The first-ever U-19 team to represent Israel in an FIL competition will travel to Scotland in July.  The blue-and-white will be competing in both the World Cup and the International Lacrosse Festival.

The first-ever U-19 team to represent Israel in an FIL competition will travel to Scotland in July. The blue-and-white will be competing in both the World Cup and the International Lacrosse Festival.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced their 38-player roster for the Israel women’s national team which will compete at the 2015 FIL Women’s U-19 World Cup and International Festival of Lacrosse, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 23-August 1.

Israel’s roster is composed of both Israeli players, as well as members of the Jewish diaspora, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL).

The roster was selected after a series of tryouts at Voldenberg Field in Ashkelon, as well as formal evaluations held in conjunction with the Israel U-19 Winter Developmental Program.

“Our staff has been working around the clock to recruit and prepare our first-ever U-19 national team,” said Israel head coach Hannah Deoul, a native of Baltimore who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in October of 2014. “We could not be more excited and confident with the energetic, hard working group we have assembled.”

In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each player will be competing in honor of a charity of their choosing. A portion of the national team’s general fundraising efforts has been committed to each charity.

NO POS NAME HOMETOWN TZEDAKAH
1 D Nikol Baglay Ashkelon, Israel Knafayim Shel Krembo
2 F Rotem Ben Zino Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
3 F Alison Koff Denver, CO Sticks For Kids
4 M Nastia Pyankov Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
5 F Orly Yehuda Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
6 F Noga Garin Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
7 D Maor Malrah Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
8 D Talya Ozeri Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
9 M Molly Covarrubias Framingham, MA Friends of IDF
10 M Shilat Ohayon Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
11 F Alex Ginsberg New York, NY Special Olympics Israel
12 D Rotem Gozlan Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
13 G Gal Peretz Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
14 M Mikaella Rutenberg Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
15 M Julie Wise London, England Etgarim
16 F/M Rachel Becker Cherry Hill, NJ Moadonit Smadar
17 F Talia Ben Shetareet Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
18 F Serenah Cale Arad, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
19 F Chasia Warshow Naperville, IL Jewish National Fund
20 D Genna Portner Ellicott City, MD Sharsheret
21 G Rebecca Wilen Mount Laurel, NJ Project Lev
22 M Gabriella Cheban Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
23 D Tahlee Yichye Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel Rockets Into Roses
24 M Anna Ilnitzki Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
25 F/M Gina Salemi Novi, MI URJ 6 Points Sports Academy Scholarship Fund
26 F Natalie Lowenstein Huntington Beach, CA Save a Child’s Heart
27 D Jenna Baverman Baltimore, MD Sharsheret
28 F Charly Walter Bethesda, MD Makif Heh School
29 F Sivan Gvili Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
30 D Matty Novick New Canaan, CT Beit Canada Absorption Center
31 D Ilana Sunshine Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
32 D Sabina Skolnick Mission Hills, KS Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
33 G Alex Freedman Villanova, PA Friends of the IDF
34 F Shiran Malrah Ashkelon, Israel Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership
35 F Drew Reno Cross River, NY Westchester Hadassah
36 D Lilly Pollak Owings Mills, MD Friends of the IDF
37 M Sami Hirsch Commack, NY Sticks for Kids
38 M Emma Novick New Canaan, CT Technion


Me’et Machleef: Yasmin Ahdut, Lucy Hass, Sandra Mentyukov, Lika Pismani

General Manager: Julia Szafman
Head Coach (Championship): Hannah Deoul
Assistant Coaches (Championship): Emily Brodsky, Taylor Roy, Amanda Tuck
Head Coach (Festival): Kim Dubansky
Athletic Trainer: Mike Boisselle

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Ilay Mashash and Ashkelon LC will represent Israel in international lacrosse competition at the 12th annuel ISB Youth Tournament in Brussels later this month.

Ilay Mashash and Ashkelon LC will represent Israel in international lacrosse competition at the 12th annuel ISB Youth Tournament in Brussels later this month.

ASHKELON, ISRAEL — Ashkelon Lacrosse Club announced their roster for the 12th annual Brussels Youth Lacrosse Tournament, which takes place March 27-29 in Brussels, Belgium.

