MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE JUNIORS TRACK & FIELD TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, March 30, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Track & Field Co-Chairs Robert Fellman and Andrew Gittleman, along with Head Coach Jordan Schilit and Assistant Coach Richard Bernstein are pleased to announce the Juniors Track & Field 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 Barbarosh of Irvine, CA, Woodbridge High School; Aidan Blain of Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica High School; Jordan Blum of White Plains, NY, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester; Tali Castle of Scottsdale, AZ, Scottsdale Preparatory Academy; Ari Dyrek of Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica High School; Leya Essex of California, MD, Leonardtown High School; Isaac Frumkin of Washington, DC, Woodrow Wilson High School; Abigail Goldstein of Ambler, PA, Germantown Academy; Kaitlin Goodman of North Potomac, MD, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; Tyler Jacobs of Nashville, TN, University School of Nashville; Nava Kiss of Fairfax, VA, W.T. Woodson High School; Alex Kline of Boca Raton, FL, Spanish River Community High School; Miles Kominsky of Daniels, WV, Woodrow Wilson High School; Mia Lansberg of Cincinnati, OH, Sycamore High School; Jacob Noonan of Delray Beach, FL, Spanish River Community High School; Rylee Pustilnik of Delray Beach, FL, Spanish River Community High School; Maya Rayle of Hood River, OR, Catlin Gabel High School; Josh Rosemore of Pikesville, MD, Beth Tfiloh High School; Michelle Rosenblum of Katonah, NY, Somers High School; Noah Safer-Brickman of Tarzana, CA, Milken Community High School; Gatsby Smith of Seal Beach, CA, Los Alamitos High School; Amira Solomon of Wynnewood, PA, Harriton High Schooland Bailey Umans of Calabasas, CA, Chamindale College 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 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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By his own estimation, the 2005 World Maccabiah Games changed Jordan Schilit’s life. “Going to Israel (in 2005) as an athlete truly opened my eyes to the whole Jewish experience and gave me a chance to find one of my greatest passions, Track & Field,” recalled Jordan. “The sport was new to me at the time. Those Games made me want to do something meaningful with Track & Field.” Today, Jordan is the Assistant Coach for the Men’s & Women’s Track & Field team at Middlebury College in Vermont and will serve as the Head Coach for Team USA’s Juniors Track & Field team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games!

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(Jordan at the 2005 World Maccabiah Games)

After the 2005 Games, Jordan was hooked on the sport and would begin a career filled with personal and team achievements. Schilit attended Haverford College as an undergraduate, helping Haverford win their first ever NCAA team championship, and was a six-time NCAA Division III All-American in both Track & Field as well as Cross Country. After graduation, he competed professionally for the prestigious Nike Oregon Track Club Elite. In his own words, much of his success throughout his career stems from his coach in 2005, Todd Wolin. “I attribute a lot of my success to him and what he taught me in Israel,” exclaimed Jordan. “I didn’t even think about running in college, and here I am as an All-American, in many ways thanks to the direction and guidance I received from Coach Wolin.”

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(Jordan with Nike Oregon Track Club Elite)

In 2013, Jordan returned to Israel with Team USA as a member of the Open Men’s Track and Field team. Coming into those Games, he felt very confident in his abilities as a runner, having just graduated from Haverford with his aforementioned decorations. Unfortunately, Jordan contracted mononucleosis prior to the Games and knew he wasn’t going to be able to perform to his standards. That didn’t stop Jordan from sharing a very special moment with his family.

The Opening Ceremony at the World Maccabiah Games are special for nearly everyone involved, with thousands of Jewish athletes from around the world marching into Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem supported by tens of thousands of Jews. “Somehow, I spotted my parents in the crowd,” remembers Jordan. “It was a very special moment for me to go over and jump the barriers and take a picture with them. I will never forget that.”

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(Jordan and his parents Karen and Keith at the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Maccabiah)

Jordan hopes to impact his athletes in 2017 the way his coaches did for him in 2005 and beyond. “For many, this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I want to offer all the knowledge I have, and really want to effect and impact their lives like Coach Wolin and others did for me,” exclaimed Jordan. “The whole Maccabi experience is coming full circle for me, and I couldn’t be more excited!”

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(Jordan running for Haverford College)

Maccabi USA is currently seeking Jewish Track & Field athletes for Juniors Boys’ and Girls’ teams, for those born between 1999-2002, as well as Open Men’s and Women’s teams, ages 18-35. To apply, click HERE! For more information, please contact Shane Carr, Program Director, at 215.561.6900 x. 4147 or scarr@maccabiusa.com.

 

Previously:

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

 

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