Congratulations and kudos to all of the young Jewish athletes from throughout Connecticut who recently competed in the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest – held right here in Stamford, August 7–12! For the uniniated, the JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest is an annual Olympic-style event where Jewish athletes and artists ages 13-16 from around the world come together to compete, and volunteer for social action projects. Every teen comes home a winner – with a backpack full of memories and friends to last a lifetime.
This year, Connecticut sent two teams of athletes and artists to the Games – a team sponsored by the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, and a team sponsored by the JCC of Stamford. Because Stamford was a host site this year, the JCC had the privilege of sending many more athletes and artists to the Games than ever before. And they took full advantage of that prerogative!
The Mandell JCC Maccabi team was small – but mighty! The girls basketball team (future Huskies?) brought home a Bronze medal (with a little help from three teammates from Israel and New York); and three team members – Ben Meritt (basketball), Emma Tishler (soccer) and Lauren Walden (soccer) received the prestigious Midot Medal for showing outstanding values, in the areas of: Joy, Tikkun Olam, Big-Heartedness and Jewish Peoplehood.
For information about joining the Hartford team for the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest, contact Thai Tran at email@example.com or David Laudati at firstname.lastname@example.org. An informational meeting is scheduled for October 2016. For more information, contact Sam Lewis, (203) 693-2378, email@example.com.
Save the date! The Mandell JCC will host the Northeast Jr. Maccabi Games, Sunday, May 21, 2017 for ages 10-12.
Drew Seidman – Basketball Boys
Ethan Raisner – Basketball Boys
Ben Merrit – Basketball Boys
Sophie Rosenberg – Basketball Girls
Megan Polun – Basketball Girls
Amber Raisner – Basketball Girls
Sydney Gellerman – Basketball Girls
Emma Tishler – Soccer Girls
Lauren Walden – Soccer Girls
If Team Stamford seems a little bigger than in previous years it’s because, as a Maccabi host site, Stamford had the privilege of inviting more athletes to join their team. And that team brought home the gold, silver and bronze!
For information on joining the 2017 Stamford JCC Maccabi team, contact Mo Concepcion at (203) 487-0971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Anna Abrams, Anna Maria Abram, swimming girls 13-14: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
*Arthur Abrams, Swimming Boys 13-14: 4 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze
*Joseph Barocas, Lacrosse Boys 16-under: Silver
*Carly Bennett, Lacrosse Girls 16-under: Bronze
*Ryan Blasberg, Lacrosse Boys 16-under: Silver
*Moran Cohen, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*Yeud Genet Desta, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*Samuel Diamond, Swimming Boys 15-16: 1 Gold
*Benjamin Epstein, Lacrosse Boys 16-under: Silver
*Shoshana Epstein, Lacrosse Girls 16-under: Bronze
*Zachary Feinstein, Baseball 16-under: Silver
*Benjamin Feldman, Swimming Boys 13-14: 6 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze
*Amichai Fogel, Baseball 16-under: Silver
*Noah Fuchs, Baseball 16-under: Silver
*Aaron Goldblum, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*Evan Goldblum, Swimming Boys 12: 2 Silver
*Jared Goldstein, Golf Boys 15-16: 2 Gold, 2 Silver
*Ryan Hoak, Lacrosse Boys 16-under: Silver
*Jason Hochberg, Baseball 16-under: Silver
*Matthew Hochberg, Baseball 16-under: Silver
*Aaron Isenstein, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*Nathan Isenstein, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*Sophia Kessler, Lacrosse Girls 16-under: Bronze
*Joshua Labkoff, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*David Lang, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*Sydney Leeds, Lacrosse Girls 16-under: Bronze
*Cameron Lyman, Lacrosse Girls 16-under: Bronze
*Tyler Pomerance, Tennis Boys 15-16 – C: Bronze
*Nathan Salm; Lacrosse Boys 16-under: Silver
*Adam Schwartz, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*Kara Schwartz, Swimming Girls 13-14: 4 Bronze
*Erica Shaulson, Lacrosse Girls 16-under: Bronze
*Avi Shein, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*Jordan Soifer, Tennis Boys 15-16 – C: Gold
*Brynn Spingola, Dance 13-14: 2 Silver Medals
*Brian Sternberg, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze
*Leah Tuluca, Tennis Girls 13-14 – C: Gold
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*Alex Walker, Lacrosse Boys 16-under: Silver
*Jenna Wyman, Lacrosse Girls 16-under: Bronze
*Marissa Young, Swimming Girls 15-16: 1 Gold
*Nadav Zarmi, Soccer Boys 16-under: Bronze