Grapevine: Maccabiah memories

The opening of the world's largest Jewish sporting event meant different thing to different people.

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July 25, 2013 12:22
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Opening ceremony to the 19th Maccabiah Games.

Team Isarel opening ceremony to the 19th Maccabiah Games 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

 
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THE OPENING of the Maccabiah Games meant different things to different people. For Jerusalem-based philanthropist Della Worms and her family, it was particularly poignant – because it coincided with the first anniversary of the death of her husband Fred Worms, a former president and later honorary president of the Maccabi World Union. Together with other MWU personalities, Fred Worms had fought hard and long for the opening of the Maccabiah Games to be held in his beloved Jerusalem, to which he had given so much.

Last Wednesday night his family held a memorial service for him; on Thursday morning they went to visit his grave; and on Thursday evening they went to the opening of the Maccabiah at Teddy Stadium.

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