Zachary “Zak” Elfenbein is originally from Miami, Fla., and has been an active member of the Jewish community ever since he attended preschool at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC in Miami. Participating in transformative experiences like JCC Day Camps, JCC Maccabi Games and Maccabi USA led Zak to his current career in the Jewish community.
“It’s a tremendous amount of pride in having attended so many [Maccabi Games], 12 in my life,” Elfenbein said. This will be the time where I can say that I helped bring it to our city, alongside our amazing Maccabi games team and lay leaders.”
Elfenbein also served on the coaching staff at the University of Florida, participating in multiple SEC championships and a Final Four showing.
He moved to Atlanta in the fall of 2015 to work at the Marcus JCC, where he serves as the athletics and fitness director. He is dedicated to developing quality athletics programs that serve the entire Jewish community and inspiring every athlete at the MJCCA to be their best, both in their chosen sport and in their lives.
In his spare time, Elfenbein loves to spend his time coaching competitive basketball.
“Being raised as a proud Jewish athlete has given me the drive to create an inclusive, positive, and fun environment for all athletes to learn and fall in love with sports,” he said. “Teaching and motivating athletes in the Atlanta Jewish community is an opportunity I cherish and am thankful for.”