Philadelphia, PA, August 26 – Maccabi USA is seeking Jewish athletes to represent the USA Team at the 13th European Maccabi Games that will take place in Vienna, Austria July 5 – 13, 2011.  Jeff Bukantz, of Montville, NJ, will serve as General Chairman of the 13th European Maccabi Games USA Organizing Committee.  The Overall Sports Chairs are Rachel and Michael Bronstein of Freehold, NJ.

Maccabi USA will field the largest North American Team ever to compete at the European Maccabi Games with approximately 175 athletes representing 34 teams competing in 12 sports disciplines.  Applications are now being accepted for:

Open Athletes (18+)in Badminton (M,W), Beach Volleyball (M,W), Bridge (M,W), Fencing (M,W), Field Hockey (W), Golf (W), Soccer (W), Squash (M,W), Table Tennis (M,W), Ten-Pin Bowling (M,W) and Volleyball(M,W).

Juniors Athletes (born between 1995-97): Basketball (M), Golf (M,W), Soccer (W),  Table Tennis (M,W) and    Volleyball (M, W).

Masters Athletes: Golf (W, 50+), Soccer (M 35+), Squash (M,W 35+), Table Tennis (M,W 40+) and Tennis (M,W 35+).

Applications are now available at the Maccabi USA website to download, and an on-line application form will be available soon.  https://maccabiusa.com/sports/competitions.html.  If you need further information regarding sports offered and eligibility, you may contact Stephanie Sorkin at 215.561.6900 x110 or ssorkin@maccabiusa.com.

In addition to competition with other Jewish athletes from throughout Europe, Israel and the Diaspora, there will be opportunities to explore the culture and history of the Jewish People in Vienna.  The Games will be aired on JLTV throughout the competition.

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.

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