Hosted by Jeff Bukantz, Maccabi USA President
Thursday, DECEMBER 17
Please join us for The President’s Forum hosted by Maccabi USA President, Jeff Bukantz. The President’s Forum features intimate conversation with distinguished guests across the global Jewish community. Nes Gadol Hayah Sham – Another Great Miracle Happened There as ice hockey came to the desert and the Maccabiah in 1997! The “Miracle of Maccabiah Ice Hockey” was instrumental in making hockey one of the most popular sports in the Maccabiah and helped launch the Israel Ice Hockey Federation. Jeff sits down with three key members of the inaugural 1997 team – Boston Bruins TV Analyst Billy Jaffe, University of Vermont Athletic Director Jeff Schulman, and NHL Stanley Cup champion Mike Hartman to share their memories and insights.
Please join us for The President’s Forum hosted by Maccabi USA President, Jeff Bukantz. The President’s Forum features intimate conversation with distinguished guests across the global Jewish community. This week’s featured guest is nationally syndicated sports talk radio host and former professional basketball player, Doug Gottlieb.
Since 2002, Doug has been a leading voice in sports talk radio. He is best known for hosting The Doug Gottlieb Show on ESPN Radio, CBS Sports Radio, and Fox Sports Radio. The Doug Gottlieb Show is famous for incorporating calls and e-mails from listeners into different segments, and Doug’s use of pop culture and personal commentary throughout the show. In addition, Doug has also hosted other programming on these networks and while at ESPN, Doug was a mainstay on SportsCenter as a college basketball analyst.
Doug is a 4x Maccabi USA alum, competing on the Open Men’s Basketball team at the 15th and 16th Maccabiot, as well as the 9th Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City. At the 21st Maccabiah in 2017, Doug served as the Open Men’s Basketball Head Coach, guiding the team to a gold medal.
Please join us for The President’s Forum hosted by Maccabi USA President, Jeff Bukantz. The President’s Forum features intimate conversation with distinguished guests across the global Jewish community. Join us to celebrate the New Year and engage with your Maccabi community! This week’s featured guests are the Co-Founders of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Award, Alan Sherman and Joe Siegman.
Alan Sherman has served as the Chairman of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame since 1989. He is a longtime volunteer, board member and supporter of Maccabi USA, serving on the Maccabiah Organizing Committee from 1973-1989 and as a national Vice President in the 1970’s and 80’s. He served as the U.S. General Chairman from 1977-1979 and introduced the Maccabiah Pre-Camp (now known as Israel Connect) in 1985.
Joe Siegman founded the original Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979, and together with Alan, used this momentum to create the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1981. He served as the Hall’s Chairman from 1981-1989 and has since served as the Chair of the Election Committee. Joe has been a longtime supporter and volunteer of Maccabi USA, previously serving from 1977-1985 as the Western Regional Vice President and competing in 5 Maccabiot between 1973-1989. He is the author of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame book, published in 1992, as well as four volumes of Jewish Sports Legends between 1997-2020.
The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame was formally inaugurated on July 7, 1981 to honor athletes and sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the world. Its purpose is to pay tribute to men and women, worldwide, who have accomplished extraordinary achievements in sports and to honor those who have made significant contributions to society through sports. To date, there have been over 400 members elected to the hall.
For more information on our guests and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, please visit www.jewishsports.net.
This week’s featured guest is Maccabi USA alumni, Executive Committee Member, author, and Team Rabbi for the 21st Maccabiah, Rabbi Darren Levine.
Rabbi Levine is the author of Positive Judaism – a new look for those wanting to improve their self, family, and community through Jewish living. He brings attention to the virtues that enhance life and that are at the core of living a meaningful life:
All these virtues have corresponding Jewish values, biblical teachings, and Jewish practices. When experienced by an individual or community, the impact will be increased positive emotion, increased communal engagement, improved relationships, and accelerated human advancement. People and communities will be more confident, optimistic, open to diversity, able to learn lessons from hardship, experience work as a calling, act and think with purpose, contribute and help, appreciate family and friends, and act generously.
In addition, Rabbi Levine is the founding Rabbi of Tamid the Downtown Synagogue in New York, NY. He holds Rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and has a Doctorate in Pastoral Psychology from the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health. A native of California, Darren is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz.
For more information on Rabbi Levine and Positive Judaism, please visit https://positive-judaism.org/about/
Our next guest is shoe designer, entrepreneur and Maccabi USA Alum Stuart Weitzman.
This installment will feature Past Presidents of the organization to discuss their challenges and successes while leading Maccabi USA.
Our distinguished panelists include:
– Bob Spivak, President 1980-2001
– Toni Wortman, President 2001-2009
– Ron Carner, President 2010-2017
We will be exploring the evolution of Maccabi USA from its humble beginnings in New York to being a major national organization based in Philadelphia, defining moments of our panelist’s presidency, working with leaders from Israel and the rest of the world, and the growth of our programming and offerings.
This week’s featured guest is U.S. Olympic and Maccabiah Swimming Champion, Anthony Ervin. Anthony was a member of the U.S. Swim Team at the 2000, 2012 and 2016 Olympics. In 2000, he won a gold medal in the 50m freestyle and a silver medal as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay. He retired from competition in 2003, but returned in 2011 and qualified for the 2012 Olympics. In 2016, he again won the gold medal in the 50m freestyle, becoming the oldest ever individual Olympic gold medal winner in swimming, 16 years after his first gold medal in this event. He also won gold in the 4x100m medley relay.
In addition to his Olympic success, Anthony has won medals in the World Aquatic Championships and Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
In 2017, Anthony was a member of the U.S. Maccabiah Open Swimming team and was given the highest honor – lighting the torch at the Opening Ceremony to officially begin the Games. He left Israel as the gold medalist for the 50m freestyle (setting a Maccabiah record), 100m freestyle, and as part of the 4x100m medley relay. Additionally, he won silver as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay.
This week’s topic was on the impact of Covid-19 within intercollegiate athletics and what the future may bring.
Here is the panel:
Greg Gardner is the Associate Head Coach for Men’s Ice Hockey at Mercyhurst University. Greg served as the Open Men’s Ice Hockey Head Coach for the 20th Maccabiah.
Haley Mitchell is the Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach at Occidental College. She has recently completed her 2nd season with the team. Haley served as the Juniors Swimming Co-Coach for the 20th Maccabiah.
Dr. Daniel Freeman is the Assistant Director of Athletic Advancement & Alumni Engagement at UNC Asheville. Dan was a member of the Open Track & Field team for the 20th Maccabiah.
Our first featured guests are three leaders from Maccabi World Union: Amir Peled (Chairman), Eyal Tiberger (Executive Director), and Roy Hessing (Deputy Executive Director & Maccabiah CEO).