The tourmament marks the second straight year Israel has sent a delegation of entirely “homegrown” players to represent the Jewish State in an international lacrosse competition.

The Ashkelon club, which is coached by Israel men’s national team player Seth Mahler, features mostly athletes who have only been playing the sport for 12-18 months, but have progressed their skills quickly and expect to be ready to compete internationally.

No    Name                 Position        Resides
1     Roi Lerner           Goal            Ashkelon, Israel
20    Hayden Edelson       Defense         Great Neck, NY
50    Sefi Itzhak          Midfield        Ashkelon, Israel
55    Adi Comorov          Midfield        Ashkelon, Israel
60    Moshiko Haviv        Forward         Ashkelon, Israel
66    Asaf Orgad           Defense         Ashkelon, Israel
67    Daniel Furmanov      Forward         Ashkelon, Israel
68    Itamar Arad          Midfield        Ashkelon, Israel
72    Alexandre Mihailov   Midfield        Ashkelon, Israel
79    Michael Orziv        Forward         Ashkelon, Israel
90    Benor Buniel         Midfield        Ashkelon, Israel
91    Daniel Obreja        Midfield        Ashkelon, Israel
94    Nohorai Buniel       Midfield        Ashkelon, Israel
95    Ilay Mashash         Defense         Ashkelon, Israel
96    Or Machluf           Defense         Ashkelon, Israel
98    Masimilian Savchuk   Forward         Ashkelon, Israel

Head Coach:  Seth Mahler
Assistant Coach:  Andrew Landsman

The tournament, which is co-hosted by Belgium Lacrosse and the ISB Raiders at the International School of Brussels, features 10 teams from four countries, including the International School of Brussels Varsity and JV squads and the Braine Lions from Belgium, Spencer and Wilmslow from the United Kingdom, as well as Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburgh from Germany.

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Ari Sussman and Team Israel will come together for a pair of exhibition games in New York to benefit the growth of youth lacrosse in the Jewish State.

Ari Sussman and Team Israel will come together for a pair of exhibition games in New York to benefit the growth of youth lacrosse in the Jewish State.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Ari Sussman, who led the world in scoring at the FIL World Lacrosse Championships, headlines Team Israel’s roster for a pair of exhibition games later this month against the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse, and New York Athletic Club, which is widely recognized as the top club team in the nation.

The March 27-29 event, which also features the Israel women’s national team in exhibition play against NYAC, plus boys and girls U-19, U-14 and Masters teams representing Israel, is being held in support of the launch of the inaugural season of the Israel Premier Lacrosse League (IPLL), which faces off this summer in the Jewish State.

The Lizards, who recently acquired two-time MLL MVP Paul Rabil in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Cannons, are preparing for their season opener on April 12th against the Ohio Machine.

NYAC, winners of the national championship in seven of the last nine years, are coming off back-to-back undefeated seasons.

Admission to all games are free and open to the public. Players and attendees are encouraged to donate lightly-used sticks, helmets, goggles, and protective gear to our equipment drive, which is being conducted in support of the growth of youth lacrosse programs in cities across Israel. Free t-shirts will be given to those who bring the most equipment.

