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Philadelphia, PA, December 20, 2017 – On December 2, 2017 at the Annual Conference in Newark, NJ, Maccabi USA honored the recipients of the Toby Ehrlich Memorial Award. This award was presented to three outstanding Juniors/Youth soccer athletes who achieved success on the soccer field. The recipients are Jamie Diluzio of North Woodmere, NY, Naomi Jaffe of McLean, VA, and Roee Maor of Demarest, NJ. Jamie is a member of the Youth Men’s Soccer Team, Naomi is a member of the Juniors Girls’ Soccer Team, and Roee is a member of the Juniors Boys’ Soccer Team at the 20th World Maccabiah Games.

This award commemorates the memory of Toby Ehrlich, who we tragically lost at a young age. He was a member of the Juniors Boys’ bronze-medal winning Soccer Team at 14th Maccabiah Games in 1993. Toby was so impacted by his Maccabiah experience and this award honors his legacy. The award was given to individuals who are demonstrate the Maccabi Spirit at the Maccabiah Games which were so dear to Toby.

This past summer, we took a USA delegation of 1,131 team members to the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel. The Maccabiah Games are a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

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.

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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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