MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE GRAND-MASTERS TENNIS TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, June 8, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Grand-Masters Tennis Co-Chairs Howard Guggenheim and Irwin Shorr, along with Head Coach Todd Rubinstein are pleased to announce the Grand-Masters Tennis 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.

Head Coach Rubinstein is a USPTA Accredited Professional Coach and USPTA Elite Professional. He is currently the Head Coach at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School in North Miami Beach, FL and Head Teaching Professional at Lauderdale Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The athletes are William Cohon of Shoreline, WA; Steve Davis of Beverly Hills, CA; Ralph Finerman of Santa Monica, CA; Nathaniel “Jay” Gould of New York, NY; Lawrence Greenspon of Longboat Key, FL; Howard Guggenheim of Boca Raton, FL; Andrew Harrison of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; David Hoshia of Airmont, NY; Jeffrey Kaplan of Boca Raton, FL; Lazar Lowinger of Poinciana, FL; Jacob Mark of Boston, MA; Michael Morgenstern of Rockville, MD; Arnold Resnick of Aventura, FL; Harold Rubin of West Hempstead, NY; Joel Schlesinger of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Michael Schuman of Los Altos Hills, CA; Larry Smith of Boca Raton, FL; Arnold Stark of Bronx, NY; John Tamerin of Greenwich, CT; and Abraham Woidislawsky of Elkins Park, PA.

“Going to Israel as a part of Team USA to represent my country, my faith, my team, and my family is something that is not just extremely important to me, but is a huge honor in which is exciting and at the same time, humbling,” said Rubinstein. “I am looking forward to coaching a team of strong, motivated athletes and experiencing everything Israel has to offer. I love what I do as a coach and teacher and I will do whatever I can to help all members of our team play at their highest levels possible.” 

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 TENNIS TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, June 7, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Masters Tennis Co-Chairs Jody Helfend, Doug Pacht, and Peter Simel, along with Head Coach Scott Ehrlich and Assistant Coach Ana Ehrlich are pleased to announce the Masters Tennis 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 Peter Albert of Manhattan Beach, CA; Nancy Alterman of Denver, CO; Michael Aronson of Boynton Beach, FL; Judith Belinsky of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Lawrence Belinsky of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Ronald Bobman of Rye, NY; Jordan Brill of New York, NY; Gary Brody of New York, NY; Marcy Cohen of Shelton, CT; Lauren Gard of Manhattan Beach, CA; Anthony Ginsberg of Encino, CA; Beth Greene of Seattle, WA; Michelle Haddad of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Andrew Hoffman of Holmdel, NJ; Gina Jorasch of Palto Alto, CA; Michael Jurick of New York, NY; Scott Kalb of Greenwich, CT; Lance Kaufman of Roslyn Heights, NY; Jonathan Kohn of Chicago, IL; Lisa Konsker of New York, NY; Gil Koppel of Boca Raton, FL; Linda Leftin of Dallas, TX; Michele Madansky of Menlo Park, CA; Scott Miller of Austin, TX; Craig Misrach of San Diego, CA; Noreen Ohcana of Highland Park, IL; Jeffrey Ravetz of New York, NY; Neil Schechter of Washington, DC; Robert Sevim of Chicago, IL; Jill Sickle of Chicago, IL; John Silverman of Cincinnati, OH; Matthew Sirovich of New York, NY; Sal Smeke of Brooklyn, NY; Rebecca Stein of New York, NY; Ronnie Sussman of New York, NY; Steve Sussman of New York, NY; Jonathan Swerdlow of Beverly Hills, CA; Elaine Symonds of Los Angeles, CA; Larry Waxman of Beachwood, OH; and Steve Wittels of Armonk, NY.

“Our Master’s Tennis Team consisting of 40 of the 1,100+ Team USA athletes have a great sense of pride in representing Team USA at the 20th Maccabiah Games,” said Head Coach Ehrlich. “For many is it a bucket list item and a dream come true!”

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 TENNIS TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, March 6, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Juniors Tennis Chairman, Lisa Chajet, along with Head Coach Aaron Wilf is pleased to announce the Juniors Tennis 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 Sydney Bell of Lafayette, CA, Acalanes High School; Josh Berman of New York, NY, The Ramaz School; Sophie Brown of West Hartford, CT, Watkinson School; Aviva Diamond of Winter Park, FL, Winter Park High School; Noah Edelman of New York, NY, The Beacon School; Samuel Feldman of Brookline, MA, Brookline Public Middle School; Noah Gampel of Calabasas, CA, Oaks Christian School; Yana Gurevich of Los Gatos, CA, Los Gatos High School; Jonah Jurick of New York, NY, Bronx High School of Science; Alexandra Kleinman of Sherman Oaks, CA, Milken Community High School; Alexa Ryngler of Calabasas, CA, Halstrom Academy; and Robbie Werdiger of New York, NY, Horace Mann 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 TENNIS TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, February 23, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Open Tennis Chairman Lisa Chajet, along with Head Coach Lonnie Mitchel is pleased to announce the Open Tennis 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.