NO POS NAME HOMETOWN / COLLEGE
1 M Bryan Hopper Ridgewood, NJ / Hamilton
3 LSM Casey Rahn Princeton, NJ / UMass
4 LSM Benjamin Smith Longmeadow, MA / Harvard
7 M/FO Jesse Kane Roslyn, NY / Oberlin
10 D Jonathan Rathauser Montgomery, NJ / McGill
11 F Joel Derechinsky Gordon, MA / Gordon
12 M Richard Cheifitz Fair Lawn, NJ / Kean
16 M Cody Levine Purchase, NY / Cornell
17 M Matthew Shankoff Flemington, NJ / Penn State
19 F Michael Feldberg Voorhees, NJ / Providence
22 F Yotam Drori Ashkelon, Israel / Makif Daled
23 M Daniel Deckelbaum Owings Mills, MD / Delaware
25 M Joshua Offit Bethesda, MD / Duke
26 D Chris Friedman Freeport, NY / Briarcliffe
27 D Adam Crystal Baldwin, NY / Drexel
23 F Jeff Cohen Syosset, NY / Harvard
31 D Mark Jutkowitz Bethesda, MD / Maryland
32 M Daniel Leventhal Chappaqua, NY / Tufts
33 F Ari Sussman New Haven, CT / Dartmouth
35 G Michael Horowitz Randolph, NJ / Muhlenberg
40 F Matthew Hull Smithtown, NY / Harvard
42 LSM Noah Knopf New York, NY / Harvard
43 M Kyle Bergman New York, NY / Drexel
44 M Erik Myers Del Mar, CA / Penn State
56 D Harrison Freid Needham, MA / Michigan
62 G Jacob Goodelman Wantagh, NY / Providence
72 D Andrew Pollack Glastonbury, CT / Dartmouth
88 G Ted Bergman Media, PA / Wesleyan
91 M Zachary Pall Setauket, NY / Hofstra
96 M/FO Michael Grosz St. Louis, MO / Robert Morris


Head Coach: Bill Beroza
Assistant Coaches: Howard Offit, Shelley Sheiner, Eric Wolf
General Manager: Howard Borkan

Israel Lacrosse New York Showcase Schedule

Saturday, March 28th
7:00 PM – Israel (Men) vs. New York Athletic Club (Asphalt Green NYC)
9:00 PM – Israel (Masters) vs. Team 135 (Asphalt Green NYC)

Sunday, March 29th
8:00 AM – Israel (U-14 Boys) vs. Westchester Select (Hewlett High School)
10:00 AM – Israel (Men) vs. New York Lizards (Hewlett High School)
12:00 PM – Israel (U-19 Men) “Blue vs. White” Game (Hewlett High School)
1:15 PM – Israel (U-19 Women) vs. Team Elevate (Hewlett High School)
2:30 PM – Israel (Women) vs. New York Athletic Club (Hewlett High School)
4:00 PM – Israel (U-14 Girls) vs. Team Elevate (Hewlett High School)

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Israel is seeking a head coach for the men's national team which will compete at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships.

Israel is seeking a head coach for the men's national team which will compete at the 2016 European Lacrosse Championships.

The Israel men’s national team is seeking a head coach for the team which will be competing in the 2016 European Championships, held in Budapest, Hungary. As the team will be composed of entirely Israel-based players, we are seeking a coach who is willing to relocate for a 10-month term in order to prepare the team with training sessions 2-3x weekly.

In addition to coaching at the Senior level, responsibilities include involvement in the development of Israel’s U-19 World Championship team, Israel’s Men’s National Developmental Program, and boys/men’s lacrosse in general in Israel.

Collegiate lacrosse playing experience, previous coaching experience or equivalents preferred. Basic knowledge of Hebrew language is a plus but is not required. Please e-mail a letter of interest, resume, and 2-3 references.

Housing and travel expenses will be provided. Modest stipend/salary available based upon experience. 10-month term is negotiable within reason.

Contact for application and information: Scott Neiss, Executive Director. E-mail: scott@lacrosse.co.il

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Josh Offit and Team Israel will meet the New York Lizards and NYAC in March.

Josh Offit and Team Israel will meet the New York Lizards and NYAC in March.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Israel Lacrosse will visit the Big Apple next month, with a set of exhibition games against some of the top teams in the United States highlighting the March 27-29 event in New York.

The weekend, which features the Israel men’s and women’s national lacrosse teams, plus girls and boys U-19, U-14 and Masters teams representing Israel, is being held in support of the launch of the inaugural season of the Israel Premier Lacrosse League (IPLL), which faces off this summer in the Jewish State.

The Israel men’s national team will meet New York Athletic Club on Saturday night in Manhattan, before heading to Hewlett, NY, to take on the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse on Sunday. The Israel women’s national team will also meet their counterparts from NYAC on Sunday.

