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May 19, 1995 - Image 102

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-05-19

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stand the heat,

Robinson To Co-Chair
Maccabiah Juniors



he United States first sent
junior competitors to the
World Maccabiah Games in
Israel in 1985. Just 16 U.S.
boys and girls made the trip, four
each to compete in gymnastics,
swimming, tennis and track.
Jay Robinson was the chair-
man of that juniors contingent.

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Jay Robinson has been to the last three
World Maccabiah Games in Israel.

He is sharing those duties, with
Wendy Schulhof Silverman of
Brookville, N.Y., for the July 1997
World Maccabiah Games because
the juniors group will be made up
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A minimum of six sports will be
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nis and track and field.
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be added by officials in Israel, and
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sending representatives.
"Being the juniors chairman
has become a big job," said Robin-
son, 59, a West Bloomfield resi-
dent and the owner of Beacon Hill
Construction in Southfield.
'We have to raise funds, con-
duct nationwide tryouts, secure
coaches, obtain uniforms, work
with the heads of each of the
sports — everything that needs
to be done to get the kids to Israel
and make sure everything goes
well there," Robinson said.
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ternational Olympic Committee,
bring Jewish amateur athletes
from around the world together
every four years.
The U.S. team, sponsored by
the Philadelphia-based Maccabi
USA/Sports for Israel, will com-
pete in the juniors, masters, open
and disabled divisions in 1997.
At the 14th World Mac-
cabiah Games in 1993, the
650-member U.S. team was
part of a field of 5,600 athletes
from 56 countries in the two-
week competition.
This will be the fourth con-
secutive time that Robinson
has attended the World Mac-
cabiah Games.
After watching his 16 ju-
niors compete in 1985, he
went to observe and make an
initial contact with the Russ-
ian delegation in 1989 in
hopes of convincing Russian offi-
cials to send a team to the JCC
North American Maccabi Youth
Games in Detroit in 1990. He suc-
Robinson was in charge of mas-
ters track and field and the mas-
ters triathlon in the 1993 World
Maccabiah Games. He also com-
peted in the masters triathlon.
In 1984 and 1990, Robinson
was general chairman of the JCC
Maccabi Youth Games held in De-
troit. He was the Detroit delega-
tion head for the JCC Maccabi
Youth Games in 1986 (Toronto),
1987 (Cleveland), 1988 (Chicago)
and 1989 (Pittsburgh) and he's
been active with the delegation
since then.
In addition to his commitments
to Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel,
Robinson is a board member of
the Maccabi Club of Detroit and
the Detroit JCC.
Being involved with Maccabi is
a Robinson family affair. Jay's
wife Barbara and children Beth,
Aaron and Steve all have been ac-
tive through the years. ❑

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