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Grunstein shows you don’t need to be the best sportsperson to thrive at Maccabi

Posted: 07-Mar-2017 by Maccabi NSW

By Jake Rosengarten

Maccabi Youth Officer Joel Grunstein has been involved in the organisation since the age of eight and hasn’t let a lack of sporting prowess stand in his way of prospering.

Grunstein began his Maccabi career in the junior football club before playing and coaching for its senior equivalent as he moved through high school at Moriah. However, it was once he finished his schooling that his involvement and growth really kicked up a notch.

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Following a gap year, the now 21-year-old was offered a role as a youth leader at Junior Carnival in Melbourne in 2015 and it was this opportunity that saw him realise his potential at Maccabi. From then on, Grunstein became an integral cog in the Maccabi Youth machine and has since taken over the top job following a number of well-run initiatives.

Following his youth leading debut in Melbourne, the UNSW media student has been involved in almost every Maccabi youth exploit to date. He led at Junior Carnival once again in 2016 in Sydney, has helped out at almost every Megacamp as well as organising and running two MacCamps.

After showing his clear charisma and ability to manage and lead youth, Grunstein was rewarded with a position on Maccabi NSW’s staff in late 2016, in the role of Youth Officer.

The role entails a responsibility for galvanising youth in the Maccabi community, including both teens and young adults, as well as helping Maccabi’s clubs engage with youth and assisting all youth-oriented program in Maccabi. Additionally, his portfolio requires him to connect with each and every one of our Jewish schools in an effort to assure youth remain attracted to the organisation.

Grunstein will add another chapter to his Maccabi story in July as he attends Maccabiah in Israel as a member of the Australian media team. However, this will be just one part of a huge year for Grunstein as he endeavours to gather and mentor a large group of youth leaders to help with various events throughout the year.

The ambitious young man also intends to play a key role in sending a large NSW contingent to Melbourne for Junior Carnival in January 2018 while also doing his part to help further grow Maccabi’s booming social sport competitions.

Maccabi’s next Megacamp will be held between the 19th and 21st of April.

Joel can be contacted via email at

He urges young people to get in touch with him and dive head first into Maccabi. Those 16+ and need to complete community service for Duke of Edinburgh or any other programs can contact Joel for opportunities. Further, those 18+ who are keen to get involved please drop him an email.

Our youth leaders gain one of a kind opportunities, including inter-state experiences, leadership development, first aid qualification and paid work, all the while still being able to give back to our community!

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