1 Av 5774
The Morris County Connection's mission is building a more cohesive and engaged Jewish community by raising people's awareness of the services available to them in Morris County. The Connection seeks to embrace and cultivate relationships with a broad range of individuals with diverse affiliations, including none at all, and connect them to the Jewish community.
By facilitating collaboration between existing Jewish institutions and programs, the Connection's community-building work will produce communal synergy beneficial to both the constituent organizations and the individuals being served.
Morris County Outreach Coordinator
Morris County Program Administrator
The Morris County Connection is a collaboration between JCC MetroWest, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest and Synagogues throughout Morris County, and is supported by United Jewish Communities of MetroWest.
United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest
This daily travel program during the month of August provides teens and young adults who have special needs the opportunity to spend the day in the community on daily trips, while providing them with opportunities to learn daily living skills. Activities include trips to the beach, museums, sporting events, entertainment complexes, yoga class and more. Program hours are 8:30am - 4:30pm daily. Teens can attend, 1,2, 3, 4, or 5 weeks. An intake interview is required for all participants. 4:1 camper to staff ratio. Approved Perform Care provider.
4 weeks: $2850 JCC Member/$3250 Guest
3 weeks: $2375 JCC Member/$2675 Guest
2 weeks: $1700 JCC Member/$1900 Guest
1 week: $970 JCC Member/$1070 Guest
July 28-August 29. 2014
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We work with families to provide individualized camp opportunities for chidren with special needs to attend summer camp with their typical peers. Our Camp Friends Program (approved Perform Care provider) at Camp Deeny Riback in Flanders provides children who have special needs with a one to one shadow counselor to help each child to fully maximize his or her experience. Shadow counselors are typically teens or college students. Shadow programs are also available in the JCC's Early Childhood Camps, Explorations Camp and Triple Threat Theatre Camp, both of which are located at the Cooperman JCC in West Orange. Enrollment is limited. Interview and complete intake process required for admission to the program. For more information, call 973-530-3479 (Early Childhood Camps), 973-530-2901 (Camp Deeny Riback), 973-530-2922 (Explorations Camp) or 973-530-3421 (Triple Threat Theatre Camp).
Join Club JCC and the popular, JCC-based Exploration Camp for four weeks of fun at the JCC! Campers will be provided with the summer camp experience they have been dreaming of while receiving the supports and modifications they need to make each day a success. Campers will be included in the day to day themed activities of Exploration Camp to the greatest extent he/she is able to participate successfully. Campers will also be provided with supplemental activities as a substitute when appropriate. The daily camp schedule includes a morning meeting, themed activities, lunch, fine & gross motor activities, and swim. Participants are provided 3:1 support by our highly qualified staff. Children’s schedules will be individualized to the greatest extent possible. Approved Perform Care provider.
Week 1: July 28 - August 1
Grades K-2: Mystery Week
Grades 3-6: Mystery Week
Week 2: August 4 - August 8
Grades K-2: Animal Planet
Grades 3-6: Aviation & Rocketry
Week 3: August 11- August 15
Grades K-2: Secret Chef
Grades 3-6: Iron Chef
Week 4: August 18-August 22
Grades K-2: Olympics
Grades 3-6: Olympics
$525 JCC Members/ $575 Guests per Week (9am-4pm)
2 week minimum registration per camper.
Intake Interview Required for New Participants.
**minimum enrollment required each week.
ALL PARTIES INCLUDE:
All food must be catered by the JCC Catering Company (with the exception of cakes/baked goods).
To schedule your party or for more information please contact the Birthday Party Hotline, 973-929-2944.
**PLEASE NOTE** BIRTHDAY PARTIES ARE NOT HELD DURING THE SUMMER
Children love to play in the gym. Party includes free play and fun gym activities such as mini basketball, kiddie bowling, scooters, tunnels, a moon bounce, and more!
For ages 3-4 years old. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child. Max 30 children.
This classic party includes relay races, parachute, freeze tag, Mr. Fox, Red light/Green light, and other games the birthday child chooses.
For ages 4-6 years old. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child. Max 30 children.
Party Parties can be customized for the athlete in your child! Party options inlude hockey, basketball, kickball, flag football and more. Pick 1 or more sport activities.
For ages 5 and up. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child. Max 30 children.
Children who love the water will have a great time at our Pool Parties. All parties include a portion of free swim and fun water activities led by our trained American Red Cross Certified lifeguards.
For ages 7 and up. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child. Max 25 children.
Guests will learn basic scuba skills and then have fun playing games and contests underwater. This is a unique opportunity to try scuba diving in a fun and safe environment. For ages 10 and up. Members: $400, Guests: $475 for maximum 10 children.
Dance the party away with this awesome dance class style party. Pick the type of dance and even the music - hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet, Broadway and more!
For ages 3 and up. Members: $350, Guests: $425 for 15 children, $15 per additional child, maximum, 25 children.
This musical birthday party is for 1-2 year old and their parents! Special entertainment provides children with musical instruments, dancing, and singing.
For ages 1-2 years old. Members: $350, Guests: $425 for 15 children, $5 per additional child, maximum, 25 children.
Children can use their imagination at the JCC's Sensational Stories birthday parties! The instructor will read a story to the children and afterwards will do various art activities and fun games that will really get their imagination running wild!
For ages 3-5 years old. Members: $300, Guests: $375 for 20 children, $5 per additional child, maximum 30 children.
Get your creative juices flowing as you make chocolate covered desserts (such as lollipops, pretzels, wafers or marshmallows)! Each child will decorate a goodie bag that he/she will fill with goodies made at the party to take home. This party is a chocolate lover's dream! For ages 5 and up. Members: $350, Guests: $425 for 15 children, $10 per additional child, maximum 20 children.
