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Playing the long game: Lost Tribe connects Jewish youth through esports

Pandemic reinforces organization’s purpose. Originally published in the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle June 4, 2020 By Adam Reinherz When Lost Tribe Esports was launched in 2016, some people questioned the organization’s founder, Lenny Silberman, on the likelihood of teens congregating online, for prolonged periods, with limited in-person activity. Two-and-a-half months into a pandemic, during which time schooling transitioned to a virtual setting, live sports disappeared and digital engagement largely
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Teen Engagement and the Pandemic: Crisis and Opportunity – by Seth Merrin & Lenny Silberman

This article was originally published in eJewishPhilanthropy on May 27, 2020.   If we were struggling to connect the next generation to Jewish communal life before the pandemic, the effect of a prolonged dislocation from institutions that build Jewish identity may be devastating. Months without in-person convenings are now stretching, for many teens, into a year without summer camp, and without a JCC Maccabi Games.
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Nathaniel from Pennsylvania Wins First Lost Tribe Esports PS4 Tournament!

Mazal tov to Nathaniel Brauser, of Gibsonia, PA, winner of our May 4, 2020 Madden NFL 20 tournament! Nathaniel, a from BBYO’s AZA KMR Pittsburgh region, and Temple Ohav Shalom, becomes our first PlayStation 4 champ. History made! 🏈
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Congrats to Jason, from Edison, NJ: Our latest NBA 2K Champion!

Mazal tov to Jason Bick of Edison, NJ, winner of our April 28, 2020 NBA 2K20 tournament! Jason represented Maccabi USA and outlasted a competitive field to take the crown. Kol HaKavod! 🏀
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Jakob from Middletown, OH Takes First Lost Tribe NHL Tournament

Mazal tov to Jakob Hilkowitz from Middletown, Ohio! Jakob skated away with our first NHL 20 tournament on April 27, 2020, representing the Mayerson JCC and the JCC Maccabi Games. His favorite team? The Philadelphia Flyers.
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Mazal Tov to Jacob from Virginia and Maccabi USA, Two-Time FIFA Champ!

Jacob Miller from Virginia won his second Lost Tribe Esports JCC/Maccabi/Camp FIFA on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Jacob, who comes to Lost Tribe from Maccabi USA, first won a FIFA title with us back on April 20. Congrats, Jacob! Kol HaKavod! ⚽️
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Congratulations to Toby Buckfire of Michigan, who is now the champ of THREE of our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments. Toby, who won the BBYO On Demand/Lost Tribe Esports event on March 22, repeated as champ on April 19—then went on to take the title in our Smash tournament for JCCs, Maccabi, and Camps two days later, on April 21. Kol HaKavod! Toby is a
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Jonah Loiterstein wins JCC/Maccabi/Camp series Madden NFL tournament

Mazal Tov to Jonah Loiterstein of Chesterfield, MO, the winner of Lost Tribe Esports’ April 15, 2020 Madden NFL20 tournament! Jonah, representing Maccabi USA, topped 38 rivals to take the crown in this JCC/Maccabi/Camp series event. Kol HaKavod!
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BBYO On Demand & Lost Tribe Esports Congratulate Madden NFL Champ, Harper from Washington DC!

Mazal Tov to Harper Dunn of Washington DC for winning the Lost Tribe Esports/BBYO On Demand Madden NFL 20 tournament on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Harper dominated a strong field, to become our first female champion! She proudly represents her BBYO chapter, Yachad BBG (@yachadbbg159) in the Northern Region East (@nre.bbyo). Kol HaKavod (Well done)!
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Ryan from Cherry Hill, NJ takes the first Lost Tribe Esports JCC/Maccabi/Camp title!

Mazal tov to Ryan Bloom of Cherry Hill, NJ, the winner of Lost Tribe Esports first tournament in our new JCC/Maccabi/Camp series! Ryan, winner of one of our Continental Kick-Off tournaments in December, flashed his NBA 2K skills again on April 13, 2020, topping four dozen rivals in one of our largest fields to date. That’s two… Is it too early to talk threepeat? 🏀
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BBYO On Demand & Lost Tribe Esports Congratulate Repeat Champ, Jack from Ohio Northern Region!