The Lizards, who recently acquired two-time MLL MVP Paul Rabil in a blockbuster deal with the Boston Cannons, are preparing for their season opener on April 12th against the Ohio Machine.

NYAC, winners of the national championship in seven of the last nine years, are coming off back-to-back undefeated seasons.

Israel Lacrosse New York Showcase Schedule

Saturday, March 28th
7:00 PM – Israel (Men) vs. New York Athletic Club (Asphalt Green NYC)
9:00 PM – Israel (Masters) vs. Team 135 (Asphalt Green NYC)

Sunday, March 29th
8:00 AM – Israel (U-14 Boys) vs. Westchester Select (Hewlett High School)
10:00 AM – Israel (Men) vs. New York Lizards (Hewlett High School)
12:00 PM – Israel (U-19 Men) “Blue vs. White” Game (Hewlett High School)
1:15 PM – Israel (U-19 Women) vs. Team Elevate (Hewlett High School)
2:30 PM – Israel (Women) vs. New York Athletic Club (Hewlett High School)
4:00 PM – Israel (U-14 Girls) vs. Team Elevate (Hewlett High School)

-Player Registration Form
*The Israel Lacrosse Association invites Jewish-American athletes at the U-14 boys and girls level to register to join Team Israel. Please note roster openings for new US-based players on the Men’s and Women’s and U-19 teams are especially limited.

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Deoul, a Baltimore native who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in October, will serve as Israel's first-ever U-19 head coach at the upcoming Women's World Cup.

Deoul, a Baltimore native who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in October, will serve as Israel’s first-ever U-19 head coach at the upcoming Women’s World Cup.

ASHKELON, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association has announced that Hannah Deoul has been named head coach of the Israel women’s national team which will compete at the 2015 FIL Women’s U-19 World Cup, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, from July 23-August 1.

Deoul, a native of Baltimore who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in October of 2014, will be assisted by fellow Ashkeloneans Emily Brodsky, Taylor Roy and Amanda Tuck. Kim Dubansky, who serves as associate head coach at The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, will lead Israel’s entry in the accompanying International Festival of Lacrosse.

“I could not feel more proud and honored to coach Israel’s first girls U-19 team”, said Deoul. “Introducing not only the sport of lacrosse, but also the lifestyle of a team sport to many of these girls makes every day exciting and meaningful. I have an amazingly committed, energetic, and passionate coaching staff, with whom I am able to strategize, recruit, and grow the game of lacrosse. The reciprocated energy of the Israeli girls gives me confidence that we will put together a disciplined, hard-working and committed team that will be ready for the competitive international scene of lacrosse.”

The blue-and-white are expected to announce a 36-player roster in March, featuring both homegrown athletes, as well as Jewish players from abroad. However, the 18-player roster competing in the U-19 World Cup must be 85% Israeli, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The remaining 18 players will represent Israel in the International Festival of Lacrosse, also held in Edinburgh.

While Israel has featured a national women’s team, as well as camps, clinics, and soft-stick outreach programs since 2012, the first sustainable girls lacrosse programs in Ashkelon did not launch until September of 2014, creating a unique challenge for the inexperienced Israelis with its’ debut U-19 World Cup appearance on the horizon.

“We’re very excited to have Hannah lead our first-ever U-19 team on the world stage,” said Julia Szafman, who is serving as General Manager of the U-19 Women’s National Program. “She has inspired our girls to constantly aim higher and take their game to the next level with her energy, thoughtful coaching, and personal love for the game. The girls respect her and want to make her proud.”

Deoul, who graduated from McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD, before competing in both lacrosse and field hockey at Middlebury College, was a four-year starting defender and Senior captain for the Panthers. She received First Team All-American and First Team All-NESCAC accolades her Senior year, and was a five-time All-Academic honoree. Upon graduation she participated in the “Amazing Israel Lacrosse” Taglit-Birthright trip last June, and extended her stay in Israel to participate in an internship with Israel Lacrosse. She returned to Ashkelon on an Aliyah flight in October.

Brodsky, who made Aliyah in September to Ashkelon, set a school record for career points at Friends' Central School before a celebrated career at Hamilton College.