Head Coach Mitchel is the Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Tennis at The State University of New York-Oneonta. The athletes are Alex Brenner of San Francisco, CA, Claremont McKenna College; Seth Cohen of Birmingham, AL, University of Alabama; Natasha Dabrowski of West Bloomfield, MI, University of Michigan (’15); Daniel Destanik of New York, NY, Emory University (’11); Alana Green of Pittsford, NY, The State University of New York – Oneonta; Sivan Krems of Thousand Oaks, CA, Princeton University; Yael Levi of La Jolla, CA, University of Southern California; Adam Levie of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, University of California – Davis; Amira Massi of Los Angeles, CA, California State University – Northridge; Mia Rabinowitz of Tenafly, NJ, Laurel Springs School; Andrew Rifkin of Jacksonville, FL, St. Thomas University (’12); Alyssa Rudin of Irvine, CA, University of Chicago; and Allen Sokolov of Woodland Hills, CA, Vassar 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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(Lou and Adam Moyerman)

Judo and Judaism go hand-in-hand for Adam Moyerman, and by extension the entire Moyerman clan. Before Adam competed with Maccabi USA for the first time at the 2001 World Maccabiah Games, he was already a part of the organization, due in part to his father Lou’s involvement, which began in 1981. In advance of the 1997 World Maccabiah Games, Adam interned in the Maccabi USA offices, packing up the apparel packages. Now, 20 years later, Adam has competed in and coached at six international Maccabi Games, winning six medals and one MVP award.

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(The Judo team from the 2001 Maccabiah Games. Adam in the middle-front)

Growing up, participating in Judo was “basically a mandate,” as Adam put it, in the Moyerman household, as Lou has been heavily involved in the sport for over 40 years. “I’ve been doing it since I was seven. It’s the longest relationship of my life, minus my family of course,” joked Adam. After wrestling throughout high school, Adam rediscovered Judo in college within a less regimented and stressful environment; he immediately fell back in love with the sport. Upon graduating from Boston University, he began training to qualify for the Olympics. Although he finished third in qualifying and therefore didn’t make the Olympic team, he says he’s received fantastic international sporting experience through Maccabi USA. “You won’t always go to the Olympics, but these Games give you that experience – where you can appreciate your hard work, and on top of that, everyone is Jewish and you get to make those connections,” he explained.

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(Team USA Judo from the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games)

Adam was chosen alongside Lauren Greenberg, Open Swimming, and Dallen Stanford, Open Rugby, to lead the Team USA delegation and carry the USA flag into the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games. “Carrying the flag in was the best moment,” recalled Adam. “So few people get to do that at a sporting event or any event in general; I never thought I would have that extreme honor.”

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(USA Flagbearers- Lauren Greenberg, Dallen Stanford, Adam Moyerman)

It’s safe to say that Maccabi USA holds a special place in Adam’s heart; his siblings Sam, Stephanie and Tina have all competed with Maccabi USA as well. “Not everyone has the opportunity to form these bonds with Judaism,” he said. “The Maccabi Games reinvigorates people within their Judaism, and I can’t think of any other organization that combines sports, something we ALL love, with Judaism, like Maccabi USA.” When asked if he planned on continuing his involvement and support of the organization in the future, Adam merely laughed. “Of course!”

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(Sam, Lou and Adam Moyerman at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games)

Applications for the 2017 World Maccabiah Games are available NOW… Click HERE to apply)

 

Previously:

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

 

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Growing up, Natasha Dabrowski lived and breathed tennis. As soon as she could hold a racquet in her hand, she was playing tennis. Her mother, a player on the professional circuit, helped instill Natasha’s love for the sport at the early age of four. “You could say that tennis was already in my blood,” remarked Natasha. She travelled the country playing in competitive United States Tennis Association tournaments, and was a three-time state champion at Cranbrook Kingswood High School in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she played four years of club tennis and was President of the Student Government for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

When her good friend Adam Reinhart, an Open Tennis player on Team USA at the 2013 Maccabiah Games who Natasha described as a very enthusiastic person, returned from Israel with a previously unseen level of excitement, she knew she needed to get involved with Maccabi USA. “In my mind, the Pan American Maccabi Games would be a unique opportunity to compete against tennis players from around the world, but it morphed into something more than I could have ever imagined,” exclaimed Natasha.

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(Pictured L-R: Alex Kotlyar, Natasha Dabrowski, Gary Notkin)                            

Natasha’s successes in Chile extended beyond the court, where she won a gold medal in Open Women’s Singles and a silver medal in Mixed Doubles with Alex Kotlyar; she was awarded the inaugural Dolph Schayes Memorial Award, given by Maccabi USA to the athletes that best exemplify the Maccabi Spirit through sportsmanship and athletic excellence. Rather than take credit for herself, she was effusive in her praise for her coaches, father-son duo Lonnie and Wayne Mitchel, and her teammates, Gary Notkin and the previously-mentioned Alex. “My receiving the award is very emblematic of the coaching and team support I had at the Games,” she recalled. “Lonnie and Wayne encouraged me to enjoy every moment, and my teammates were always there for me and we became a close knit team.”

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(Pictured L-R: Wayne Mitchel, Natasha Dabrowski, Lonnie Mitchel)  

Despite winning two medals and being honored with the Dolph Schayes Memorial Award, Natasha looks back on the Opening Ceremony as her fondest memory. “Walking into that stadium representing the USA was truly humbling,” she said. “I had tears in my eyes. I will forever remember it as one of the most honorable experiences I’ve had as an athlete.”

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(Dolph Schayes Memorial Award)  

The Dolph Schayes Memorial Award comes with a stipend to utilize for future travel to Israel, which Natasha hopes to use for the upcoming 2017 Maccabiah Games. “I know that I will stay involved with the Games and Maccabi USA forever because the connections and friendships I made will last a lifetime,” she said. “Today, I regularly talk with my roommate (Gavriela Colton, Open Women’s Volleyball in Chile), teammates and coaches to stay in touch and plan future reunions!”

Applications for the 2017 Maccabiah Games will be available online on February 15, 2016. Click HERE for more information.

 

Previously:

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!!