Last night, Rabbi Noam Raucher and I led a room filled with hundreds of American Jewish athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff in reciting the Shehecheyanu - a blessing of thanksgiving to God for having brought us to an extraordinary moment and what a moment it was. I shared with them a poem by Yehuda Amichai called Tourists in which he writes, "Redemption will come only if their guide tells them 'You see that arch from the Roman period? It's not important but next to it, left and down a bit, there sits a man who's bought fruit and vegetables for his family.'" As we begin ISRAEL CONNECT visiting Tel Aviv today and next week places like Jerusalem, Masada and the Dead Sea our task is to connect, not mainly to the places but to the stories of the Jewish People unfolding here, in the restaurants and on the streets the dream of Hatikvah "to be a free people in our land - the land of Zion and Jerusalem."
Rabbi Daniel Greyber
Maccabi USA Team Rabbi
@maccabiusa #FieldHockey player Taylor Stone did a great job playing with Israeli youth at the Israel Tennis Center in Ramat Ha'Sharon! They enhance the development of children through tennis.
@Marka Lorraine No idea how long I've been awake but #TeamUSA is settled enough now for us to managers to get some sleep. Love the @maccabiusa group!:)
@Coach Chadwin @MaccabiUSA Youth hoops continue to impress me with practice work ethic. Now its off to Tel Aviv to the beach #Focused
Juniors Girls' & Youth Men's Basketball
The Juniors Girls' Basketball Team has made great strides in their preperation for competing in the Maccabiah at training camp since they arrived. They are a talented group of young women who are working together to become a cohesive unit. Their bonds of friendship are built around a common goal, to be the best they can be.
The Youth Men's Basketball Team continues to come together both on and off the court. After the fifth day of training, Coaches Steinmetz and Chadwin both anticipate and look forward to great things. After visiting some of the sites in Tel Aviv today, the Team hit the beach.
About Maccabi USA
Maccabi USA 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, The Pan American Maccabi Games, and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, 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 USA, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.
Maccabi USA 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 and supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport. Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride through Sports.