MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE MASTERS SWIMMING TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, June 14, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Swimming Chair Rick Ehrlich is pleased to announce the Masters Swimming 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 Ron Adler of Shelter Island, NY; Mitchell Berliner of Potomac, MD; Alex Blavatnik of Aventura, FL; Howard Fife of Stamford, CT; David Halpern of Tampa, FL; Jane Katz of New York, NY; Alan Lipp of Beachwood, OH; Anita Mitchell of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Barbara Rosenbaum of Livingston, NJ: and Monique Westreich of New Castle, PA.

“We are very excited to be bringing such a strong team of Masters Swimmers” said Ehrlich. “There is a good mix of new and veteran athletes ready to represent Team USA, bring home individual and team medals, and connect with other Jewish athletes from all over the world.”

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 SWIMMING TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, April 19, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Swimming Chairman Rick Ehrlich, along with co-Head Coaches Marshall Goldman and Haley Mitchell are pleased to announce the Juniors Swimming 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 Arthur Abrams of Hopewell Junction, NY, Van Wyck Junior High School; Ian Ackerman of Chester, NY, Monroe-Woodbury High School; Mason Arnberg of Dix Hills, NY, Half Hollows High School East; Betsey Bennett of New York, NY, Horace Mann School; Matan Berkovsky of Morganville, NJ, Academy of Allied Health and Sciences; Jenna Charlat of Bedford, NH, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School; Mila Fejzo of Los Angeles, CA, Harvard Westlake School; Charles Gustafson of Shaker Heights, OH, Shaker Heights High School; Erica Hjelle of Sandy Springs, MD, Sherwood High School; Thomas Horne of Sevierville, TN, Sevier County High School; Mikayla Klein of Scarsdale, NY, Edgemont High School; Samantha Krew of Scottsdale, AZ, BASIS Scottsdale; Jordan Leaf of Los Angeles, CA, Windward High School; William Lewis of Bethesda, MD, Walt Whitman High School; Maya Milrod of New York, NY, Hunter College High School; Aviva Munoz of Weston, MA, Weston High School; Richard Nichol of Memphis, TN, Memphis University School; Danielle Prekop of Jersey City, NJ, Saint Dominic Academy; Aaron Rosen of Scottsdale, AZ, Explorer Middle School; Maor Shir of Wyckoff, NJ, Ramapo High School; Heidi Stalkfleet of Iowa City, IA, Southeast Junior High School; Asher Stukelman of New York, NY, Frank McCort High School; Samuel Telanoff of Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica High School; and Emily Weiss of New York, NY, Columbia 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 Swimming Chairman Rick Ehrlich at ehrlich328@me.com, or 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 SWIMMING TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, April 19, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Swimming Chairman Rick Ehrlich, along with co-Head Coaches Adam Epstein and Doug Markoff are pleased to announce the Open Swimming 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 Jessica Antiles of South Orange, NJ, Columbia University; Jeremy Babinet of Redwood, CA, University of Michigan; Anthony Ervin of Oakland, California, University of California – Berkeley (’99); Kelly Fertel of Miami, FL, University of Florida; Zachary Fisher of Atlanta, GA, University of Pennsylvania; Elad Fraiman of Davie, FL, David Posnack Jewish Day School; Leah Goldman of Burlingame, CA, Duke University; Isabella Goldsmith of Las Vegas, NV, University of California – Los Angeles; Jordan Greenberg of Eden Prairie, MN, Eden Prairie High School; Peyton Greenberg of Louisville, KY, Northwestern University; Isabelle Henig of Atherton, CA, Menlo-Atherton High School; Haley Herzberg of San Antonio, TX, University of California – Santa Barbara; Judd Howard of Irvine, CA, Duke University; BJ Johnson of Palo Alto, CA, Stanford University (’09), USA National Swim Team; Tasija Karosas of Stowe, VT, University of Texas – Austin; Jeremy Parker of Tampa, FL, University of Tampa (’16); Nicole Piercy of Newport News, VA, University of Richmond; Charlotte Rosenberg of Chicago, IL, Brown University; Maija Roses of Chapel Hill, NC, University of California – Berkeley; Noah Stevens of Philadelphia, PA, Duke University; Andrew Winton of Lawrenceville, GA, Collins Hill High School; Michael Wohl of Chapel Hill, NC, Johns Hopkins University; Morgan Wolfe of New York, NY, Riverdale Country School; and Valerie Yoshimura of Gladwyne, PA, Harvard University.

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 Swimming Chairman Rick Ehrlich at ehrlich328@me.com, or 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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A swimmer for most of her life, Sarah Solomon’s first experience with Maccabi USA came in Berlin at the 2015 European Maccabi Games, where she won a whopping seven medals, three gold, three silver and one bronze.  Despite her resounding success, Sarah’s fondest memories include “breaking the record for the largest Kabbalat Shabbat and building relationships with Jews from all around the world.”

Relationships are the main reason Sarah became involved with Maccabi USA in the first place. Prior to the European Maccabi Games, Sarah attended three JCC Maccabi Games, where she met her best friend, Abby Shapiro. “Honestly, I did not initially enjoy my first JCC Games,” recalls Sarah. “Kids that age can be cruel bullies. Noticing I was having a difficult time, Abby, who was great at making friends, hung out with me instead of the rest of the team, and we became inseparable.”  Sarah and Abby were introduced to the European Maccabi Games during the 2014 JCC Games.  They filled out applications, were accepted, and were ready and excited for the trip of a lifetime together.

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Unfortunately, in the spring before the Games in Berlin, Abby was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Bedridden and unable to swim, Abby had no choice but to drop from the team.  In her honor, all 13 members of Maccabi USA’s Swim Team in Berlin drew Abby’s initials on their shoulders with sharpies, as pictured below. “While we were in Berlin, Abby was following the results and constantly texting me to congratulate me on my swims,” Sarah said.

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One month after Team USA’s return from Germany, Abby passed away from her battle with cancer; her funeral was attended by more than 600 people. For Sarah, swimming and Maccabi USA took on a deeper meaning. “I was unsure if I wanted to go to the Pan American Maccabi Games,” admits Sarah. “Ultimately, I decided to go and represent Abby Shapiro, an amazing swimmer and an even better friend.”

In just about three weeks, Sarah and the rest of Team USA will depart for the Pan American Maccabi Games, and she is excited. “I can’t wait to make more great relationships as I did in the European Maccabi Games,” remarks Sarah. “I know I will enjoy it just as much, but I am excited for the experience to be new in and of itself!”

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Previously:

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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