MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE OPEN TRACK & FIELD TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, April 24, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Track & Field Co-Chairs Robert Fellman and Andrew Gittleman, along with Co-Head Coaches Doug Horn and Richard Rothman, are pleased to announce the Open 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 Michael Battat of Woodbridge, CT, Emory University; Zack Bornstein of Westlake Village, CA, University of California-Los Angeles; Natasha Feshbach of Santa Barbara, CA, Yale University; Daniel Freeman of West Warwick, RI, University of North Carolina-Charlotte (’15); Samuel Goldstein of Asheville, NC, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Annika Gompers of Newtown, MA, Harvard University; Craig Huff of San Jose, CA, San Jose State University; Michael Kadisha of Beverly Hills, CA, George Washington University; Danielle Katz of Los Gatos, CA, Stanford University; Jeffrey Kirshenbaum of Audubon, PA, Lehigh University; Brooke Koblitz of Alpharetta, GA, University of Georgia (’16); Keren Lee of Poway, CA, University of Redlands; Adam Marc of Woodmere, NY, Johns Hopkins University (’16); Rebecca Mehra of Palo Verdes Estates, CA, Stanford University; Tali Naibryf of Chicago, IL, University of Chicago; Lauren Perschetz of Armonk, NY, State University of New York-Plattsburgh; Julia Reicin of Potomac, MD, Winston Churchill High School; Shayna Rose of Baltimore, MD, Johns Hopkins University (’14); Jessica Singer of Washington, DC, Union College (’12); Nicole Spring of El Dorado Hills, CA, Brown University; May Stern of Providence, RI, Brown University; Benjamin Wallace of Milwaukee, WI, Tufts University; Jonathan Werble of Weston, FL, Florida Atlantic University; Emma Yudelevitch of Tarzana, CA, Occidental College; Chelsea Zeig of Medford, MA, Lasell College (’14); and Andrew Zuckerman of Potomac, MD Tulane University.

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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