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Philadelphia, PA, April 20, 2017 – For the first time in its history, Lacrosse will be played at the World Maccabiah Games, July 4-18 in Israel. Twins Alexandra and Nicole Weinsten are ecstatic to be part of the inaugural Juniors Girls’ team and to help create a foundation for the future Games. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

Sports are a way of life for the Weinsten twins who come from diverse athletic backgrounds of tennis, soccer, and lacrosse. Alexandra and Nicole have been eagerly awaiting the chance to pick up their lacrosse sticks again; the Maccabiah Games will provide the girls with the opportunity to represent Team USA and explore their heritage while playing a sport they love.

The twins are most looking forward to meeting and playing with/against other Jewish athletes from the United States and other countries around the world. They have never been to Israel before and are excited to see the country and experience the culture and history first-hand.

When asking how they feel about being part of the first Lacrosse team in Maccabiah history, both agreed “We are thrilled to be part of the first Maccabi USA lacrosse team. The sport originated in North America, and as Jews and members of the Juniors Girls’ Lacrosse team, we take great pride in combining our American and Jewish heritage. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the US and we hope our love for the game will inspire other athletes around the world to play.”

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

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.

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, 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 has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 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.


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