Brodsky, who made Aliyah in September to Ashkelon, set a school record for career points at Friends’ Central School before a celebrated career at Hamilton College.

Brodsky, a native of Bryn Mawr, PA, was a two-year captain at Friends’ Central School, where she set a school record for career points, leading her team to the league title in her Senior season. Brodsky competed collegiately at Hamilton College, where she led her team in points in 2014. She was recognized as a three-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, as well as a Jewish All-American. Brodsky made Aliyah to Ashkelon in September and has been a crucial anchor in recruiting young Israeli athletes and popularizing girls lacrosse in the city.

Roy, who represented Israel on the field at the 2012 European Lacrosse Festival, has resided in Ashkelon since June.

Roy, who represented Israel on the field at the 2012 European Lacrosse Festival, has resided in Ashkelon since June.

Roy, who hails from Mill Valley, CA, was a three-sport athlete at Brewster Academy, where she played lacrosse, field hockey and water polo, before attending and playing lacrosse at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Roy also represented Israel at the 2012 European Lacrosse Festival in Netherlands, helping the blue-and-white to a first-place finish. Roy relocated to Ashkelon immediately after graduation in June of 2014, and just recently made Aliyah.

Tuck, who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in September, scored 36 goals in her Senior season at Marist College.

Tuck, who made Aliyah to Ashkelon in September, scored 36 goals in her Senior season at Marist College.

Tuck, a native of Larchmont, NY, played two seasons at Mamaroneck High School, before joining Marist College, where she captained her team for two seasons. Tuck, a four-year starter for the Red Foxes, scored 36 goals in her Senior season. She was a two-time Second Team All-MAAC award winner, and earned MAAC All-Academic Team honors three times. Tuck made Aliyah to Ashkelon in September and has been instrumental in helping to grow and develop the skills of Israel’s U-19 player pool.

Dubansky, a Baltimore native who coaches at The Bryn Mawr School, has split time between the U.S. and Israel since her national team debut in 2012.

Dubansky, a Baltimore native who coaches at The Bryn Mawr School, has split time between the U.S. and Israel since her national team debut in 2012.

Dubansky, who served as an assistant coach at McDonogh School for three national championship seasons before moving over to Bryn Mawr, has split time between Israel and the U.S. since she first took part in youth lacrosse outreach programs across the Jewish State three years ago. The Baltimore native wore the blue-and-white at both the 2012 European Lacrosse Festival in Netherlands and the 2013 FIL World Cup in Canada; she was Israel’s captain and leading scorer with 22 goals in the latter. Dubansky was a high school All-American at McDonogh School before playing for Johns Hopkins University. She recently served as head coach for the Israel U-19/U-17 National Developmental program.

Israel and 14 other countries will be competing for gold at the University of Edinburgh; Colombia, Finland, South Korea join the blue-and-white as newcomers to the event, along with Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Haudenosaunee, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, USA and Wales.

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The Israel Lacrosse Association has named Rob Berkenblit (Albany ’86 / Briarcliff, NY) and Julia Szafman (Dartmouth ’13 / West Hartford, CT) the winners of the Mort and Judi Beroza Award for Man and Woman of the Year, for their outstanding individual contributions to the development of the sport in Israel in 2014.

Rob Berkenblit has made a pair of dedicated trips to Ashkelon in 2014 in support of youth lacrosse initiatives in the city;  his efforts have been instrumental in positioning Israel to participate in the 2015 FIL U-19 World Cup.

Rob Berkenblit has made a pair of dedicated trips to Ashkelon in 2014 in support of youth lacrosse initiatives in the city; his efforts have been instrumental in positioning Israel to participate in the 2015 FIL U-19 World Cup.

