Maccabi USA @ Home

Bringing the Maccabi Community Home

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, June 8 at 1 PM EDT

Book Club
Palestine Posts: An Eyewitness Account of the Birth of Israel, by Daniel S. Chertoff.
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Tuesday, June 9 at 8 PM EDT

Maccabi USA Sports Show featuring Bruce Pearl- Men’s Basketball Head Coach at Auburn University and MUSA Alum 

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Saturday, June 13 at 9:15 PM EDT

Havdalah

End Shabbat with Rabbi Daniel Greyber and the Maccabi USA community, as we gather virtually to take part in the brief but beautiful candlelight ceremony.

Thursday, June 18 at 8 PM EDT

The President’s Forum
Hosted by Jeff Bukantz with Anthony Ervin

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TBD

Team Reunion
Reconnect with your Maccabi crew! We are happy to set up a Zoom meeting for your reunion with your team.

ESPORTS

Esports
Play with Maccabi teammates across the country any time, any day and join for special tournaments. All of your favorites are on our Discord Server including FIFA20, NBA 2K20, MADDEN 20 and more! Click here for the schedule presented in partnership with Lost Tribe Esports.

Tuesday, June 2
7 to 11 PM EDT

Lost Tribe Esports – Smash Bros. Ultimate

Play with Maccabi teammates across the country. Click here for the complete schedule presented in partnership with Lost Tribe Esports.

PAST EVENTS

Thursday, June 4 

Volleyball- A View from the Top with Doug Beal

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Thursday, June 4 

Future of Sports Panel

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Wednesday, June 3 

Lone Israeli Golfer on the Professional Tour

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MONDAY, June 1

Café Israeli- Startup Nation with Ido Aharoni

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Thursday, May 28 

An Afternoon with Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference

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Wednesday, May 27 

The Rugby Corner with Dallen Stanford
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Tuesday, May 26 

Maccabi USA Sports Show featuring Josh Kraft
Hosted by Donna Orender and Arnie Fielkow.  Their second guest is Josh Kraft, President of New England Patriots Foundation and Nicholas President and CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Boston

Thursday, May 21 

The President’s Forum

Hosted by Maccabi USA president, Jeff Bukantz.

This week’s topic was on the impact of Covid-19 within intercollegiate athletics and what the future may bring.

Here is the panel:
Greg Gardner is the Associate Head Coach for Men’s Ice Hockey at Mercyhurst University. Greg served as the Open Men’s Ice Hockey Head Coach for the 20th Maccabiah.
Haley Mitchell is the Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach at Occidental College. She has recently completed her 2nd season with the team. Haley served as the Juniors Swimming Co-Coach for the 20th Maccabiah.
Dr. Daniel Freeman is the Assistant Director of Athletic Advancement & Alumni Engagement at UNC Asheville. Dan was a member of the Open Track & Field team for the 20th Maccabiah.

Wednesday, May 20 

Professional Soccer in Israel

Ever wondered what it is like to be a professional soccer player in Israel?

Leo Krupnik had an impressive career competing in the Israeli Premier League with teams such as Maccabi Netanya, Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Herzliya. Leo played the 2009 season in the MLS before returning to Israel to finish his career. A Graduate of the University of California, Berkley, Leo was signed to play in Israel after competing in the 2005 Maccabiah.

Diana Redman has played professionally in Israel, the US and Spain. While competing for Maccabi Holon, her team won 2 Ligat Nashim Championships and made 6 UEFA Women’s Champions League appearances. In 2010, Diana was named to the Israel Women’s National Team and has competed against some of the best athletes in the world. She is a graduate of Queens College in New York.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

Café Israeli hosts the first Israeli Olympic medalist Yael Arad 

Join us for another episode of Café Israeli! In this installment, we are hosting Israel’s first Olympic medalist Yael Arad. Yael will share with us her fascinating story and the valuable lessons she learned on the mats, which she later integrated into an exceptional business career. 

