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Mini Maccabis Are Big Winners!

SPRINGFIELD – The JCC Maccabi Games is an annual weeklong international athletic competition for Jewish teens 13-16 years of age. This year, for the first time ever, 9- and 10-year-olds participated in the experience at a one-day Mini JCC Maccabi Games in Rockland, NY.

Seven youth athletes from the Springfield Jewish Community Center represented Team Springfield, which swept the tennis competition with athletes finishing in first, second, and third place. Longmeadow native Levi Kofsky captured the champion title and the gold medal on Sunday, while Avery Halpern earned the silver, and Kayla Rosen took home the bronze. Team Springfield athletes also joined forces with athletes from Westchester, NY to compete in the Mixed Soccer Tournament. Despite never having played together before, Team Springfield/Westchester was seeded 4th going into the medal rounds.

The Springfield JCC’s Teen Maccabi will travel to the JCC Maccabi Games & Artsfest in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. this August.

For more information about the JCC Maccabi Experience, contact Raychel Setless, Athletics and Youth Wellness Director at the Springfield JCC, (413) 739-4715 or

CAP: On top, from left, Coach Noah Hurwitz, Kai Mehlman, Kayla Rosen, Avery Halpern, Coach Mike Decrescenzo, and Delegation Head Raychel Setless; on bottom, from left, Hillel Kofsky, Ben Sullivan, Leo Chiz, and Levi Kofsky.

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