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Philadelphia, PA, September 5 – Ira Turret, Overall Golf Chairman, 19th Maccabiah USA Organizing Committee, announced the appointment of the athletes who will represent the USA Golf Team at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 2013. These 24 athletes will compete in six divisions: Open Men’s and Open Women’s; Juniors Boys’ and Juniors Girls’; and Masters Men’s and Masters Women’s. The appointments were made at the conclusion of a three-day 54-hole stroke play National Qualifying Tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, FL during mid-July.

“Everyone who participated in the Qualifying Tournament gave their best and it has produced an extraordinary Golf team with entrants in each division. I have every confidence that our Open and Masters Men and Women and our Juniors Boys and Girls will achieve much success,” said Ira Turret. “I personally know that they will experience the highest level of sportsmanship and solidarity with their fellow international competitors.  I am excited for each member of the team, as well as their family and friends who will join them in Israel to cheer them on.”

The athletes come from 11 states, including: Arizona, California, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. The Team also includes two families of Golfers: the Debbie Adams of Asheville, NC will join her daughter Stacey on the Open Women’s Team, and son Scott will compete for the Juniors Boys’ Team; cousins Zachary Csillag of Chappaqua, NY will play for the Open Men’s Team and Matthew Csillag of Syosset, NY will play for the Juniors Boys Team. A number of the team members are alumni, including Coach Bruce Fleisher, who turned Pro in 1969 – the same year he won a gold medal at the 8th Maccabiah Games.

Open Women’s Golfers include: Deborah Adams and Stacey Adams of Asheville, NC; Rachel Blum of Alexandria, VA; Portland Rosen of Sugarland, TX; and Michelle Shifflett of East Rockaway, NY.  Open Men’s Golfers include: Zachary Csillag of Chappaqua, NY; Jason Doppelt of Great Neck, NY; Richard Kerper of Safety Harbor, FL; Aaron Klimchuk of Granville, OH; Jon Levin of Huntington Beach, CA; and Bryan Schewitz of Delray Beach, FL.  Juniors Girls’ Golfers include: Hannah Berman of Jacksonville, FL; Madeline Gordon of Kenner, LA; Samantha Haubenstock of Weston, FL; Gabrielle Herzig of New York, NY; and Julie Steinbauer of Doral, FL.  Juniors Boys’ Golfers include: Scott Adams of Asheville, NC; Joseph Burkinshaw of Germantown, MD; Matthew Csillag of Syosset, NY; Jacob Lille of Paradise Valley, AZ; and Daniel Wilf of Livingston, NJ. Masters Women’s Golfers are Claudia Josebachvili of Great Neck, NY; Rene Leoni of Boca Raton, FL; Arlene Mark of New York, NY; Lois Silverman of New York, NY; and Randy Villani of Oyster Bay, NY.  The Masters Men’s Golfers are John August of Rochester, NY; Jeffrey Fleishman of Williamsburg, VA; Mark Kitaeff of East Hills, NY; Daniel Levinson of New York, NY; and Douglas Liftman of Sugar Land, TX.

For more information about the Maccabiah Games or to schedule an interview with one of our athletes, please contact Sara Feinstein and 215.561.6900 x119.

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, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, 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.

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