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Philadelphia, PA, June 15, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Medical Co-Chairs, Joel Carter and Merrick Wetzler are pleased to announce the Medical 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 doctors are Anthony Abene of Los Gatos, CA; Michael April of Rockville, MD; Marc Backal of Voorhees, NJ; Stuart Brodkin of Maitland, FL; Joel Carter of Minneapolis, MN; Howard Fidler of Minnetonka, MN; Brian Laiderman of Wildwood, MO; Elliot Leitman of Newark, DE; Ariel Nassim of Great Neck, NY; Adam Shafritz of South Burlington, VT; Scott Singer of Chagrin Falls, OH; and Merrick Wetzler of Cherry Hill, NJ.

The athletic trainers are Erik Brown of Wheeling, WV; David Caplin of Mount Laurel, NJ; Hillary Dreyfus of Kennesaw, GA: Hayley Edenzon of San Marcos, TX; Martin Freeman of Silver Spring, MD; Kendell Galor of Las Vegas, NV; Jamie Goldberg of Philadelphia, PA; Beth Hagler of Silver Spring, MD; Shawna Israel of Agoura Hills, CA; Brianne Lawton of Denton, TX; Daniel Lindsey of Hoover, AL; Joseph Lopez of Philadelphia, PA; Summer Runestad of Los Angeles, CA; Sarah Sall of Philadelphia, PA; Suzanne Seidel of Encino, CA; Kyle Southall of Birmingham, AL; Aaron Struminger of Elkton, MD; Julie Tucker of Columbia, MD; and Katelyn Zimmerman of Wayside, NJ.

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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