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Philadelphia, PA, March 2, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Women’s Basketball Chairwoman Donna Orender, along with Head Coach Sherry Levin, and Assistant Coach Jennifer Cosgrove are pleased to announce the Open Women’s Basketball 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 be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports

Head Coach Levin is currently the Head Coach for Girls’ Basketball at the Worcester Academy; Assistant Coach Cosgrove is currently the Assistant Coach for the Fordham University Women’s Basketball team. The athletes are Tara Berger of Purchase, NY, Wesleyan University; Allison Chernow of Dresher, PA, Emory University; Drew Edelman of Sunnyvale, CA, University of California – Santa Barbara; Paige Fecske of Studio City, CA, Pepperdine University; Hannah Fox of Plymouth Meeting, PA, Amherst College; Hayley Isenberg of Dallas, TX, Harvard University; Leah Matusow of Dresher, PA, Pennsylvania State University (’12); Leah Purvis of Valley Village, CA, Miami University of Ohio; Lauren Rothfeld of Dresher, PA, Salisbury University; Maria “Masha” Shtikel of Shoreline, WA, Seattle University; Allison Silfen of Rye Brook, NY, Bowdoin College; and Emily Surloff of Los Angeles, CA, Columbia University.

Chairwoman Orender and Head Coach Levin are multiple Maccabi USA alumni, having both played in the World Maccabiah Games. Head Coach Levin led the Juniors Girls’ Basketball Team to a Gold Medal for the 19th World Maccabiah Games in 2013.

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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