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Philadelphia, PA, June 6 – Ron Carner, President of Maccabi USA, announced the planned retirement of Executive Director, Jed Margolis. Margolis has led the staff and volunteers of Maccabi USA for 15 years, growing the organization through increased volunteer involvement, contributions and participation in worldwide athletic competition.

“How fortunate both Maccabi USA and I have been to have had Jed Margolis as our Executive Director for the past seven and one-half years of my Presidency. His dedication to our mission of building Jewish pride through sports, his 24/7 work ethic, his commitment to the State of Israel, and his awareness of the importance of the credibility of our project, have been invaluable to our organization,” Carner said. “He and I have communicated almost daily, often many times a day, and I am proud to say that we have worked together to form an efficient and amiable team. It will not be easy to find a successor. I hope he will stay involved with us as a volunteer for many more years.”

Margolis has served as Executive Director since 2002, after first getting involved with Maccabi USA as a Basketball athlete at the 9th World Maccabiah Games in 1973.  Afterward, he stayed involved as a volunteer, rising to a Vice President and USA Team Manager for the Maccabiah in 2001. Margolis has worked in partnership with the Executive Committee, led by two presidents, Toni Wortman and Ron Carner.

“Jed has been an exceptional Executive Director and an incredible asset to our organization. We worked as a team for the eight years of my presidency and his wise counsel, support, and friendship were invaluable and greatly contributed to our success. His dedication to our mission inspired us and his strong leadership earned him the respect of both the volunteers and staff,” Wortman said. “His service to Maccabi USA and to the ideals of the Maccabi Movement has enriched the lives of Jews in the United States, in Israel, and around the world. Jed has a Maccabi heart and will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure and privilege of working with him.”

Prior to joining Maccabi USA as the Executive Director, Margolis worked in the JCC world for 28 years in Cleveland, Cherry Hill, St. Louis, and Hartford.  He is a graduate of Oberlin College with a major in Mathematics and Health & Physical Education, with a minor in Judaic Studies. He received a graduate degree in the Administration of Health & Physical Education from Kent State University.

A search committee has been formed to select a highly-qualified candidate to succeed Margolis as Executive Director of the Organization. A job description is available upon request or through the Maccabi USA website at Resumés from qualified individuals can be submitted to through August 15, 2017.

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 the world over 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 is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The Organization is one of 38 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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