Maccabi USA Pan American Maccabi Games Field Hockey Teams Announced

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Maccabi USA Field Hockey Chair Meredith Shifman along with Head Coaches Candice Fisher and Abgail Goldberg, and Assistant Coaches, Gianna Duddy and Sarah Cooper, are pleased to announce the Open and U-16 Field Hockey Teams for the 15th Pan American Maccabi Games which will take place December 27, 2023 – January 4, 2024 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Maccabi USA will bring a team of approximately 700 athletes who will join the other 4,000 Jewish athletes from 24 countries, participating in 58 different sports.

“Maccabi USA is sending two field hockey teams to the upcoming Pan American Maccabi Games in Buenos Aires," said Shifman. "We regularly send an Open Women’s team to international competition, but this year we are thrilled to also send a U-16 Girls’ team to compete in a pool with teams from Argentina and Chile. This is a significant milestone for us and the timing is especially poignant this year. We’re excited to continue Maccabi USA’s Mission of building Jewish pride through sports and to help grow the sport of field hockey by offering this life-changing athletic and cultural experience to more girls and women.” 

Head Coach: Candice Fisher (Pikesville, MD)

Assistant Coach: Gianna Duddy (Philadelphia, PA)

Rebecca Berman (Avon, CT)

Amy Cohen (Concord, NH)

Sarah Edelson (Blue Bell, PA)

Maya Harrington (Lewisville, TX)

Hayley Harris (Ellicott City, MD)

Erika Hicks (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Hannah Hicks (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Heather Kenney (Rockville, MD)

Jessica Lapidus (Greenwood Village, CO)

Zoe Martin (Denver, CO)

Eliza Phillips (Simsbury, CT)

Jenna Pigott (Bethesda, MD)

Maya Reiner (Westport, CT)

Elena Reiser (Arlington, VA)

Emma Ticknor (Madison, NJ)

Head Coach: Abigail Goldberg (Louisville, KY)

Assistant Coach: Sarah Cooper (Chevy Chase Village, MD)

Blaire Brennan (Sudbury, MA)

Rose Geller (Prospect, KY)

Sadie Hyman (Louisville, KY)

Zoe Kellner (Columbus, OH)

Kate Marcus (Livingston, NJ)

Kate Miller (Ann Arbor, MI)

Madiline Miller (Ann Arbor, MI)

Addison Polakoff (Cockeysville, MD)

Emerson Rock (Bethesda, MD)

Adele Sharon (Bethesda, MD)

Nicole Subiela (Potomac, MD)

Melanie Watson (Charlotte, NC)

Alana Werwa (Livingston, NJ)


The Pan American Maccabi Games The Games are hosted by the Confederacion Latinoamericana Maccabi (CLAM). They are conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union and are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah. The Pan American Maccabi Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora. They celebrate the thriving Jewish tradition throughout Latin America and the Jewish People Globally with delegations from North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Israel in attendance.


The first Maccabiah was held in Israel in 1932 with athletes from 18 countries. By 2017, the games grew to include nearly 10,000 Jewish athletes from more than 60 countries, making it the second largest international multi-sport event, and one of the largest gatherings of the Jewish diaspora around the globe. Traditionally held every four years, the games have only been interrupted twice in its 90-year history: by the Second World War and more recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In July 2022, Maccabi USA sent its largest-ever delegation of more than 1,300 to Israel. (Larger delegation than the traditional USA Olympic


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