Dear Maccabi USA Family,
I look back with great pride on our accomplishments in 2015.
Last spring, our Softball team was responsible for our “Mission to Cuba”, where
we brought supplies and medications to our Cuban brethren and shared a
fantastic Shabbat with them. Together we fundraised to help get their teenage
delegation to the Pan American Maccabi Games in Chile.
Over the summer, we took a team of 200 to Berlin for the
European Maccabi Games, which were held in the shadows of the stadiums built by
Hitler for the 1936 Olympics. We had so many stirring moments at these Games,
but the most emotional for me was our ceremony at Platform 17, where we
commemorated Olympians lost in the Holocaust, as well as the Israeli Olympians
murdered at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
We just recently returned from the Pan American Maccabi
Games in Chile, where Team USA participated in some great Tzedakah projects in
addition to competing. As soon as we returned we hit the ground running getting
ready for the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel next year. Applications
for Team USA will be available on our website in a few weeks, and announced via
email and our social media platforms (@MaccabiUSA). The application process
will be followed by tryouts around the USA over the next year.
Our official 2017 Maccabiah fundraising ‘Launch’ will take
place on April 20 in New York City, where we will honor our President, Ron
Carner. Additionally, we have Golf Tournaments scheduled in Florida (March 14),
Philadelphia (June 6, in memory of Dolph Schayes) and Chicago later in the
summer, and our 12th Annual Brunch, Bridge, Canasta and Mah Jongg Tournament
will take place in Westchester, NY on September 25. We are planning our next
“Mission to Cuba” in November, which will center on a Softball Tournament in
For all this, I thank our athletes who stood proud and tall
and represented Team USA. I also thank our leadership and supporters who are
the true “Magic of Maccabi,” giving of themselves so that our athletes will
have wonderful Jewish memories; and I thank our Maccabi friends and family
around the globe who work tirelessly so that we can bring our delegations to
the International Maccabi Games. I also appreciate the State of Israel for
being a source of pride and inspiration for Jews around the world.
Chazak v’amatz – Be strong and courageous!
Executive Director, Maccabi USA