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Philadelphia, PA, March 1, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Ice Hockey Co-Chairs, Steven Cohen, Devra Schorr Pulley and Philip Pulley, along with Head Coach Jon Sandos are pleased to announce the Juniors Boys’ Ice Hockey 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 Jacob Abene of Los Gatos, CA, Bellarmine College Prep; Ben Buium of Laguna Niguel, CA, Aliso Niguel High School; Elias Cohen of Brooklyn, NY, Poly Prep Country Day School; Hayden Fried of Jericho, NY, Shattuck St. Mary’s; Eric Gayzler of Brooklyn, NY, Midwood High School; Noah Gold of Brooklyn, NY, Kingsborough Early College School; Ethan Gorelkin of Syosset, NY, Choate Rosemary Hall; Isaiah Kahn of Chapel Hill, NC, Apex Learning Virtual School; Aaron Kellner of Delray Beach, FL, North Broward Preparatory School; Jake Lakatos of Brick, NJ, Brick Township High School; Ari Lerman of South Bend, IN, Culver Academy Prep; Jacob Lefton of St. Louis, MO, Mary Institute Country Day School; Simon Mandel of New York, NY, NYC iSchool; Jacob Mehl of Bronx, NY, Northfield Mount Herman; Jaxon Perlmutter of Bloomfield Hills, MI, Bloomfield Hills High School; Noah Petak of Tenafly, NJ, The Frisch School; Daniel Reuben of St. Charles, MO, St. Paul’s School; Zach Richterman of North Canton, OH, Culver Academy Prep; Alec Rovitz of Long Beach, NY, Long Beach Senior High School; Jacob Schapira of Farmingdale, NY, Compu High School; Aydin Schwetz of Thousand Oaks, CA, Century Academy; and Benjamin Tartakovsky of Manalapan, NJ, Manalapan High 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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