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Philadelphia, PA, February 28, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Bat and Glove Chairman, Fred Cohen along with Head Coach Eric Holtz and Assistant Coach Daniel Kaufman are pleased to announce the Juniors Boys’ Baseball Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

The athletes are Mark Abramovitz of Englewood, NJ, The Frisch School; Charlie Beilenson of Encino, CA, Chaminade College Preparatory School; August Biben of New York, NY, Riverdale Country School; Robert Fischer of Englewood, NJ, The Frisch School; Eli Fishman of Woodmere, NY, Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway; Zach Fishman of Deerfield, IL, Deerfield High School; Justin Gelfand of Lafayette Hill, PA, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School; Shawn Goosenberg of Encino, CA, Calabasas High School; Michael Green of Scarsdale, NY, Scarsdale High School; Brett Holtz of White Plains, NY, Valhalla High School; Jarrett Hyder of Miami, FL, Miami Palmetto High School; Nate Jakobs of Sacramento, CA, Sacramento Country Day School; Matthew Newman of Deerfield, IL, Deerfield High School; Benjamin Sinins of Short Hills, NJ, Millburn High School; Jacob Small of Chappaqua, NY, Horace Greeley High School; Samuel Stulman of Santa Clarita, CA, Albert Einstein Academy; Max Tracey of Wellesley, MA, Wellesley High School; and Charlie Wallach of New York, NY, Horace Mann School.

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

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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