COVID19 – Update from April 2, 2020

Dear Maccabi USA Community:
We hope that this message finds you and your family healthy and safe.
We are writing to let you know that due to the postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo to Summer 2021, the 21st Maccabiah Games have been officially moved to Summer 2022. The dates will be July 12 -26, 2022. Stay tuned for the dates of Maccabi USA’s Israel Connect program and Training Camp.
While we were all looking forward to joining together in the Summer of 2021 for the 21st Games, we are committed to using this extra planning time to ensure that your experience in 2022 will be even more memorable. We hope you are all able to join us as part of the biggest and best USA delegation ever to march into Teddy Stadium for the 21st Maccabiah Opening Ceremony on July 14, 2022!
We realize that there will be a number of questions, including about age eligibility for those athletes who may age out of a category with the move to the following year. Thank you for your patience as we sort out the impact of the postponement. We will share answers as soon as we have them from the organizers. Sports chairs will be in touch to confirm tryout dates and potential changes.
We are keeping our application system open as we begin planning for 2022 and hope you will keep your application active. If for any reason, you are unable to join us in 2022 and would like to remove your application from consideration, please let us know by sending an email to maccabi@maccabiusa.com. Please note that the application fee that you paid was used to cover a portion of our costs in processing your application and preparing for Maccabiah. Like many non-profits, the next several months are likely to be financially challenging for Maccabi USA. However, given these unprecedented circumstances, if you would like us to reimburse the $50 application fee, we of course will. Please email maccabi@maccabiusa.com to let us know, and if you have any questions, please email or call us at 215-561-6900.
During this time, we are excited to be planning a number of ways that the Maccabi USA family can do what it does best – come together to unite as a vibrant and strong community. Some of the anticipated opportunities include: launching our own Esports channel, offering expert talks from our alumni on a range of topics, streaming workout sessions, and hosting online Shabbat candle lightings. Keep an eye out for details soon. In the meantime, if you have an idea for a way Maccabi USA can engage our extended family during this time or would like to be a part of our online connections, please contact Dan Kurtz at dkurtz@maccabiusa.com.
In true Maccabi spirit, we know we will all emerge from this stronger than ever. Chazak Ve-ematz, Be courageous and strong!
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Jeff Bukantz, Maccabi USA President

Marshall Einhorn, Maccabi USA CEO

Lou Moyerman, Maccabi USA General Chair, 21st Maccabiah Games

*Please contact maccabi@maccabiusa.com if you have any questions.