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Philadelphia, PA, March 19, 2019 – Maccabi USA Basketball Co-Chairs Barak Bar Cohen and Howard Levy, along with Head Coach Josh Javer and Assistant Coach Lee Joffe are pleased to announce the Youth Men’s Basketball Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games which will take place July 5-15, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 400+ athletes who will join the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 different sports.

Head Coach Javer is the Head Coach of the Westchester Maccabi Basketball Program and former Head Coach of Ardsley High School Basketball. Assistant Coach Joffe is a former NCAA Basketball player and the founder and CEO of the Metro Hawks AAU Program. Both Javer and Joffe have extensive coaching history with the JCC Maccabi Movement and are excited to continue their journey with Maccabi USA. The athletes are Noah Baylis of Davisburg, MI; Cody Blumenthal of Tucson, AZ; Shmuli Coates of Teaneck, NJ; Jonah Eber of Dallas, TX; Theodore Henry of Ardmore, PA; Matthew Jedwab of Lawrence, NY; Zachary Muller of Los Angeles, CA; Judah Oppenheimer of Scarsdale, NY; Harrison Pyner of Pepper Pike, OH; Brant Steinberg of Irvington, NY; Samuel “Gus” Thompson of Scarsdale, NY; and Max Zakheim of Bergenfield, NJ.

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

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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