2017 Games Blog

DAY 17 - Walk Off Gold Medal in Softball

In what was an electrifying evening in Gezer, Canada's Open Men's Softball Team won gold on a walk-off single by Jacob Osterer in extra innings.

With the game tied 2-2, Team USA scored 2 runs in the 8th inning to go ahead 4-2. However, in the bottom half of the eighth, the talented and never-say-die Canadians scored one run before loading the bases for Osterer. With the crowd cheering and his teammates rooting him on, Osterer hit a sharp single to centrefield, which cashed in two runs and started the raucous celebration. Osterer's teammates stormed the field and it was complete bedlum. (WATCH GAME WINNING HIT)

Josh McKinlay started for Team Canada and was relieved by Jason Dinetz in the 5th.

After the celebrations, softball medals were handed out with Canada's Open Women's and Masters Men's teams on hand to receive their respective silver medals.

During the post-game festivities, Israel Softball inducted several people in the Maccabiah Softball Hall of Fame, including Canada's very own Les Bernstein (Open Men's roster and Maccabiah Games veteran) and Rosemary Theriault, coach of our Open Women's team. Theriault is the first woman inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Silver on Ice for Junior Hockey Squad

With their heads held high, the Junior Boys Hockey Team fell to Team USA in the Gold Medal game by a score of 5-2.

Despite the loss, the overall attitude of the team was positive, looking forward to the 2021 as well as reflecting fondly on their experience in Israel.

"Win or lose, this is a big win for me and the team," said Cameron Litwin. "We got to play in Israel, represent our country and represent our religion. Even though we got a silver medal, it was a lot of fun and I can't wait to come back in four years."

Tennis Round Up

Throughout Israel today — Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem — Canada's tennis team finished the 20th Maccabiah Games on a very strong note. Junior tennis sensation Renata Gabuzyan won bronze in doubles tennis, while Open tennis star Jeremy Langer taking home silver after losing to a tough Argentinian opponent.

On the Masters side of the draw, Brahm Faber won gold in the Over 80 Division, while Jody Brown ended up with a silver medal in the Women's 70 Division. Jay Wintraub and Howard Winston competed in the 50s division and came away with a silver medal, after losing 8-2 to a pair of Australians. Montreal's Faber is Maccabi Canada's oldest athlete at these Games.

Segal Wins Maccabiah Woman

Kayla Segal followed her bronze medal performance in the Masters Women's Cycling Time Trials by winning gold today in the triathlon, thus earning this Games title of Maccabiah Woman (for her age group). The Maccabiah Woman competition is comprised of four races: cycling. Open water, half marathon and triathlon.

In other news from Tiberius, the following Maccabi Canada athletes won medals in open water swimming: Anthony Housefather (silver), Shawna Granovsky (bronze) and Elise Levinoff (bronze). In total, Housefather finished the games with 5 medals: 2 silver and three bronze. 

U16 Boys Soccer Team Continues to Impress

The U16 boys completed an outstanding Maccabiah Games tournament finishing in fourth place, the best any Canadian boys team has finished in the history of the Maccabiah Games.

The team finished in first place of their group, tieing favourites Great Britain & Brazil, before defeating Italy, Venezuela & Mexico.  After a heart breaking loss in the second half of extra time to the eventual Maccabiah Games champions, United States, the Canadian side battled hard against the Israeli’s in the Bronze Medal match, before falling 3-1. The boys were as close as 2-1 with 5 minutes left, but unfortunately were unable to come away with a favourable result.

Mark Benhamu, the team’s leading goal scorer, buried the lone Canadian goal, and Ely Wyman was excellent again — despite giving up three goals, he made numerous point blank breakaway saves. The Canadian U16 boys soccer team were the talk of the tournament, surprised many soccer powerhouse countries and should be incredibly proud of their performance in this international competiton.

Good Showing for Junior Girls Soccer

The Canadian Junior Girls Basketball Team played hard against the Australians in this afternoon's game. The teams stayed within a few points of each other throughout the game and it was actually tied at 35-35 until Australia managed a three point lead in the final two minutes of the game. Final score was 38-35 for Australia who goes home with the bronze medal.

Bronze in Soccer

The U16 Boys Basketball team headed into the locker room at halftime with a 17 point lead and were able to hold on by a thread to secure the bronze medal in a thrilling 63-60 win over Israel. The game looked all too familiar in the third quarter, having coughed up a lead to Argentina in a similar fashion in the game prior. But the team’s quick transition game had Israel on their heels defensively and allowed them to sink clutch shots.

Tyson Dunn and Ben Tarek-Kaminker led the charge for the U16’s and sparked the team’s intense play. In his halftime speech, Coach Kevin Fuks stressed to his players that they needed to compete with “heart in the second half” in order to pull away with the win. Judging by the boys’ effort and perseverance, it was clear that the team with the most heart came out on top in the bronze medal game.

U18 Comeback Kids Win Bronze

The U18 Boys Basketball team pulled away with an unbelievable 54-53 come from behind win against Team Argentina to take home the bronze. At one point Team Canada trailed by as much as 23 points and the gritty game seemed well out of their reach. But the Canadians never gave up, and despite getting into foul trouble and some unsportsmanlike play from the Argentinians, the boys found a way to claw back.

With one second left on the clock and down by one point, Argentina went to the foul line for two shots. The rowdy Canadian fans rallied behind the team and saw the Argentinian player miss both free throws to lock in the win for Canada and end the tournament in style.  

Manager Andre Serero had these comments to say following the game: “We are very very proud of our boys. They never gave up, even when they were down by 23 in the 3rd quarter. They climbed back a very steep hill, one possession at a time. This impressive come from behind victory against Argentina was the culmination of a great performance by the entire team. They had a very strong tournament and are very happy to be going home on such a high note and with a bronze medal.”

Other Results

  • Open Men's Basketball ended Games with a 85-61 victory over Australia
  • Masters Men's Basketball won the bronze with a 55-43 win over Argentina
  • Masters Men's Softball lost 10-0 to Team USA and had to settle for a silver medal




  • Closing Ceremonies in Latrun

MEDAL COUNT (Unverified)



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DAY 16 - Jerusalem of Gold, Hockey Style

In front of more than 7,000 fans at the Pais Arena in Jerusalem, the Open Men's Hockey team defeated Team USA by a score of 7-2 to capture the Gold Medal in convincing fashion.

Led by a hat trick from the tournament's best forward Corey Kalk, Team Canada left everything on the ice and punished their American rivals in every aspect of the game. Backstopped by MVP Zach Springer, the Canadians didn't allow many scoring chances, but when they did, Springer stood tall in the net.

Coach Sheller has been raving about his players all tournament long and tonight, he couldn't have been more proud. "This is the best bunch of guys I've ever coached."

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  • Junior Boys Soccer U16 vs Israel (BRONZE MEDAL GAME)
  • Junior Boys Basketball U16 vs Israel (BRONZE MEDAL GAME)
  • Junior Girls Soccer vs Australia (BRONZE MEDAL GAME)
  • Junior Boys Basketball U18 vs Argentina (BRONZE MEDAL GAME)
  • Junior Boys Hockey vs USA
  • Junior Girls Basketball vs Australia (BRONZE MEDAL GAME)
  • Open Men’s Basketball vs Australia
  • Masters Men’s Basketball vs Argentina (BRONZE MEDAL GAME)
  • Open Men's Softball vs USA (GOLD MEDAL GAME)
  • Open Tennis
  • Masters Men’s Softball vs USA (GOLD MEDAL GAME)
  • Masters Tennis
  • Open Men’s Squash (BRONZE MEDAL MATCH)
  • Maccabiah Man & Woman
  • Open Water Swimming




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DAY 15 - Masters Skate to Silver Medal

As the Men's Masters Hockey competition wrapped up today, Team Canada captured the silver medal following a hard fought game against Team Ukraine.

