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Philadelphia, PA June 5, 2019 – The 2019 Games Organizing Committees are pleased to announce that 40 athletes, four coaches, two accommodations managers, three doctors, one nurse, two certified athletic trainers, and the Maccabi USA President from New Jersey have been appointed as members of the USA delegation for the upcoming Pan American and European Maccabi Games which will take place in Mexico City, Mexico July 5-15, 2019, and Budapest, Hungary July 28-August 7, 2019.

The European Maccabi Games participants are Cathy Backal of Voorhees, NJ, Accommodations Manager; Marc Backal of Voorhees, NJ, Doctor; Jeffrey Bukantz of Montville, NJ, Manager; Samuel Golovin of Palisades Park, NJ, Open Swimming; Isaac Greenbaum of Demarest, NJ, Masters Fencing; Matthew Halpern of Montville, NJ, Accommodations Manager; Helen Jacobson of Randolph, NJ, Nurse; Sara Messinger of Cherry Hill, NJ, Open Soccer; Sarah Moseson of Morristown, NJ, Open Soccer; David Prilutsky of Princeton, NJ, Juniors Fencing; Jessica Schildkraut of Glen Rock, NJ, Open Soccer; Jacob Silpe of Cherry Hill, NJ, Open Basketball; Jack Stern of Voorhees, NJ, Youth Basketball; Jack Weiss of Princeton, NJ, Youth Basketball-Men’s; and Yael Yonah of Princeton, NJ, Open Field Hockey.

The Pan American Maccabi Games participants are Steven Gittleman of Northfield, NJ, Accommodations Manager; Elias Abadi of Elberon, NJ, Masters Tennis; Rikki Ashman of Englewood, NJ, Juniors Gymnastics; Marc Backal of Voorhees, NJ, Doctor; Samantha Berk of Jersey City, NJ, Juniors Field Hockey Head Coach; Hilary Berk-Wescount of Kendall Park, NJ, Juniors Field Hockey Assistant Coach; Danielle Bernstein of Warren, NJ, Juniors Volleyball; Joey Braha of Deal, NJ, Masters Basketball; David Caplin of Mount Laurel, NJ, Certified Athletic Trainer; Shmuli Coates of Teaneck, NJ, Youth Basketball; Scott Cohen of Wayne, NJ, Masters Soccer; Gayle Edelstein of Livingston, NJ, Open Volleyball; Gabriel Einhorn of Teaneck, NJ, Youth Basketball; Brandon Federici of Manalapan, NJ, Open Basketball; Philip Fishel of Teaneck, NJ, Masters Soccer; Joshua Freeman of Leonia, NJ, Masters Soccer; Brett Freeman of Towaco, NJ, Youth Soccer; Glenn Funk of Marlboro, NJ, Masters Triathlon; Jesse Goldberg of Lincoln Park, NJ, Youth Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach; Noah Greenspun of Cherry Hill, NJ, Juniors Golf; Ian Grusd of Colts Neck, NJ, Masters Soccer; Charles Guevara of Short Hills, NJ, Masters Soccer; David Hassman of Voorhees, NJ, Masters Basketball; Stuart Hochberger of Summit, NJ, Masters Soccer; Isabel Kaplanovich of Warren, NJ, Juniors Volleyball; Amalya Knapp of Teaneck, NJ, Open Gymnastics; Adam Kochman of Glen Rock, NJ, Youth Soccer; Robert Lazarus of South Orange, NJ, Masters Soccer; Lior Levy of Princeton, NJ, Open Basketball; Ariel Melumad of Tenafly, NJ, Juniors Volleyball; Joshua Pransky of Fair Lawn, NJ, Youth Men’s Soccer Head Coach; Faith Rosenblatt of Cherry Hill, NJ, Juniors Soccer; Marc Schwartz of South Orange, NJ, Masters Soccer; Paul Vitelli of Hoboken, NJ, Masters Basketball; Charlotte Weinstein of Pine Brook, NJ, Juniors Field Hockey; Merrick Wetzler of Cherry Hill, NJ, Doctor; Miriam Wolk of Millburn, NJ, Juniors Field Hockey; Max Zakheim of Bergenfield, NJ, Youth Basketball; and Katelyn Zimmerman of West Long Branch, NJ, Certified Athletic Trainer

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.

The Magic of Maccabi combines a passion of Israel and athletics. The team members are excited to be part of the USA delegation heading to Mexico City and Budapest this summer for the 2019 Regional Games.

For more information on how to send off our 2019 athletes, register for the send-off celebration in South Jersey here.

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