JCC Maccabi Games

Team Greater Washington

Created to promote community service, sportsmanship, and build Jewish identity, the JCC Maccabi Games are a week-long Olympic-style event for young athletes aged 13-16. Held in different locations throughout the United States every summer, the games generate enthusiasm and excitement for everyone involved, from young athletes and volunteers to coaches and host families. The Games are co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, Maccabi World Union, Maccabi Canada, and Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel. Today, over 6,000 teens participate in the JCC Maccabi Games® each summer, making it the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.

The Mid-Atlantic Junior Games offer a one-day sports experience for Jewish athletes ages 10-12, modeled after the JCC Maccabi Games. The Jr. Games draw participants throughout the east coast for a day of spirited competition in team and individual sports!

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JCC Maccabi Games

Team Greater Washington sent a total of 95 athletes and 17 coaches to the JCC Maccabi Games in Birmingham, AL July 30 – August 4, Albany, NY and Miami, FL August 6 – 11. We had some great results for our individual and team sports.

Highlights include the U16 Boys Basketball team winning the Gold medal, U16 Baseball team earning a Silver medal, and repeat Bronze medals for both the Ice Hockey and Boys Lacrosse teams.

Full Results are below. Congratulations to our athletes and a special thank you to our amazing volunteer coaches!

Birmingham Results

Track and Field – Every athlete came home with at least one medal!

Coach: Tom Temin

Athletes: Justin Bloomberg, Joshua Bloomberg. Rebecca Ginsburg, Jacob Kuhn, and Isabelle May

Volleyball – 3-3

Mixed delegation with Dallas.

Athletes: Shoshana Rosenthal and Amanda Yolles

Soccer – 3-2-1, lost in OT of Bronze medal game

Coach: Anthony Hunter

Athletes: Orley Bennaim, Elena Berman, Molly Gleicher, Samantha Godfrey, Romy Harrison, Sonia Moritz, Lilly Rodman

Miami Results

Swimming – Every athlete came home with at least one medal!

Coach: Mike Karel

Athletes: Sam Meisel, Alex Nevo, Raya Schwartz, Itai Selzer, Caroline Weinstein, Max Wool

Dance – 2 GOLD, 1 SILVER in Group dances, 2 SILVER and 2 BRONZE in duets and solos

Coach: Debbie Clark

Athletes: Devon Goldstein, Julia Hurley, Meital Lurie, Hannah Marill, Elana Winter

U16 Baseball – 4-1-1, SILVER medal

Coaches: Jorde Green and Harvey Reich

Athletes: Billy Barlia, Matthew Dickstein, Sidney Eisen, Ari Fischthal, Ethan Kach, Colin Krinsky, Sam Mermelstein, Mathew Winson, Seth Kahler, Austin Kaminow, Jake Kaplan, Ethan Reff

Boys Lacrosse – 1-6, BRONZE medal

Coach: Jeff Finke

Athletes: Ethan Finke, Matthew Kroskin, Ian Rosenthal, Benjamin Shapero, Martin Weiss

Tennis – 1-4

Coach: Carol Levinson

Athlete: Seth Eisenstein

U14 Baseball – 0-5

Coach: Anthony Hunter

Athletes: Daniel Cohen, Paul Fine, Jordan Floam, Isaac Gopin, Nathaniel Heller, Max Kluetz, Robert Lefkowitz, Zachary Marchick, Gavin Rakitt

Girls Basketball – 1-4

Coach: Mike Holmes

Athletes: Sivan Bennaim, Jaclyn Frank, Renee Fuller, Elyse Lowet, Mia Raskin, Adielle Tuchman

Albany Results

Tennis – 6-0, GOLD medal

Coach: Carol Levinson

Athlete: Erica Wang

U16 Basketball – 6-1 GOLD medal

Coach: Aaron Krens

Athletes: CJ Amsellem, Ezra Beletskiy, Max Freishtat, Trevor Kanter, Zev Katz, Elie Lowenstein, Jonathon Newman, Daniel Offer, Hank Roll, Josh Weinberg

Ice Hockey – 5-1-1, BRONZE medal

Coaches: Monty Yolles and Erik Pearson

Athletes: Jack Barbour, Chance Begun, Steven Blum, Alan Burd, Trevor Drake, Logan Ehrlich, Michael Greene, Benjamin Harris, Jon Hillelsohn, Jacob Lechner, Sam Margel, Sam Parsons, Jacob Rose, Ethan Steinberg, James Townsend, Jason Townsend, Ethan Weinstein, Max Weinstein

U14 Boys Basketball – 4-2

Coach: Lenny Cheatham

Athletes: Brian Epstein, Ariel Gershman, Joshua Ginsburg, Niv Leibowitz, Meir Rebibo, Benjamin Rushfield, Samuel Schwartz

Mid-Atlantic Junior Games

Team Greater Washington went to the Siegel JCC in Wilmington, DE and competed in the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Junior Games on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

Congratulations to our coaches and all the players!

  • Boys Basketball – Michael Strickland
  • Girls Basketball – Anthony Hunter
  • Boys Soccer – Dan Reichmann
  • Girls Soccer – Tamier Bennaim
  • Baseball – Harvey Reich
  • Tennis – Carol Levinson
  • Swimming – Sam Cartner
  • Chess – Sarah Weissman
  • Four Square – Sarah Weissman

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest is an arts experience for Jewish teens taking place annually during the summer from Sunday to Friday in selected communities throughout North America. It features home hospitality, includes opening and closing events, workshops, performances, exhibits, community service, and social activities, while it strengthens bonds to Jewish heritage, community and Israel.

Miami, FL | August 6 – 11, 2017

  • Acting/Improv
  • Culinary Arts
  • Dance
  • Musical Theater
  • Rock Band
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Performance/Ge

Click Here for a JCC Maccabi ArtsFest Video!

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