Are you looking for a special birthday party for your "Karate Kid"? A party with a real kick! It's birthday fun with a martial arts flavor. Demonstrations, supervised games and high energy activities with a martial arts theme is just the beginning. For ages 4 and up. Members: $325, Guests: $400 for maximum 20 children.
If your child loves to cook this is the birthday party for them! Children can cook their own lunch or dinner and even make the birthday cake. The birthday boy or girl can choose whatever he or she wants to bake.
For ages 5 and up. Members: $400, Guests: $475 for 15 children, $10 per additional child, maximum 20 children.
Take your child on a magical and fun yoga journey using props, music and games. Choose a fun-filled theme: trip to outer-space, jungle safari, beach party, trip to the zoo, or create your own. For ages 4 and up. Members: $325, Guests: $400 for maximum 20 children.
Watch a movie in our state-of-the-art movie theater. The choice is yours as you and your guest enjoy a movie on the big screen. At this party your child will definitely be the star! For ages 5 and up. Members: $400, Guests: $475 for 25 children, $5 per additonal child, maximum 50 children.
Celebrate your birthday in style! Choose from a variety of styles from bracelets, necklaces, or earrings. Guests can choose from their own set of colorful & sparkly beads and learn all the "in's & out's" of creating their own jewelry! Everyone is guarenteed to go home with their own beautiful creation! For ages 6 and up. $400, Guests: $450 for 15 children, $10 per additional child, maximum 20 children.
We had a great time at the 2013 Junior Maccabi Games hosted by the Kaiserman JCC. Please see the information below to learn more about our experience.
Coach: Evan Bashoff
Players: Jacob Badian, Evan Goldenstein, Miller Hickman, Jonathan Kay, Lance Perlow, Alex Wanatick and Corey Wichansky.
Coach: Ian Marx
Players: Andrew Aronson, Evan Berney, Alex Marx, Jack Marx, Josh Nagler, Jacob Popolow, Joseph Simon, Ian Skinner, Zane Solender, David Sternlieb, Alon Tamir, Henry Ticknor, Justin Wachtel, Tommy Wachtel, and Liam Zielony.
Coach: Katya Mart
Swimmers: Jacob Leddy, Grace Levey, Alyssa Levy, Lily Ann Nossen, Maya Samuelson, Samuel Spitz, Alexander Weiss, and Joshua Zitomer.
The MetroWest swimmers had a great time at the 2013 Junior Maccabi Games hosted by the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood, PA. The team began their day with opening ceremonies, held on the field of the Kaiserman JCC. After opening ceremonies they made their way to Friends Central School where the swim competition would be taking place. We had 8 swimmers participate and we were led by our two returning swimmers 11 year old Jacob Leddy and 10 year old Alyssa Levy. The swimmers had a wonderful time and were proud to earn many medals. The group enjoyed the Erev Junior Maccabi Social on Saturday evening where they were able to meet other participants from NY, NJ, MD, DE, and PA. The team bonded together and with 7 swimmers being able to return for the 2014 games we look forward to return in 2014, as more experienced and stronger swimmers. Katya enjoyed training the team this year and was excited by their enthusiasm and willingness to work hard. Check back soon for the medal results!
10 yr old 200 Medley Relay 2:35.19
10 yr old 50 Free Grace Levey 33.03
10 yr old 100 Free Samuel Spitz 1:13.77
11 yr old 100 Back Jacob Leddy 1:28.71
10 yr old 50 Fly Grace Levey 37.46
10 yr old 50 Fly Samuel Spitz 36.53
10 yr old 100 Fly Alyssa Levy 1:28.23
10 yr old 100 IM Alyssa Levy 1:21.72
10 yr old 100 IM Samuel Spitz 1:28.41
12 yr old 50 Free Joshua Zitomer 28.34
10 yr old 50 Back Alyssa Levy 36.06
10 yr old 100 Back Lily Ann Nossen 1:30.93
11 yr old 100 Back Alexander Weiss 1:42.46
12 yr old 100 Back Joshua Zitomer 1:14.35
10 yr old 50 Breast Grace Levey 46.29
11 yr old 50 Fly Alexander Weiss 47.40
12 yr old 100 Fly Joshua Zitomer 1:12.81
10 yr old 100 IM Lily Ann Nossen 1:29.43
11 yr old 100 IM Jacob Leddy 1:26.79
Coaches: Alan Model and Michael Kessel
Players: Tyler Adelman, Jonah Berman, Joshua Feinberg, Cole Jacobson, Tyler Kaufman, Zachary Kessel, Tai Mair, Cole Model, Jake Panzer, Benjamin Sinins, Alex Supran and Justin Weiss.
The Boys Baseball Team had a great experience at the 2013 Junior Maccabi games in Philadelphia, PA. The boys overcame an opening round defeat at the hands of Rockland and fought their way back with a tie and a win over Greater Washington and Delaware. They lost a 2-1 heartbreaker in the semifinal to the Katz JCC of Cherry Hill. The boys then played a rematch with Greater Washington for the Bronze Medal - their 5th straight game of the day. It was an extremely close game but the boys pulled away in extra innings and were glad to take home a Bronze Medal for themselves and the MetroWest JCC. The older boys enjoyed their last hurrah at the games while the younger boys look forward to participating in future Maccabi events together and defending their medal.
Coach: Beth Kaniewski
Players: Sydney Agnello, Carline Balick, Carly Bernstein, Marisa Buchholz, Ashley Sarah Ellsworth, Alexa Forte, Taylor Hirsch, Katherine Kaniewski, Hannah Richman, Erica Rosenbaum, Danielle Samuelson, Julia Schneider, Ella Singer, Brooke Sodowich, and Sarah Timpone.
JCC Metrowest took a delegation of 52 athletes ages 10-12 to the 2012 Junior Maccabi Games, hosted by the Harrisburg JCC in Harrisburg, PA on Sunday, May 20. Metrowest athletes competed in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer and Swimming against other JCC teams from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware.
