Philadelphia, PA, September 22 – Jason Lezak, a member of the 18th Maccabiah USA Swim Team and four-time Olympic gold medal swimmer will speak about his Maccabiah Experience at the Maccabi USA conference weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 16.  He will also be a featured speaker at a fundraising dinner honoring Jordan Weinstein, First Vice-President – Maccabi USA, that evening.

Lezak, who represented the USA at the last three Summer Olympic Games, is the winner of seven medals overall including four gold medals.  One of his career highlights was anchoring the Men’s 4×100 Freestyle relay when he swam the fastest 100 split in history, stealing the gold medal from the French Team.  Lezak bypassed competing in the World Championships in Rome last summer in order to compete as part of the 900+ USA Team at the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel.  He was voted the Most Outstanding Athlete of the Games by the international organizing committee.

In addition to competing as part of Team USA, Lezak also participated in the cultural pre-camp program along with the other 700 Open and Juniors American athletes.  He had the opportunity to tour historic sites throughout Israel and immerse himself in the culture of Israel and Judaism.  “It was a great overall experience,” Lezak said. “We had the opportunity to sightsee and learn about our culture and most importantly, compete against the best Jewish athletes in the world.”

Lezak will speak about his experiences as an athlete and why he bypassed the World Championships of Swimming in order to participate in the Maccabiah Games. Both events have limited availability and if interested in attending, please contact Sara Feinstein at 215.561.6900 x119 or sfeinstein@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (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.

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