Berkenblit, who first visited Israel in summer of 2013 to coach the associations’ inaugural youth lacrosse camps in Ashkelon, has been a pioneer for the growth of the sport in the Jewish State. His work inspired many to enroll in lacrosse “chugim” (after-school programs). After coaching the first generation of Israeli youth lacrosse players, he created a connection program between the Ashkelonians and his Briarcliff girls team. Several of Berkenblit’s original youth players in Ashkelon are expected to represent Israel at the upcoming 2015 FIL U-19 World Cup in Scotland. Berkenblit made a pair of trips back to Israel in 2014 to help sustain his efforts; in July at the second-annual Ashkelon Youth Lacrosse Camp, and again in November to serve as a guest coach for the Ashkelon LC “chugim”. In October, Rob organized a youth lacrosse jamboree featuring over 100 girls, raising over $2,000 to be split between Israel Lacrosse, and team Red White and Blue, and organization that helps wounded American veterans integrate back into society. In addition to his selfless contributions to the growth of the sport, Rob has proudly donned the blue-and-white as a member of the Israel Masters Team.

Szafman is directly responsible introducing the sport to over 1,000 Israeli youth, as well as recruiting over 100 Jewish Americans to visit Israel to grow the game.

Szafman is directly responsible introducing the sport to over 1,000 Israeli youth, as well as recruiting over 100 Jewish Americans to visit Israel to grow the game.

Szafman made Aliyah in the summer of 2013 to represent Team Israel in goal at the 2013 FIL Women’s World Cup. Two months later, inspired by her experience with the team and organization, she relocated to Ashkelon to help spearhead the growth of youth lacrosse in Israel. In 2014 alone, Szafman has organized clinics for over 1,000 children in Ashkelon. She has helped Israel Lacrosse forge relationships with dozens of Elementary Schools, High Schools, and “Modoniote” (after school programs for at-risk youth). Szafman has further connected over 100 young Jewish Americans with Israel, through programs such as the “Amazing Israel Lacrosse” Taglit-Birthright trip, the Israel National Developmental Program Service Trip, and the associations’ Internship Program. In summer of 2014, Szafman directly managed 20 interns, who despite the struggles of Operation Protective Edge, continued to hold lacrosse camps for hundreds of Israeli children in Ashkelon, Netanya, Ramla and Tel Aviv. Despite active rocket fire from Gaza, Szafman continued to utilize lacrosse to engage the communities in the periphery, visiting bomb shelters and running activities for Ashkelon youth. Szafman, who is passionate about development in the South of Israel, has been recognized by Nefesh b’Nefesh as an outstanding Olim dedicated to leadership, Negev development, and community building.

The late Judith and Morton Beroza epitomize the principles of service, Tzedakah, community, family, and passion for the sport of lacrosse.

The late Judith and Morton Beroza epitomize the principles of service, Tzedakah, community, family, and passion for the sport of lacrosse.

The Israel Lacrosse Man and Woman of the Year Award is named for the late Mort and Judi Beroza, whose contributions to the sport, their family, and their community in Hempstead and Long Island as a whole are immeasurable. The parents of Bill Beroza, who has served as head coach of the Israel men’s national team since its’ inaugural games in Europe in 2012, Mort and Judi have been a mainstay for Long Island Lacrosse Club for over 34 years, attending every game, scrimmage and practice in support of the team and history of the club. Mort, a WWII Veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart, as well as The Legion of Honor Award by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains, has been involved in the sport on Long Island since 1978. His and Judi’s support for the Long Island Lacrosse Club — financially, emotionally and physically — extended well beyond the norm, as Judi was well-known for helping sew and repair uniforms, launder clothes, chauffer and host athletes at their home for meals before and after games. The Beroza family support and generosity extended to create a pair of scholarships for students at Hofstra University, which still exist in perptuity, as well as the LI Metroplitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame Dinner, the Greenport Shootout, New York Saints games, and many other regional lacrosse initiatives. Mort was serving as the Baldwin-Hempstead Post 312 Commander of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, as well as the Nassau-Suffolk District Council Deputy Chaplain at the time of his death. Judi previously served as National President of the Ladies Auxilliary of the Jewish War Veterans of the USA.

Mort and Judi, who were active members of Hempstead’s Temple Beth Israel for over 60 years, exemplify the passion for the sport of lacrosse, as well as the commitment to service, family, and community in which the Israel Lacrosse Association is based upon.

