PHILADELPHIA, PA –  Eric Katz, of Watchung [formally of Berkeley Heights], was appointed as Head Coach of the Youth Men's Baseball team at the 2018 International Maccabi Youth Games. Katz has been coaching youth baseball for many years and led the MetroWest JCC baseball teams to six medals between 2008-2014, including two of which were gold.

“It is a singular and humbling honor to be granted this opportunity to not only represent the United States and our faith, but to do so in Israel,” said Katz. “Maccabi USA is so much more than just the first-rate athletic competition, it is about coming together as Jews. The history and fulfillment of playing in our Jewish Homeland brings the Maccabi USA experience to a new level, one that I can’t wait to share with my players.”

When not on the diamond, Katz is a trial lawyer and senior partner in a leading New Jersey law firm, Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC, and a loving husband and father to five. This is Katz’s first time participating with Maccabi USA and is excited to be part of the inaugural International Maccabi Youth Games.

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The Maccabi Youth Games will take place in Israel, July 22-August 1, 2018. The Games are in cooperation with JCC Association, the JCC Maccabi Games, BBYO, and Maccabi organizations around the world. Maccabi USA is looking to field a USA Team that is 300+ strong. The USA delegation will be part of approximately 1,200 participants from around the world including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, and South Africa. There will be six days of competition in around the city of Haifa, followed by three days of touring based in Jerusalem. The Games will consist of U.S. teams for Boys and Girls born 2002-2004 in Baseball (M), Basketball, Futsal (M), Soccer, Softball (F), and Volleyball. To learn more about the sports offered and to access an application, please visit www.maccabiusa.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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 Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215.561.6900 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

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 all over the world 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 has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 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.