The Albany and Schenectady Jewish Community Centers(JCCs) will join in the JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest, as part of the Orange County, Calif. Maccabi. The Games are open to Jewish youth between the ages of 13 and 16, and Artsfest for ages 12 to 17. Nineteen teen athletes and 1 artist, from 10 local communities are preparing to attend.
The Games and Artsfest begin Sunday, Aug. 5, with opening ceremonies at the Santa Ana Stadium in Santa Ana, Calif. with a Parade of Athletes/Artists and Munich 11 Tribute and continue through Friday, Aug.10. During the week athletes will compete, artists will do workshops, and all will participate in the JCC Cares mitzvah projects during the day. Evening Social Activities will take place during the week as well at the Boomers Irvine Center, Newport Dunes, and Merage JCC in Irvine, Calif. (the hub of the games). Approximately 2,700 Jewish teens from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Israel, Central America, and Europe will participate in the Orange County Maccabi Experience. This will mark the 36th year of the Games in the U.S.
Teens Slated To Attend:
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
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 attending the games will be Andrew Katz, delegation head from the AJCC, Adam Chaskin, the boys basketball coach, and Rossi Maldonado, swim coach.
The teen’s major fund-raiser for the Maccabi team includes a pancake breakfast on Sunday, July 29, at the Glenmont Applebee’s from 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Andrew Katz, delegation head at 518-438-6651, ext. 113 can provide details.