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Philadelphia, PA, April 17, 2019 – Maccabi USA Juniors Boys’ Soccer Co-Chairs Bryan Pollack and Neal Kalish along with Head Coach Jon Cohn and Assistant Coach Alec Mahrer are pleased to announce the Juniors Boys’ Soccer Team 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.

Head Coach Cohn served as a CT ODP Head Coach for 14 years, an FSA FC Premier Coach for 15 years, and a High School Head Coach for 13 years. He is part of the CIAC Soccer Committee, and Past President of Connecticut Girls High School Coaches Association. Assistant Coach Mahrer is the Boys’ Head Soccer Coach at Beacon High School in New York. Prior to Beacon, he worked as Head Coach at Regis High School from 1985-1991 and Hunter College from 1992-1995. He was a member of the 1979 Men’s Soccer Team at the 1979 Pan American Maccabi Games in Mexico City. Coaches Cohn and Mahrer were Co-Head Coaches of the Youth Men’s Soccer Team at the 2018 Maccabi Youth Games. The athletes are Aaron Bach of Highland Park, IL; Matthew Birnhak of Dix Hills, NY; Jake Block of Washington Crossing, PA; Mathew Costa of Bellport, NY; Daniel Eidelstein of Golden Beach, FL; Benjamin Gerschwer of New York, NY; Andrew Kalish of New York, NY; Jacob Kaplan of Fulton, MD; Dillan Kaye of Miami, FL; Carlos Levy of Miami, FL; Roi Moskowitz of Sunnyvale, CA; Aiden Scott of Fayetteville, NY; Samuel Singer of New York, NY; Ethan Sirken of Solebury, PA; Eddie Tepper of Chicago, IL; Alan Wainer of North Miami Beach, FL; Elijah Wakefield of Claremont, CA; Adam Wasserman of Scarsdale, NY; Robert Weitzman of New York, NY; and Samuel Youngwood of New York, NY.

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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