Coach: Bryan Fieldler
Sophie Brause, Halle Fiedler, Samantha Goldman, Zoe Grebin, Lauren Krinsky, Peri Lamkin, Ilana Lurie, Lia Mund, Julia Schneider.
The Metrowest Girl’s 12 and under soccer team won the gold medal in the 2012 JCC Mid Atlantic Junior Maccabi games hosted in Harrisburg. The girls went undefeated in their five games as they scored 26 goals and only allowed 2 goals against them. Halle Fiedler and Sophie Brause led the scoring while Peri Lamkin and Orli Forster put constant pressure on the opponent’s defense. The defense was led by Lia Mund with support from Ilana Lurie, Sam Goldman, and Julia Schneider. Zoe Grebin and Lauren Krinsky did an amazing job in goal while some making great saves. This year’s games was truly a success for the girls on and off the field.
Coach: Katya Mart
Michaela Deutsch-Dornfeld, Jacob Leddy, Alyssa Levy, Hannah Percely, Kathryn Shepard, Rachel Vogel, Alana Wernick
The Metrowest swim team had an extremely successful Junior Maccabi games, taking 3rd place overall and 1st place in relays. Metrowest swimmers medaled in 15 out of 18 events that they swam in. It was a great day both in and out of the pool.
Coaches: Michael Handwerker, Sharon Duhaney
Gabrielle Alpert, Kyra Cooperman, Jamie Handwerker, Amanda Margolis, Emily Mester, Sarah Rovit, Renee Zavidow, Raquel Winer.
The Girls Basketball Team traveled to the Jr Maccabi games in Harrisburg, PA with very little experience playing together. They had some great practices and got better and better with each one. They played some extremely tough teams in the first round but they never gave up. They played tough defense making it very difficult for the opposing teams to score and got lots of easy baskets as well. The girls had a positive experience at the games and look forward to competing in future Maccabi events in the coming years.
Coach: Sam Levy
Tyler Barishaw, Michael Bressler, Steven Bressler, Emanuel Deutsch-Dornfeld, Ross Gang, Seth Gelwarg, Bryan Levy, Jake Needlemen.
The Boys Basketball Team had a great experience at the 2012 Junior Maccabi games in Harrisburg, PA. The boys beat Katz, Buxmont and Baltimore and finished the preliminary round with a record of 3-0. Based on their record they were awarded the #1 seed and would receive a 1st round bye in the playoffs, and advance to the quarterfinals. They easily won their quarterfinal game and would advance to the semifinals where they would face a team from Greater Washington. Greater Washington had at least 2 players who were very skilled and at least 6 feet tall. It was an extremely close game and the game came down to the final minute. Metrowest lost to Greater Washington but would get a chance to play for a Bronze Medal. The game was very close and came down to the last second. The boys lost on a controversial last second tip-in that nobody other than the score-keepers thought was timely. While the team was sad to lose their all enjoyed the Junior Maccabi games and look forward to participating in future Maccabi events together.
Coaches: Mark Lim, Brian Kaufman
Cole Becker, Ari Brown, Tyler Kaufman, Zachary Kessel, Benjamin Lim, Cole Model, Max Model, Nathan Orbach, Ryan Sauborn, Harry Stiel
Coaches: Dave Schwartz, Jay Schwartz
Ari Cohen, Evan Cohen, Matt Feresten, Josh Naiman, Jeffrey Nelson, Max Ramer, Brayden Schwartz, Zachary Schwartz
The 2012 JCC Maccabi Games held in Rockland County, NY were a learning and growing experience for MetroWest’s Mixed Girls’ Soccer Team. Success for this group was not determined by wins or losses, but by how the group of girls came together over the course of the tournament.
Two athletes from MetroWest were joined by ten others from Springfield (MA), Stamford (CT), Hartford (CT), Marblehead (MA), and Richmond (VA) to form this mixed team. While some of the girls knew one or two others from their area, as a team, the group had never met or played together until the first game of the tournament. The first game did not provide much of an opportunity for pleasantries or getting to know each other as the team faced an always strong Los Angeles side. After going down to LA 0-5 in the first half, the team really found some heart, and played to a 2-2 tie in the second half with goals coming from the “Hartford Connection”, Sydney Gellerman and Hannah Merritt.
After the first game, the team had a chance to really come together, and they did. The girls watched other games together to scout their competition, had team lunches most days, hung out with each other during down time in between games, and spent the evenings unwinding with fun night time activities.
The team went on to play four more games in the tournament and each game saw the girls come together more and more as a team. There was talking on the field and the athletes started to get a feel for where their teammates would be. By the second game, the girls had other teams and coaches shocked that they were playing a mixed team because it looked like the girls had been playing together for years. The cohesiveness of this group was really remarkable. The remaining matches included a 4-1 win over our “neighbors from across the pond”, Great Britain, close matches versus Rockland A and Rockland B, the home town teams and a final match against a tough Toronto squad.
Gellerman led the team in scoring with 6 goals in 5 games, including a 4 goal effort against Great Britain. She wound up being one of the top scorers in the entire tournament. Also tallying goals were Merritt (2), and Biana Iosiovich (2). Elana Silverstein was outstanding in goal the entire tournament, keeping many of the games close. Hannah Katz anchored the defense as the sweeper, playing most of the tournament and coming out for just a few short water breaks. Arielle Rosenberg and Rosie Pofcher both contributed to the strength of the defense and really turned some heads with their play. Tammy Stevens and Emily Libowitz also turned in great efforts on defense throughout the tournament, even playing through slight injuries at times to help the team. Many of the girls, including Rebecca Satz, Shana Criscitiello, and Madison Johnson, were asked to play all over the field, at times in positions they were not accustomed to, and did a great job helping the team from both the back and up top. The sacrifices they made for the benefit of the team were appreciated by all.
