Tonight, at the Opening Ceremony of the 19th World Maccabiah Games, the 1,000+ members of Team USA experienced something special.
After all, how many times in a Jew's life can he or she walk into a gathering of 32,000 people, all of whom are on our side?
Our athletes marched into Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem proud to have made Team USA, proud to be an American, and most importantly, proud to be a Jew!
These Mighty Maccabees, after taking part in the educational and highly emotional six day long Israel Connect program, are finally ready to get down to business. While I like to say that Team USA's success is not measured by the medals we bring back home, but rather by the amount of kids we bring over to Israel, we're now ready for the competition.
Go Team USA!
USA 19th Maccabiah Games Chair
@MarikaLorraine- Another pic of #TeamUSARhythmic (+ South Africa!) with idol @neta4r #MaccabiahGames2013 @MaccabiUSA @Maccabiah2013
@DonnaOrender- Tonite we march in jerusalem athletes from 80 countries united by the love of 1 @MaccabiUSA #Maccabiah2013 @AlyRaisman_ @JacobOrender
@JCCMaccabiGames- Good luck to @MaccabiUSA and the remaining delegations of @Maccabiah2013 . Represent your countries with honor, sportsmanship and dignity
@JoeJive- Opening Ceremonies night! @USAMastersHoops en route. Follow the action @MaccabiUSA #MaccabiUSA pic.twitter.com/8922sGfDkP
USA Open Men's Rugby Team
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.