Israel Meets Baseball: A Conversation with Olympic Manager Eric Holtz by Maccabi Canada

Israel Meets Baseball: A Conversation with Olympic Manager Eric Holtz by Maccabi Canada

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Jews and baseball go together like matzah balls and chicken soup, but despite Jewish ball players playing professionally since 1860, Israelis are only now stepping onto the diamond. Join Maccabi Canada for a conversation with Team Israel’s Olympic Manager Eric Holtz as we discuss the growth of the sport in Israel, Israel’s journey to the Olympic Games and what to expect in the future. This conversation will also feature a special co-host: Olympic Silver Medalist Dylan Moscovitch.

Bio: Eric Holtz is the current Manager for the Israeli National Baseball Team, set to be one of six teams competing at the 2020 (2021) Tokyo Olympic Games. Holtz managed team Israel in all the qualification tournaments leading to the Olympic Games, which included statement wins over Germany (in Germany) as well as baseball powerhouse the Netherlands. Prior to taking the helm of Team Israel, he was an assistant coach at Manhattanville College and Westchester Community College. The father of three baseball/softball players, Holtz temporarily stepped aside from coaching College Baseball to spend time with his children: Jordan (Bucknell University), Sydni (New York University) and Brett (Columbia University) and help them on their personally and athletic journeys through school. A proud Maccabiah Games alumni, Holtz also was the assistant coach for Team USA en route to their gold medal in 2013. He earned another gold medal while coaching the American Under-18 team at the 2017 Maccabiah Games. Along with his incredible success on the diamond, Holtz founded GameOn13, a state-of-the-art baseball facility in Elmsford, New York. GameOn13 is the go-to baseball facility for many current and retired players and coaches.  

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