Support Team Israel as they Continue on their Quest to Reach the Tokyo Olympics!

$30,899   raised
GOAL: $200,000

16 days to go

44

 Donors

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

When you think about Baseball, the first thing that comes to mind is probably large stadiums, family outings, hot dogs, and all things Americana. It probably is not Israel, let alone an Israeli baseball team that is on its way to the Olympics! But right now, there is an Israeli national baseball team that is doing just that. Let’s put Israel on the map for baseball fans everywhere to see that this little country has a place in this sport and in their hearts!

Meet the Team

The team includes 10 professional Jewish players who have made Aliyah to be part of Team Israel for the Olympics. They are current major, minor and independent league players, as well as recently retired professionals who are part of this great effort. The incredible success of Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, where we reached 6th place against great odds, is still clear in our memories. Seeing an Israeli team on the global stage of the Olympic Games will be as emotional and exciting an event as we have ever seen in Israel baseball.

Quotes from the players:

It is a special feeling before a game when Hatikvah is playing,standing with my teamates,and on our jerseys “israel”across our chests and the flag on our sleeves. I am honored to represent my family and my country” – Mitch Glasser

It’s been an honor to represent team Israel over the last couple of years. The WBC and Olympic qualifiers have brought me closer to my Jewish roots and I feel privileged to wear Israel’s flag on my jersey.” – Blake Gailen

To play for team Israel is one of the highest honors I’ve had. Representing the entire nation and people,especially one that has such a deep meaning to me, is a special feeling. To get to help this team and country pursue the Olympics ,of all things, is a dream come true.” – Joey Wagman

Playing for team Israel has been an experience unlike any other that I have experienced in baseball. The feeling of pride that comes along with representing a nation to second to none. The Israel Association for Baseball is a first class organization and I am humbled and blessed to have this unique opportunity to compete for Team Israel.” Rob Paller

Our Mission

When the men of the Israeli national baseball team made aliyah to Israel, they began a journey that will change the course of this sport’s place in Jewish history. As a sport that brings families, friends and cultures together, this team is now paving the way for all Israelis to fall in love with this sport. In turn, they will build a bridge between Americans and Israelis in a way that no other sport can! It will unify the US and Israel and present Israel to the world as a worthy competitor and ally of the game.

Seeing the Israeli flag waving over the baseball diamond at the Tokyo Olympics is a dream for every Jewish baseball fan. With your help, this dream could become a reality. Your support will help the Israel Association of Baseball send an Israeli team to the qualifying tournaments for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. The Olympics are a stage to share positivity and hope about Israel to the rest of the world. Imagine if we could share this tikva for Israel through one of America’s favorite pastimes? Sports and entertainment have a way of shaping the world that politics cannot compete with. We want to prove to the world that Israel is an incredible country that loves and supports its team of immigrants and eventually, nationals, that play for the Israeli national baseball team!

Why Support Us?

Whether it’s a sports competition, music performance, or political arena, whenever Israel has the stage, they are usually met with criticism and intolerance. This intolerance stems from ignorance and misrepresentation. One way to change the perception of Israel and the Jewish people, is to bring Israel to the forefront of the minds of those who might otherwise toss them aside. When Israel is put on the map of the baseball world, baseball fans everywhere will pay attention. They will see Israel on an equal playing field with the likes of their own country. This will shine a light on the support and positive influence that a national baseball can have on a very young country.

Your support of Team Israel will help close the divide between Israelis and Americans and any other country with baseball fans. It will encourage young Israelis to try a new sport that connects them with Americana culture and people. The stronger our ties between Israel and the US, the better for both and especially for the Jewish people. Imagine how many young native Israelis will get to be the first ever professional Israeli baseball player for their tiny, but mighty country?? The power of sports to bring a sense of purpose and belonging should not be underestimated!

How You Will Help

We need to participate in and win the European Championships in 2019 for a chance to compete for the spot for a team from Europe in the baseball competition of the 2020 Olympic Games. This means we have to travel to four tournaments in Europe to get to the qualifiers. Team Israel is 8-0 in their quest for the olympics having defeated the likes of Russia,Greece, Ireland, Lithunaia in the first two levels of competition! 

Your generosity will help the team of 25 players and coaching staff to travel to the rest of their tournaments. Your support will provide: air travel and local transportation, accommodation, food, uniforms and equipment and pre-tournament practice and training rentals including field rentals.

Here’s the Upcoming Tournament Schedule:

  • September 7th, 2019 – Bonn Germany 12 team tournament of the A pool for the European baseball championships.
  • September 18th, 2019 – The top 5 teams advance to the Olympic qualifier in Parma Italy.

The winner of that tournament advances to the OLYMPICS in Tokyo summer 2020!!

In the News

“ISRAEL DOMINATES LITHUANIA, WINS B POOL TO ADVANCE IN OLYMPIC QUALIFYING”

The blue-and-white beat Lithuania in the playoff round on Friday and Saturday, winning the first two games in the best-of-three series in Utena, Lithuania, 12-2 and 15-0, respectively.

Jerusalem Post July 28, 2019


“DON’T BET AGAINST BLUE-AND-WHITE STEPPING UP TO PLATE IN OLYMPIC QUALIFYING”

Peter Kurz, President of the Israel Association of Baseball, spoke to The Jerusalem Post about the challenge ahead.

Jerusalem Post July 8, 2019

 

All of this would not be possible without the players, the coaches and the Israel Association of Baseball. But without YOU, we cannot achieve the highest goal and honor on the world stage. Without you we will not be able to get to the Olympics! Please share in this fantastic journey and ensure the future success of Team Israel Baseball at the 2020 Olympic Games.

