Philadelphia, PA, April 15, 2019 – Maccabi USA Basketball Chair Adam Chaskin along Open Men’s Head Coach Jake Rauchbach and Assistant Coach Jeff Wulbrun are pleased to announce the Open Men’s Basketball Team for the 15th European Maccabi Games which will take place July 28-August 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 200+ athletes who will join the other 2,000 Jewish athletes from 29 countries, participating in 22 different sports.

Head Coach Rauchbach was a member of the Drexel Dragon’s Basketball team and coaching staff, served as a Player Performance Specialist with Temple University Men’s Basketball, and most recently served as the Player Performance Specialist/Assistant Coach of Ness Ziona of the Israeli Winner League. Assistant Coach Wulbrun is the James C. Gaither Associate Head Coach of Men’s Basketball at Stanford University. The athletes are Eli Abaev of Coral Springs, FL, Austin Peay University; Robbie Feinberg of Hidden Hills, CA, Harvard University; Michael Feinberg of Hidden Hills, CA, Yale University; Spencer Freedman of Los Angeles, CA, Harvard University; Grant Greenberg of Leavenworth, KS, University of Saint Mary (’17), Kansas City Tornadoes (ABL); Jeremy Horn of Wynnewood, PA, Claremont McKenna College; Sam Iorio of Orefield, PA, American University; Austin Lavitt of Rye Brook, NY, Case Western Reserve University; Julian Marx of Miami, FL, Grinnell College (’17), Ireland ProA; Daniel Schreier of Santa Monica, CA, Manhattan College; Jacob Silpe of Cherry Hill, NJ, University of Pennsylvania; and Jared Wulbrun of Stanford University, California Lutheran University.

The European Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora. They are hosted by the European Maccabi Confederation and conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union. They are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held.

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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