Applauding Maccabi’s success
I was delighted to read in The Chronicle that Pittsburgh teens have once again become interested in the JCC Maccabi Youth Games (“Local athletes proved their ‘medal’ at European Maccabi Games,” Aug. 20). Pittsburgh has a rich history and tradition of participation in this sporting event. The Pittsburgh JCC hosted the Maccabi Youth Games in 1989 and 1993 and sent large delegations (70 or more athletes) to the Games hosted by Toronto, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
I had the pleasure of being the chair of the 1989 Games. I had the privilege of serving on the Maccabi Youth Games National Board with Lenny Silberman, at the time a member of the JCC staff, whose leadership and vision on a local, national and international level helped the Games flourish. It is great to see these Youth Games once again become an outstanding sporting event for Jewish teens.