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Philadelphia, PA, March 15, 2019 – Maccabi USA is initiating wrestlers of Jewish Heritage to compete in the 2019 Spring National Championships. The event will take place April 14, 2019 at the Levien Gym at Columbia University in New York. The three eligible divisions to compete in are sanctioned by USA Wrestling. They are USAW Open Men, Junior Boys, and Junior Girls. USAW Cadet wrestlers are also eligible for both Junior Boys and Girls. The event will start at 8:00 AM with weigh-ins and the tournament will begin at 10:00 AM. The Junior tournament is a qualifier for the Summer of 2019 Israel Training Trip.

This event is organized by Maccabi USA Wrestling Chair Chris Feder of San Rafael, CA. Feder is the current Head Coach for the wrestling team at Marin Catholic High School, the Brawlers Wrestling Club in Marin County, CA, and the Executive Director of Beat the Streets San Francisco. Feder competed in the 1969 and 1989 Maccabiah Games in Israel. Through events like this, Feder hopes to engage and encourage the next generation of Jewish wrestlers and bring about developmental growth in preparation for the 2021 Maccabiah Games.

“Maccabi USA Wrestling is about developing our Jewish heritage athletes over the course of each quadrennial as opposed to just every four years” said Maccabi USA Wrestling Chair Chris Feder. “Planning competitions and training events is essential to developing elite level competitors and pride in the Jewish wrestling community.”

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.

Eligible athletes can visit to register for the tournament under the event section on the website.

For more information, please contact Chris Feder at

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 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 has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 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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