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Philadelphia, PA, March 30, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Track & Field Co-Chairs Robert Fellman and Andrew Gittleman, along with Head Coach Jordan Schilit and Assistant Coach Richard Bernstein are pleased to announce the Juniors Track & Field 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 Jessica Barbarosh of Irvine, CA, Woodbridge High School; Aidan Blain of Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica High School; Jordan Blum of White Plains, NY, Solomon Schechter School of Westchester; Tali Castle of Scottsdale, AZ, Scottsdale Preparatory Academy; Ari Dyrek of Santa Monica, CA, Santa Monica High School; Leya Essex of California, MD, Leonardtown High School; Isaac Frumkin of Washington, DC, Woodrow Wilson High School; Abigail Goldstein of Ambler, PA, Germantown Academy; Kaitlin Goodman of North Potomac, MD, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; Tyler Jacobs of Nashville, TN, University School of Nashville; Nava Kiss of Fairfax, VA, W.T. Woodson High School; Alex Kline of Boca Raton, FL, Spanish River Community High School; Miles Kominsky of Daniels, WV, Woodrow Wilson High School; Mia Lansberg of Cincinnati, OH, Sycamore High School; Jacob Noonan of Delray Beach, FL, Spanish River Community High School; Rylee Pustilnik of Delray Beach, FL, Spanish River Community High School; Maya Rayle of Hood River, OR, Catlin Gabel High School; Josh Rosemore of Pikesville, MD, Beth Tfiloh High School; Michelle Rosenblum of Katonah, NY, Somers High School; Noah Safer-Brickman of Tarzana, CA, Milken Community High School; Gatsby Smith of Seal Beach, CA, Los Alamitos High School; Amira Solomon of Wynnewood, PA, Harriton High Schooland Bailey Umans of Calabasas, CA, Chamindale College 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 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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