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Philadelphia, PA, June 5, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Fencing Co-Chairs Philippe Bennett and Stu Rothenberg, along with Co-Head Coaches Jared Hammond and Josh Hammond are pleased to announce the Juniors Fencing 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 Epee athletes are Sophie Goldberg of Newtown, PA, Council Rock North High School; Sophie Goodman of Marietta, GA; Alan C. Pope High School; Anna Lanzman of Brooklyn, NY, Stuyvesant High School; Benjamin Rogak of Stonybrook, NY, Ward Melville High School; Liat Sauberman of West Nyack, NY, Christa McAuliffe School of Arts and Sciences; Nicholas “Nika” Topaz of Chicago, IL, Lincoln High School; and Myles Wolf of New York, NY, Sanford H. Calhoun High School.

The Foil athletes are Emerson Blutt of New York, NY, Collegiate School; Zane Daniels of Manhattan, NY, Trinity School; Liana Keesing of McLean, VA, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Anna Prilutsky of Jersey City, NJ, McNair Academic High School; Logan Rechler of Mendham, NJ, Newark Academy; and Jordan Rusoff of Scarsdale, NY, The Masters School.

The Sabre athletes are Abby Benson-McCarthy of Centreville, VA, Westfield High School; Michael Fazylov of Marietta, GA, The Walker School; Ashley Gomerman of Melville, NY, Half Hollow Hills High School East; Amit Hanadari-Levy of North Bethesda, MD, Walter Johnson High School; Nathan Milgram of San Jose, CA, Kehillah Jewish High School; Lia Pelech of Mettawa, IL, Vernon Hills 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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