Uniting worldwide Jewry through sport

An exhaustive history of the Maccabiah Games from 1932 until today.

By SHANA MEDEL
July 21, 2015 12:46
Opening of the Maccabiah Games

Opening of the Maccabiah Games at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem In 2013.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

From its inception in 1932, the Maccabiah Games achieved overwhelming success. Beginning with a humble 390 athletes from 14 countries, the number of participants has grown to more than 9,000 athletes from 78 countries. However, many are unfamiliar with the hardships and triumphs that paved the way to the creation of a Jewish organized sports movement.

In The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games, Ron Kaplan, the sports and features editor for the New Jersey Jewish News, utilizes sports records, in-depth athlete profiles and personal accounts to provide a comprehensive history of the “Jewish Olympics.” He asserts that the Maccabiah is more than just an international sporting event, highlighting its ability to unify and strengthen the global Jewish community.

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