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Philadelphia, PA, June 7, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Masters Tennis Co-Chairs Jody Helfend, Doug Pacht, and Peter Simel, along with Head Coach Scott Ehrlich and Assistant Coach Ana Ehrlich are pleased to announce the Masters Tennis 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 Peter Albert of Manhattan Beach, CA; Nancy Alterman of Denver, CO; Michael Aronson of Boynton Beach, FL; Judith Belinsky of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Lawrence Belinsky of Rancho Santa Fe, CA; Ronald Bobman of Rye, NY; Jordan Brill of New York, NY; Gary Brody of New York, NY; Marcy Cohen of Shelton, CT; Lauren Gard of Manhattan Beach, CA; Anthony Ginsberg of Encino, CA; Beth Greene of Seattle, WA; Michelle Haddad of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Andrew Hoffman of Holmdel, NJ; Gina Jorasch of Palto Alto, CA; Michael Jurick of New York, NY; Scott Kalb of Greenwich, CT; Lance Kaufman of Roslyn Heights, NY; Jonathan Kohn of Chicago, IL; Lisa Konsker of New York, NY; Gil Koppel of Boca Raton, FL; Linda Leftin of Dallas, TX; Michele Madansky of Menlo Park, CA; Scott Miller of Austin, TX; Craig Misrach of San Diego, CA; Noreen Ohcana of Highland Park, IL; Jeffrey Ravetz of New York, NY; Neil Schechter of Washington, DC; Robert Sevim of Chicago, IL; Jill Sickle of Chicago, IL; John Silverman of Cincinnati, OH; Matthew Sirovich of New York, NY; Sal Smeke of Brooklyn, NY; Rebecca Stein of New York, NY; Ronnie Sussman of New York, NY; Steve Sussman of New York, NY; Jonathan Swerdlow of Beverly Hills, CA; Elaine Symonds of Los Angeles, CA; Larry Waxman of Beachwood, OH; and Steve Wittels of Armonk, NY.

“Our Master’s Tennis Team consisting of 40 of the 1,100+ Team USA athletes have a great sense of pride in representing Team USA at the 20th Maccabiah Games,” said Head Coach Ehrlich. “For many is it a bucket list item and a dream come true!”

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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