Despite losing 6-2, the men walked away with their heads held high, proud of a successful tournament. Ukraine proved to be too tough to handle, beating Canada 10-2 in round robin play, and again with the title on the line. Canada defeated both Israel and the United States in round robin play.

Ukrainian and Israeli players split tournament MVP honours.

U16 Soccer to Play Israel for Bronze Medal

The U16 Boys Soccer team took on Team USA in the semi-finals of the tournament this morning, in what would prove to be an incredibly tight battle. Star midfielder Ethan Kibel called the game "the biggest most of us would play in our entire lives", while striker Benji Segal said "the team has to leave everything on the line today. Our bodies, our energy, our sweat, everything needs to be left on the field."

And that is exactly what they did. Tactics were key in this match, as most of the game was played in the midfield - with the two teams exchanging chances when the moments presented themselves. Striker Yigal Bruk had two great opportunities for the club, but was denied by the stellar defensive line on the American side. After completing the game without a goal from either team, they ventured into the nerve wracking world of extra time. Goalkeeper Ely Wyman made a phenomenal save in the first half of extra time, before Team USA broke open the scoring with just a few minutes to go in the second.

They would ultimately add another, to complete the 2-0 victory over our U16 boys. Despite the result, the team remains focused, and determined to win Bronze in Sunday's match against Team Israel.

U16 Boys Playing for Bronze

Canada's U16 Boys Basketball team came out with a lot of energy against Australia and built a 30 point halftime lead. In the second half the Aussies played well and cut the lead to 10, but in the end, Canada earned a 70-58 victory. Canada now plays Israel on Sunday in the bronze medal game.

Boys of Summer Win Silver Medals

Canada's Junior Boys baseball team took home the silver medal after a 10-0 loss to Team USA oN Friday. Our boys  tipped their cap to the American team for their consistent hitting and great performance in the field. Canada showed signs of making a comeback early on but were unable to string together timely hits. Jordan Glazer took the bump for Team Canada and Jake Finkelstein came on in relief. The highlight of the game for Canada was third baseman Aaron Dehan's hard double down the line that helped spark the bench.   

Though the game didn't end with the outcome the team was hoping for, they stayed positive afterwards and kept their heads held high. "Even though we didn't win gold I'm glad we had fun this tournament," Dehan said.

Following the final out, family and friends rushed to the field to congratulate and take pictures of the boys.

Golfers Tee Up 2 Medals

Canada’s Open and Masters Golf team enjoyed a number of highlights in round 4 of action yesterday.

In the Open competition, led by a strong outing by Cody Pickard with a 74, Canada picked up shots on the field. Isaiah Crystal with a lovely 76, Ollie Berg continuing with his solid play with a 79 and Ari Fine and Jordan Klein (not Speith) finishing with matching 81s finished off our top 4 scores. Ari Toderovitz closed with a 84, Matt Berger with an 88 and Mark Laurie with an 87. Canada came 5th out of the 6 teams.

In the Masters division, it was a much more closely battled competition. The U.S. opened a big lead on all 3 of Canada, Australia and Israel. As our golfers battled on day 4, both Israel and Australia came in early with great games. Israel a far 12 strokes behind us delivered a 73,74 and 81 picking up 14 shots on our team. At the same time, Australia posted 77, 77 80 to grab the silver medal. Israel ended up beating us by 2 shots.

But our play was superb and probably more than we all truly expected. Jeremy Freedman led the way with a stellar 77 and showed the consistent form that led to 4 rounds of 78-80-76-77. Joey Young continued his fine play with an 83. He played in the final threesome of the day with two Americans who were battling it out for the Gross gold medal. His competitors  sported a +2 and 1 handicap. In the hot sun and winds blowing, Joey battled them for most of the day. The pressure was intense and Joey showed off tremendous composure and skill on his final round. Joey's fine round was watched on the 18 hole by his wife and mother. Joey shot 4 wonderful rounds: 77-77-78-83.

Eli Barr, a 7th generation Israeli, also continued his extremely consistent play with a closing 81. Eli, whose son Josh caddied for him and whose wife was celebrating her birthday today, seemed to hit every fairway and stay away from the trouble experienced by most of the team. David Goodman had a closing nine of 39 and Mark Laurie shot a 40 on the back nine.

The Masters also has a Net Competition, in which Canada picked up 2 medals: Jeremy Freedman won Gold and Joey Young won the Bronze.

Other Results

  • Kayla Segal won silver in the Triathlon
  • Junior Boys Hockey beat Israel 10-0; up next, Gold Medal game against Team USA on Sunday night
  • U18 Boys Basketball lost 64-52 to Israel in semi-finals
  • Open Water Polo team fell to Brazil 22-10
  • Open Women's Softball team lost to Team USA 8-1 in the Gold Medal game




  • Open Men's Hockey vs USA (GOLD MEDAL) at 9pm




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DAY 14 - Gold on the Beach

Binstock and Nusbaum Victorious

Canada's Open Men's Beach Volleyball team took home the gold on Thursday. Olympian Josh Binstock and partner Aaron Nusbaum punched a ticket to the finals to face Israel after beating Mexico in three sets in the morning.

Binstock and Nusbaum's experience helped them push past a determined Mexican team who were the duo's first real test in the tournament. At the final match, the crowd was shocked to learn that Team Israel was forced to forfeit the game due to an injury, which guaranteed Canada first place. Israel was able to find an emergency fill-in and the two countries played an entertaining exhibition match. Israel won the match in straight sets, but it didn't take away from the Canadian Beach Volleyball stars' excitement atop the podium.

The Stars Come Out at the Track

Canada's Track & Field team was back at it tonight, and they didn't disappoint, grabbing another 6 medals for Maccabi Canada.

Sasha Gollish finished first in the 5000m and 800m, pushing her gold medal count to 3 for these Games, while Alexander Manual won a bronze in the 400m (to go along with his silver medal in the Men's 100m), and Danielle Miller took home a silver medal in the long jump. Canada's Junior Boys 4x400 relay team won silver tonight and our Open Men's 4x400 relay team won bronze.

Girls Volleyball Wins Bronze

In what was a 5-set thriller, Canada's Junior Girls Volleyball team defeated Team Argentina to win a well-deserved and well-earned bronze medal.

Led by outside hitter Saffron van der Linde and setter Moriah Kalles, the team, comprised of players from Vancouver and Toronto, displayed an entertaining brand of volleyball, which included a never-die attitude and a willingness to do whatever it took to win.

After securing match point, the team celebrated together on the court, while proud parents, siblings and grandparents went wild in the stands.

Another Medals Parade In the Pool

Canada's swim team continues to impress with 8 more medals today. Anthony Housefather won bronze medals in both the 100m fly and freestyle relay, while Stepahine Klam won 2 silvers, Elise Levinoff took home a silver and a gold today, and Ami Trauber won 2 more gold medals.

U16 Soccer Squad Making History

The U16 Boys Soccer beat Team Mexico 1-0 in the final game of a grueling round robin. With the win, the squad finished 1st in their group.

Needless to say, the boys were fired up - and the fans were out in full force — for this game. Yigal Bruk scored the lone goal for the Canadian side, and Ely Wyman continued his stellar play in net, completing his fourth straight hour without conceding a goal.

This team has done what no other Maccabi Canada Junior Boys team has done before them: they have qualified for the semi-final and they have won their group stage. After draws with Great Britain and Brazil 2-2 and 1-1, respectively, they have kept three clean sheets beating Italy, Venezuela, and Mexico. Out of the two groups with a total of 12 teams, they have conceded the fewest goals, and that includes two games where they received uncharacteristic red cards and were forced to play a man down.

The team had come into the Games with high hopes with 12 of the boys playing together under the Maccabi banner in Toronto. Most of the boys have been playing together for 6 years. The team manager, Jason Mausberg, 2 time football medalist, had a dream over 6 years ago which was to build a Jewish team in Toronto which one day would compete at the Maccabiah. For the boys and the parents on this team that dream is still a work in process. The boys have quietly and humbly gone about their business to date. They have enjoyed unbelievable fan support which has spurred them on and raised their physical abilities. The Canadian Junior delegation hub has been a fortress of support for all the athletes.

