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Philadelphia, PA, November 26 – Tonja and Joel Magerman, Co-Chairs,  19th Maccabiah USA Organizing Committee, are pleased to announce the appointment the USA Open Women’s Field Hockey Team competing  at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 2013. Tonja Magerman will coach the team.

The athletes that will represent the USA are a powerful group of young women represented by athletes and alumni of nine Division I schools and other great collegiate field hockey programs. Coach Magerman is planning to bring the team together prior to departure for the Games in Israel so that they have additional practice and drills as a unified team before they compete against other powerful international teams at the Games.

Team members include: Rachael Block of Voorhees, NJ; Eliana Brown of Annandale, VA; Tamara Brown of Cambridge, MA; Kayla Devlin of Annapolis, MD; Rachel Feig of Houston, TX; Rachel Gassert of Kensington, MD;Marissa Glatt of Doylestown, PA; Gabrielle Goldach of Bexley, OH; Emily Knapp of Scarsdale, NY; Jamie Levyof Bala Cynwyd, PA; Rachel Magerman of Blue Bell, PA; Sara Ruzzi of Arnold, MD; Cara Silverman of Roseland, NJ; Emma Singer of Harrisburg, PA; Hilary Smith of Harvey Cedars, NJ; and Taylor Stone of Herndon, VA.

The colleges and universities represented are Boston University, Colgate University, Miami University of Ohio, Middlebury College, Northeastern University, Robert Morris University, Shippensburg University, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, and University of North Carolina.

Coach Magerman is excited about the high level of athleticism that each of the athletes is bringing to the Team. “We have the opportunity to be very successful at the Games where the USA will compete against other international elite athletes,” Magerman said. “I am very excited for the Team and the opportunities they have within their reach.”

Magerman has coached Field Hockey at Germantown Academy for the last 12 seasons and is thrilled with the opportunity to coach the Maccabi USA team and work with them as they aim for the gold. She first became involved with Maccabi USA as a member of the 11th Pan Am Maccabi USA Organizing Committee as the General Chair for the Open Women’s Field Hockey Team.  She was first introduced to Maccabi USA through her late mother-in-law, Phyllis Magerman, who was a leader with the organization for many years and whose passion for the Maccabi USA Mission inspired Coach Magerman to get involved.

Coach Magerman, and her Co-Chair and husband Joel, are keeping their involvement a family affair.  Daughter Rachel, who qualified for the Team and son Jake, a Maccabi USA alumnus, will all travel together to Israel to participate in the Games.

For more information about the Maccabiah Games or to schedule an interview with one of our athletes, please contact Sara Feinstein and 215.561.6900 x119.


About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with 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 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 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.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports

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