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Philadelphia, PA June 27, 2018 – The Maccabi USA Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that 35 athletes, four coaches, one manager, and one doctor from New York have been appointed as members of the USA delegation for the upcoming Maccabi Youth Games, which will take place in Israel, July 22-August 2, 2018.

The athletes are Gahl Alma of Larchmont, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer; Benjamin Altman of New York, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Jacob Altman of New York, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Noah Balsam of Merrick, NY, Youth Men’s Baseball; Ava Black of Bronxville, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer; Jake Boden of Wantagh, NY, Youth Men’s Baseball; Samantha Bressler of Great Neck, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer; Jonah Corney of Woodmere, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Noa Fisher of Great Neck, NY, Youth Women’s Basketball; Benjamin Gerschwer of New York, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Lior Gurion of Rye, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Annalie Guzzo of Queens Village, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer; Adam Horowitz of Scarsdale, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Andrew Kalish of New York, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Cooper Laczkowski of Clarence, NY, Youth Rugby 7’s; Amy Lederer of Plainview, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer; Joshua Levine of New York, NY, Youth Men’s Basketball; Hannah Lipskar of Bronx, New York, Youth Women’s Soccer; Dylan Manger of Bellmore, NY, Youth Women’s Basketball; Hannah Margolis of Fresh Meadows, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer; Ryan Marrus of New York, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Leah Minsky of Oceanside, NY, Youth Women’s Basketball; Amber Nero of New Rochelle, NY, Youth Women’s Softball; Jordan Nero of New Rochelle, NY, Youth Women’s Softball’ Dylan Schnitzer of Huntington, NY, Youth Men’s Baseball; Samuel Schulson of Roslyn Heights, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Aiden Scott of Fayetteville, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Jacob Shufro of New York, NY, Youth Men’s Baseball; Ryan Silberfein of Scarsdale, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer; Victoria Varkonyi of Great Neck, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer; Tamir Vittorio of Bronx, NY, Youth Men’s Soccer; Matthew Vogel of Syosset, NY, Youth Men’s Baseball; Anya Weinrieb of Williamsville, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer; Moses Weintraub of New York, NY, Youth Men’s Basketball; Talia Wigder of Bronx, NY, Youth Women’s Soccer. JJ Davidson of New York, NY will serve as Head Coach for one of the Youth Men’s Soccer Teams, Rachel Kohn of New York, NY, will serve as Head Coach for the Youth Women’s Volleyball Team, Alec Mahrer of New York, NY will serve as Head Coach for one of the Youth Men’s Soccer Teams, and Dina Wald-Margolis of Fresh Meadows, NY will serve as Assistant Coach for one of the Youth Women’s Soccer Teams. Deborah Light of Albany, NY will serve as a Doctor on the Medical Team and Tamar Simon of New York, NY will serve as an Accommodations Manager.

There will be six days of competition, followed by three days of touring based in Jerusalem. The other countries competing include Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Holland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, South Africa, and Spain.

The Maccabi Youth Games will provide the athletes an opportunity to compete internationally and connect with Jewish athletes from around the world and the State of Israel.

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 delegation heading to Israel in just under a month for the inaugural Maccabi Youth Games!

For more information about Maccabi USA, please contact Shane Carr at 215.561.6900 x4147 or by email at

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) enriches 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 is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The Organization is one of 38 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, and is rated as a four-star non-profit by Charity Navigator.


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