Tuesday, May 19 

Finding Peace Through Sports Diplomacy
The U.S. Department of State’s Sport Diplomacy Division uses the power of sports to increase dialogue and cultural connection between people around the world. Their goal is for positive social changes around the world through working with U.S. Embassies managing sports programs and people-to-people exchanges. Program Officer, Trina Bolton, gives an inside look at the incredible work the agency does.

Monday, May 18 

Book Club
Recipes from Auschwitz: The Survival Stories of Two Hungarian Jews with Historical Insight, Hosted by Author and Maccabi USA alum, Dr. Alex Sternberg.

By July of 1944, nearly 600,000 Hungarian Jews had been ripped from their homes and deported to Auschwitz, victims of a fate that claimed the lives of millions by the end of the Second World War.

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Wednesday, May 13 

Cool Runnings Israel – Yes, Israel Has a Bobsled Team and Wants You!

Can you handle going 80-125 mph on ice with up to 5G’s down an icy track? 

American-Israeli, Gold, Silver and Bronze medal-winner, Bobsled Pilot Dave Nicholls joins Maccabi USA for an exciting, inspiring and emotional discussion about Israel’s Bobsled Team’s past performance and its present journey to the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games.

Tuesday, May 12 

Maccabi USA Sports Show featuring Don Garber and Jeff Agoos with guest speaker Don Kent

Maccabi USA Sports Show hosted by Donna Orender and Arnie Fielkow.  This program will feature our special guest host Don Kent, First Vice President of Maccabi USA and Soccer alum.  Our first guests will be MLS Commissioner, Don Garber and Maccabi USA Soccer alum Jeff Agoos, Senior Vice President of Competition, Operations and Medical Administration at the MLS.

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Monday, May 11 

Dr. Richard Oelberger, Sports Psychologist

Quarantunity: Helping Athletes Find Focus Through Transition.

Thursday, May 7 

The President’s Forum- Panel discussion hosted by Jeff Bukantz, Maccabi USA President with Amir Peled, Eyal Tiberger, and Roy Hessing from MWU

Our first featured guests are three leaders from Maccabi World Union: Amir Peled (Chairman), Eyal Tiberger (Executive Director), and Roy Hessing (Deputy Executive Director & Maccabiah CEO). 

 

WEDNESDAY, May 6 

College Recruitment for the Homebound High School Athlete

A candid discussion with a panel of collegiate coaches sharing insights on the recruitment process. Coaches will share recruitment plans for the 2020 and 2021 classes, despite stay at home orders and a hiatus of organized sports.
Panelists include: 
Jenna Cosgrove – Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Rhode Island College
Nate Engel – Assistant Wrestling Coach, Stanford University
Rachel Sushner – Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Trinity College

TUESDAY, May 5 

Life on the PGA Tour with Bruce Fleisher

Bruce turned pro in 1969, and joined the PGA Tour winning the New England Classic in 1991. Bruce joined the Senior PGA Tour, where he won Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 1999.

Bruce is a 2 time Maccabiah golf alum, winning a gold medal golf in 1969, and serving as Head Golf Coach in 1989.

MONDAY, May 4 

Top 10 Ways to Build Your Interpersonal Skills with Matt Crevin

 Face to Face communication skills are pivotal, join Matt Crevin, Founder of Talk Shop, for his Top 10 ways to Improve Your Interpersonal Communication Skills. 

THURSDAY, April 30 

Martial Arts Skills Session with Jamie Drescher  

Senior 3rd Degree Black Belt and Maccabi USA Alum, Jamie Drescher discusses the basics of martial arts.  She is a 2x Maccabi USA alum winning a bronze medal in taekwondo at the 20th Maccabiah in Israel in 2017

WEDNESDAY, April 29

Water Polo and the Olympic Journey with Merrill Moses

Merrill Moses discussed his life in Water Polo. Merrill is a 3x Olympian in 2008, 2012, and 2016, was starting goalkeeper for the USA team. He will have his Maccabiah Moment in 2022 at the 21st Maccabiah.

