by Ellie Bernstein
Gold, Gold and more Gold! That is what Team Virginia Beach received at the JCC Maccabi Games held in Detroit last month.
The Simon Family JCC’s 16 and under basketball team (comprised of Wayne Simon, Jake Levinson, Jacob Stern, Evan Roesen, Sheldon Millison and Billy Goldstein), won the championship in the B Division. Coach Tom Edwards, director of Sports and Recreation at the Simon Family JCC, received the best birthday present a coach could, with the team’s win.
The gold medals did not stop with basketball. Swimmer, Hallie Stewart, won a gold medal in every event she entered…12, in all. Hallie is one of just 25 athletes who have won Gold in all competitions throughout the history of JCC Maccabi.
Aside from the athletic competitions at JCC Maccabi, an Artsfest also takes place. Clara Zimm performed two solos in the Artsfest Showcase with Musical Theater. Clara had the opportunity to work with Eric Gutman, a Michigan-born actor and musician, whose credits include Tipping Point Theatre in Northville, Meadowbrook Theatre in Rochester and the Gem/ Century Theatres in Detroit—where he has performed in countless shows including the Michigan premier of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, Next to Normal.
If interested in participating in JCC Maccabi next summer, contact Ellie Bernstein, delegation head for the Simon Family JCC ,at 321-2324.
The Simon Family JCC is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.