Throughout the tournament this group has displayed incredible teamwork, sportsmanship and communication on the pitch. The boys will face off against Team USA in the semi-final on Friday morning, with the winner advancing to the Gold Medal game.

Ready to Play for Bronze

In Canada's U18 Boys Basketball game, a strong Team Israel had our boys working hard while they stayed ahead at least 10 points per quarter. Canada hustled and played hard but Israel was a challenge and won 64-52. The boys move on to play for the bronze medal on Friday.

Other Results

  • Junior Boys Baseball lost to Team USA 10-1, but the 2 teams square off again on Friday in the Gold Medal Game
  • Masters Men's Basketball beat Russia 59-48, and now play Argentina for the Bronze Medal on Sunday
  • Open Men's Basketball beat Greece 78-58; the team's last game of the tourney is Sunday against Australia to determine 5th place positioning
  • Open Men's Softball won both of their games today: 11-0 over France and Cuba, respectively; up next, Israel in the semi-finals on Friday




  • Open Men's Softball vs Israel (SEMI-FINALS)
  • Masters Men's Hockey vs Ukraine (GOLD MEDAL)
  • Open Men's Water Polo vs Brazil
  • Open Cycling Road Race
  • Open Triathlon
  • Junior Boys Basketball U16 vs Australia
  • Junior Boys Hockey vs Israel
  • Junior Boys Baseball vs USA (GOLD MEDAL)
  • Junior Boys Soccer vs USA (SEMI-FINALS)
  • Junior Boys Basketball U18 vs Israel (BRONZE MEDAL)
  • Junior Boys Basketball U16 vs Australia
  • Junior Girls Basketball U16 vs Israel (SEMI-FINALS)
  • Masters Tennis
  • Masters Swimming




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DAY 13 - Canada Strikes Gold

Swimmers and Track Teams Shine on Day 13

At the track in Jerusalem tonight, Coach Dave Tepper's Canadian team came up big, winning 4 medals under the lights.

Sasha Golish, the Maccabiah Women from the 2013 Games, returned to Israel and took home gold in the 1,500m; Alexa Shabinsky and Danielle Miller won silver and bronze, respectively in the 100m hurdles; and Alexander Manuel finished 2nd in the Men's 100m finals, taking home a silver medal. Matthew Bernstein finished 5th in the 100m Men's finals.

In the pool at Wingate, our swimmers won 5 medals in today's competition: Gold: Elise Levinov, 200m freestyle, Ami Tauber, 200m Masters freestyle; Silver: Anthony Housefather, 200m freestyle, Elise Levinoff, 100m backstroke.

Playing for Gold

Canada's Masters Men's Hockey team will be playing for the gold medal after a 8-4 victory over Team USA tonight in Jerusalem.

Aaron Cohen lit the lamp for 2 goals tonight, while the entire team played a very strong game against their age-old rival. The squad will look to beat the Ukraine team in the Championship Game on Friday afternoon. Ukraine beat Canada 10-2 in their only preliminary round game.

Israel No Match for Open Hockey Team

The Open Men's Hockey team made easy work of Team Israel today, winning by a score of 16-2. The Israelis had a few players who could keep up with the Canadian men, but that wasn't enough.

Canada now has to face Russia before moving onto the medal round, a game that Coach Shell is not taking lightly. "They're coming off two straight wins against Germany and Israel, so we expect a much more competitive game. The Russians are always loaded with skill, so we'll be ready for them."

Everyone here in Jerusalem is expecting a Canada-USA final on Saturday night once the sun goes down, so hopefully the men have no problem with Team Russia and keep up their winning ways en route to the gold medal game.

Canada's Team in Rhythm

Canada's Junior Rhythmic Gymnastics team hit the carpet on Wednesday for a long day of competition. Haley Miller and Galia Oliel-Sabbag each performed a ball, hoop, clubs and ribbon routine and both impressed the judges. Haley wowed the crowd with a remarkable club routine that helped her land fifth spot overall and a ticket to tomorrow's individual apparatus finals.

After the medal ceremony, young fans were eager to pose for pictures with Maccabi Canada's newest rhythmic gymnastics star. Galia looked like a highly experienced rhythmic gymnast in her ribbon routine despite being the youngest rhythmic gymnast at this year's Maccabiah and having never performed the apparatus in competition before.

Though the stakes were high, the 13 year old performed with confidence and landed some difficult routines. Coach Ania Korkh was delighted with the outcomes from the day, and had this to say following the competition: "Performing four different routines in one day is never easy, even for world class athletes. Our Junior team did an exceptional job." Fira Katchan will be representing Canada in the senior division at tomorrow's competition.

U16 Boys Lose to Argentina

In basketball, the Canadian Junior Boys U16 Basketball team played a strong first half leading by 11 points at the break. However, Argentina made some adjustments and came back strong in the second half defeating our boys in a hard-fought game. While disappointed, the boys are looking forward to their game Friday with Australia — winner takes on Israel in the bronze medal game on Sunday.

Other Results

  • Open Men's Hockey cruised to a 16-2 win over Israel
  • Canada's Water Polo team beat Mexico 15-12
  • Open Men's Softball beat Mexico 10-5 / Open Men's Soccer scored a 2-1 victory over Columbia
  • Masters Men's Softball trounced Venezuela 19-4 and beat Team USA 13-5
  • Open Women's Softball lost to Team USA 8-1
  • Squash's Albert Shoihet advanced to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 over a U.S. player, while Mike Zagdanski won his first round match vs Germany, but lost his round of 16 match to an opponent from Israel
  • Masters Men's Basketball came up short against Team USA losing 49-41
  • Juniors Doubles Tennis: Tennis: Rachel Fluxman and Eden Granovsky lost 4-6, 2-6; Luka Hollinger and Simon Stoula won 6-3, 7-6 and later lost 6-7, 4-6; Joshua Langman and Jordan Mamelak lost 6-7, 6-3, 7-10;; and Tal Goodman and Coby Pearce lost 3-6, 3-6, but moved on to next round and won 6-4, 6-4.




  • Junior Boys Basketball U18 vs Israel
  • Junior Girls Soccer vs USA
  • Junior Girls Volleyball
  • Junior Boys Baseball vs USA
  • Junior Boys Hockey vs USA
  • Masters Men’s Basketball vs Russia
  • Masters Men's Softball vs USA
  • Open Men’s Hockey vs Russia
  • Open Men’s Softball vs France
  • Open Men’s Softball vs Cuba
  • Open Men’s Water Polo vs Israel
  • Open/Masters Golf
  • Open Men's Beach Volleyball
  • Open/Junior Track & Field
  • Open Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Masters Swimming
  • Junior Tennis
  • Open/Masters Tennis




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DAY 12 - Canada Wins 3 More Bronze Medals

Swimming, Squash Help Add to Maccabi Canada Medal Count

On Day 12, Maccabi Canada registered three more bronze medals, with two of them coming in the pool at Wingate in Netanya, and one coming from our Open Men's Squash team who finished third in the overall team tournament.

As for our swim team, Canada's Open Men and Women's 4x200 freestyle relay teams finished third in their respective competitions. For the women, the team consisted of: Beverly Schwartz, Sarah Fedder, Vanessa Gold, and Grace Valihora; for the men, it was David Hartal, Josh Gold, Chad Walt and Joseph Samuel.

In other swimming news, our Open Women's 4x100 freestyle relay team won a bronze medal the other day, while the rest of the Canadian swimmers continue to swim well, with many of them putting up personal best times and making it to the finals in their particular events.

Langer Pulls off Upset on Court

Jeremy Langer is into the semi-finals of the Men’s Open Tennis tournament and he’s making it look easy. The 27 year-old Toronto native has been methodically dismantling his opponents since his opening match and today, and today he knocked off the top seed in a dominating 6-1, 6-2 performance that had his coach, fans and teammates equally in awe of his brilliant play.

