Maccabi USA Seeking Jewish Chessplayers for Maccabiah World Games

CHESSJ Chess M&W Juniors M19 Philadelphia, PA – June 9, 2016 – Maccabi USA and Michael Weinstein, Overall Chess Chairman for the 20th World Maccabiah Games USA Organizing Committee, are seeking qualified Jewish Chess players to represent the United States at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 4-18, 2017. The World Maccabiah Games are the world’s third largest international sporting event, with over 9,000 total participants representing 75 countries, including over 1,200 from the United States.

“The Maccabiah Games provides a venue for Jewish athletes to compete in their sport while experiencing a unique Jewish connection,” said Weinstein, who acted as the Overall Chess Chairman for the 13th European Maccabi Games

USA Organizing Committee in August, 2015. “The competition, against strong European and Israeli opponents, coupled with the inherent Jewish camaraderie of the Games, will provide a special brand of international Jewish brotherhood for Team USA’s Chess teams.

Maccabi USA is looking to appoint qualified Jewish Chess players to represent Team USA at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in the Juniors Boys’ & Girls’ age division, for those born from 1999-2002, as well as in the Open

Men’s and Women’s age division, for those ages 18-35. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2016, and applicants will be evaluated based on their United States Chess Federation rating along with their achievements in sanctioned tournaments. Applications for the Games are available online now at

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition. We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.

Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Shane Carr, Maccabi USA Program Director, at (215) 561-6900 x4147, or by email at [email protected], or Michael Weinstein, Overall Chess Chairman for the 20th World Maccabiah

Games USA Organizing Committee by email at [email protected]

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural
and educational programs. The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport. Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The organization is one of 38 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.


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