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The 2015 European Box Invitational will be held at LCC Radotín near Prague, Czech Republic, from April 17-20.

The 2015 European Box Invitational will be held at LCC Radotín near Prague, Czech Republic, from April 17-20.

The Israel men’s national indoor team will hold its’ final selection and training camp in April in conjunction with the 2015 European Box Invitational at LCC Radotín near Prague, Czech Republic.

The eight-team event, held from April 17-20, is primarily designed for national teams which are preparing for the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Teams participating in the event will play one full 60-minute (4×15), stoppage time, FIL regulation match per day, to best replicate the experience of participating in the World Championships.

Game Schedule

Friday, April 17th
5:00 PM – Germany (Deutschland Adler) vs. Czech Republic “White”
8:00 PM – Ireland Developmental vs. Czech Republic “Red”

Saturday, April 18th
2:00 PM – Switzerland vs. Germany (Deutschland Adler)
5:00 PM – Finland vs. Czech Republic “Red”
8:00 PM – Israel vs. Ireland Developmental

Sunday, April 19th
11:00 AM – Switzerland vs Ireland Developmental
2:00 PM – Finland vs. Germany (Deutschland Adler)
5:00 PM – Israel vs. Czech Republic “Red”

Monday, April 20th
9:00 AM – Israel vs. Finland
12:00 PM – Switzerland vs. European All-Stars

Several Jewish Canadians such as Dalton Lundy (Clarington Jr. B / Hartford) suited up for Israel.

Several Israeli-Canadian dual citizens such as Dalton Lundy (Clarington Jr. B / Hartford) are eligible to compete for Team Israel.

The blue-and-white, who previouly fell 16-6 to CLA Select in a one-off exhibition in Oakville, Ontario, in October, will see their first extensive international action as a national indoor program in the event.

Czech Republic “Red”, Israel’s Sunday opponent, is the favorite to sweep through the competition at the Invitational. The indoor (box) game is dominant in Czech Republic, and the “Red” squad will feature the Czechs’ stronger players, compared to the “White” squad of mostly developmental athletes. It will be the first meeting between Israel and Czech Republic internationally in any format, although Czech club Jižní Město defeated Tel Aviv LC, 4-2, in a first round playoff game at the 2014 Aleš Hřebeský Memorial Tournament. Czech Republic is currently the FIL 4th-ranked nation in indoor competition.

Although Ireland’s National Indoor Developmental program, which is competing under the banner of the Emerald Islanders, will be competing without several of their top players, such as NLL stars Stephen Keogh and Andrew McBride who are currently in-season, the Irish are expected to bring many athletes with strong box experience as they prepare for WILC2015. Israel and Ireland are familiar foes in the field game, meeting three times in the last three years, with Israel holding a 2-1 edge (two friendlies and one meeting at the 2014 World Championships). Ireland is currently the FIL 7th-ranked nation in indoor competition.

Finland, like Israel, has never previously competed at the world indoor level and will be making their debut this year.

The Invitational is being held as a prelude to the 22nd Annual Aleš Hřebeský Memorial Tournament, in which Israel will be represented by Tel Aviv LC for the third consecutive year from April 22-25. Both the European Invitational and the Aleš Hřebeský Memorial will be utilized for national team evaluation and training purposes ahead of WILC2015.

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Defenseman Chris Friedman signs an autograph for a young fan during a visit to a school in Ashkelon.

Defenseman Chris Friedman signs an autograph for a young fan during a visit to a school in Ashkelon.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — The Israel Lacrosse Association will again partner with Amazing Israel (www.amazingisrael.com) to offer the second annual “Amazing Israel Lacrosse” program, a 10-day unique Taglit-Birthright trip, in June of 2015.

In addition to touring the country, participants will teach the sport to young Israeli athletes, train, and compete in exhibition games against the Israel men’s and women’s national teams.

The 10-day trip, which departs from Newark Liberty International Airport on June 22nd, will be limited to 20 men and 20 women, who are either active players or recent graduates of an NCAA-sanctioned lacrosse program. Players with club lacrosse experience may also be considered.

