MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE MASTERS MEN’S 35+ SOCCER TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 11, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Masters Men’s 35+ Soccer Co-Chairs Ross Berman and Rob Wynner along with Head Coach Michael Erush is pleased to announce the Masters Men’s 35+ Soccer 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 Ori Adrabi of Los Angeles, CA; Amir Benakote of Los Angeles, CA; Ross Berman of New York, NY; Michael Coakley of Playa Del Ray, CA; Joshua Freeman of Leonia, NJ; Brian Greenfield of Needham, MA; Michael Haynes of Montclair, NJ; Mathew Herold of Venice, CA; Jeffrey Jacobs of New York, NY; Leonid Krupnik of Belmont, CA; Noah Lewkowitz of Phoenix, AZ; David Linn of New York, NY; Robert Olin of New York, NY; Itzik Rapaport of Canoga Park, CA; Marc Schwartz of South Orange, NJ; Moshe Shalchon of New York, NY; Tal Sheynfeld of New York, NY; Zachary Viders of Katonah, NY; and Rob Wynner of Westlake Village, CA.

“The Masters 35+ team is confident, determined, and committed to both enjoying the Maccabiah Games and fulfilling our team goals of winning a gold medal. I am very excited to lead this team in July” said Coach Erush. “The athletes will have a great experience during the competitions, but more importantly have a chance to represent in our country in the beautiful state of Israel.”

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 scarr@maccabiusa.com.

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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