Thursday, April 23 

MaccabiUSA@Home Movie Night  

Deli Man – The Jewish deli was, for so many years, the very heart of the Jewish community in America. Writer/Director Erik Anjou and featured deli owner Ziggy Gruber of and Kenny & Ziggy’s Deli, Houston, TX, shared stories about food, community, Judaism, and filmmaking in a special Director’s Panel discussion.

Tuesday, April 21 

MWU Yom Hashoah Ceremony

Maccabi World Union’s moving ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Tuesday, April 21 

Professional Wrestling with Colt Cabana

Thank you to Colt Cabana for joining us yesterday to discuss his career in the professional wrestling industry, being Jewish in the business, and life on the road. 

Monday, April 20 

NBA Together Talk with Todd Jacobson

Todd Jacobson, NBA Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility and Maccabi USA Alum, on the NBA’s attitude about moving forward after the March 11, 2020 decision to suspend the rest of the season.

Sunday, April 19 

Soccer Skills with JJ Davidson Sunday

JJ is the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Yeshiva University and serves as a Youth Coach within the New York Red Bulls organization. He served as the Head Coach for the Open Men’s Soccer team at the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games in 2019 and as a Boys’ Soccer Coach at the 2018 Maccabi Youth Games for Maccabi USA.  

Friday, April 17 

Swimming Skills with Ben Zajic  

Join Ben Zajic, Assistant Swimming Coach at the University of Nevada, Reno, as he walks through exercises and advice on what to do at home. Ben will be serving as coach  at the 21st Maccabiah in Israel. 

Tuesday, April 14 

Tennis Skills with Todd Rubinstein, USPTA Elite Professional

Todd Rubinstein is the 2018 USPTA National High School Tennis Coach of the Year, a USTA High Performance Coach and was Team USA Head Tennis Coach for the 2017 World Maccabiah Games and the 2019 European Maccabiah Games.  

Monday, April 13

International Swimming Accolades with Marlene Bruten, Robert Strauss
They talk about their journey from Mexico to the Olympics, Maccabiah, and coaching for Maccabi USA. 

Wednesday, April 8

Marc ZumoffTelevision Play by Play Announcer for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers

Ever wonder how someone becomes one of only 30 NBA play-by-play broadcasters in the NBA? Marc Zumoff, the television voice of the Philadelphia 76ers will discuss his journey growing up as a Jewish kid calling imaginary games in his parents basement to the NBA broadcast booth. 

Tuesday, April 7 

Baseball Skills w/Eric Holtz, Manager, Israel National Baseball Team 2021 Olympic Games

Coach Holtz has spent a lifetime in pursuit of his passions: Baseball and Judaism. He played professionally in the Israel Baseball League; coached two gold medal winning Maccabi USA Baseball teams in the Maccabiah and most recently has led the Israel National team to its first Olympic qualifying berth.

Monday, April 6

Ori Sasson, Israeli Judoka Olympic Medalist

Ori discussed his run to the bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, including the now infamous moment when his Egyptian competitor refused to shake his hand following their match. He also reflected on how the delay in the Tokyo Olympics will impact his preparation for the Games. 

Maccabi Alumni Happy Hour

Keep your ‘spirits’ high and raise a toast with your Maccabi USA mishpacha (family) for a virtual happy hour. 

ABOUT

As we experience the absence of sports (from Little League to the Major Leagues) and social connection at all levels in our daily lives, Maccabi USA is going virtual to help fill that void.

 We are hosting workouts, sport-specific skill-building sessions, interviews with well-known Jewish athletes, Esports competitions, online social gatherings, and Jewish ritual moments, all as part of Maccabi USA @ Home. This virtual community seeks to engage Maccabi USA alumni and the broader Jewish American sports community – and we want to be tailor-made to your needs so be in touch with your ideas!

Please join us and lend your voice as we bring the Maccabi community home.