In 2012, the MetroWest 16u baseball team intended to go the Rockland Games with one mission in mind: to medal after a very disappointing tournament a year earlier in Philadelphia that was cut short by torrential rain. Unfortunately, however, that 2011 team was stacked with many veteran players that had since aged out. As a result, with only a few returning players, we were compelled to field a team in 2012 that consisted of seven players that were only 13 and 14 years of age. Although our squad was more equipped to play at the 14u level, we nevertheless played “up” to accommodate the few older players who were denied their fair chance to win a medal in 2011. With this backdrop, as we prepared for and traveled to the Rockland Games, we became resigned to the fact that our expectations were simply too high. We began viewing this year as one that would be for the love of the game only, and an opportunity to get some experience as there was “no way” we would be able to compete in the older 16u division.
But then a funny thing happened on the way to the baseball field….
Our group of young, talented players – many of whom had already won two consecutive Gold Medals with the MetroWest Junior Maccabi baseball team in 2010 and 2011 – refused to accept this as a “lost” campaign, and after a slow start, the team really took off, winning 3 of its final 4 games, including a thrilling 5-4 victory over Boca Raton for the Bronze Medal. The keys to victory included virtually flawless defense, timely hitting particularly with two outs and runners in scoring position, and quality starting pitching. Playing excellent fundamental baseball in all aspects of the game, MetroWest was not going to be denied.
Now, as we begin preparation for the 2013 games, with another year under our belts, we look forward to further growth on and off the field, and have set our designs on bringing home the Gold Medal.
Silver - 200 Free Relay
Silver - 400 free Relay
Bronze - 200 Med Relay
Bronze - 200 Free Relay
Silver - 50 Back
Silver - 200 Fly
Bronze - 400 Free Relay
Silver - 200 Med Relay
Bronze -100 Fly
Silver - 500 Free
Silver - 200 Fly
Bronze - 100 Free
Silver - 400 IM
Gold - 400 Med Relay
Gold - 200 Fly
Bronze - 200 IM
Mitch Cohen (Sparta), Josh Drill (West Caldwell), Wyatt Kalb (North Caldwell), Jacob Kaplan (Pine Brook), Ben Kizel (Short Hills), Julian Ritholz (Short Hills), Tyler Storch (Pine Brook), Alex Tarowsky (Pine Brook), Jesse Warech (Pine Brook) were the members of the U16 basketball team that represented MetroWest in the 2012 Games hosted by Rockland County. The team was led by coaches Lonny Tarowsky and Gary Warech. Half of the team were veterans having competed in past JCC Maccabi Games including winning the gold medal in the U14 division in 2010 in Richmond, VA.
As always the competition was fierce. On Monday the team won their first game against Central Jersey. They lost the second game by one point in overtime to Greater Washington. They won both games on Tuesday and their first game Wednesday. Going into the quarter finals Wednesday afternoon the boys had a record of 4-1. MetroWest lost the quarter final game by 4 points to South Jersey, the eventual gold medal team.
By Jesse Warech
Basketball is a major part of my life and I have enjoyed playing ball in the JCC Maccabi Games for the past three summers. I am 16 years old and this past August in Rockland was my fourth summer playing in the games. My first year at the Games as a 13 year old I competed in tennis. Each year brought more fun than the last. The athletics are intense, the activities are fun, and you get a unique chance to give back to the local community.
This past summer I played for the MetroWest basketball team in the U16 division. Most of the guys on the team this year have played together in previous games. We always enjoy getting to play on the same side since during the high school season most of us are going against each other. The level of competition was high as always and the team was tested on more than one occasion. We had an overall record of 4-2 and lost in the quarterfinal to the eventual champions. Even though we didn’t get to the final, I still enjoyed the experience very much and although I was there to play basketball, the sports aspect was only a small piece to a great week.
On Wednesday, all of the participants took part in the JCC Cares Program. This gives everyone the opportunity to give back. This year our team went to an assisted living center where we played bingo and did karaoke with some of the residents. It truly is an experience I will never forget.
In the evenings, when the sports were over for the day, everyone in the games gathered for night activities. The first night was a pool party and BBQ. On Tuesday night we went to Dave and Buster’s and Wednesday was host family night. On this particular evening the athletes spend the night with their host family. This year my host family had a few of their friends over who were hosting athletes as well. The last night was closing ceremonies. There was a carnival and all the participants watched a video showing some clips and highlights from the week.
These fourth JCC Maccabi games in Rockland were my last, but I hope to continue on and eventually take part in the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
The Metrowest 16 and under boys Maccabi soccer team went to Houston in August 2012 and came home with the gold medal. The boys finished with a record of 7-0 and beat a strong Orange County team in the finals 4-0. They scored 51 goals and only allowed 5 against them. Zachary Beckerman ,Sam Eisen, Matt Picon led the team in scoring while Dylan Fiedler Brett Dinowitz and Ross Florin controlled the midfield. Lucas Weissman, Matt lemash and Gideon Tamir held held off the opponents on defense while Bobby Schneiderman and Mark Langendorff did a great job in goal. The boys had a great time together both on and off the field.
Metrowest Maccabi tennis 2012 brought 3 16 yr. olds to Houston. Jordan Gelman, Adam Brodkin and Jason Ginsburg represented our JCC admirably and played some great matches. The heat and long hours on the courts didn't phase them a bit. Jason reached the quarter-finals in singles and Jordan and Adam fell short of a bronze in doubles by 1 game. All three had never played Maccabi before and were thrilled to have such a unique experience and to have captured many lifetime memories.
By Matthew Fox
JCC MetroWest took a delegation of 10 local teenagers and 2 Israeli teenagers from Ofakim, MetroWest's sister city, to compete and participate in the JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest that was held in Israel from July 25 through August 4. This marked the first time ever that the JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest were held in Israel. The program was comprised of over 1,000 Jewish teenagers from delegations all over North America and the World. MetroWest had nine athletes who competed in soccer, swimming, and tennis and three artists who participated in broadcast journalism, dance, and rock band.
