(photo credit: Roman Yanushevsky)
A Jewish organization has teamed up with the Israel Olympic Committee and local
sports legends Esther Roth-Shahamarov and Aleksandr Averbukh to highlight the
achievements of Jewish athletes at the Olympics.
Averbukh are both former Olympians, she in running and he in pole
Limmud, which organizes educational gatherings for Jews
throughout the former Soviet Union, Israel and the US, announced in a press
conference on Monday that it will celebrate the achievements of Jews in sports
at its conference in Upper Nazareth beginning this Thursday.
Chesler, the head of Limmud FSU, the Russian-speaking branch of the
international movement that originated in the UK, said the choice of subject was
He said the goal of introducing the topic to
Russian-speaking Jewish audiences was to show “our respect and
Ilana Romano, the widow of wrestling coach Haim Romano, who
was killed by terrorists at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, will also speak
at the event.
“The first time we heard of this organization we asked
‘what’s Limmud?’” Romano admitted. “They have brought Israelis sports and the
memory of the victims of the Munich murderers to Russian-speaking audiences we
never reached before.”
Upper Nazareth Mayor Shimon Gafso announced at the
press conference that a roundabout in his city will be named in honor of the
victims of the Munich massacre this Wednesday, the day before the conference