Team Phoenix brought home gold and silver from the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games.

The games, which were held in Birmingham, Alabama, ran from July 30-Aug. 4. It was the first time the JCC Maccabi Games were hosted in Alabama. Team Phoenix had 38 participants this year with a total of nine teams competing in various sports.

Winning gold were the boys 14 and under mixed soccer team, the boys 16 and under mixed soccer team, and the girls 16 and under volleyball team.

Winning silver were the boys 16 and under basketball “B” rounds team and the boys 16 and under flag football team.

Six Team Phoenix participants earned Midot medals, which are given to athletes who are deemed to have gone above and beyond in demonstrating the JCC Maccabi values of respect, pride, big heartedness, repairing the world, joy and Jewish peoplehood. The medal recipients are:

  • Bijan Bobrow - boys 14 and under basketball
  • Carrington Choubmesser - boys 16 and under basketball
  • Sophie Gerber - girls 16 and under basketball
  • Noah Kaplan - boys 16 and under soccer
  • Jordyn Sender - girls 16 and under volleyball
  • Jonah Wachs - boys 16 and under flag football

Since 1982, more than 100,000 Jewish teens from around the country and world have competed in the JCC Maccabi Games. The goal of the games is to serve a larger purpose than athletic competition by promoting community involvement, teamwork and pride in being Jewish. JN

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