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PAGE 20A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 10, 2012 PHILADELPHIA--Rob Delman, Gil Koppel and Peter Simel, Masters Tennis co- chairmen, 19th Maccabiah U.SJ . Organizing Commit- tee, and Head Coach Roy Kozupsky are actively seeking the best Jewish tennis players from across the United States to try out for the team. The Masters Tennis team will be part of the 1000+ U.S.A. Mac- cabiah Team competing at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 2013. Masters Tennis athletes must be 35+ as of July 2013 and age divisions for the team are: 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-- 59 and 60-64. All interested Jewish athletes must fill out an applicationfor the team, priorto the tryouts which can be found at There will be two tryouts for the team, on the East and West Coasts. The West Coast tryout will take place on Monday, Sept. 10 at the Mountain Gate Country Club in Los Angeles, and the East Coast tryout will take place Oct. 27-29 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Boca Raton, FL The World Maccabiah Games has a magical quality about it which awakens feel- ings that touch the hearts and reach the souls of the Maccabiah participants. The athletes readily explain that these feelings remain long past the conclusion of the competition--they last a lifetime. The Maccabiah is more than an international athletic competition; it is a celebration of Jewish culture, unity and pride and support for the State of Israel. Coach Kozupsky, of New York City has more than 30 years of coaching experience in both Israel and the United States. He has an extensive history with the Israel Ten- nis Centers and was a Coach at Ramat Hasharon from 1978-80, where he had the opportunity to coach and work with many young elite Israeli Tennis players. Most recently, in 2010-11, Kozupsky was the volunteer coach for the men's and women's club tennis teams at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. He is a partner in the law firm of Smith, Gambrell & Russell. For additional information or for questions regarding the tryouts, please contact either: Rob Delman at robdelman@; Gil Koppel at; Peter Simel at psimel@handler-re. corn or Roy Kozupsky at By Ron Kaplan New Jersey Jewish News As the days count down to the qualifying round for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, supporters of Israel's pos- sible entry gathered at the City Winery in Manhattan on July 22 to raise funds, share a drink and a meal, and shmooze about the in- ternational pastime. The Israeli national team has enlisted several former Major Leaguers--including BradAusmus, Shawn Green, Gabe Kapler and Scott Schoeneweis--to coach and play in a qualifying double- elimination tournament against squads from South Africa, France and Spain. The competition will be held in Jupiter, Sept. 19-23. The dates for the qualifier were specifically picked to avoid conflicting with Yore Kippur, which begins Sept. 25. Since the games occur during the regular season, such active Jewish Major Leaguers as Ike Davis, Ryan Braun, Ian Kinsler and Kevin Youkilis will not be able to participate, although some Jewish minor leaguers might be selected. If Israel manages to secure a spot for the WBC, which will be held during spring training, the Major Leaguers would be able to play; several have expressed an interest in representing the Jewish state. Any player eligible to be a citizen under Israeli law would qualify for the team, said Peter Kurz, secretary general of the Israel Associa- tion of Baseball; the halachic standard of matrilineal de- scent does not apply. Former West Orange [N.J.] resident Jeffrey Rosen, who owns the Maccabi Haifa Heat basketball team, is an active fund-raiser for Team Israel. He told the Jewish News that his company, Triangle Financial Services, which includes a sports agency, has deal going where we have a matching program with the JNF, so our group is responsible for raising about $50,000 toward the Israeli baseball team." Rosen said Marvin Gold- klang, chair of the Goldklang Group, a sports entertain- ment consulting and man- agement firm based in Flo- d am Park, N.J has made a similar commitment. Having Jewish Major Leaguers on Team Israel woukl be a glorious too- merit, said Rosen, but, he acknowledged, it's a long, uphill battle to get there Rachel Kaplan Jeffrey Rosen, owner of the Maccabi Haifa Heat bas- ketball team, is enthusiastic about bringing professional baseball back to Israel. because we're working with minor leaguers and our Is- raeli players. So I thinkwe're in an underdog role, but we have a fighting chance. If we make the cut, it could be really exciting." He also has an ulterior motive for supporting the venture: bringing profes- sional baseball back to Israel. "That's really why I'm doing this," said Rosen, who was a major investor in the origi- nal Israel Baseball League, which folded after its lone season in 2007. "When you have a good idea, it maybe takes a long time. "My goal--and I think it's a goal the IAB embraces-- is to build a professional field, a 'field of dreams,' in Ra'anana," he said. The field would be used by amateur players and would also serve as "our base for professional baseball." Rosen said he estimates the project would "probably take a couple mil- lion dollars to get it done" and is still years away. Mark Rattner and his sons, David and Eric, all have strong ties to baseball in Israel: During the IBL season, Eric was a catcher on the Tel Aviv Lightning while David served as head of IBL operations. Mark Rattner, president of the Central Jer- sey Board of Jewish National Fund and the JNF lay leader coordinating the organiza- tion's efforts to assist the development of baseball in Israel, has been involved since the league's nascent days. He was excited about the prospect of Israel appear- ing on an international stage if the team can advance to the WBC. "They'll be facing South Africa, France, and Spain I don't know if [those countries] have the same resources as far as be- Rachel Kaplan Peter Kurz, secretary gen- eral of the Israel Association for Baseball, says the pool of Jewish minor leaguers gives the team a good shot in the qualifying round for the World Baseball Classic, to be played in March 2013. ing able to tap into players." During dinner, Kurz, who also serves as general man- ager for Team Israel, told the group of about 70 supporters that the WBC is an important step in advancing baseball in Israel. "It would strengthen awareness and popularity of the game, which is still foreign to Israelis; it would offer global coverage and positive press for Israel; and it would build bridges between Jewish-American fans and Israelis," he said. Organizers for the event were hoping to raise $400,000 to cover travel and training expense for the team, which will consist of 28 players. A similar event was held in Chicago on July 25. Former Mets favorite Art Shamsky--who managed the Modi'in Miracle fran- chise in the IBL--encour- aged the audience to give generously. The interna- tional competition offered "a wonderful opportunity for Israel to get involved in baseball, [and] it will be a wonderful experience for you to say you were a part of it," Shamsky said. Ausmus, who will serve as field manager, sent a video message thanking the group for its support and comparing the legends of baseball-- Ruth, Mays and Koufax--with those of the Torah--Abra- ham, Isaac and Jacob. Israeli singer David Broza provided entertainment, in- cluding a Hebrew rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Ron Kaplan is features editor for the New Jersey Jewish News, from which this article was reprinted by permission Kobi Gideon/GPO(FLASH90/JTA Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Sha- piro, right, and former Major Leaguer Brad Ausmus, who will manage Israel's team in the World Baseball Classic, in Jerusalem, May 24. Orlando Real Estate!!!! Over 25+ years Residential Real Estate Sales experience Over $200 Million+ Lifetime Sales GALE MILGRIM, P,at Realtor 407-443-9832 Visit www. To read my Glorying Client Testimonials and my BIO!!!!! Member Congregation Ohev Shalom Parent of 2 Jewish Academy Alumni Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando Supporter //