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Philadelphia, PA, April 19, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Swimming Chairman Rick Ehrlich, along with co-Head Coaches Marshall Goldman and Haley Mitchell are pleased to announce the Juniors Swimming 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 Arthur Abrams of Hopewell Junction, NY, Van Wyck Junior High School; Ian Ackerman of Chester, NY, Monroe-Woodbury High School; Mason Arnberg of Dix Hills, NY, Half Hollows High School East; Betsey Bennett of New York, NY, Horace Mann School; Matan Berkovsky of Morganville, NJ, Academy of Allied Health and Sciences; Jenna Charlat of Bedford, NH, Ross A. Lurgio Middle School; Mila Fejzo of Los Angeles, CA, Harvard Westlake School; Charles Gustafson of Shaker Heights, OH, Shaker Heights High School; Erica Hjelle of Sandy Springs, MD, Sherwood High School; Thomas Horne of Sevierville, TN, Sevier County High School; Mikayla Klein of Scarsdale, NY, Edgemont High School; Samantha Krew of Scottsdale, AZ, BASIS Scottsdale; Jordan Leaf of Los Angeles, CA, Windward High School; William Lewis of Bethesda, MD, Walt Whitman High School; Maya Milrod of New York, NY, Hunter College High School; Aviva Munoz of Weston, MA, Weston High School; Richard Nichol of Memphis, TN, Memphis University School; Danielle Prekop of Jersey City, NJ, Saint Dominic Academy; Aaron Rosen of Scottsdale, AZ, Explorer Middle School; Maor Shir of Wyckoff, NJ, Ramapo High School; Heidi Stalkfleet of Iowa City, IA, Southeast Junior High School; Asher Stukelman of New York, NY, Frank McCort High School; Samuel Telanoff of Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica High School; and Emily Weiss of New York, NY, Columbia Preparatory 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 Swimming Chairman Rick Ehrlich at, or 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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