One of the fans in attendance was Maccabi Canada president Tommy Bacher, who was mesmerised by the former Hoosier’s performance on the court. “I’ve never seen anybody, Canadian or otherwise, play a full match at that level. It was a wonderful win for us and for him personally.”  

Langer was happy with the win, but is already preparing for his next opponent. “I’ve played him before so I'm really looking forward to it. He’s a tricky player so I expect it to be a competitive and difficult match.” On his big win today, “I felt really good out there and was happy to execute my plan at such a high level.”

Canadian tennis coach Brian Panovka was thrilled, noting that what we witnessed today, was a world class performance. "What outstanding tennis. To beat the top seed who happens to be a world-ranked singles player like that, so handedly, was just incredible."

Canada-USA Rivalry Heats Up

In a spirited affair this afternoon, Canada's Junior Boys Hockey team lost 3-2 to bitter rivals Team USA.

Canada's Cameron Weitzman opened the scoring about 3 minutes into the first, with Team USA only to tie it up later that frame. Within minutes of the 2nd period beginning, Harley Michaels scored a beautiful goal rushing down the right wing. After that it was all Team USA who scored the next 2 goals to end up with the one goal victory.

There is no doubt these 2 squads are on a collision course to meet in the medal round, Weitzman was named player of the game for Team Canada.

Girls Soccer Cruising Along

The Canadian Junior Girls soccer team cruised past Team South Africa 7-1 on Tuesday. Canada had complete control of the match from the get-go and pestered the South African goalkeeper with clear shots.

Having already tied Israel, the team who beat South Africa 20-0 earlier in the tournament, the Canadians were faced with the difficult task of winning by a margin of 20 goals or more in order to rank 1st in their division and avoid an early match-up with favourites Team USA in the quarter finals. The coaches threw out their best offensive lineup, but with the South Africans strategically trying to slow down play throughout the game, they fell shy of their goal. Regardless, the girls will have tons of momentum heading into the match versus the Americans and will play the game with a full head of steam.

Volleyball Team Continues to Dominate

Team Spain stood no chance against the Canadian Junior Girls Volleyball team who picked up right where they left off in yesterday's game. Canada swept the short-benched squad in under an hour 25-8, 25-6, 25-23. Labero Sydney Boidman stood out with her great defensive performance but the win was an all-around team effort. Allison Duckman, who has been sitting out all tournament with an injury, got her first taste of Maccabiah action when she entered the game to serve in the third set.

Fans, parents and players welcomed her into the game with a thunderous ovation. With the win Canada clinches first place in their pool, Coach Jack Serlin says the keys for the girls going forward are to maintain focus and keep up intensity throughout the entire course of a game.

France Beats Canada in Hoops

Canada's Men's Open Basketball team played an intense and exciting game against Team France today, with the winner heading to the championship bracket for the balance of the tournament. Unfortunately, the Canadians had a hard time making their outside jumpers, while France's size was just too much to overcome in the 67-53 loss.

France led most most of the game, including 29-23 going into the half and 48-37 after three quarters. Canada pulled within one in the third, 31-30, but the big team from France went on a 17-7 run to end the quarter.

Guard Sage Usher led the way for Canada and was sensational in the way he beat defenders off the dribble the entire game.

Semi-Finals Here We Come

The U18 Boys Basketball team beat Team Mexico 69-58 today and move on to Thursday's semi-final contest against Israel. Meanwhile, the Junior Girls Basketball team struggled in a tough game tonight against a fierce team from Israel, losing the game 64-14. It hopes to bounce back tomorrow against the Australian squad.

Other Results

  • Open Men's Water Polo team lost to the USA 13-8 • Open Women's Gymnastics team member Deborah Greenbaum finished 6th in the floor exercise • Open Men's Softball team beat the USA 9-2 in their first game of the day, and followed that up with a 7-4 victory over Israel • Masters Men's Soccer team fell to Argentina 9-0 • Masters Men's Hockey rebounded from its loss against the Ukraine and beat Israel 11-2 • Open Women's Softball lost to Israel 4-3 • Masters Men's Softball beat Israel 8-1




  • Junior Boys Basketball U16 vs Argentina
  • Junior Boys Soccer U16 vs Mexico
  • Junior Girls Volleyball vs Chile (SEMI-FINAL)
  • Junior Boys Soccer U18 vs Mexico
  • Junior Girls Basketball vs Australia
  • Open Men’s Hockey vs Israel
  • Open Men’s Water Polo vs Mexico
  • Open Women’s Softball vs USA
  • Open Men's Soccer vs Columbia
  • Open Men’s Softball vs Mexico
  • Open/Masters Golf
  • Open Track & Field
  • Masters Men’s Softball vs Venezuela
  • Masters Men's Hockey vs USA (SEMI-FINAL)
  • Masters Men’s Basketball vs USA
  • Masters Men’s Softball vs USA
  • Swimming
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Open/Masters Tennis
  • Junior Tennis




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DAY 11 - Gymnastics Team Wins Bronze

All Around Team Effort

Canada's five-member Open Gymnastics team earned a bronze medal in the overall team competition in Tel Aviv today.

Led by coach Becky Caplan, the team consists of: Deborah Greenbaum, Lilly Groszman, Sophia Ogburn, Molly Kohn, and Hannah Lefton.

Deborah Greenbaum also finished in the top 6 in the floor exercise and will compete in tomorrow's individual event finals.

Junior Basketball Teams Rebound with Wins

In their 3rd game of the Maccabiah Games, the U16 Boys Basketball team earned a 68-27 victory over Mexico, while shortly afterwards, the Canadian U18 Boys Basketball squad beat the Australians 75-43 in an intense game. The U18 team led for most of the game, with each member of the squad offering solid contributions to aid in the victory. On Tuesday, the U18s play Mexico in their 4th game of the tournament.

Golfers Tee It Up In Caesarea

Welcome to the first round of golf in beautiful Caesarea. The sun shone and the temperatures rose in the mid 30's as our Canadian team of 8 Open and 5 Masters athletes took to the links this morning. Tee times started at 7:10 am  with our last player going off at 1:30 pm.

Opening with a blistering spectacular round of 70, 2 under par was Ari Toderovitz. Ari played an absolutely perfectly controlled round and with 4 birdies and 2 bogeys. Cody Pickard, after a slow start going 4 over after 3 holes shot a 6 over 78. Jordan Klein, Captain of the Open team, struck the ball beautifully but struggled on the greens shooting 80. As is golf, Ari Fine had trouble hitting greens but made numerous ups and downs to also shoot 80.

The rest of our Open team (scores below) played well but all knowing they left some shots out on the course and fired up to shoot some lower numbers tomorrow.

  • Ari Toderovitz         70
  • Cody Pickard          78
  • Jordan Klein           80
  • Ari Fine                   80
  • Isaiah Crystal          83
  • Oliver Berg              87
  • Matt Berger             88
  • Mark Laurie             92

Our Masters team were phenomenal on the course today. They are called Masters for a reason and all 5 players played extremely well in the afternoon as the temperatures rose and the winds picked up. Led by a spirited round of 77 by Joey Young ,  and closely followed Jeremy Freedman (78) Eli Barr (80) David  Goodman (87) and Bryan Letofsky (83) the Masters team is in great shape after the first round.

Four days of golf in the heat and under tough competitive conditions is a marathon and not a sprint. All our players are in great shape and we expect to be hunting for medals by Thursdays' final round. (Golf brief supplied by Richard Paulin, our Maccabi Canada Golf Coach.)

Coach "Proud" of Girls Soccer Team

Canada’s U18 Girls Soccer team took to the pitch against Team Israel on Monday. Heading into the match, the Canadian girls were well aware that their opponents also represent Israel at the National level and were accustomed to the world stage. This didn’t intimidate the Canadians who played an aggressive and defensively sound game. The evenly-played match saw few scoring opportunities until the last 10 minutes when Canada had Israel on their heels and maintained pressure.

