June 20th, 2017
Florida Players, Team USA Tennis Prepare for 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel
Team USA tennis players and the coach for the Grand Masters division (ages 65-80+) were named for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will be held on July 4-18, 2017 in Israel.
The World Maccabiah Games, held every four years, is open to Jewish athletes as well as Israeli athletes regardless of religion, and is the third-largest sporting event in the world with more than 9,000 athletes representing more than 78 countries.
Team USA in the Grand Masters division will be comprised of Florida players Lawrence Greenspan (Longboat Key), Jeffrey Kaplan (Boca Raton), Arnold Resnick (Aventura), Joel Schlesinger (Palm Beach Gardens), Larry Smith (Boca Raton), Howard Guggenheim (Boca Raton), and Lazar Lowinger (Poinciana).
Other U.S. team members are William Cohon of Shoreline, Wash.; Steve Davis of Beverly Hills, Calif.; Gerald Feldman of Beverly Hills, Calif.; Jacob Mark of Boston, Mass.; Michael Morgenstern of Rockville, Md.; Andrew Harrison of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Beby Hoshia of Airmont, N.Y.; Harold Rubin of West Hempstead, N.Y.; Nathaniel Gould of New York, N.Y.; Michael Schuman of Los Alton Hills, Calif.; Arnold Stark of Bronx, N.Y.; Abraham Woidislawsky of Elkins Park, Penn.; Ralph Fineman of Santa Monica, Calif.; and John Tamerin of Greenwich, Conn.
Todd Rubinstein, Lauderdale Tennis Club head pro and 2017 USPTA Florida High School Coach of the Year for Alonzo & Tracy Mourning High School in North Miami, was named the coach for the U.S. Grand Masters tennis squad.
“We are thrilled, delighted and fortunate to have such a talented and experienced tennis professional and coach with Todd’s credentials on and off the court leading our team,” said Shane Carr, Maccabi USA program director “We have a fantastic group of players, many in which have played in previous Maccabiah Games, so we’re very excited about the opportunities which lie ahead.”
Rubinstein was also the 2016 Wilson 3A FHSTCA Florida High School Tennis Coach of the Year, is a USPTA Elite Professional and a member of the Florida High Schools Athletic Association’s Tennis Advisory Committee, as well as the USTA High Performance Coaching Program.
“Going to Israel as a part of Team USA to represent my country, my faith, my team and my family is something that is not just extremely important to me, but is a huge honor in which is exciting and at the same time, humbling,” Rubinstein said. “I can’t wait to be a part of the games and experience everything in which it and Israel has to offer.”
For more info on the 20th World Maccabiah Games go to www.maccabiah.com/2017/eng.