May 18, Philadelphia, PA – Jordan Weinstein, of Worcester, Massachusetts was reappointed as Co-Chair of the International Sports Committee (ISC) for the 19thWorld Maccabiah Games in Israel.  Weinstein has been a member of this committee since 1994 and served as Co-Chair of the ISC for the 18thWorld Maccabiah Games in 2009.

The World Maccabiah Games, referred to as “the Jewish Olympics” is a two-week competition held every four years in Israel. It is the third largest sports event in the world and is sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee and the World Federation of Sports.  The Maccabiah Games is comprised of the best Jewish athletes in the world including world champions, Olympic medalists, national team players and top university athletes.  The 18thWorld Maccabiah Games, which took place in July 2009, included approximately 7,500 athletes from over 50 countries.

The ISC is comprised of members from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  It is responsible for the preparation, organization, implementation and supervision of all sports competitions during the Maccabiah Games.  The ISC is also responsible for the drafting and implementation of all regulations which govern the Games generally and the specific sports competitions.

“It is a great honor to be reappointed as Co-Chair of the International Sports Committee for the 19thWorld Maccabiah Games to be held in 2013,” Weinstein said.  “All members of the committee understand the significant impact that the Maccabiah Games have upon Jewish continuity and solidarity among Diaspora Jews and the State of Israel.  It is a monumental undertaking, but for all of us on the ISC it is a labor of love.  We hope to continue to raise the standards of sports competition while also growing the size of the Games.  Our mission is to ensure that the 19thWorld Maccabiah Games is the biggest and best, ever!”

Weinstein has been involved with Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel for 25 years in increasingly responsible leadership roles.  He currently serves as the First Vice-President and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, and he was the General Chair of the USA delegations to the 16th and 17thWorld Maccabiah Games in 2001 and 2005

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.

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.