Canada hit one post late in the match but this was as close as either team would get to a goal. The game ended in a respectable 0-0 draw. Coach Menashe Levi was thrilled with his players’ effort, and had this to say following the game; “It was an outstanding team effort. We had a very small training camp and tied Israel’s U18 National team. We executed our game plan and held them to minimal chances. I’m proud of the girls.”

Canada Crushes Cuba

Cuba was no match for Canada's Open Men's Softball team who won 11-0 in 4 innings at Gezer earlier today.

Pitchers Josh McKinlay and Paul Foucault shut out the Cubans, while Dan Osterer led the way with 5 RBIs, four of them coming off a grand slam in the 3rd. Adam Sargon also contributed with a 3-run homer in the fourth.

Prior to the game, a moment of silence was held for Canadian Howie Osterer who passed away several years ago on the very same Gezer baseball diamond while umpiring a game. Howie's 4 nephews (Jacob, Rob, Stephen and Dan) play for Canada' Open Men's Softball team. In fact, coach Dan Berlin batted all 4 Osterer boys at the top of today's batting line up.

Finkelstein Throws Complete Game Shutout

Canada's Junior Boys pitcher Jake Finkelstein dazzled in his start on Monday against Team Israel. Finkelstein, who is going into grade 10 next year, allowed just 4 hits in a complete game shutout effort. The lanky lefty stunned Israeli hitters, striking out 4 batters. Finkelstein was given run support early courtesy of Gavin Adison, Jordan Glazer, and Aaron Dahan’s monstrous days at the plate. The final score was 9-0 for the Canadian Junior Boys. Canada hopes to maintain their quality pitching and solid bats for Thursday’s showdown versus Team USA.

Silver in the Half-Marathon

The Old City played host to the half marathon tonight and Canadian runners did not disappoint. Josh Inhaber finished an incredible 8th overall in the open category, running a time of 1 hour and 20 minutes. Upon finding out about his remarkable result, Inhaber couldn't contain his excitement. "It's great to be back here in Jerusalem representing Canada and to place in the top ten, just wow!" After falling short of his goal in 2013, this race was a time for redemption. "I had a goal and I came out here and I did it. What an amazing feeling, to post such a great time four years later."

The other Canadian runners all ran great races, notably masters athlete David Lurie, who won silver in the 60+ division.

The Hockey News

Some good news and bad news to report from the Pais Arena in Jerusalem today, as the Junior boys won their opener against Team Israel, while the Masters fell to Ukraine in a blowout.

The Juniors took their game by a score of 10-1, despite having had only 45 minutes of practice time since arriving here in Israel. They'll face the Americans tomorrow in what should be the team's biggest test.

The Masters fell 10-2 to the Ukrainians in a game they likely want to forget about. Despite the score, Launy Schwartz was great between the pipes.

Canada Bumps, Sets, Spikes Its Way to 2nd Win of Tourney

The Junior Girls Volleyball team played their second match of the tournament against an energetic Brazil squad. The girls carried the momentum from their win against Argentina and cruised to a 25-17 first set win. Despite some powerful and timely hitting, costly defensive mistakes allowed Brazil to bounce back and respond with a 25-18 win of their own in the second set.

As the intensity of the game grew stronger, the girls made an adjustment and their confident but calm pregame warmup (which including a bit of dancing) translated into their third set play. The team gelled together and won the set with ease 25-7. Canada went on to win the fourth set 25-19 to put the game in the books. Coaches Jack Serlin and Ellie Morris were thrilled with the outcome of the game, and stressed how important it will be for the team to stay united and continue working together the rest of the way.

Other Results

  • Open Women's Softball Team beat Team Israel 11-0 • Open Men's Water Polo won 9-8 over Germany • Open Men's Beach Volleyball beat Brazil 2-0 (21-17, 21-12) and USA 2-0 (21-8, 21-9) • Open Men's Squash lost both matches today vs Israel and USA, respectively




  • Junior Boys Basketball (U18) vs Mexico
  • Junior Boys Hockey vs USA
  • Junior Girls Basketball vs Israel
  • Junior Girls Soccer (U18) vs Russia
  • Junior Girls Volleyball vs Spain
  • Open Men’s Basketball vs France
  • Masters Men’s Hockey vs Israel
  • Masters Men’s Soccer vs Argentina
  • Open Men’s Softball vs USA and vs Israel
  • Masters Men’s Softball vs Israel
  • Open Men’s Water Polo vs USA
  • Open Women’s Softball vs Israel
  • Open/Masters Golf
  • Open Women’s Gymnastics
  • Open/Masters Tennis
  • Open Men’s Squash
  • Open Women's Gymnastics
  • Junior Tennis




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DAY 10 - First Medals of the Games

Wrestling Team Brings Home 3 Medals

Team Canada's freestyle wrestlers represented the red and white with pride in Be'er Sheva today with Sam Barmish earning silver and Gabriel Choueke as well as Moshe Klyman both taking home bronze, Canada's first three medals of the Maccabiah Games.

Represented by Gabriel Choueke, Sam Barmish, Dylan McLean, Aaron Orszak and Moshe Klyman, Team Canada stood strong against competitors from the USA, Israel and Germany.  In addition to bringing home three of the first pieces of hardware for Canada in the 20th Maccabiah Games, history was made by Moshe Klyman, who became the first athlete to have studied at a Yeshiva to compete in the Games.

For Head Coach David Zilberman, he walked away thrilled with the team's result.

"Dylan and Aaron are still young wrestlers, they still have a lot to learn and in four years they'll be ready to return to the Games and wrestle for the medals," said Zilberman. "Gabriel has a bit more experience and it showed in his performance today, while Sam demonstrated a lot of discipline and proved to be the superior wrestler; in 2021, he can win this tournament. "For me, Moshe was a nice surprise in winning a bronze medal for Team Canada, despite not knowing much about his experience.. He proved that he is able to stand his ground with the Maccabiah competitors."

Bronze in Cycling

Montreal's Kayla Segal, who is competing in the Maccabiah Games' Triathlon later this week, earned a bronze medal today in Masters Women's Cycling Time Trials.

Gold Wins Bronze in 200M Fly

Canada's Junior and Open swimmers took to the pool at Wingate today. Josh Gold was the lone medal winner — bronze in the 200M butterfly — but several swimmers recorded personal bests while some made the final heat in the afternoon, including Beverly Schwartz in the Open Women's 100m freestyle and Maxim Petkun in the Junior Boys 200M breaststroke.

Binstock and Nusbaum Start Strong

Canada's dynamic beach volleyball duo of Josh Binstock and Aaron Nusbaum got off to a great start to their tournament today with two very strong wins.

In their first match — and in the sweltering heat — the Canadian team made very quick work of Team Mexico 21-13, 21-13, while in their 2nd match, under the setting sun on Leonardo Beach in Haifa, Binstock and Nusbaum played Israel's top team and came away with a hard-fought 3-set victory: 20-22, 21-15 and 15-12.

Canada's beach volleyball pair are an exciting team to watch, and one that has their eyes on the gold medal. They had a great cheering section on hand today, including some members of the Junior Girls Volleyball team.

Valiant Effort by Junior Girls B-Ball Team

The Junior Girls Basketball team faced a strong Team USA in their first game of the tournament. Canada trailed by just 9 points after a first half that was filled with back-and-forth action on both sides of the court. The gym was packed with Canadian supporters and the electric atmosphere fueled the girls to give it their all.

Team USA still managed to run away with the contest in the third quarter and eventually win the game 63-31. There were tons of positive takeaways for the Canadian athletes, including the performances by the team’s point guards. They played aggressively and were able to set up open shots by creating space on the floor using their impressive dribbling. Turnovers were costly and allowed the game to open up. It is an area the team hopes to improve on in their next game.

