Chag Purim Sameach. Happy Purim. I hope yours is a joyous
one full of tasty Hamantashen.
We are about 15 months away from the Opening Ceremony of the
20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 2017. Our corps of volunteers
is hard at work putting together the USA Team that we project to be over 1,100,
and if we are fortunate, perhaps 1,200! We already have over 600 applications,
double the amount we had at this time four years ago.
To get us off and running, we are hosting a grand kickoff in
NYC on Wednesday, April 20, and will honor our President, Ron Carner, for his 30
years of dedicated service to Maccabi USA. I am pleased to share with you
that among the 400 people who will be attending are Sports Professionals and
Olympians, including Olympic Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg, NBA Legend Rick Barry
and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
Often, I am touched when I hear of the impact we make on our
athletes. We appreciate when they reach out to us after going to the Maccabiah
in Israel, or other competitions in Europe or South America. The other day I
was speaking with Aaron Greenberg, one of our Maccabiah Swimmers in 2013.
He put his college career at Yale on hold so that he could pursue his dream of
swimming in the Olympics. He hopes to join his teammates from the 2013
Maccabiah Games, Marcus Schlesinger and Andi Murez, in Brazil on the Israel Olympic
Team for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Aaron shared with me that, “going to the
Maccabiah Games basically changed my life path, and for that I thank you
sincerely. You run an amazing organization and I hope to support it however I
can for years to come.”
While I appreciate Aaron’s heartfelt comment, it is a
testament to the hard work of our volunteers, the organizers in Israel, and the
power of the Maccabiah.
I hope you will join us on our next Maccabiah journey - beginning
on April 20th in NYC and in Israel in July, 2017.
Executive Director, Maccabi USA
20th Maccabiah Launch Gala
Join us for the launch of the $12 million campaign to send Team USA to the 20th World Maccabiah Games by registering for the 20th Maccabiah Launch Gala Honoring Ron Carner. The Gala will take place at Gotham Hall in NYC on April 20, 2016. Click HERE to attend, sponsor, or make a contribution towards the Gala.
On April 14, Maccabi Young Leadership (MYL) will host Bubble Ball Soccer at the Palumbo Recreation Center in Phildealphia. There is still limited availability for players, register today!
Maccabi USA's leadership, along with MYL, will be in Israel from May 19-24 for the Maccabi World Union Plenum. For more information and to join Maccabi USA's leadership, please contact Jed Margolis. To be a part the of Maccabi Young Leadership Global Seminar, click HERE!
Our Dolph Schayes Memorial Tournament is scheduled to take place on June 6 at Woodcrest Country Club in Cherry Hill, NJ. If you'd like to play Golf or make a contribution to the tournament, click HERE! The Tournament's Steering Committee Co-Chairs are Bob Spivak & Marc Zumoff, and the Tournament Directors are Bruce Apple, Larry Burns & KC Isdaner.
Join Maccabi USA at the Champions Swim Camp in Israel, taught by Lenny Krayzelburg and Jason Lezak, both USA Olympic Gold Medalists and Maccabi USA alumni, from June 15-24, 2016. For more information, please click HERE!
Sign up today for a free 10-day trip to Israel with Maccabi USA alumni and friends on a HI-GEAR™ Birthright trip! Click HERE for more information!
Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual Westchester Brunch & Bridge/Canasta/Mah Jongg Event, which will take place in Westchester, NY, on Sunday, September 25.
Click HERE to apply to be a member of Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 2017.