The Israel Experience was much more than just the traditional JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest, as it included a host family weekend in Ofakim (MetroWest's sister city in Israel) and three days of touring around the major cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
ports competitions and art specialties began on Tuesday, July 26 and were held in Kiryat Shmona, a town located in Northern Israel. After three straight days of competing and creating, the teens took a day off to participate in a "Day of Caring and Sharing" (DOCAS) on Friday. The MetroWest delegation was assigned the project of revamping a youth center in Kiryat Shmona. The teens cleaned, renovated, gardened, and painted - the results were amazing! All together, JCC Maccabi participants donated 6,000 working hours to various projects that helped the host community. Following DOCAS, the MetroWest delegation had a long bus ride south to Ofakim for a visit with their host family. Each teen spent the weekend with an Israeli family in their home and it was great to get a sense of how Israeli's live, especially how they spend Shabbat. While everyone's host family experience differed slightly, two constants seemed to be endless amounts of delicious, homemade food and an inspiring sense of family closeness. Host family weekend concluded on Saturday night with a karaoke pizza party for the teens and their new Israeli friends. On Sunday, it was off to Hebrew University in Jerusalem where the finals of the sports competitions and the Artsfest performances took place. The Israel Experience concluded with three days of touring in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Highlights from the touring included the Old City of Jerusalem and the Kotel, Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Machon Ayalon (an underground munitions factory), and shopping in the Shook market.
Each evening there were exciting activities planned for all the JCC Maccabi participants that included Israel themed parties, Lunagal Water Park, and incredible Opening and Closing Ceremonies. These ceremonies featured popular music by Israel's HaDag Nahash, American Idol finalist Brett Lowenstern, and Yeshiva University's Maccabeats.
JCC MetroWest artists took advantage of an amazing week of learning and creating as participants in JCC Maccabi Artsfest. Samantha Silverman (Livingston) spent the week learning skills and techniques in the Broadcast Journalism specialty that were showcased in interviews she conducted with Maccabi participants and played for everyone to see at Closing Ceremonies. Samantha also had the opportunity to record at an active regional radio station in Israel. Ariella Liebman (West Orange), a participant in the Dance specialty, enjoyed learning new routines and taking part in a workshop with renowned choreographer Claude Dadia. Ariella's hard work paid off when she performed in front of large crowds at Hebrew University and at the Closing Ceremonies. Daniel Dumashlek (Ofakim, Israel), a saxophone player, participated in the Artsfest specialty Rock Music and spent the week creating performance pieces with his new band mates that they performed at the end of the week. Daniel also had the opportunity to meet and speak to HaDag Nahash band members, one of the most popular bands in Israel, which combines hip hop, rock, reggae, and funk.
MetroWest athletes impressed in the JCC Maccabi Games and brought some hardware back home with them to New Jersey. Swimmers Juliet Felsen (Randolph), Adina Reisner (Randolph), Slade Reisner (Randolph), and Jonas Singer (Millburn) earned a total of 20 medals over three days of intense competition. All the swimmers earned at least two medals (complete medal results can be seen below) with Juliet earning a gold medal in the 200 Meter Medley Relay and Jonas and Juliet both earning gold in the 400 Meter Free Relay. Soccer players Esther Neibart (Morristown), Sara Widmann (Morristown), and Nathaniel Tsimikas (Morristown) all competed on mixed teams, joining up with athletes from the Vancouver delegation. For the girls the mixed team provided the opportunity to become friends and develop a bond with other athletes they otherwise probably would not have met. The team, who had never played together before meeting in Israel, learned as they went along and became stronger in each game of the tournament. Their best result was a 2-2 tie against the Baltimore team. Sara netted two goals in the tournament. Nate's mixed team saw a little more on field success ultimately making it to the gold medal game of the tournament, played at Hebrew University in front of a sell out crowd, where they lost a close game 2-1 to a strong Memphis team. The silver medals were a great reward for this hard working team. Nate played almost the entire tournament at defense which is not his customary position and was one of the team's most valuable players. Tennis players Andrew Nolff (Millburn) and Adina Yoffe (Ofakim, Israel) showed their skills over four days of competing at the Israel Tennis Center. After winning one match and losing another in the preliminary rounds and then having to forfeit two more matches because of injury, Adina earned the 10 seed in the playoffs where she upset the 7 seed 8-2 to advance to a match against the 2 seed. Adina lost this hard fought match but was very proud of her performance. Andrew won three of his four preliminary matches convincingly, 8-0, 8-2, 8-4, earning him the 5 seed in the playoffs. He took down the 12 and 4 seeds before facing off against the 1 seed and losing an extremely intense match. The loss put Andrew in the bronze medal match against the 3 seed. Two sets were not enough to determine a winner so the match went to a tie break with Andrew ultimately winning 10-8 and earning the bronze!
The JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest in Israel was an incredible experience for this group of MetroWest teens and the memories will last a long time!
Gold Medal - 200M Medley Relay, 400M Free Relay
Silver Medal - 50M Fly, 50M Breast, 400M Medley Relay, 100M Breast
Bronze Medal - 200M Free Relay
Silver Medal - 400M Free Relay
Bronze Medal - 200M Medley Relay
Silver Medal - 200M Back, 200M Medley Relay,
Bronze Medal - 400M Free, 400M Free Relay, 400M Medley Relay, 50M Back, 200M Individual Medley
Gold Medal - 400M Free Relay
Silver Medal - 400M Individual Medley, 400M Medley Relay, 200M Individual Medley
2nd 500 Free
2nd 200 Free
2nd 400 IM
2nd 200 Back
2nd 200 Fly
3rd 50 Free
3rd 100 Free
3rd 100 Breast
4th 100 Fly
4th 50 Fly
4th 200 IM
6th 200 Medley Relay
4th 200 Breast
4th 400 Free Relay
6th 50 Breast
6th 50 Back
6th 400 Free Relay
4th 200 Medley Relay
4th 400 Free Relay
5th 200 Free Relay
6th 400 Medley Relay
4th 50 Breast
5th 400 Free Relay
5th 400 Medley Relay
5th 50 Back
5th 100 Breast
5th 100 Breast
5th 200 Free Relay
6th 100 Fly
6th 200 Medley Relay
All swimmers competed in 12 events and achieved personal bests in many of their races. There were 65 swimmers total in this year's competition and by the second day they were all bonding into one large group. Our swimmers could be found cheering for those they just met. They enjoyed the competition but even more trading for items at the pool. International items were of highest interest.