Powerhouse USA Beats Our Hoopsters

The U18 Boys Basketball team fell short against rivals Team USA 94-55 in their tournament opener. The team battled hard in all four quarters and held their heads up high following the game. Canada missed some opportune scoring chances early and were unable to contain Team USA’s consistent offense, which shot an impressive 72% from the field. Some positives to take away from Canada’s first performance were their lack of turnovers and the grit they displayed in the paint. In his post-game talk, Coach Vladimir Kovalevsky stressed to his players that there is still an opportunity to face Team USA again at Maccabiah in an even more meaningful game. “I’d way rather lose the first game of a tournament than the last game of a tournament”, he said.

In other basketball action, the U16 basketball team is still feeling positive after being defeated in a tough game against Team USA today. The boys stayed in the game for the first three quarters but were overpowered by the Americans in the fourth, with the final score coming in at 78-40. 

U18 Soccer Team Falls to Brazil

Canada had their hands full with a polished Brazilian team on Sunday. The U18 Boys soccer team gave it their all but fell short 2-0 to Brazil who controlled the tempo for most of the game. Canada found themselves playing catch-up the entire game after Brazil struck early with two goals, one of which just trickled past the keeper on a fluke play. Canada was held to few scoring chances but were sound defensively holding Brazil off the scoresheet in the second half, largely in part to Allan's effort in net. The boys were excited to have had the opportunity to play against soccer legend Ronaldo's son, Ronald.

Canadians Strut Winning Stuff on Tennis Court

There were four Canadians in action today at the Ben B. & Joyce E. Eisenberg Israel Tennis Center in Jerusalem, and three of them won their matches and are moving on to the next round. Open athletes Alex Molotsky, Jeremy Langer and Michal Kaplan defeated their opponents 7-5 7-6, 6-2 6-1 and 6-2 6-1 respectively. Haley Sherrard put up a good fight in her match but fell short against a tough American opponent.

Kaplan moves on to the second round, while the Men will see third round action in the days to come. The players are still trying to adjust to the difficult conditions. "The heat was getting to me a bit, and it was a struggle out there. The match went a little longer than I'd have liked but I'm happy to come away with the W," said Molotsky.

After today's action, Canada has 3 out of 5 singles players still in the hunt for a medal. Zack Lister lost his opening round match last Thursday.

Open Hockey Team Pots 20 Against Germany

Despite failing to convert an extra point late in the third period, the Men's Open Hockey team was happy to come away with a 20-0 win over Team Germany today at the Pais Arena in Jerusalem.

The Canadians came out strong in the first period, with player of the game Dan Radke collecting an assist on the game winning goal. He and his teammates didn't want to take anything for granted against the Germans. "You never know what to expect and we didn't want to develop any bad habits out there. It was a good opportunity for us to work on our forecheck and controlled breakouts."

The Canadian men now sit at 2-0 and hope to continue their winning ways when they take on Team Israel this Wednesday.

Jr. Girls Spike Their Way to Victory

With families and friends cheering them on, the Junior Girls Volleyball team were all smiles and determination from beginning to end of their first game against Argentina. Losing their first set, both teams played consistently strong as Canada won the second set to tie the score 1-1. Argentina put up a good fight and went ahead 2-1 but our fierce junior girls won the next two sets to seal the victory 3 sets to 2.  

"We didn't realize Argentina was so strong, but everyone contributed on their team and on ours, and it takes a team to succeed!" said coach Jack Serlin.

Juniors Enjoy Street Party

The Junior Hub street party was a blast! Junior athletes from all over the world united to meet, eat and shmooze while the sunset.  An incredible IDF nook was set up and soldiers from various special units informed and inspired, with demonstrations of military technology, a showcase of weaponry, and emergency response equipment. Our athletes had fun being entertained by street performers, dancing and a live DJ.

Vrosf Leads the Way

The Men's Open Basketball team won their second game in a row today, besting Mexico by a score of 79-56. Led by Ave Vrosf, with 19 points, the Canadians remain undefeated at the Games. Adam Halpern had a big day on the court as well, pulling in 16 boards while putting up 14 points.

The Canadians have two big tests coming up in the coming days, with games against the United States and France. Both powerhouses are considered favourites to win the tourney, so the men will have their hands full.

Head coach Allon Bross is looking forward to the challenge. "We're happy to be 2-0, but were looking forward to the next two games. We've played some good basketball but we're getting better every game." His belief that their best ball has yet to be played bodes well for the team heading into play this week."

Other Results

  • Open Women's Softball Team beat Team USA 4-3
  • Open Men's Softball Team fell to Israel 6-2
  • Junior Boys U16 Soccer Team beat Italy 7-0
  • Open Men's Soccer tied Uruguay 1-1
  • Masters Men's Basketball lost to Israel 59-32
  • Masters Men's Soccer Team played Australia to a 1-1 draw
  • Junior Tennis: Luka Hollinger/Sarah Levy lost 6-2 6-2 / Simon Stoula/Renata Gabuzyan won 7-6(5), 6-2  / Simon Stoula/Renata Gabuzyan  lost to Argentina 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 / Tal Goodman/Rachel Fluxman won 6-2, 6-1 then lost 6-3,6-2 / Jordan Mamelak/Eden Granovsky lost 6-0,6-0




  • Junior Boys Baseball vs Israel
  • Junior Boys Basketball U16 vs Mexico
  • Junior Boys Basketball U18 vs Australia
  • Junior Boys Hockey vs Israel
  • Junior Boys Soccer U16 vs Venezuela
  • Junior Boys Soccer U18 vs Australia
  • Junior Girls Soccer U18 vs Brazil
  • Masters Men's Basketball vs Argentina
  • Open Men's Basketball vs USA
  • Open Men's Volleyball vs USA
  • Open Men's Volleyball vs Brazil
  • Masters Men's Hockey vs Ukraine
  • Open Men's Soccer vs Brazil
  • Masters Men's Softball vs USA
  • Open Men's Softball vs Cuba
  • Open Men's Water Polo vs Germany
  • Open Women's Softball vs Israel
  • Open/Masters Golf
  • Open Artistic Gymnastics
  • Open/Masters Tennis
  • Junior Tennis
  • Half Marathon (Jerusalem)




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DAY 9 - A Day of Relaxation

For Shabbat, most of our athletes and coaches were provided the opportunity to relax, regroup and take some time to think about the days ahead. Some spent the day hanging out with friends and teammates, while others (Open and Masters athletes) visited sites across Israel like the Dead Sea, Masada and Tel Aviv beach.

Some of our teams have already seen some competition during the first week, while many have yet to see any sporting action. However, that changes tomorrow (July 9) as many of our teams kick off a busy week ahead.

Please see below for tomorrow's Maccabi Canada schedule



  • Junior Boys Basketball U16 vs USA
  • Junior Boys Basketball U18 vs USA
  • Junior Boys Soccer U16 vs Italy
  • Junior Boys Soccer U18 vs Brazil
  • Junior Girls Basketball vs USA
  • Junior Girls Volleyball vs Argentina
  • Masters Men’s Basketball vs Israel
  • Open Men’s Beach Volleyball vs Israel 1 and vs Mexico 1
  • Open Men’s Hockey vs Germany
  • Masters Men’s Soccer vs Australia
  • Open Men’s Basketball vs Mexico
  • Open Men’s Soccer vs Uruguay
  • Open Men’s Softball vs Israel and vs France
  • Open Women’s Softball vs USA
  • Open Men’s Wrestling
  • Open Men's Squash
  • Open Swimming
  • Junior, Open, Masters Tennis


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DAY 8 - Canada's Masters Shine On Court, Diamond and Pitch

Mexico No Match for Masters Soccer Squad

Canada’s Masters Soccer team opened up their tournament with a gritty 1-0 victory over Team Mexico. Canada opening the scoring in the 18th minute, and then played a near perfect defensive match the rest of the way. It was quite the feat, given the Canadian side played the majority of the match one man down. Mexico did give Canada a slight scare in the final minutes, when a rocket of a shot went just wide of the goal.

