Philadelphia, PA June 28, 2018 – The Maccabi USA Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that 10 athletes, two coaches, one Certified Athletic Trainer, and one accommodations manager from Pennsylvania have been appointed as members of the USA delegation for the upcoming Maccabi Youth Games, which will take place in Israel, July 22-August 2, 2018.

The athletes are Samantha Adler of Holland, PA, Youth Women’s Soccer; Reeve Bernstein of Newtown, PA, Youth Women’s Soccer; Jake Block of Washington Crossing, PA, Youth Men’s Soccer; Everett Kurtz of Holland, PA, Youth Men’s Soccer; Olivia Kurtz of Holland, PA, Youth Women’s Soccer; Blake Landow of Villanova, PA, Youth Women’s Softball; Sophie Levitt of Pittsburgh, PA, Youth Women’s Basketball; Tessa Pearlstein of Bryn Mawr, PA, Youth Women’s Volleyball; Julian Rosenfeld of Doylestown, PA, Youth Men’s Soccer; and Ethan Sirken of Solebury, PA, Youth Men’s Soccer. Matthew Bernstein of Newtown, PA will serve as Head Coach for one of our Youth Women’s Soccer Teams and Michael Monheit of Rydal, PA will serve as Assistant Coach for one of our Youth Men’s Soccer Teams. Rebecca Abkowitz of West Chester, PA will serve as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Mitchell Kurtz of Wynnewood, PA will serve as an Accommodations Manager.

There will be six days of competition, followed by three days of touring based in Jerusalem. The other countries competing include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, South Africa, and Spain.

The Maccabi Youth Games will provide the athletes an opportunity to compete internationally and connect with Jewish athletes from around the world and the State of Israel.

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.

The Magic of Maccabi combines a passion of Israel and athletics. The team members are excited to be part of the delegation heading to Israel in just under a month for the inaugural Maccabi Youth Games!

For more information about Maccabi USA, please contact Shane Carr at 215.561.6900 x4147 or by email at

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) enriches 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 is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The Organization is one of 38 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, and is rated as a four-star non-profit by Charity Navigator.


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