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PAGE 12A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 27, 2010 Jewish athletes rep- resenting Orlando won three gold medals at the recent Maccabi Games in Richmond, Va. Marnie Bernstein (sports and fitness direc- tor), Dana Penrod (youth basketball and aquatics director) and Royal Web- ster (volunteer coach) took 18 athletes representing the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando to Richmond for the 2010 Maccabi Games that were contestsed from Aug. 1-6. The JCC Maccabi Games have been offering a life and personality shaping experience for Jewish teenagers since 1982. At this Jewish Olympic style event, each athlete partici- pates in one of 14 sports events. The JCC Maccabi Games can be called the Olympics for Jewish teens, but they serve a larger purpose than an athletic competition. The Games are the larg- est Jewish teen event in the world--each summer more than 6,000 Jewish teens participate in the Games. More than 100,000 teens have participated since 1982. The energy and excitement make it a unique and unforgettable experience for every par- ticipant, from athletes to volunteers, from coaches to host families, according to event organizers. Orlando took 18 athletes this summer, the most they have ever taken. They participated in 14 and under boys basket- ball, where the team cap- tured a bronze medal by compiling a 6-1 record. The team was coached by Webster. The players were Michael AlbertsQn, Justin Childers, Marc Epstein, Alec Garfinkel, Harrison Hall, Evan Kotzin, Tyler Skydelski and Evan Wla- dis. Leah Krinker, Carli Moreno and Arielle Parks played soccer and were on a team with girls from Greater Washington. Jason Feldman and Nati Einhorn also played soccer. Ein- horn was on a team made up of six different cities. This team got a gold medal. Maci Epstein and Madi- son Feldman competed in girls 16 and under com- petitive tennis. Epstein won a gold medal and only lost one game throughout the tournament. Zach White and Sam Parks par- ticipated in boys tennis. Zach White received a gold medal in doubles tennis. Evan Altman received a silver medal in doubles table tennis. For the first time, ac- cording to event orga- nizers, the JCC Maccabi Games will be held in Israel next year from July 24- Aug. 6. Anyone interested in participating in the Maccabi Games next year should contact Marnie Bernstein at marnieb@ orlandojcc.org or 407- 645-5933, ext. 293. Zach White won a gold Nati Einhorn won a gold medal in doubles table tennis, medal in soccer. Evan Altman won a silver Maci Epstein won a gold medal in doubles table tennis, medal in tennis. Taking. a break from the Games are, from left: Arielle Parks, Leah Krinker and Carli Moreno. The bronze medal winning basketball team from Orlando consists of, from left, back row: Harrison Hall, Alec Garfinkel, R oyal Webster, Evan Kotzin, MichaelAlbertson; front row: Marc Epstein, Tyler Skydelski, Evan Wladis and Justin Childers. A group hug, from left: Nati Einhorn, Jason Feldman, Madison Feldman and Maci Epstein. The Orlando contingent, from left: Jason Feldman, Mar- nie Bernstein, Zach White, Royal Webster, ]YaH Einhorn, Evan Wladis, Harrison Hall, Alec Garfinkel, Carli Moreno, Marc Epstein, Tyler Skydelski, Michael Albertson, Madison Feldman, Justin Childers, Maci Epstein, Sam Parks, Evan Altman and Dana Penrod.