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Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief
Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Sports Minister
Limor Livnat reflect on the meaning of the Maccabiah, as the 19th games
begin. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat has rejuvenated the sporting vibrancy of the Israeli capital, and the return of the Maccabiah Games is just the latest example.
We take a look at some of the most notable and inspiring athletes to grace the Maccabiah games in the eight decades since they first began. Veteran basketball coach and Maccabiah and Olympic medalist David Blatt has some words of wisdom for the new generation of competitors. Israeli legend Alex Averbukh returns to competition at 38 hoping to teach the youngsters a thing or two. One young athlete’s love-story with Israel through her two Maccabiah experiences and how she returned to play professional soccer as an ‘olah’Tal Brody, Israel's most famous sporting hero, looks back on his career, and the role the Maccabiah games played in his life. Robert Slater debunks conventional wisdom that few
Jews have had noteworthy sports careers and that Judaism traditionally
eschews a sports culture. The Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief Steve Linde pays tribute to his late father, who played soccer for South Africa in the fourth Maccabiah, and lawn bowls for Israel in the 16th games
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