Stanley Kleckner – 1989-1993, 2005-2009 Maccabiah Games, 1995, 2007 Pan Am Games – passed away on May 31, 2018. He was an avid sports fan and member of multiple Masters + Grand Masters Tennis Teams. He is survived by his three daughters, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Roy Chernock – 1973-1977 Maccabiah Games – died on September 4, 2018. He was an avid golfer and served as Head Track and Field Coach for the Maccabiah Games. He was named to the Oceanside High School Hall of Fame, C.W. Post College Hall of Fame, as well as the New York University and William & Mary Hall of Fames.
Lorraine Abramson – 1973 Maccabiah Games – died on September 18, 2018. She was a championship runner winning both a silver and bronze medal at the 1973 Maccabiah Games, was named “Woman Athlete of the Year in South African in 1968 and wrote a memoir entitled My Race: A Jewish Girl Growing Up Under Apartheid in South Africa. Her commitment to her family and community were an inspiration to all, she will be greatly missed.
Dan Winters – 1993, 2009-2013 Maccabiah Games, 2007-2011 Pan American Maccabi Games – passed away on October 30, 2018 surrounded by his family. Dan is survived by his wife and three kids. His teammates refer to him as a leader, teammate, mentor, and most of all great man. He will be truly missed.
Arnold (Arnie) Bengis – passed in November 2018. He was a member of the Board from 2016-2020.
Robert Levy – 1981 Maccabiah Games – passed away on November 7, 2018. Bob was a previous Tennis Chair and long-time supporter of Maccabi USA. He is survived by his wife and five children. Bob won countless awards over the years and was inducted into numerous Halls of Fame. He was chairman of PHL Sports (then the Philadelphia Sports Congress) from 1995 to 2009 and oversaw a number of successes for the city. He will be greatly missed.
Alice Bukantz passed away on February 1, 2019 surrounded by her loved ones. Alice was a Holocaust survivor who emigrated to the United States. She is survived by her son Jeff – 1981-1989, 1993 Maccabiah Games, 2015 Pan Am Games, 2015 European Maccabi Games, Maccabi USA President – grandchildren Stephanie and Michael, brother Robert Ellyn, nieces Pamela Muir and Nancy Bokovza, and nephews Bruce and Keith Raphael.
Dr. Rela Mintz Geffen passed away on February 3, 2019. Rela was the mother of Maccabi USA Former Program Director, Ami Monson. Rela was one of the pioneers in the Jewish communal service field. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law Lisa and Jimmy Schlesinger; sons, Uri Monson, the chief financial officer of the Philadelphia School System, and Amiel Monson, a well-known Jewish educator, graduate of Gratz College in Philadelphia; five grandchildren and two daughters-in-law.