The swimmers participated in interactive activities learning about what it might be like to live with special needs. Volunteers from the Friendship Circle led the athletes through various activities simulating different impairments followed by a question and answer session.
Jason Caspert ( North Caldwell), Mitch Cohen (Sparta), Wyatt Kalb (Caldwell) Andrew Katzeff (Livingston), Ben Kizel (Short Hills), Tyler Storch (Montville), Alex Tarowsky (Montville) and Jesse Warech (Montville) were the members of the 16U basketball team that represented the MetroWest JCC in the 2011 Maccabi Games. The team was led by coaches Gary Warech and Lonny Tarowsky. The Games took place in Philadelphia this past August with over 1500 athletes from around the world. Six of the players were on the 2010 team that won the 14u gold medal so it was a young group with a tough draw but they competed in every game and earned a gold medal in the consolation bracket. One of the highlights for the MetroWest team came near the end of the competition when they exchanged jerseys with the team from Israel. In the spirit of the Maccabi Games, the two teams bonded and the MetroWest players proudly wore their Israeli jerseys in their final game and during the gold medal ceremony.
On Sunday, August 14, 2011, the MetroWest delegation set off for the 2011 JCC Maccabi Games in Philadelphia. The defending bronze medalist U16 baseball team, composed of 13 players, went with high hope of returning with no less than a gold medal. With 6 players returning from last year and the addition of 7 strong newcomers, Manager Eric Katz and Coach Jim McCauley worked hard to prepare the team for the intense week to come.
The trip started out with tremendous rain during the day which did little to dampen the spirits of the team. Settled in with their host families, the team gathered at Villanova for the opening ceremonies. By the late afternoon, the rain had stopped but the damage to the fields was done.
Monday came and despite the best efforts of the Philadelphia host delegation to ready the municipal fields, no baseball games could be played. Already the schedule was behind though hopes were high for Tuesday. The team did their day of caring and sharing, enjoying the day of service.
Each team was limited to one game on Tuesday. MetroWest faced Orange County, a team from the Los Angeles area. The starting line-up was Alex Walton, center, batting lead-off and providing speed on the bases. Leo Poggie, left field, a strong contact hitter, followed Walton. Tyler Benson, short stop, batted third, giving the top of the line-up another contact hitter. Jared Berman, 1st base, batted cleanup with a powerful bat and the potential to break games open with his swing. Zachary Buchholz, 2nd base, is another power hitter and helped anchor the middle of the lineup. Dylan McCauley, catcher, had the tough job behind the plate and provided additional hitting prowess. Cole McCollum, the starting pitcher, batted seventh, and took command of the mound for the first game, with Poggie in relief. Joey Walter, an outfielder, was the extra hitter this game, making the bottom of the lineup a potent force. Mo Pasternak, third base and playing in his 4th Maccabi games, batted 8th. Jason Sedell, right field, rounded out the lineup. On the bench to substitute were Josh Katz, Matt Timpone, and Avi Kessler.
MetroWest won the first game 15 - 6, in a game shortened to 4innings due to time limitations. The lineup put up a barrage of 13 hits in 25 at bats. With 7 walks and only 3strikeouts, the team left only 6 men on base. Of particular note at the plate was Walter going 3-3, Berman batting 2-2 with 2 walks, Poggie 2-3 with 1 walk, and Pasternak 2-3. After a slow 1st inning, the team batted through the order in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. McCullom had 6 K's, and the "Killer B" infield turned a double play (Benson-Buchholz-Berman) to end the 4th.
Two games were played on Wednesday. In game one, MetroWest faced their rival, and eventual gold medal winner LA Milken. Using the same lineup, MetroWest batted 9 batters instead of 10, with Avi Kessler playing right field and batting in the 9 spot for Jason Sedell. Dylan McCauley got the call on the mound, Pasternak went behind the dish and McCollum played 3rd. The Los Angeles pitching was very stingy - MetroWest managed only 5 hits in 21 at bats but the hitters were tough in the batters' box, running up the pitch count and spreading out 6 K's in 6 innings. With only 3 walks given up by LA, base runners were hard to come by and deft fielding by LA kept runners from reaching base. Dylan had excellent defense behind him - Walton made 2 catches in center, Buchholz was busy at 2nd with 3 assists and 2 more put-outs. Kessler and Poggie in the outfield each pulled in fly ball outs. LA managed to put together some hits for runs to win the game, 6-1.
Wednesday's second game was against the eventual silver medalist Chicago. Jared Berman took the mound against a tough lineup, putting up 5 K's through 4 innings. This was the most intense games played in the tournament. Chicago, the home team, struck first, putting up 2 runs in the first inning. In the 2nd, Chicago threatened with a runner on 2nd. The next batter hit a huge shot to center. Walton, getting a fantastic read of the hit off the bat, made a diving, off the ground amazing catch to get the out and keep the runner from scoring. Poggie pulled in the next fly ball to left and Berman stuck out the next batter to hold Chicago to a scoreless inning. It was an inning that propelled Metro to get on the board in the top of the 3rd with 3 runs, with the middle of the lineup doing what they do best. Chicago, not to be out-done, answered with another 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, making the score 5-3.
