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2015 Pan American Maccabi Games

Organized by: Boris Kapelnik

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EVENT DATE Dec 28, 2015

THE STORY:

I remember myself as a 6-year-old boy, looking out the window of my small, one bedroom apartment, waiting impatiently for the kids to gather in the field for a game of soccer. I could hardly wait to tie my sneakers and run downstairs, even if just to watch the older kids pass the ball around, hoping for a chance to be allowed to join.  Growing up as a young Jewish boy in the Soviet Ukraine was not easy, to say the least.  However, growing up Jewish and playing a sport was practically impossible. The Soviet policy of discrimination against the Jews was a common phenomenon both in daily life endevours as well as in the realm of sports. To avoid a life of antisemitism, my family immigrated to the United States from the turbulent Soviet Ukraine in 1992.  Once we got settled into our new life in the suburbs of Chicago, I continued playing soccer and delved deeply into obtaining a strong soccer foundation at the Glenview Soccer Club and Glenbrook South High School.  Not only did my new life in America open doors for me in sports, I was also able to openly and freely learn about my Jewish heritage and my Jewish identity. Jewish traditions, holidays, and soccer games became a regular part of my life.  Reading about world famous Jewish atheletes such as Hank Greenberg, Sandy Koufax and Mark Spitz gave me a sense of pride and purpose.   Seeing Jeff Agoos, a Jewish soccer player compete in the World Cup filled me with a deep inspiration and a strong desire to one day represent my adopted country as a proud Jewish Athelete. That day is now!

The Pan American Maccabi Games are a celebration of Jewish unity, culture, and heritage through athletic competition – I am so honored to be a part of Team USA! I hope you will join me in my fundraising efforts for the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile – any contribution helps! Your support will ensure that my team is well represented in South America with world-class Athletics and Jewish Pride. You can make a difference!

$435

 

22% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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  • Ilya Rukhman

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • DEKA Restaurant

    $100

  • Marina Roshanski

    $50

  • Grain & Vine

     

  • Shiva Kremenchugskaya

    $50

  • Shalom Margulevich

    $50

  • Tsina Kanevsky

    $15

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Organized by

Boris Kapelnik

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The Team: $435 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Tsina  Kanevsky

Tsina Kanevsky

DONATION: $15

3 years ago

Shalom Margulevich

Shalom Margulevich

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Shiva Kremenchugskaya

Shiva Kremenchugskaya

DONATION: $50

Good luck! 3 years ago

Grain & Vine

Grain & Vine

I believe that YOU can win! Go USA! 3 years ago

Marina Roshanski

Marina Roshanski

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

DEKA Restaurant

DEKA Restaurant

DONATION: $100

You're so HOT right now! 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

Go Boris Go! Team USA 3 years ago

Ilya Rukhman

Ilya Rukhman

DONATION: $20

Go get 'em brother. You are a great representative of our people and country. Go USA! 3 years ago

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