By Andrew Shulman
Team Nashville had a successful week at the JCC Maccabi Games in Columbus, Ohio earlier this summer.
Ellie Hornick, Annie Jacobs, Anna Schwarcz, Ilanit Sedek, Jordan Marger, Ally Solomon, Emna Rudy Srebnik and Zachary Kammer attended the games in July along with coach Sheri Rosenberg and delegation head Andrew Schulman.
The Nashville contingent participated in volleyball and swimming. The three swimmers Ally, Emna Rudy and Zac combined for more than 20 medals.
While the volleyball team didn’t medal, they had a blast on and off the court.
“The Maccabi Games … was an experience of a lifetime! I loved that it didn’t matter how well we did or didn’t play, that wasn’t the primary focus,” said Jordan, who was on the volleyball team.
“It was being amidst hundreds of other Jewish teens and in the end, walking away with friendships that will last a lifetime. I look forward to Maccabi 2017 and reconnecting with them all… and yes, playing a little bit of volleyball too!”
Jordan’s mother Victoria and her grandparents were in Columbus and made for a great cheering section.
“I will not soon forget what the Maccabi games offered to my daughter and her fellow teammates,” Victoria said.
“They felt a sense of inclusion, belonging, and friendship.
While watching them compete, it became obvious that they were not only becoming better athletes, but also that of friends.”
The Nashville contingent has already had its first “reunion” at the Schwarcz household, laughing, talking and expressing their excitement about their experiences and anticipating next year’s Maccabi Games in Birmingham.
The volunteer Maccabi organization seeks to enrich the lives of Jewish youth in the United States, Israel and the Diaspora through athletic, cultural and educational programs.
For more information about the JCC visit www.nashvillejcc.org.
Local Athletes Compete in Maccabi Games