Get to know Jacob Sabel, he is serving on the Local Delegation Committee working with Team Atlanta!
With years of experience as a co-chair and previous athlete, we took time to learn more about how the organization has impacted him over this time.
ATLMaccabi2019.org: When did you first start playing and/or volunteering for the Maccabi games?
Jacob Sabel: I was an athlete in 99′, 00′, 01′ and coached baseball in 09′. After partaking in the Erwin Zaban Leadership Program, I was asked what involvement I wanted to have in the center, it was a no brainer. I remembered the impact Maccabi had on me and I wanted to give back to the next generation. I have been a co-chair with Libby Hertz and currently, Todd Star for the past 5 years.
ATL: What about the JCC Maccabi Games keeps you coming back year after year?
JS: While Maccabi is competitive in sport, it embodies social and cultural values that create lifelong memories and friendships. There is a special energy that’s difficult to understand until you get a firsthand experience.
ATL: What is your favorite memory as a player/coach/volunteer?
JS: Sitting in a freshman class at Indiana University next to a Maccabi athlete I played baseball against from Philadelphia. He still had my signed Atlanta hat we traded from 1999 in Rochester.
ATL: How excited are you for Atlanta to host the 2019 Games? What are you most looking forward to?
JS: The leadership team has raised the bar for 2019. The community has rallied around the games and I’m excited to show the attending delegations the true meaning of “Southern Hospitality.”