1950 THIRD MACCABIAH GAMES
First Canadian Delegation competing in the Maccabiah Games.
Bruce Brown, convened the first meeting with members of the Jewish community and the outcome from the meeting was the birth of Maccabi Canada.
Among those present were: Jack Klein, H.S.Weisor, Alvin Walker, Jack Becker, Joe Rubin, Morrie Bruker, Harry Hershorn, Harry Hopmeyer, Fred Oberlander, Judge Harry Batshaw, and Bosty Mendelsohn. Maccabi Canada’s first president was Jack Klein and vice president was Bosty Mendelsohn.
Fred Oberlander, Maccabi and Olympic wrestler, was captain of the first Canadian Maccabiah team. He used his enormous energy to develop a strong committee whose aim was to send a team to compete in Israel. He accomplished this and Canada sent their first delegation in 1950.
In the 3rd Maccabiah Games, Canada was one of 20 countries participating and sent 13 athletes who competed in 4 sports: Basketball, Boxing, Swimming and Wrestling. The team won 14 medals, including one gold in boxing by Bill Sydney. Four Canadian Olympic athletes were on the Maccabiah basketball team, which won a silver medal in Israel. Also on the team were 3 Canadian champion wrestlers and one Canadian champion boxer.
First Maccabiah Games in the State of Israel and a new Sports Stadium in Ramat Gan with a seating capacity of 50,000.
1952 First participation of Israel in the Olympic Games – in Helsinki (Finland). Centro Deportivo Israelita in Mexico City becomes a member of Maccabi World Union.
1953 FOURTH MACCABIAH GAMES
Fred Oberlaner, flag bearer, led the 20 athletes that represented Canada to the opening ceremonies of the games. Canada competed in 7 sports: Basketball, Boxing, Fencing, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, and Wrestling.
Laying of Foundation Stone of the “Maccabiah Village” (Kfar Hamaccabiah) in Ramat Gan enterprise sponsored by Aharon Netanel, Chairman of Maccabi World Union Executive and by the Mayor of Ramat Gan, Abraham Krinitzi. Canada is a partner in this development.
1957 FIFTH MACCABIAH GAMES
The Canadian delegation included 32 athletes who competed in Basketball, Boxing, Fencing, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Track and Field, Waterpolo, Weightlifting and Wrestling.
Inauguration of the “Aharon Netanel Maccabi Village” serving as the main accommodation centre for participating athletes.
Foundation of the Wingate Institute for Physical Education in Israel.
1959 European Maccabi Games in Denmark
The information posted was acquired from Maccabi World Union and Maccabi Canada historical records and may not be completely accurate.