Maccabiah games opening ceremony 390.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The 19th quadrennial Maccabiah Games started in grand fashion at Teddy Kollek
Stadium Thursday night, bolstered by tens of thousands of enthusiastic
spectators, and more than 9,000 of the most talented Jewish athletes in the
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Also known as the “Jewish Olympics,” the Maccabiah Games is the
largest international Jewish athletic competition. This year’s event is
considered the biggest of all time, attracting some 30,000 spectators and
athletes from over 70 countries.
The opening ceremony – attended by Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and a number of
international dignitaries – included the traditional athletes’ march, the
lighting of the Maccabiah torch, the swearing-in ceremony led by Israeli athlete
Alex Shatilov and live performances by local and internationally renowned
“We have come from different places, but we belong to the same
family,” said Peres.
“A family whose face is always turned towards
Jerusalem, the eternal capital of our people, the capital of justice and
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