In the 4th, Metro added a base runner and Berman hit a triple to drive in another run, closing the gap to 5-4. Metro's defense was formidable, holding Chicago to a scoreless innings in the 4th inning and erasing a threat with a perfect 6-4-3 double play. In the 5th, Metro added put together two hits - a double by McCollum and a single by Pasternak to tie the game, 5-5. Chicago went down 1-2-3 in the 5th on a K, a 5-3 play in the infield and a fly ball to center. Metro went quietly in the top of the 6th and prepared for the bottom of the inning. With Walton coming in in relief in the 6th, Chicago scratched together a run in before Metro stopped them with another 6-4-3 double play. Hoping to get another chance at the plate with the 4-5-6 hitters due up, the game was called for time and Chicago prevailed 6-5.
The rain then began again, and the tournament was called after no games could be played on Thursday except medal games. While Metro was in the winner's bracket, they were not given a chance to play due to an unfavorable scheduling decision by the host community. But this Metro team had a lot to be proud of. Every player made a contribution in some way. For two of the youngest team members, 13 year olds Josh Katz and Matt Timpone, it was an amazing experience as they saw what it was like to play on a competitive, high school level team. While they did not have as much playing time as the others, they will bring their experience to next year's efforts. For the players who played in their last Maccabi games, Mo Pasternak, Leo Poggie, Alex Walton, Dylan McCauley, Avi Kessler, Joey Walter, Jared Berman, Zach Buccholz and Cole McCollum, it was a bittersweet end to what they hoped would be a gold medal year but one with good memories nonetheless. The rest of the team can look forward to avenging this year and carrying the banner for MetroWest Baseball in 2012. Thank you to our manager and coaches, Eric Katz, Jim McCauley, Mike Timpone and Anita Walton. They all worked tirelessly to get the team ready and to put forth the best possible effort in an intense, competitive week. Our boys have made some wonderful friends and played a game they love.
Infield made 12 plays, and 3 double plays, 2 in one game.
2 baserunners were caught stealing
Outfield caught 11 fly balls.
13 K's by the pitching staff
25 hits in 73 at bats (.342 team batting average)
JCC MetroWest took a delegation of 59 athletes ages 10-12 to the 2011 Junior Maccabi Games, hosted by the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill, NJ on Sunday, May 22. MetroWest athletes competed in Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, and Tennis against other JCC teams from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware
Coaches: Eric Katz, Jim McCauley, Mark Lim
Players: Joseph Blum, Zachary Freeman, Spencer Frey, Daniel Greiss, Jonathan Holland, Josh Katz, Harrison Kern, Benjamin Lim, Max McCauley, Elais Neibart, Daniel Stern
The MetroWest Jr. Maccabi baseball team arrived in the 2011 games with a single focus, repeat. Having lost key members from the gold-medal winning 2010 squad, they knew that the road ahead was going to be more difficult but that would only serve as motivation. From the coaches to the returning players to the new additions, gold was always the goal. The boys' families served as fans and witnesses.
Game 1 vs. Delaware: W5-0
Strong pitching and a 5-run 2nd inning proved to be the winning combination for Metrowest. Behind 3 strong innings from Elias Neibart (1 hit, 0R, 5Ks) and one inning from Daniel Greiss (K), Delaware posed little resistance in a 5-0 win. Offense was contributed by Harry Kern (1B, BB, 1 RBI, Run), Josh Katz (1B, 2B, BB, RBI, Run), Max McCauley (1B, 2B, Run), Daniel Greiss (BB, Run), and Benny Lim (HBP, Run). End of game excitement was provided via a 6-3-2 double play to end the game.
The Katz JCC proved to be a formidable team as they cruised to a 10-0 whitewash over MetroWest. Behind their ace, Jared Delargo, allowed only one baserunner, Daniel Stern (BB) and held MetroWest hitless in 3 innings. The MetroWest squad proved that they could learn quick lessons in the eventual rematch in the finals against the same pitcher.
Game 3 (Semi-finals) vs. Kaisserman JCC Team A: W4-3
It was déjà-vu all over again as the Kaisserman team faced MetroWest in the Semi-finals for the second year in a row. This year, the game went into extra frames but MetroWest showed resilience in showcasing strong pitching and timely hitting on its way to a 4-3 win. Josh Katz (3 inn, 6 hits, 0ER, 2 Ks) and Benny Lim (2 inn, 0 hits, 0ER, 3Ks) combined to hold down a strong Kaisserman offense. The offense produced 8 hits and was sparked by a tremendous home-run from the bat of Daniel Stern (HR, BB, 3RBI) in the first inning. Contributions were supplied by Benny Lim (2 hits), Daniel Greiss (Run), Josh Katz (2 hits, Run), Elias Neibart (Single, Run), Max McCauley (Single), and Harry Kern (single, Run).
Eight innings and over 2 1/2 hours of baseball could not settle a winner in the rematch of game 2 between MetroWest and Katz JCC of Cherry Hill. Standout pitching came from Elias Neibart (3inn, 0R, 2H, 2BB, 5Ks), Benny Lim (3inn, 0ER, 1H, 0BB, 5Ks), Josh Katz (1 inn, 0ER, 2Ks) and Daniel Stern (1 inn, 0ER). Offense came from Benny Lim (2H, Run), Daniel Greiss (Single), Josh Katz (2H, BB, RBI), Elias Neibart (2H), and Max McCauley (2H).
Also contributing to the team's success throughout the tournament were Joseph Blum, Zachary Freeman, Spencer Frey, and Jonathan Holland.
Sharing the gold with the host team was the result of the tie. It was a fitting end to another great tournament.
