Philadelphia, PA, October 3 – Maccabi USA will be honoring the Legends and Heroes of the Maccabiah from the Philadelphia area on Sunday, October 21, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Center City Philadelphia.  The Legends Program is an annual event that takes place in a different city each year and allows Maccabi USA to recognize its valued athletes, volunteers and supporters.

All Honorees have been selected as Legends and Heroes for the contributions they have made to Maccabi USA and are all either from the Greater Philadelphia Metropolitan area or have made significant contributions to their sport in the area. The Honorees are: Jan Albert of Bryn Mawr, PA; Tal Brody of Israel, formerly Trenton, NJ; Larry Brown* of Villanova, PA, currently at SMU; Suzan and Allen Fox of Blue Bell, PA; Joy and Gary Gordon of Ambler, PA; Iris and Igal Hami of Philadelphia, PA; Ira Kamens of Langhorne, PA; Julian Krinsky of Radnor, PA; Bob Levy of Ardmore, PA; David Micahnik* of Cherry Hill, NJ; Mel Miller of Bala Cynwyd, PA; Lou Moyerman* of Philadelphia, PA; Larry Needle of Merion Station, PA; David Pudlin of Bryn Mawr, PA; Sam Rabinowitz (z”l); Brian Roberts of Flourtown, PA; Dolph Schayes of Syracuse, NY, the first coach of the Philadelphia 76ers; Brian Schiff of Exton, PA;Larry Shane of Springfield, PA; Chuck Shechtman of Wynnewood, PA; Bob Spivak of Philadelphia, PA; Bill Steerman of Bala Cynwyd, PA; Fred Turoff* of Philadelphia, PA; and Rose Weinstein of King of Prussia, PA.

*Olympian

Maccabi USA’s most high-profile project is the World Maccabiah Games. Jewish athletes of all ages and backgrounds convene in Israel to share their culture, history and values and to compete for two unforgettable weeks of world-class competition which is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee.

The 19th World Maccabiah Games will take place in July, 2013, and Maccabi USA is working through its volunteer organization to field a USA Team that will be over 1100 participants. It will cost approximately $8 million to send the USA Team to compete at these Games. It is imperative that Maccabi USA raise the $8 million to ensure that all qualified athletes are able to participate in this life-changing experience.

“The Legends events help us raise the much-needed dollars that will fund the USA Team to participate in the 19thMaccabiah Games,” said Bob Spivak, Chairman, Maccabi USA. “All funds raised from this event will be used specifically to fund the athletes’ participation in the Games. We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors, and there are still plenty of opportunities to support this event and Maccabi USA.”

The keynote speaker for this event is four-time Olympian and Maccabiah Legend Jason Lezak. Lezak has won eight gold medals at the Olympics including four gold, along with four gold medals at the 18th Maccabiah Games in 2009. The Master of Ceremony is Michael Barkann, award-winning sports host, anchor and reporter for Comcast SportsNet.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or to attend the event, please contact Sara Feinstein at 215.561.6900 x119 or sfeinstein@maccabiusa.com.

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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