The Albany and Schenectady Jewish Community Centers sent 19 athletes and 1 artist as a joint delegation to the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games and Arts Fest in Orange County, Calif. The local teen delegation earned 49 medals (15 Gold, 19 Silver, 15 Bronze).
Now in its 36th year in the United States, the games are open to Jewish youth between the ages of 13 and 16. The Arts Fest is open to teens ages, 13 to 17.
The Games and Arts Fest began Sunday, Aug. 5, with opening ceremonies at Santa Ana Stadium featuring a Parade of Athletes and a Munich 11 Tribute and continued through Friday, Aug.10. During the week the youth also participated in the JCC Cares mitzvah projects. Arts Fest teens ran workshops with professionals from the arts field and then had a showcase of their efforts during the Maccabi week. Evening social activities were also offered.
Approximately 2,700 Jewish teens from the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Israel, Central America, and Europe all participated at the Orange County
Local teens and adult staff included:
Artsfest Acting/Improv – Eli Horwitz (parents Amy of Guilderland and Nate of Slingerlands).
16U Boys Basketball – Joshua Crellin (parents Ameera and Clint of Delmar), Alexander Fooy (parents Marcy Wang and Frederick Fooy of Saratoga Springs), and Evan Marshall (parents Brandy and Steve of Glenmont).
16U Softball – Susan Lord (parents Cheryl Salem of Slingerlands and Bob Lord of Albany).
16U Ice Hockey – Jeffrey Kent (parents Rebecca and Sean of Rexford).
Table Tennis – Ben Goldberg (parents Joanna and Craig of Slingerlands).
16U Boys Soccer – Noah Graber (parents Deborah Vasquez and Nathan Graber of Albany).
Swimmers – David and Ben Berin (parents Yuriy and Jenna of Delmar), Elijah Feret (parents Jackie Rowen and John Feret of Niskayuna), Elah Ginsburg (parents Adam and Evelynn of
Troy), Adina Kligerman (parents Tom and Becky of Albany), and Natasha Sheffer (parents Marla and Eric of Clifton Park).
Track & Field – Emily Kurlander (parents Robyn Easton and Jerry Dorrman of Delmar), Lina Morse (parents Brenda Hazard and Steve Morse of Albany), and Livia Silverbush (parents Mark Silverbush and Kelly Young of Selkirk).
Tennis – Danielle and Nata-lee Huli (parents Lior and Shoham of Delmar).
16U Girls Volleyball – Kaylee Carr (parents Shellie and David of Albany).
Adult Staff – Andrew Katz, Albany JCC delegation head, Adam Chaskin, Boys basketball coach, and executive director of the AJCC, and Rossi Maldonado, swim coach.
Next summer, the JCC Maccabi Games will be held in Atlanta, Ga., from July 28 to Aug. 2, or in Detroit, Mich., from Aug. 4 to 9. Eligible Jewish teen athletes, ages 13-16 or artists, ages, 13-17 are invited to join the Maccabi Games Experience and are asked to contact Andrew Katz, delegation head, at 518-