Coaches: Marc Rosenberg, Dan Ravitz
Players: Andrew Karp, Charlie Levinson, Bryan Levy, Brandon Perry, Zach Ravitz, Will Rosenberg, Will Schaffer, Perry Schwartz, Maguire Sweeney
Coaches: Emily Einhorn, Josh Breitman
Players: Emily Rachel Blum, Adi Brickman, AJ Dansky, Lindsay Friedman, Jamie Handwerker, Rebecca Landau, Ally Langendorf, Haylee Mevorah, Maya Robbins, Julia Schmulewitz.
The girls' basketball team took for the most part a new team to the 2011 Junior Maccabi games. The team began preparing for the games with weekly practices beginning in March, leading up to the games in May. The team had many practices which were able to prepare them for the games. The team was comprised of 10 players from both Essex and Morris County. The girls would compete against other teams from Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey.
The first game was against a team from the Harrisburg JCC. The girls came out strong from the opening tip and never looked back. They executed well on offense and played strong defense. The team had a balanced scoring attack with at least 8 girls scoring a basket. In the second half you could see that the girls were really coming together. On many possessions the girls would make the extra pass, resulting in wide open layups. MetroWest beat Harrisburg by a score of 26-10.
The next game would be against the Kaiserman JCC. This was a physical game from the start. MetroWest played tough and strong defense in the first half and was leading by 1 at halftime. Unfortunately in the second half, one of our point guards took an offensive foul and landed on her wrist. Due to her injury, she was out for the remainder of the tournament. The second half was just as physical but the girls played tough until the final buzzer. We lost the game but the girls did not hang their hands.
Our first playoff game was against Bux Mont, last year's gold medal winner. Last year MetroWest played Bux Mont for gold, but came up a little short. This year was a different story. The girls dominated from the opening tip. They played strong defense and executed extremely well on offense. They had a 15 point lead at halftime and never looked back. They would beat Bux Mont and move on to the semifinals, where they would face Cherry Hill.
The semi final game between MetroWest and Cherry Hill was a strong one. The girls were extremely patient on offense by taking their time to set up. They were able to move the ball around and wear down the defense which resulted in many wide open shots. Every time either team made a basket the other team would match it. No team was ever up by more than 5 points. In the last few minute Cherry Hill went on a run and MetroWest wasn't able to catch up. We lost the game but would play for the bronze medal later on in the day.
MetroWest would face JCC on the Palisades for the bronze medal. MetroWest started the game out strong, jumping out to an early lead. Palisades went on a late run and MetroWest was unable to catch up. This was the teams 5th game of the day and the girls were a little exhausted but played hard until the end. They would take 4th place in the tournament.
Although they didn't medal the girls played their hearts out every single minute that they were on the floor. As the day progressed they really came together on the court, which was apparent, especially in their afternoon games.
The girls all had a great experience at the 2011 Junior Maccabi games and look forward to participating in future Maccabi programs together.
With 6 players being able to return to next years squad, MetroWest looks forward to returning to the games, stronger and more experienced with the goal of winning a gold medal.
We can't wait until next year!!!
Coach: Courtney Stec
Players: Michaela Duetsch-Dornfeld, Madeline Frankel, Alexis Gihorski, Kate Gihorski, Kathryn Shepard, Rachel Vogel, Alana Wernick
The MetroWest swim team had an extremely successful Junior Maccabi Games. Each of the seven swimmers swam 3 individual events and 1 relay. MetroWest swimmers medaled in 17 of the 23 events they swam in, with each swimmer earning at least one medal. It was a great day in and out of the pool.
11 Year Old 50 Fly Rachel Vogel 38.70
12 Year Old 100 Breaststoke Alexis Gihorski 1:20.52
Players: Emily Krupnick, Aaron Tucker
The Junior Maccabi Games were a fun and successful day for the MetroWest tennis players. Emily Krupnick dominated the girls' tournament, winning all three of her matches en route to the gold medal. Aaron Tucker won his first match and lost the second.
Coaches: Ira Steinberg, Larry Wieseneck
Players: Zach Gollin, Ben Grinberg, Matt Konop, Jeffrey Nelson, Aidan Pope, Harry Rosen, Cooper Steinberg, Max Weintraub, Brahm Wieseneck
The MetroWest boys' soccer team played three games in the tournament, scoring 6 goals while conceding only 3. The team began on a high note with a win over Greater Washington. The team played Mid-Westchester close in their second preliminary game, ultimately losing by one goal. The team drew the defending champion Bucks County side in the first medal round game. Bucks County had defeated the MetroWest team in 2010 in the gold medal game. The rematch was hard fought by both teams. Regulation and overtime could not determine a winner and the game went to penalty kicks with Bucks County converting more in the end. The team did not hang their heads though. They gave it their all. More important than the results on the field was how the boys acted throughout the day, being great teammates to each other and showing respect for their opponents, referees, and fans. They earned high praises from their coaches.
Coach: Bryan Fiedler
Players: Jessie April, Morgan Darrow, Orli Forster, Samantha Goldman, Zoe Grebin, Peri Lamkin, Lia Mund, Sarah Miller, Ilana Lurie, Lexi Porigow, Ashley Reuter
The MetroWest 12 and under girls' team had a great result in the Cherry Hill games by winning the Silver medal. The most exciting game was the semifinals against a tough Greater Washington team in which Peri Lamkin scored the tying goal in the last minute of regulation time. After a short overtime period, the game went to penalty kicks and the MetroWest girls won with the final kick 11-10. MetroWest lost to a tough Bucks county team in the finals and went home with the silver. It was a team effort by all of the girls and they had a great time on and off the field. Lia Mund anchored the defense, with the support of Jesse April, Ilana Lurie, and Morgan Darrow. We had a strong offensive performance by Peri Lamkin, Ashley Reuter, Lexi Porigow, Sarah Miller, and Orli Forster. Samantha Goldman played both defense and offense and put constant pressure on the other teams. The girls could not have been so successful without Zoe Grebin in the goal.