MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE OPEN WOMEN’S FIELD HOCKEY TEAM FOR THE 15th EUROPEAN MACCABI GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 20, 2019 – Maccabi USA Field Hockey Chair Tonja Magerman along with Head Coach Meredith Shifman and Assistant Coach Hannah Dave are pleased to announce the Open Field Hockey Team for the 15th European Maccabi Games which will take place July 28-August 7, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 200+ athletes who will join the other 2,000 Jewish athletes from 29 countries, participating in 22 different sports.

Head Coach Shifman is a 2006 graduate of Johns Hopkins University where she was goalkeeper for the women’s varsity field hockey team. In her sophomore season, she started 20 games, posting 160 saves, three shut outs and a .773% save percentage; that season the team won the 2003 Centennial Conference tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. She played on the silver-medal winning Open Women’s Field Hockey team at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in 2017. Meredith currently plays for the Big Apple Hockey Club Ladies team in the New York City. Assistant Coach Dave is the Head Women’s Field Hockey Coach at Newberry College in Newberry, SC. She was a four-year starter at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC and was previously the Assistant Coach at Asheville High School in North Carolina as well as the field hockey trainer at the YMCA of Western North Carolina. The athletes are Rosie Ceisler of Katonah, NY, John Jay High School; Abigail Chernick of Longmeadow, MA, Westfield State University; Amanda Colton of Lafayette Hill, PA, University of Georgia; Sophie Craig of Manlius, NY, Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Graycen Dave of Asheville, NC, Lindenwood University; Sarah Edelson of Blue Bell, PA, Amherst College; Abigail Goldberg of Louisville, KY, Longwood University; Adena Gordon of Chesapeake, VA, Long Island University; Jaya Krishnan of Houston, TX, University of Pennsylvania; Briana Rubenstein of Bayport, NY, Adelphi University (’15); Devon Scharf of Merion Station, PA, Cabrini College; Carly Schiller of Ellicott City, MD, Drew University; Emily Tauber of Columbia, MD, Pennsylvania State University (’13); and Yael Yonah of Princeton, NJ, Montclair State University.

The European Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora. They are hosted by the European Maccabi Confederation and conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union. They are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held.

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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