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

More Ways to Learn About this Cause

No new updates
2019-08-22
Anonymous donor
$18
2019-08-22
Anonymous donor
2019-08-21
Anonymous donor
$50
"Good luck to the Israeli team and to Shlomo Lipetz"
2019-08-21
Anonymous donor
"Go straight to the Olympics"
2019-08-21
Jen C
$20
"Best of luck to Team Israel!"
2019-08-21
Kim & David Lipetz
$54
"Happy to help cuz!"
2019-08-19
Rabbi Sam & Melinda Kieffer
$50
"Bhatzlacha to Dean Perlman, Pitcher! We are cheering for you & Team Israel!"
2019-08-15
Deb Friedman
"I’m rooting and supporting Team Israel and especially Shlomo!"
2019-08-14
Roy Birnboim; AND Jason Birnboim
$500
"Roy Birnboim; Jason Birnboim"
2019-08-13
Anonymous donor
$54
"Go Dean and team Israel!"
2019-08-12
Brendan
$100
"Good Luck"
2019-08-12
David Spero Management, Inc.
$100
"In support of Shlomo Lipetz, the greatest Israeli pitcher ever!"
2019-08-12
Anonymous donor
2019-08-12
Dawn Holliday
$100
"To help w/ Shlomo's baseball league"
2019-08-12
Anonymous donor
$18
"בהצלחה!"
2019-08-11
Anonymous donor
2019-08-09
Sid Besmertnik
2019-08-08
Anonymous donor
$1800
2019-08-08
Avi Issac
$36
2019-08-08
Avi Issac
$36
2019-08-08
Bill Morris
$360
2019-08-08
Friend of the IAB
$100
2019-08-08
Jan Schwartz
$18
2019-08-08
Moshe Green
$50
2019-08-07
Anonymous donor
$36
2019-08-07
Yaron erel
2019-08-07
Anonymous donor
2019-08-07
Anonymous donor
2019-08-07
Judah Aron
$250
2019-08-06
Michael Joshua
$500
2019-08-06
Morris Sullivan
$180
2019-08-06
Moshe Kurtz
$5000
2019-08-05
Moshe Erel
$1800
2019-08-04
Anonymous
$1800
2019-08-04
Daniel Joel
$1000
2019-08-04
Robert Green
$180
2019-08-04
Robert Green
$180
2019-08-02
Jonathan Alt
$360
2019-08-02
Jonathan Brolin
$5000
2019-08-02
Sam Rosen
$1800
2019-08-01
Anonymous
$1800
2019-08-01
Yehuda Rose
$720
2019-07-02
Anonymous donor
$5000
2019-07-02
Jordy Alter
$1000

Support Team Israel as they Continue on their Quest to Reach the Tokyo Olympics!

$30,899   raised
GOAL: $200,000

16 days to go

44

 Donors

Campaign by
Israel Association of Baseball (IAB)
Tel Aviv District, Israel

The Israel Association of Baseball is the official body for baseball in Israel, recognized by the Israel Sports Ministry and the Olympic Committee of Israel to oversee all baseball activities in Israel. The IAB was established in 1983 by a group of US expats living in Israel. Today, over 1,000 people, ages 7 and up, play baseball throughout Israel in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ra’anana, Bet Shemesh, Misgav, Beer Sheba, Modiin, Gezer, Tel Mond, Ginot Shomron, Zichron Yaacov, Yad Binyamin, and more. Over the years, more and more Israeli-born players have fallen in love with baseball thanks to the widespread efforts of the IAB to introduce the game to Israel. Some of our players serve in the IDF as baseball sportsmen, so they can continue to develop as baseball players while serving in the army. The IAB is currently in the process of building two baseball facilities – one in Ra’anana and one in Beit Shemesh.

  • Fan
    8 claimed

    Thank you for joining us on this journey! Together we will change the way we can represent and connect Israel to the rest of the world!

  • Teammate
    6 claimed

    We can't do it alone! Thank you so much for joining the team to make this dream a reality!

  • Coach
    5 claimed

    Your support and motivation means the world to us! One day there will be a young kid who thanks you for giving him the platform he needed to follow his baseball dreams!

  • Single
    3 claimed

    You are the first step towards fulfilling our dreams and inspiring Jewish kids everywhere through the game of baseball!

  • Double
    3 claimed

    Your support makes us twice as happy and proud to be a part of this journey! Israel is on it's way to changing the playing field because of you!

  • Triple
    4 claimed

    This play just keeps getting better and better! Thank you for shining a light on a team that wants to make a difference and represent Israel on the world stage!

  • Homerun!
    7 claimed

    Every play counts, but it's the generosity you've exhibited here that gets us to where we need to go! Thank you for taking it all the way home!

  • Grand Slam!!!
    3 claimed

    Wow! You just hit it outta the park! We can't thank you enough for helping the team on their journey to greatness!!

  • Don't see the amount you want to donate? Every contribution helps!

If you find this campaign interesting, you might also like these ones:

Join me in helping revive Jewish life on a Mediterranean island after 600 years of persecution

Help create a film that will tell the story of Inquisition survivors returning to their roots

by Dani Rotstein
  • 45%funded
  • $6,678raised
  • 85 days to go
  • 27 donors
by Growing Wings
  • 7%funded
  • $3,527raised
  • 82 days to go
  • 27 donors