Jordan began his involvement with Maccabi USA (“MUSA”) as a member of the bronze medal winning USA Rugby Team at the inaugural official Rugby competition at the 12thWorld Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1985. The U.S. team was first organized by Roger Glass. Immediately after the Games, Jordan became a member of the MUSA Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and he was appointed Chairman of the USA Maccabiah Rugby Team for the 13th and 14th World Maccabiah Games, in 1989 and 1993, respectively. During this period, virtually all of the players and coaches were recruited by Jordan. In fact, all future Maccabi Rugby leadership was recruited and trained by him. Through Jordan’s leadership and efforts, the Maccabiah Rugby Team was transformed into a national program, gaining notoriety and respect at the highest levels of USA Rugby. Potential Maccabiah Rugby players were recruited to participate in various national tournaments, often achieving outstanding results. In 1993, the USA Maccabiah Team was one of six teams invited to participate at the ITT’s, the event used by USA Rugby to select the USA National Team. By this time, all top USA coaches, administrators, selectors and Rugby publications were very familiar with the USA Maccabiah Rugby program. Many Maccabiah players were territorial all-stars and several were U.S. Eagles or selected to the U.S. Eagle pool.
Jordan also played a vital role in the development of the Rugby competition at the World Maccabiah Games. After becoming Rugby Chair, he successfully recruited Canada and Great Britain to participate at the 13th Maccabiah, plus Argentina at the 14th Games. Jordan’s international recruitment of countries culminated in 1997 with the addition of France and the participation of eight countries in the competition. The USA Maccabiah Rugby program reached its apex in 1997, winning the first-ever, and only gold medal at the World Maccabiah Games. During this time, Jordan served as the USA Maccabiah Team Open Sports Chairman, but he remained involved with the recruitment of the Rugby team’s players and coaches together with Rugby Chair Mike Hochschild. One of the highlights of Jordan’s Maccabi career was the honor of presenting the gold medals to each member of the USA Maccabiah Rugby Team during the medal ceremony at Herzlia Stadium in 1997. Since the program’s development under Jordan, each USA Maccabiah Rugby Team has been chaired and coached by players he recruited to the program. Perhaps the best example of Jordan’s legacy can be seen in the relationships he has maintained with his Maccabiah Rugby teammates, coaches and recruits over the decades, and the close bonds which continue among all Maccabiah Rugby alumni. Jordan is currently a prominent leader of Maccabi USA and Maccabi World Union, but his passion has always been with and for his Rugby boys!