The Birthright/USA All-Stars were victorious in 2014, with two wins in the three-game series.

The Birthright/USA All-Stars were victorious in 2014, with two wins in the three-game series.

The trip is specifically geared for players to experience all Israel has to offer, through the lessons learned in lacrosse, and while promoting the grassroots development of lacrosse throughout Israel. The trip will use lacrosse as a platform to educate, engage and energize various Israeli communities while gaining a better understanding of what Israel and the region have to offer in sport.

“We’re big believers in using sport as a platform to help connect Jews with Israel,” said Scott Neiss, who founded Israel Lacrosse after participating in an Amazing Israel trip in 2010. “Many players with aspirations to compete at the NCAA level are justifiably so focused on training and attending recruiting camps, so Israel takes a backseat. This is a great opportunity for Jewish athletes to take a free trip to Israel, while spreading their passion for the game internationally.”

Trip participants at the "Mega Event" in Caesarea in 2014.

Trip participants at the “Mega Event” in Caesarea in 2014.

Taglit-Birthright Israel is a not-for-profit educational organization that sponsors free ten-day heritage trips to Israel for Jewish young adults, aged 18-26. Taglit is the Hebrew word for discovery. During their trip, participants, most of whom are visiting Israel for the first time, are encouraged to discover new meaning in their personal Jewish identity and connection to Jewish history and culture.

Exhibition games, pitting the Israel men’s and women’s national teams against the Birthright squads, are being planned during the trip.

Birthright/USA All-Star captain Ryan Hunter, who plays for Ohio State University, pictured with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sara Netanyahu.

Birthright/USA All-Star captain Ryan Hunter, who plays for Ohio State University, pictured with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sara Netanyahu.

Registration for the trip will open on Wednesday, February 3rd (with early registration on February 2nd). Prior to registration, players who are interested in participating are asked to submit their information to Israel Lacrosse coaches and management at the following link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dDZKTHhyUU42bW1wUGhTdFFmOVhfcnc6MA#gid=0
Please note that all regular Taglit-Birthright eligibility rules apply and there are no guarantees for placement

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On December 2, #GivingTuesday, we ask the entire Israel Lacrosse family to help us launch new lacrosse programs nationally.

On December 2, #GivingTuesday, we ask the entire Israel Lacrosse family to help us launch new lacrosse programs nationally.

On December 2, #GivingTuesday, we ask the entire Israel Lacrosse family to help us launch new lacrosse programs nationally. In January, we’ll be kicking our youth development initiatives into high gear, with a goal of establishing 40 lacrosse teams by the end of the calendar year.

Israel Lacrosse is currently in four cities: Ashkelon (Makif Alef and Voldenberg Field), Netanya (Ort Leibovich School and Poleg Sportek), Ramla (Park Ofer) and Tel Aviv (B’Nai Brit and HaYarkon Sportek). With your help, we’ll be able to get more equipment, more goals, more uniforms and more coaches to strengthen our participation in those cities, while expanding to several new locations, such as Ashdod, Haifa, and Petach Tikvah.

Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark the start of the holiday shopping season, Giving Tuesday kicks off the end-of-year giving season. After two days of getting, Giving Tuesday is a worldwide platform to encourage people to give back.

With the help of the entire Israel Lacrosse community, we hope to have the largest online giving day in our history on #GivingTuesday, with a goal of raising $20,000 to support the “Go National!” program.

Every dollar raised for youth lacrosse -- up to $20,000 -- will be matched to help house, feed, and clothe members of the Israel Lacrosse family who were recently drafted into the Israel Defense Forces.

Every dollar raised for youth lacrosse — up to $20,000 — will be matched to help house, feed, and clothe members of the Israel Lacrosse family who were recently drafted into the Israel Defense Forces.

An anonymous supporter has stepped to the plate with unprecedented generosity to double the impact of your contribution.

Please visit http://www.razoo.com/story/Israel-Lacrosse-Go-National/ on December 2nd and help us engage and energize youth of all backgrounds in Israel through the shared passion of lacrosse.

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