Dartmouth-bound Brynn Bank '17 wins Gold at 2017 Maccabiah Games in Squash
Squash player Brynn Bank, who just graduated from the Hun School of Princeton and will attend Dartmouth University in the fall, grew up in Princeton in a mixed family; her father, Scott, is Jewish, and her mother, Kathy, is Christian. For Bank, playing in Israel pushed her to think more deeply about her Jewishness. As a Maccabiah player, she said, “I felt a much deeper connection with my Jewish faith. Just the fact that everyone was there for the same reason — they were all Jewish, all athletes, and all young. It was cool for me to see all these people I had so much in common with.
Bank, whose father was a tennis competitor in Maccabiah, played Princeton Junior Squash at Princeton University, with a university coach, and also played at the Lawrenceville School; the Hun School, from which she graduated, only started a squash team her senior year. This year she took a break from spending weekends at U.S. Squash Association tournaments all over the country and joined the Maccabi-USA open squash team, which won a silver medal; individually she won a gold.
Looking back on the experience, Bank said, “I don’t really know where it is going to take me, but it definitely had a big impact. I want to explore more about Judaism and the Jewish faith.” She plans to join the campus Hillel at Dartmouth this fall.
Lehigh University rising junior Gordon Wolf, who grew up in Lawrenceville and had his bar mitzvah at Har Sinai Temple in Pennington, got into wrestling at age 7, when the manager of the local wrestling club saw him climbing a flagpole on a baseball field and told Wolf’s mother, “He has a lot of energy; you should put him into wrestling.” By his sophomore year, Wolf decided he wanted to drop lacrosse, not take soccer seriously, and continue wrestling in college.
His mother told him about the late April Maccabiah qualifier, and even though he had a Birthright trip planned to begin in late July, he applied to the team. At the games, he earned a silver medal in freestyle.
Wolf said he liked so much about Israel — the weather, the people, the food, and the beach. From the Jewish perspective, he particularly “enjoyed everyone being together for Friday night services and us singing and being happy together."
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