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Philadelphia, PA, May 21, 2019 – Maccabi USA Beach Volleyball Chair Kate Theise is pleased to announce the Juniors Girls’, Open Men’s, and Open Women’s Beach Volleyball Teams for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games which will take place July 5-15, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 400+ athletes who will join the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 different sports.

The Juniors Girls’ athletes are Tamy Ginsberg of Miami, FL and Harriet Theise of Sylvania, OH. The 14th Pan Am Games will be the first time Tamy will compete as a member of Maccabi USA. She is a member of the Wildfire Volleyball Club and has played in many beach volleyball tournaments. Harriet is an alumna of Maccabi USA, having competed in Beach Volleyball at the 20th Maccabiah Games. She is a member of the Toledo Beach Volleyball Club.

The Open Men’s athletes are Alex Adelman of East Meadow, NY and Moses Kresch of Hershey, PA. Alex was a three-year varsity award winner at East Meadow High School in East Meadow, he was named All-Division and All-Country, and was a member of the A3 USA Volleyball Training Program. He currently is the Libero on the Elmira College Men’s Volleyball Team. Moses is a setter on the Men’s Volleyball Team at Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia.

The Open Women’s athletes are Ellie Leitko of Willis, TX, Tulane University and Erica Brok of Ormond Beach, FL, Florida Atlantic University. Ellie is a two-time alumna of Maccabi USA; she was part of the Juniors Girls’ indoor volleyball gold medal winning team at the 20th Maccabiah Games in 2017 and part of the Juniors Girls’ indoor and beach volleyball teams at the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games in 2015. The 14th Pan Am Games will be Erica’s first time as a member of Maccabi USA. She has finished 19 wins on the year, 14 straight sets as a member of FAU’s Beach Volleyball Team. Her and her teammate set the program record for career wins by a pair in the 2019 year.

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

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

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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