Coach Cosenza Valta was extremely pleased with his team’s effort and determination: “It was a hard game and our guys were outstanding. Playing short-handed we still managed to close the gaps and come out with the victory. Simply amazing.”

The team hopes to carry the momentum into their next match against Australia this Sunday.

U16 B-Ball Team Loses Nail Biter

Canada's U16 Junior Boys Basketball team was in tough with Israel today, and lost a close game 69-64.

Our boys were up 7 points with 8 minutes left, but just couldn't hang on for the victory. The team was helped out by some stellar play from Tyson Dunn and Jacob Waltman.

"Everyone played strongly and we faced a very good team but our guys played solidly and didn't give up. Both teams played great today," said team manager Aaron Richman after the game.

Masters' Hoopsters Beat Brazil

In what appeared to be a David vs Goliath match-up between Canada and defending champions Brazil, Maccabi Canada's Masters Basketball team pulled off an emotional 50-41 upset victory in today’s opening game in Jerusalem. Brazil’s squad featured no less than five players over 6’5”, but that didn’t stop the talented and determined Canucks.

“It was great to win the first game against such a big and tough Brazilian team,” said Canadian team member Dan Shulman. “We knew this game was important to win in order to get to where we want to be. It was a game we thought we really needed to win and with a great team effort, we did it.”

Canada resumes play on Sunday against the host Israeli team.

Hungary Too Tough in the Pool

Canada's Men's Open Water Polo team took to the pool at Wingate to face tournament power house Hungary this afternoon. The Canadians fought hard, but in the end, Hungary was just too tough of an opponent today and won the game 16-4.

Regina's Marshall Young led the way with two goals, while Devin O'Donnell and Jason Hillcoat scored the other two. Despite the loss, O'Donnell was proud of his teammates' effort until the final buzzer. WATCH INTERVIEW WITH DEVIN O'DONNELL

Open Basketball Team Routs Belgium

In the first game of the tournament, Canada's Men's Open Basketball team easily coasted to victory with a rout of Team Belgium, 76-29. Despite some early jitters, the Allen Bross led squad easily recovered to take a commanding 39-17 lead at the half. Their pressure (on both the defensive and offensive sides of the ball) continued throughout, leading to the 47 point win.

"It was good, we started slow by letting them get up 9-0, but then we settled in and went on a 22 point run to end the first quarter and coasted from there," said Sage Usher. "We have a lot of work to be done and the game ended how we liked."

The team plays again on Sunday vs. Mexico.

Halpern Continues to Homer

Canada's Men's Masters Softball team came to the field in Gezer today with their game faces on as they began their journey to repeat as Maccabiah Games Champions. And they got off to a good start with a 6-1 victory over Team Israel.

Starting pitcher Mark Bendahan was spectacular on the mound and he received some great run support in the first inning when Colin Halpern hit a 3-run shot to send the Canadian fans in attendance to their feet.

Michael Krestell played a strong 2B and pitched in at the plate with a RBI double in the 2nd inning.

Up next for the defending champs is Venezuela Sunday night under the lights. First pitch scheduled for 8pm.






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DAY 7 - Opening Ceremonies A Spectacular Affair

It was a night complete with pageantry, emotion, typical Israeli passion and hospitality, fireworks and a reminder why the Maccabiah Games are so special to everyone who participates in them and to the State of Israel. It was also a special night for one of Canada's athletes, but we will provide the "marital" details shortly.

Led by our flag bearer, Albert Shoihet, Open Men's Squash, and with chants of  "CA-NA-DA, CA-NA-DA" behind him, Maccaci Canada's 600-member delegation - many decked out in Canadian flags - proudly walked into Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium earlier tonight for the Opening Ceremonies of the 20th Maccabiah Games.

The fantastic evening included passionate speeches from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, a very cool video retrospective of the Maccabiah Games going back to its inception in 1932, an exciting lighting of the torch by several Israeli athletes, including NBA player Omar Casspi and Olympic Judo star Or Sasson, and some uplifting musical performances.

Love was also in the air as Maccabi Canada's very own Avi Steinberg, Men's Masters Hockey, proposed to and actually married Rachel Dickson on the Opening Ceremonies stage. Rabbi, chuppah, and the traditional breaking of the glass were all on hand for the magical and romantic moment. Mazel Tov Avi and Rachel!

The evening ended with a beautiful rendition of Hatikvah.

Canada Tops Israel In Junior Boys Baseball

The Junior Boys Baseball team rallied in the 4th inning to score four runs for a come from behind 6-4 win against Team Israel.

Canada fell behind early in the 1st, but starting pitcher Ben Rittenberg helped his own cause when he slashed a two-run single to right field tying up the ballgame. Israel led 4-2 at one point, until a string of hits and fortunate bounces helped Canada steal the lead.

Jake Finkelstein sparkled in relief and shut down the Israeli offence for four straight innings after coming in for Rittenberg. Third baseman Aaron Dahan was clutch in the field and rolled a heads-up double play to help Canada escape an inning where Israel threatened to add on runs.

When asked about his team's performance, assistant coach/manager Matt Winograd commented, “It was team effort with back to basics baseball and execution when it counted.”

Victories on the Court
Three members of Canada's Junior Tennis team hit the court today with 2 of them claiming victory: Rachel Fluxman beat her Mexican opponent 6-0, 6-1; while Sarah Levy defeated Daniella Lang of South Africa 6-0, 6-0. Eden Granovsky fell to Noa Cohen of France 1-6, 1-6.



  • Junior Boys Basketball U16 vs (3pm)
  • Junior Girls Soccer U18 (2pm)
  • Men’s Open Basketball vs Belgium (1:15pm)
  • Men’s Masters Basketball vs Brazil (1pm)
  • Men’s Masters Soccer vs Mexico (11am)
  • Men’s Masters Softball vs Israel (12pm)
  • Men’s Open Water Polo vs Hungary (2:30pm)
  • Women’s Open Softball vs Israel (3pm)
  • Open/Masters Tennis
  • Junior Tennis


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DAY 6 - Hockey and Softball Teams Earn Big Wins

Canadians Hit the Ice

In the first day of competition for both Open and Masters hockey, Team Canada came away with two gritty and determined victories over Team USA. The Masters team squeaked by with a 5-4  shootout win, while after maintaining a 2-0 lead for the majority of the game, the Open team escaped with a 3-2 overtime win on a goal that. Player of the game honours went to Steve Forberg (Masters) and Zach Springer (Open).

Following months of anticipation, Forberg was glad to finally hit the ice with his teammates. "We've been practicing together for six months and it was just such a thrill to be out there today. It felt like the Olympics."

The Open team's Zach Springer put on a goaltending clinic over the first two periods and despite giving up a couple of quick goals in the third, buckled down to preserve the win. "It's a dream come true to be here in Israel. We stuck to the game plan and came out with the W." WATCH VIDEO

Early Success on the Tennis Court

Our Junior Boys Tennis Team got off to an excellent start this morning in their first matches of the 20th Maccabiah Games. In the blazing Israeli morning heat, teammates cheered on Josh Langman and Tal Goodman who quickly defeated their Hungarian and Australian opponents, each with scores of 6-0, 6-0. As the temperature quickly increased throughout the morning, Coby Pearce played hard to defeat his Australian competitor, winning 6-4, 6-2 while Simon Stoula brought his nearly three-hour match to a close against an opponent from Brazil with a final score of 4-6,6-0,6-4.

“I was nervous when I went on, but because I’m the youngest one I don’t think I have as much pressure as everyone else so I can just go out and do my thing without expectations,” Pearce said. “I played good tennis today and I’m really happy with myself.”

Coach Lev Gabuzyan, was extremely proud of all of his athletes, both on and off the courts: “This team supports each other, and I’m really proud. Everyone played well today. Coby and Simon, especially, who both had some tough competition. Simon played for two and a half hours in the heat and he’s not used to these kind of conditions. That plus travelling so much and not having much sleep, can make it difficult. They had a rough start, but then I went to speak with the boys, and they started to play even better. For me, that showed that they are focused and they wanted to win.”

