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Philadelphia, PA, February 3, 2022 – Donald Kent, Maccabi USA Soccer Commissioner, along with Mark Horowitz, New York, NY, U16 Boys’ Soccer Chair for the 21st Maccabiah, are pleased to announce the 20-athlete roster for the U16 Boys’ Soccer Team for the 21st Maccabiah taking place July 2022 in Israel.

The team will be led by Head Coach, Jonathan Cohn, Farmington, CT and Assistant Coach, Alec Mahrer, New York, NY. The 20 athletes representing the USA next summer in Israel at the 21st Maccabiah are Tommy Abramzon, Miami, FL, FBS FC; David Barkan, Cresskill, NJ, Cedar Stars Academy; Walker Blake, Oakland, CA, Ballistic MLS Next; Felipe Chaladovsky, Scarsdale, NY, FC Westchester; Jonathan Chezes, Houston, TX, Rise MLS Next; Ari Dejman, Aventura, FL, FBS FC; David Dickstein, Aventura, FL, FBS FC; Jonah Gurion, Rye, NY, New York Soccer Club; Micah Jacobson, Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Tigers FC; Nate Kaptiz, Oak Park, CA, LAFC;  Alex Lupin, New Orleans, LA, Louisiana TDP; Ethan Pendelton, Washington, DC, DC United; Eli Portnoy, Lewisville, TX, Solar SC; Tamir Ratovitz, Oak Park, CA, LAFC; Alexander Schneider, New York, NY, Manhattan Soccer Club; Eli Wachs, Oakland, CA, De Anza Force MLS Next; Eli Weene, Los Angeles, CA, LA Breakers; Jarrett Wodotinsky, Warrington, PA, FC Delco; Leo Wilensky, Ann Arbor, MI, Michigan Wolves; Amir Yahalom, Brookline, MA, Boston Bolts.

For more information, please contact Steven Graber, Program Director at or 215.561.6900.

About the Maccabiah:
The first Maccabiah was held in in Ramat Gan in 1932 with 390 athletes from 18 countries taking part. Traditionally held every four years, interrupted only by the Second World War, by 2017 the Games had grown to include nearly 10,000 Jewish athletes from more than 75 countries competing in 40 sports, making it the third largest international multi-sport event in the world following only the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. The Maccabi USA delegation to the 20th Maccabiah in the summer of 2017 numbered 1,131 members, the largest traveling delegation in the history of not just Jewish sporting events but all international multi-sport competitions.

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. MUSA 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 United States, Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the US, 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 all over the world 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 US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Affiliate Organization, one of 38 Affiliates nationwide to be recognized by the USOPC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level. MUSA is rated as a three-star non-profit by Charity Navigator.

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