Philadelphia, PA, August 13, 2019 – Maccabi USA Open, Masters, and Grand-Masters Tennis Head Coach, Todd Rubinstein led the tennis teams to victory at the recent 15th European Maccabi Games, which took place July 28-August 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary.  Maccabi USA brought a team of 200+ athletes, who joined 2,500 Jewish athletes from 42 countries, participating in 20 different sports.

Head Coach Rubinstein is the founder of Sunshine State Tennis in Miami, Florida and was the 2018 USPTA National High School Coach of the Year and the 2018 Tennis Industry Magazine’s National High School Coach of the Year.  Todd is also a USPTA Elite Professional and Accredited Professional Coach, a USTA High Performance Coach, was named the 2018 USPTA District 16 Professional of the Year and was honored by Ronald McDonald House Charities as one of their 2019 “12 Good Men of Miami”.  The athletes who competed were Marc Aaron of Randolph, VT; Craig Jorasch of Palo Alto, CA; Scott Kalb of New York, NY; Alexandra Kaye of Palm Beach, FL; Jeffrey Ravetz of New York, NY; Michael Rudin of Irvine, CA; Neil Schechter of Washington, DC; Ondrea Schiciano of Goldens Bridge, NY; Edwin Schottenstein of New York, NY and Adam Sraberg of Los Angeles, CA. The 15th European Maccabi Games were the first time Marc Aaron, Craig Jorasch, Alexandra Kaye, Michael Rudin, Edwin Schottenstein, and Adam Sraberg were members of Team Maccabi USA. Scott Kalb, Jeffrey Ravetz, and Ondrea Schiciano are three-time alums of Maccabi USA, having participated in the 2013 and 2017 Maccabiah Games,  the 2009 and 2017 Maccabiah Games, and the 2015 European Maccabi Games and 2009 Maccabiah Games respectively in addition to the 15th European Maccabi Games. Neil Schechter is a five-time alumnus of Maccabi USA, having competed in the 2005, 2013-2017 Maccabiah Games, the 2015 European Maccabi Games, as well as the 2019 European Maccabi Games.

The Men’s 55s division swept the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the Singles Competition. Jeff Ravetz won Gold, Scott Kalb won Silver and Craig Jorasch won Bronze. Additionally, Scott Kalb and Neil Schechter won Gold in Men’s 55s Doubles while Craig Jorasch and Jeff Ravetz won Silver. Alexandra Kaye won Bronze in Open Mixed Doubles with partner Jeremy Cohen from France. Neil Schechter won Bronze in Masters 55s Men’s Singles. Adam Sraberg won Bronze in Open Men’s Singles and Women’s Masters Tennis Chair Ondrea Schiciano won Gold in Master’s 45s Doubles and Silver in Women’s 45s Singles.

The European Maccabi Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora.  They were 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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