Fourteen athletes and coaches from Atlanta will take part in the 20th World Maccabiah Games this summer in Israel, joining more than 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries competing in more than 40 sports. Taking place every four years in Israel, the Maccabiah Games are the third-largest sporting event in the world.

Atlanta is sending 11 athletes, two coaches and one accommodations manager to Israel for the games from July 4 to 17.

To compete, U.S. athletes must raise $8,000 to $11,000 to support Maccabi USA. See the capsules for individual athletes to find out how to help them meet their fundraising goals.

Athletes

Brooke Koblitz

Sport: Open track and field

Age: 24

Current team: none

Highest level of competition: High School (Centennial), College (UGA)

Awards or championships: Georgia high school state champion in the 1,600 meters

Fundraising: bit.ly/2oyiKHl

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “There’s nothing more exciting to me than the combination of being able to represent the USA, running track and doing that in Israel with thousands of other athletes. I feel so lucky to have the chance to compete on an international stage after I thought my competitive running career was over when I graduated from UGA.”

Zachary Fisher

Sport: Open swimming

Age: 22

Current team: University of Pennsylvania varsity

Highest level of competition: College

Awards or championships: Three-time Ivy League championship team member; 2015 50 freestyle finalist

Fundraising: Send a check with “Zach Fisher” in the memo line to Maccabi USA, 1511 Walnut St., Suite 401, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “I am really looking forward to representing Team USA in Israel. This experience combines my passion for swimming with my passion for Israel, and I look forward to celebrating Jewish athletes from all over the world. This also gives me an opportunity to take ownership of my training like a professional would.”

Andrew Winton

Sport: Open swimming

Age: 17

Current team: Swim Atlanta

Highest level of competition: High School (Collins Hill), U.S. Olympic Trials

Awards or championships: Eagle Scout, high school All-America, 6A state champion in 100 breaststroke, 2017 Gwinnett County Swimmer of the Year

Fundraising: support.maccabiusa.com/goto/AndrewWinton

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “I’m looking forward to the atmosphere and opportunity to meet new people from around the world while representing the United States in my first international competition.”

Leah MarksLeah Marks

Sport: Open equestrian

Age: 24

Current stable: Ellenwood Equestrian Center

Highest level of competition: Intermediate 1 open division (professional)

Awards or championships: U.S. Dressage Federation bronze and silver medals with horse Dartagnan, champion and reserve champion at USDF regional championships

Fundraising: bit.ly/2oynnAW

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to be able to represent my country riding in an international competition. The World Maccabiah Games present a unique opportunity to meet other Jewish athletes from all over the globe and tour Israel. This intrigued me the moment I heard about the games. The combination of reaching a personal dressage dream — riding for Team USA while celebrating my Jewish heritage — will truly be an honor.”

Brent Rodgers

Brent Rodgers

Sport: Juniors soccer

Age: 16

Current team: Weber School

Highest level of competition: JCC Maccabi Games

Awards or championships: Gold medal in 2015 JCC Maccabi Games, captain of Team Atlanta

Fundraising: bit.ly/2odf6qV

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “Being able to compete in the 20th Maccabiah Games is a chance of a lifetime. I have the opportunity to represent the United States of America, the Weber School, my community and my family while learning about the Jewish culture and heritage alongside Jewish athletes from around the world, in Israel.”

Jason Aspes

Jason Aspes

Sport: Masters basketball

Age: 45

Highest level of competition: High school (Riverwood)

Fundraising: “Be sure to support the younger athletes.”

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “To represent your country and your religion is incredibly special. To still be healthy enough to do it at this age is just icing on the cake.”

Scott AltermanScott Alterman

Sport: Masters basketball

Age: 45

Current team: Marcus JCC rec league

Highest level of competition: High school

Awards or championships: First-team All-County in high school

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “Meeting new people, hanging out in Israel and playing in a high-level sports competition in a game I love. My body is beginning to break down, so this gives me something to train for. I look forward to leaving my jersey in our homeland and retiring … for good, this time.”

Ari Berliner

Sport: Open judo

Age: 18

Current club: Atlanta Judo Midtown

Highest level of competition: International competition

Awards or championships: Bronze medal in 2016 national championships; three bronze and one silver in international competition

Will Feldman

Will Feldman

Sport: Open fencing

Current team: Duke fencing

Highest level of competition: College

Emily Duner

Sport: Open soccer

Current team: Northwestern club soccer

Highest level of competition: High school (Weber), 2015 Pan American Maccabiah Games

Awards or championships: 2015 and 2016 Weber soccer team captain

Allison Chernow

Sport: Open basketball

Age: 19

Current team: Emory University basketball

Highest level of competition: College

Awards or championships: 2016 first-team All-Conference (high school), four-time Suburban One American Conference champion (high school)

Coaches and Staff

Daniel Kaufman

Assistant coach

Sport: Baseball

Age: 32

Coaching since age: 18

Current team: Team Atlanta in JCC Maccabi Games

Highest level of competition as player: Emory University baseball and Tel Aviv Lightning (Israel Baseball League)

Awards or championships: Two silver medals and a bronze medal playing at JCC Maccabi Games, multiple gold medals coaching at JCC Maccabi Games, All-Star pitcher in the Israel Baseball League in 2007

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “I’m looking forward to the experience of helping represent the United States in a worldwide gathering of top Jewish athletes. I’m also looking forward to getting back to Israel (fourth time going) to reconnect with some old friends.”

Brian Seitz

Brian Seitz

Assistant coach

Sport: Men’s youth basketball (17-18)

Age: 43

Coaching since age: 22

Highest level of competition as player: High school

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “Representing the USA at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel will be the highlight of my coaching and sports career. It has been a dream

Atlantans Kenny Silverboard and Megan Light (Softball) at the opening ceremonies of the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

since I was a young coach to work with the best Jewish athletes in the country. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Kenny Silverboard

Accommodations manager

Involvement: Third trip with Maccabi USA as accommodations manager (2013 Maccabiah, 2011 Pan American Maccabiah)

Most exciting part of Maccabiah: “I had goosebumps walking into the opening ceremonies in 2013. When they started singing ‘Hatikvah’ with 40,000 people in that stadium, it was spine-tingling. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

Georgia at the Games

Since 2005, 94 athletes from Georgia have represented the United States at the World Maccabiah Games. In 2013, the Georgian delegation consisted of 28 athletes and accommodations manager Kenny Silverboard.

2013 Games

Joshua Doman, juniors tennis
Noa Allen, juniors fencing
Ariel Allen, open fencing
Michael Berger, masters triathlon
David Cohen, men’s open rugby
Stephanie Falcon, open tennis
Samantha Findling, women’s open softball
Halle Friedman, open swimming
Benjamin Glauser, open track and field
Johanna Goldblatt, juniors swimming
Rachel Goldblatt, juniors swimming
Scott Holtz, masters triathlon
Morgan Kosterlitz, open beach volleyball
Ryan Landy, masters triathlon
Elias Levy, juniors swimming
Itzhak Levy, masters table tennis
Megan Light, women’s open softball
Joshua Merlis, men’s open basketball
Jenna Nurik, open tennis
Danielle Paz, women’s open soccer
Meryl Romeu, open 10-pin bowling
Benjamin Rothschild, open cycling
Warren Russ, men’s open soccer
Nicholas Salinger, open futsal
Ryan Salmon, open swimming
Garett Schwartz, juniors ice hockey
Aaron Shiffman, boys’ juniors soccer
Aaron Simon, men’s youth basketball
Kenny Silverboard, accommodations manager