1980 European Maccabi Confederation Congress – Zurich, Switzerland
50th Anniversary of Hebraica in Argentina.
1981 11TH MACCABIAH GAMES
At the 11th Maccabiah games 3,450 participants from 33 countries from around the world participated at the largest games to date.
Canada sent 110 athletes who competed in 17 sports: Basketball, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Mini Football, Soccer, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wrestling, and Yachting.
Tragic death of Pierre Gildesgame.
1982 19th Maccabi World Union Congress – Fred S. Worms elected President Marcos Arbaitman.
Opening of the Pierre Gildesgame Maccabi Museum.
25th Anniversary of Kfar Hamaccabiah.
50th Australian Maccabi Sports Carnival – Sydney, Australia.
First North American Maccabi Youth Games – Memphis, 1982
1983 Maccabiada Pan Americana, Brazil. European Maccabi Games, Antwerp, Belgium
1984 2nd North America Maccabi Youth Games Detroit, U.S.A. 1100 participants. 1985 12TH MACCABIAH GAMES IN ISRAEL
1985 12TH MACCABIAH GAMES
1985 was Canada’s most successful Maccabiah Games since 1950 when the first team competed. The Canadian team placed third overall out of 38 competing nations, garnering a record 81 medals. Over 200 athletes and officials constituted the Canadian contingent. The select Canadian squad ranged from such athletes as Winnipegger Mark Berger, a Canadian national Judo champion, Pan-American gold medalist and 1985 Olympic bronze medalist, to Montreal’s Gary Kallos, a former national and Pan-American wrestling champion who would capture the most gold medals for Canada since 1950.
Because of the limited Jewish population in Canada, and Maccabi Canada’s positive focus on development, many young athletes competed for Canada at the senior level.
*Janna Promislow, 14-year-old junior national swimming record-holder from Edmonton. Janna emerged as the first Canadian girl to win a Maccabiah gold medal in swimming.
*Mark Fromson, 14-year old national age group diving champion from Winnipeg, earned a senior silver medal at the Games.
*Andre Sabbah, 12-year-old from Montreal, placed a world age-group bronze medalist fourth in the diving event.
*Tara Litwin, 13-year-old from Montreal, won a gold medal in gymnastics.
In addition to the above, many Canadian athletes achieved personal bests at the Games. Highlights include:
Gordon Orlikow, from Winnipeg and a member of Canada’s national team, won a bronze in track and field the “lronman” and gold medal in the decathlon and the hurdles. Joelle Fetter, a Pan-American Games bronze medalist and a member of the Canadian national shooting team, won 2 gold and 2 bronze medals in Israel. In weightlifting, Toronto’s Howard Weinstein won a gold medal. Canada’s first ladies golf team won a team and an individual gold medal.
After the Games in Israel, young wrestler Andy Borodow went on to win a silver medal at the world junior championships.
In addition,a separate junior Maccabiah competition was held for the first time in Israel. Young Jewish athletes had an opportunity to compete and to see Israel. After the completion of the games, each member of the team planted a tree in the desert. This is done at each Games event and the Canadian Maccabiah athletes have planted thousands of trees over the years.
1986 3rd North American Maccabi Youth Games Toronto, Ontario 2200 participates.
Maccabim Centre started in the Modiim, Israel.
Elected – new president of Maccabi World Union Marcos Arbaitman, Brazil.
1987 European Games, Denmark,
Yugoslavia and Hungary participate Maccabiada Pan Americana Caracas, Venezuela 1st time participants – Panama, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, 1700 participants.
1989 13TH MACCABIAH
At the 11th Maccabiah games Canada, one of 45 countries, had an athlete delegation of 148 athletes who competed in 22 sports: Basketball, Fencing, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Karate, Lawn Bowling, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling, Track and Field, Weightlifting, Wrestling