Philadelphia, PA, April 9 – Lou Moyerman of Philadelphia, PA was named the General Chairman of the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games USA Organizing Committee by Ron Carner, President, Maccabi USA. The Games will take place in Santiago, Chile in December 2015.

Moyerman, a Judo athlete, first got involved with Maccabi USA when he competed in the 1981 Maccabiah Games. He has remained involved as an athlete, coach, Organizing Committee member and Team manager for eight Maccabiah Games, one Pan Am, one European and one Australian Maccabi Games. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Maccabi USA Board of Directors. Moyerman was the USA Judo team leader at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and continues to coach athletes in Judo.

“Lou has been a key part of our Maccabi Team as we have taken large delegations around the globe – and will do a great job serving as Chairman of the USA delegation going to Chile,” Carner said. “Lou did a wonderful job of organizing the USA Delegation as the Team Manager at the 2013 Maccabiah Games – a mammoth task. He brings to the job a tremendous background with his Olympic and Maccabiah experience and he is very dedicated to the work of Maccabi USA.”

Moyerman just returned from a site visit with the Chilean Organizing Committee in Santiago and is in the process of building the USA Organizing Committee.  About 50% of the positions have been filled and he hopes to hear from past athletes and coaches who might be interested in joining the committee. Moyerman has also appointed four athlete representatives to the committee so they can bring the “athlete’s perspective” to the planning process. Right now, he is projecting a USA Team of about 650 of the best Jewish athletes to compete at the Games along with a supporter’s mission.

“I was very impressed by the Chileans and the Jewish Community in Santiago and I really want our Team to immerse themselves in their culture in addition to competing,” Moyerman said. “We want to do a Lev L’Lev – Tzedakah – project while we are in Santiago to benefit the Community, and I hope that when everyone has returned from the Games they will feel great about their athletic experiences and about becoming part of the Chilean Jewish Community.”

 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 the world over 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.