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Philadelphia, PA, April 17, 2019 – Maccabi USA Open Women’s Soccer Chair, Marc Backal, along with Head Coach Jeff Katz and Assistant Coach Andrew Chappell are pleased to announce the Open Women’s Soccer 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 Katz is the Associate Head Coach and fifth overall for the MIT Women’s Soccer Team in Cambridge, MA. Assistant Coach Chappell is the Head Coach of the Girls Varsity Soccer and Basketball Teams at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in New York. The athletes are Alyssa Fagel of San Carlos, CA, Yale University; Lauren Goetzman of Calabasas, CA, Wesleyan University; Karenna Groff of Weston, MA, MIT; Natalie Landau of Providence, RI, Amherst College; Hannah Massagli of Loomis, CA, Notre Dame de Namur University (’17); Sara Messinger of Cherry Hill, NJ, New York University; Sarah Moseson of Morristown, NJ, MIT; Nathalie Nidetch of Hewlett, NY, Northeastern University; Zoe Oasis of Dover, MA, Wesleyan University; Emily Ribatt of Brookline, MA, Wesleyan University; Rebecca Rosen of Port Washington, NY, Brown University; Hannah Rosenblatt of Lincoln, MA, Northeastern University (’18); Jessica Schildkraut of Glen Rock, NJ, Columbia University; Arielle Schneider of Oakton, VA, State University of New York – Brockport (’12); Maya Scholnick of New York, NY, Amherst College; Danielle Stollar of Berkeley, CA, Harvard University (’18); Jenna Tivnan of South Easton, MA, Syracuse University; and Nicola Young of Needham, MA, Harvard 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

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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