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The Charlotte Jewish News - December 2009 - Page 20
Sandra & Leon Levine JCC Maccabi Games Award Winners
The Sandra & Leon Levine
JCC’s Sports and Fitness
Department is very pleased to
announce the 2009 JCC Maccabi
Games award winners, presented
this year during the annual Team
Charlotte’s reunion party this past
Matt Baron, Sammy Brown,
David Plaus and Reid Worrel are
this year’s recipients of the presti
gious Harold Josephson Award.
This leadership award, established
in 1998 at the JCC Maccabi
Games hosted in Charlotte and
named in memory of an outstand
ing leader and gentleman from our
Charlotte Jewish community, is
presented annually to a member or
members of the Charlotte JCC
Maccabi Games delegation who
demonstrates tremendous forti
tude despite adversity and who
displays the perseverance to
achieve goals that appear unattain
able. Previous winners have
included: Matt Manes, Mitchell
Gartner, Brett Strumwasser,
Courtney Rosenberg, Michael
Murray, Rebecca Raphael, Alan
Platock the boys in-line hockey
team from 2005 (Harry Bergmann,
Jonathan, Cohen, Matthew Laxer,
Matt Lepow, Zach Maniloff and
Kyle Schumer), adult
coaches/chaperones Larry Brown,
Aree Pearlman and Dan Vizzini
and Adam Levinson, Alex Widis
and Andrew Fishkin.
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Maccabi Games program in
Charlotte was also presented.
Named in memory of Amy Beth
Rosenberg, former Associate
Director of the JCC Maccabi
Games who very sadly and very
suddenly passed away in the
spring of 2003 at the age of 36 and
who was one of the key continen
tal staff insuring the success of the
JCC Maccabi Games for many
previous years, the award is pre
sented annually to a member or
members of the Charlotte JCC
Maccabi Games delegation who
displays “exfra ordinary” behavior
while participating at the annual
JCC Maccabi Games. The winners
of this award for 2009 are Max
Wasser and Kyle Worrel. These
young men now join previous
Rosenberg award winners Elyssa
lagnocco, Jeffrey Goldsmith. Matt
Gershen, Aaron Zucker, Danya
Katz, Sarah Platock, Alex Widis,
Amanda Widis, Brooks Corcoran
and Sarah Platock.
David Plaus, Matt Baron, Coach Larry Brown, and
Reid Worrel. Not pictured: Sammy Brown.
Matt Baron and
David Plaus are jun
iors at Providence
Day School. Both
boys expect to be
playing varsity base
ball this coming
spring. Matt is the
son of Gail and John
Baron, David is the
son of Jenny and
Don Plaus. Sammy
Brown is a junior at
Country Day School.
He currently plays
for an On Deck 17U
travelling team and expects to be
playing varsity baseball in the
spring. He is the son of Tracy and
Larry Brown. Reid Worrel is a
senior at South Mecklenburg High
School. He has played baseball for
South Meek HS for four years and
is the son of Sue and Kim Worrel.
All of these award winners are
also four year JCC Maccabi
Games participants (2006-2009).
Max Wasser is a junior at
Myers Park High
School where he has
played junior varsity
baseball and antici
pates playing varsity
ball in the spring.
Max is also a four-
year JCC Maccabi
(2006-2009). He is
the son of Linda and
Steve Wasser. Kyle
Worrel is a sopho
more at South
School where he has
played for the high
Rosenberg Award winners Max Wasser (left) and Kyle
Worrel surround JCC Assistant Executive Director,
school golf team during the past
two years. Kyle is a two year JCC
Maccabi Games participant (2008-
2009) and is the son of Sue and
Congratulations to Matt,
Sammy, David, Reid, Max and
Kyle for their accomplishments in
earning these very well deserved
honors. All of these young men,
with the exception of Kyle, are
aging out of the JCC Maccabi
Games experience and their col
lective enthusiasm, leadership and
commitment to the JCC Maccabi
Games program was very much
appreciated and will not be easy to
replace. We will look for great
future accomplishments from all
of these award winners in the
years to come. ^
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Our October 29 membership
event was a great success. More
than 45 women, includ
ing many Young
Leaders, were in atten
dance at the beautiful
home of Dana
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ment of desserts and
drinks were served
while members mixed
and mingled with both
prospective and new
members. Everyone gathered in
the spacious living room, where
Amy Montoni presented an
overview of the Hadassah projects
and Hadassah’s mission statement,
with particular emphasis on the
Hadassah Medical Organization.
Amy also introduced the evening’s
speaker. Dr Racelle Weiman.
All ears were turned
toward Dr Weiman as
she enlightened us with
stories of the lives of
Jewish Israeli women
who have made a dif
ference in Israel with
their thoughts and
Six new members
® signed up that evening,
four of whom signed
up to volunteer
For Membership information,
please contact a Membership V.P.:
Penny Krieger 704-542-9402;
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Still Got Your
It’s not too late to update your
information for the 2010 Hadassah
Directory. If you have misplaced
your form you can go to our web
or go the JCC and pick up a new
form at the reception desk.
If you have moved or changed
your phone number since last
November please let us know so
we can list your information cor
rectly for 2010.
Thank you to everyone who has
already let us know about their
changes or if things are to remain
A very big thank you to all of
you who chose to be patrons this
year and to those who made their
children and grandchildren jewels.
Thank you also to all of our adver
tisers. You are helping us to reach
our fundraising goals supporting
Hadassah’s medical research.
Questions? Call Tess Berger at