Mazal tov — again! — to Jack Spieges of Cleveland, OH, the winner of our BBYO On Demand/Lost Tribe Esports NBA 2K tournament, held Sunday, April 12, 2020. Jack, a member of Samson AZA of BBYO’s Ohio Northern Region @onrbbyo, held off a huge field of contenders to retain his crown. 🏀
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Mazal Tov to Toby Buckfire of Michigan, the winner of our second BBYO On Demand/Lost Tribe Esports tournament, held Sunday, March 22, 2020. Toby, a member of Max Fisher AZA of BBYO’s Michigan Region, edged a large field to take the crown in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
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BBYO On Demand & Lost Tribe Esports congratulate Jack from Samson AZA, Ohio Northern Region

Mazal tov to Jack Spieges of Cleveland, OH, the winner of our first BBYO On Demand/Lost Tribe Esports tournament, held Saturday night, March 21, 2020. Jack, a member of Samson AZA of BBYO’s Ohio Northern Region @onrbbyo, outpaced a large field to take the crown in NBA2K20. 🏀
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Lost Tribe Esports and BBYO Teens Look to the Future in Dallas

Lost Tribe Esports partnered with BBYO and Mavs Gaming (the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA 2K Esports League team) on a fantastic Leads Day event, attended by over 120 teens as part of BBYO’s 2020 International Conference. The event, highlighting career opportunities in esports, was held at the Mavs Gaming Hub, a state-of-the-art gaming pavilion in Dallas’ Deep Ellum district. Lost Tribe Esports assembled a panel of
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Congrats to our first Kick-off Tournament winner!

Congratulations to Ryan from Cherry Hill, NJ, the winner of our first Lost Tribe Esports Kick-off Tournament! Ryan outpaced a tough field in NBA 2K on Sunday, winning bragging rights as the first Lost Tribe Esports champion of our new, coast-to-coast era. He also won a brand new set of Apple AirPods Pro! Don’t miss your chance to join Ryan in the winner’s circle! And
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Jan. 12: Teen Esports Gaming Event, Atlanta

Register for a FREE afternoon of gaming, food, and fun with Jewish girls and boys from all over Atlanta! Sign up by January 8, 2020 for a chance to win the gaming console of your choice! (Teen must be present at event to win) REGISTER HERE! Event Details: Sunday, January 12, 20201:00pm-4:00pmThe Weber School 6th-12th grade girls and boysAll skill levels 1:00pm-1:45pm:  Game free play PlayStation
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Next Generation Jewish Connection Looks Like This

Click here to re-imagine Jewish teen connection…in three minutes!
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Over 1,500 Teens Game With Lost Tribe Esports at JCC Maccabi in Detroit & Atlanta

August 9, 2019 Lost Tribe Esports engaged teen athletes and artists from around the world for a second consecutive week, this time at the JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest in Detroit. Combined with Atlanta last week, well over 1,500 teens gamed with us at JCC Maccabi — or 56% of the 2019 athletes and artists. Our first collaboration with JCC Maccabi was a tremendous success,
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Lost Tribe Esports Brings Esports to the JCC Maccabi Games®

August 2, 2019 Competitive video gaming made a sensational debut as an exhibition sport at the JCC Maccabi Games in Atlanta this week. Lost Tribe Esports transformed a lecture hall at the Games’ Marist School location into a large-scale esports center, offering free gaming for athletes throughout the week, and running tournaments on Thursday for several dozen teens no longer in the medal hunt in
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Mizzou Hillel Wins Inaugural Lost Tribe Esports Intercollegiate Tournament

April 28, 2019 Mazal Tov to the University of Missouri Hillel! Mizzou made history this week, defeating the University of Connecticut Hillel in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to claim the title of Lost Tribe Esports/Hillel collegiate champion. Mizzou and UConn bested Hillel teams from Hofstra, University of Georgia, and University of Central Florida to reach the final of this first-ever event. All matches were played
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Lost Tribe Esports @ BBYO International Convention in Denver

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New Game in Town: Lost Tribe Esports Celebrates Launch at Massive BBYO International Convention in Denver

Lost Tribe Esports launched in a big way at BBYO’s International Convention in Denver, Feb. 13-17, 2019! We connected with over 1,000 gamers, ran tournaments, and provided over 20 hours of free gaming during IC. Congrats to our Super Smash Bros. champion Alex Rios, Rocket League champ Max Reid, and all our raffle winners! Big shout out to everyone who gamed with us and made
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Lost Tribe Esports @ BBYO International Convention!

Headed to Denver for #AZABBG2019? Be sure to visit our Lost Tribe Esports arena February 13 – 17, 2019! Compete in one of our tournaments or just game with friends throughout Convention. And don’t forget to sign up for the Lost Tribe Raffle — you could win a new gaming console of your choice, Apple AirPods,  and other great loot.
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