanship similar that exhibited by Brazil’s team.

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Having experienced the 2013 World Maccabiah Games in Israel, I was tentative about traveling to Santiago for Pan Am. I had such an incredible experience in Tel Aviv, I could not imagine anything could compare. But I was wrong. Chile and Israel were each such unique, amazing Games, complete with different teammates and different experiences, but both with the same underlying concept: Building Jewish Pride Through Sports.

I applied for the 2017 Maccabiah games for the same reason I traveled to Chile this past December – the experiences Maccabi USA has given to me and the memories made while at these competitions are so unique, so fun, and so meaningful. I have made some of my best friends through Maccabi, and I hope that I can represent the USA next summer in Israel!

Maccabi USA is currently seeking qualified Jewish Soccer players to represent Team USA at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in the following divisions: Juniors Girls (Born 1999-2002) & Boys (Born 2001-2002), Youth Men (Born 1999-2000), Open Men & Women (Ages 18-35) and Masters Men (Ages 35+ & Ages 45+). To apply, click HERE! For more information, please contact Shane Carr, Program Director, at 215.561.6900 x. 4147 or scarr@maccabiusa.com.

 

Previously:

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

 

Like Maccabi USA on Facebook and follow Maccabi USA on Twitter and Instagram!!

The game of golf has always played a major role in Ben Feld’s life. As an undergraduate student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Ben captained the Golf team for two seasons as part of a four-year career.  Nowadays, he is in his third year as the Assistant Golf Coach at Drexel, a role some could say prepared Ben to shoot the tournament of his life at the 2015 European Maccabi Games.

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As the 2015 European Maccabi Games approached, Ben was unsure what to expect. Although he had played in various professional and amateur tournaments throughout his career, he had yet to play in one outside of the United States.  On top of that, this would be Ben’s first time representing Maccabi USA.  That didn’t stop him from turning in the greatest Golf performance in International Maccabi Games history.  With a first round 65, Ben never looked back, scoring below 70 throughout the tournament. After all was said and done, Ben had shot 15-under par, breaking the all-time International Maccabi Games golf scoring record, as well as recording the lowest single round score in International Maccabi Games history with his 65 in the first.

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After such a fantastic performance, one would expect that his successes on the course would be his favorite memory from his experience.  With Ben, that is not the case. “The most memorable part of my Maccabi USA experience would have to be the Opening Ceremony,” recalls Ben. “Ten thousand Jews, congregating in Berlin, given the city’s obvious history, was nothing short of extraordinarily powerful.”

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At competitive golf tournaments, it is unusual for opposing golfers to actively support their opponent.  Once it was clear that Ben was in the midst of a special run, many golfers began rooting for him, none more than the Masters Golfers from Great Britain.  “I was fortunate to make many friendships and bonds,” said Ben. “I have even been invited over the pond whenever I please to play some golf!”

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Ben continues to golf competitively, and hopes to continue golfing as a part of Maccabi USA. “Do everything in your power to make this opportunity a reality,” advises Ben.  “Words can’t describe how special of an experience the Maccabi Games are as a whole.”

 

Previously:

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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A lifelong athlete and fervent soccer player/supporter, Ori Hoffer was unaware that Maccabi USA fielded Masters-aged Soccer teams at the International Maccabi Games.  One night in 2014, while playing with his over-40 team, Howard Glancy, two-time Maccabi USA alum, approached Ori asking, “You’re Jewish, right? You should play for the Maccabi team!”  As Ori puts it, “My first thought was, are you kidding me? Maccabi is for Olympic-level athletes like Mark Spitz. But then he mentioned that there was an Over-45 division, and to say my interest was piqued is an understatement, to say the least.”

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A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, soccer has always been in Ori’s lineage.  His grandfather, Eugene Hoffer (pictured below), was a professional soccer player for Hapoel Palestine in Israel (pre-1948).  “I will never forget kicking my first soccer ball with him in the basement of our house when I was three years old,” Ori recalls.  As a member of Hapoel Palestine, Ori’s grandfather traveled to the United States for a “Good Will Soccer Tour.” Ori sees his impending participation at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games as a sort of extension off of his grandfather’s tour.  “I see my participation in the Maccabi Games as a continuation of that,” said Ori. “It will be our chance to share some more goodwill with one another, and to show the rest of the world the joy and peaceful energy Jewish people can bring.”

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Prior to the Pan American Maccabi Games, the Masters 45+ Soccer Team has made it a point to get together as often as possible. This began with a training camp in Fort Wayne, Indiana, earlier in 2015, and continued through a tournament in Casa Grande, Arizona. Despite the uncooperative nature of the weather in Fort Wayne, the training camp was very successful in Ori’s mind.  “One of the most important things we had to do was build team chemistry,” said Ori. “It was great to be together and run through a number of training exercises without the pressure of trying to win tournament games.”

As this will be Ori’s first participation at a Maccabi Games with Maccabi USA, he is unsure what to expect.  One thing is for sure; Ori is pumped. “I’m excited for the chance to be around Jewish athletes from across the hemisphere,” exclaims Ori. “Beyond my new friends from this team, I’m not really surrounded by Jews in my daily life.  Spending this time with thousands of Jews who share the same heritage is amazing and something I am really looking forward to.”

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Previously:

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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When asked to choose her most important takeaway from her participation with Maccabi USA, Catie Chase was quick to respond.  “I can’t say enough about the relationships that I have made through my Maccabi experiences,” said Catie. “Whether with other athletes, coaches, staff, etc., the relationships that you build are priceless.”

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As a five-time Maccabi USA alum, Catie has met Jews from all over the world, and has used those relationships to her advantage.  When she travelled to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, she had Shabbat dinner with members of Maccabi Brazil’s Men’s Soccer team. Travelling through Hungary, Catie was met by a friend from Maccabi Switzerland whom she met at the 2011 European Maccabi Games, who showed her his neighborhood as well as the touristy spots.  While vacationing in Mexico, she played Futsal and “hit the town” with members from Maccabi Mexico’s Men’s Soccer team. “Being at the Maccabi Games, you discover that there are so many other people out there just like you,” exclaimed Catie.

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Presented with the opportunity to represent Team USA at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany, Catie didn’t hesitate.  “I immediately jumped on board,” recalled Catie. Given the honor to lead Team USA into the Opening Ceremony, Catie devised a plan to honor her family, carrying pictures of her late grandparents, who had survived the Holocaust in Poland, into the Opening Ceremony. “I felt like I was representing them,” explained Catie.  “The banner that led Team USA into the stadium said, ‘We Are Still Here’. What a proud moment for me.”

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As an Assistant Athletic Director at a High School not far from her hometown, Catie envisions a future moment wherein one of her students asks her for advice regarding participating with Maccabi USA.  What would she say? “You should absolutely do it. It is a life-changing experience to play in an international competition in a foreign country,” said Catie. “And surrounded by thousands of Jews from around the world? If you ask me, I’d say it’s a pretty easy decision.”

Maccabi USA is currently seeking female Jewish Soccer players, ages 18-35, to represent the United States at the Pan American Maccabi Games on the Open Women’s Soccer team! For more information, please contact Shane Carr, Program Director at 267.627.5647 or scarr@maccabiusa.com.  You can also click HERE to apply!

 

Previously:

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

 

Like Maccabi USA on Facebook and follow Maccabi USA on Twitter and Instagram!!