Valiant Effort by Our Juniors Boys Baseball Team

Canada's Junior Boys Baseball Team put up a great fight against Team USA but in the end lost its first game of the tourney 10-2. The game was tied 2-2 going into the 5th inning, but the bats of Team USA came alive and the Canadian boys, unfortunately, couldn't put a stop to it.

Starting pitcher Jordan Glazer threw a strong game and shortstop Aaron Dahan made some sparkling defensive plays behind him. Up next for our baseball boys is Israel (tomorrow morning at 10am).

U16 Squad Battles Great Britain to Draw

The U16 Junior Boys Soccer team tied Great Britain 2-2 in a nail-biter on Wednesday. GB put early pressure on the Canadians, but the momentum quickly switched after Team Canada took a 1-0 lead with a brilliant strike.

Canada netted another goal soon after, but it was overturned because of a really close offside call. GB responded with back to back goals, one courtesy of a penalty kick. Canada tied the game back up in the final minute of the first half. The second half was filled with opportune scoring chances, but neither team was able to capitalize.

When asked about how he thinks his team stacked up against tournament favourites Great Britain, coach Jason Mausberg commented: “We showed that we could play with them and for the most part we were equal or better than them. We’re here to win the first ever medal for the Canadian Junior soccer teams.”

U18 Soccer Squad Kicks Off Tourney

The U18 boys kicked their tournament off against a strong American squad, coming up short in a 4-0 decision. Despite a strong overall performance, the boys fell short in what was a truly a valiant effort, regardless of the final score. The boys look to rectify the mistakes that cost them the win as they try to bounce back tomorrow morning against Argentina.

Hoffman Shines in Open Softball Win

The Men's Open Softball team began its tournament with a 13-2 win over the loud and raucous Mexican squad. Josh McKinlay pitched a complete game and the team received contributions from players up and down the line up.

Randy Hoffman took home the game's MVP and was awarded the ceremonial player-of-the-game chain from manager Paul Rosen. Hoffman led off the game with a homer, and followed that up with several more hits, including a triple and another home run. Catcher Sean Dollinger had a strong game behind the plate and hit a 3-run homer in the 5th inning. WATCH VIDEO



  • Junior Boys Baseball vs Israel (10am)
  • Junior Boys Soccer (U16) vs Brazil (11am)
  • Junior Boys Soccer (U18) vs Argentina (9am)
  • Junior Tennis
  • Open Men's Softball vs USA (8pm)
  • Open Men's Soccer vs Peru (9am)
  • Masters Men's Soccer vs Brazil (9am)
  • Open/Masters Tennis


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DAY 5 - Open/Masters Athletes Arrive, Juniors Plant Trees

Just as quickly as it began, the Maccabi Canada Azrieli Israel Experience came to a close today, as the attention of the athletes began to shift towards the Maccabiah Games. The morning was spent putting the finishing touches on their preparations, as almost all of our teams met for their final practice before the official start of the Games. The excitement was palpable as the athletes shared their final meal at our accommodations before moving into the Junior HUB for the games. 

After lunch, the athletes had the opportunity to participate in what has become a traditional philanthropic venture in Israel, planting trees to promote agricultural development in the country. Dressed in Canada Red, and surrounded by the JNF’s beautifully developed forestry, our athletes had the chance to participate in the development of the Lavie Forest. While it may have been tough to visualize today, our athletes took home certificates which will help them commemorate the special experience that they shared today.
A short trip over to the Golan Heights later... and our athletes were paddling their way down the Jordan River. Laughter was contagious as the athletes splashed each other, jostled amongst their rafts, and did their best to stay aboard as they made their way to their journey’s end. The completion of this small journey also marked the end of the Maccabi Canada Azrieli Israel Experience, as our athletes boarded buses destined for the Athlete’s Village….

While the Juniors were putting the finishing touches on their pre-Games trek through Israel, Maccabi Canada Open and Masters athletes arrived in Israel and began preparing for competition, which starts on July 5.



  • Junior Boys Baseball vs USA (11am)
  • Junior Boys Soccer (U16) vs (9am)
  • Junior Boys Soccer (U18) vs (9am)
  • Junior Tennis
  • Open Men's Softball vs Mexico (3pm)
  • Open Men's Hockey vs USA (5pm)
  • Masters Men's Hockey vs USA (2pm)
  • Open/Masters Golf
  • Open/Masters Tennis


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DAY 4 - Dead Sea, B'nai Mitvah on Masada & Bedouin Tents

The desert's blazing heat didn't stop the Juniors from soaking up Monday's awesome activities. The day began with a trip to the world's lowest point, where the athletes didn't hesitate to lather in mud and plunge into the Dead Sea.

After rinsing off the salt, the delegation traveled to Masada and ventured on the cable car to its peak to learn about Masada's rich Jewish history. The visit concluded with a special commemorative ceremony to B'nai Mitzvah athletes who had not had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

The day's next stop was the Kfar Hanokdim Bedouin Tents. Experiencing the tents, enjoying fresh food and drinks, and dancing to live music gave the Juniors a glimpse into the traditional life of a Bedouin.

Tomorrow is the last day of the Maccabi Canada Azrieli Israel Experience. Select teams will be training in the morning before the entire group packs their bags and checks into the Junior Hub for the remainder of the Maccabiah Games. The move will be followed by tree planting at Lavie Forest and kayaking on the Jordan River. Competition is just around the corner, and the Junior athletes are ready and eager to get the Games going!


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DAY 3 - Juniors Experience Old City, Western Wall and Yad Vashem

The Maccabi Canada Azrieli Israel Experience continued for the Juniors on Sunday, with early morning training and practices for select teams.

Following practices, the group made the two-hour trek to Jerusalem and gained a deeper understanding of their Jewish roots and heritage. The afternoon began with an emotional visit to Yad Vashem, followed by a Yizkor service that several athletes helped lead. Afterwards, the group hopped back on the bus for a tour of the Old City and some time at the Western Wall. Each athlete had the opportunity to write a personal note to place in the Wall.

As the sun set, the group headed to Yeerim hotel for an amazing buffet dinner and to hear a keynote address by Neil Lazarus, who explained Israel's past and present political situation.

Tomorrow is jam packed with exciting activities, with the Juniors off to float in the Dead Sea, climb Masada for a memorable B'nai Mitzvah ceremony, and visit the Kfar Hanokdim Bedouin tents.


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DAY 2 - Junior Delegation begins training and visits Caeserea

Before Saturday's touring began, Junior delegation members woke up bright and early for their first day of training. After training, the group enjoyed an unbelievable lunch before venturing out to explore historic Caeserea with our fantastic tour guides and enjoyed each other's company on the city's beautiful beach. For the kids that are Shomer Shabbos, they stayed back at Nir Etzion with a Maccabi Canada staff member and enjoyed basketball and card games. The day was capped off with a #Canada150 celebration featuring a mesmerizing performance by Israeli magician Itai Pinki. Tomorrow, training continues and the group is off to Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem and to experience the Old City and the Western Wall. 


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DAY 1 - Junior Delegation Enjoys Shabbat Dinner In Israel

On Friday, Maccabi Canada's Junior delegation landed in Israel for their pre-Maccabiah Games “Azrieli Israel Experience."

Over the next four days, our athletes will have the opportunity to tour Israel together, exploring all of the history, culture, and excitement the country has to offer.

Today, the athletes had their first moments in the spotlight, as they were welcomed to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv by a crowd of cheering supporters — a brief demonstration of how excited Israelis are to host athletes from around the world.

Decked out in Maccabi Canada gear, our athletes made their way to the buses and up north to Kibbutz Nir Etzion to settle into the Junior Athletes Village. The delegation topped off its first day by welcoming in Shabbat with a delicious meal, and traditional blessings. The athletes are looking forward to an enjoyable day of rest tomorrow, following a long travel day today!


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Maccabi Canada's Junior Delegation departs for the Azrieli Israel Experience on June 29

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