May 17, Philadelphia, PA – Toni Wortman, of East Northport, NY, was elected to a four-year term as Vice-President of Maccabi World Union during their recent Congress in Ramat Gan, Israel.  Maccabi World Union is the governing body of the International Maccabi Movement and the World Maccabiah Games.

Wortman’s involvement with Maccabi began 25 years ago when she served as the Co-Chair of the Culture and Education Program for the USA Organizing Committee at the 12th Maccabiah Games in Israel.  Since that time, she has held progressively more responsible roles, recently completing two four-year terms as Chairman of the the North American Confederation of Maccabi World Union and as President of Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel – 2001 through 2009 – where she remains a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Her energy, attitude, vision and capacity for love has propelled her career with Maccabi USA and Maccabi World Union.  She is an open team-builder which has been a key to her success.  Wortman will utilize the expertise and skills she learned as President of Maccabi USA in her new role as Vice-President of Maccabi World Union.

“It is truly an honor to have been elected as Vice-President of Maccabi World Union,” Wortman said.  “I look forward to working with Maccabi World Union Chairman Yair Hamburger,  President Guiora Esrubilsky and the new leadership team to expand and refine our projects and programs and to continue to do what we do best – use sports as a means of ensuring Jewish continuity.”

About the organization:

Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel (MUSA) has 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 co-founder 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.

Maccabi USA 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.