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Richmond athletes off to Maccabiah Games
It most certainly will be an exciting start to the summer for a contingent from Richmond heading to Israel this week to represent Canada at the 20th Maccabiah Games....
Meet Canada’s Flag Bearer
Maccabi Canada: How does it feel to be named as Canada's flag bearer? Albert Shoihet: I am surprised and honoured. I participated in the 2013 Maccabiah Games and I am well aware of the magnitude and pedigree of the Canadian delegation. I am excited to lead this amazing group into the spectacle that is the Opening Ceremonies. MC: Squash is a unique sport; how did you first get involved and what drives you to compete? AS: I got into squash at a very young age with my first experience coming ...
Canadian Squash Champion Albert Shoihet Named Flag Bearer
TORONTO, JUNE 25, 2017 – Albert Shoihet, one of Canada’s brightest young squash stars, has been selected as Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 20th Maccabiah Games. Shoihet will lead a 600-person strong delegation into Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on July 6 at 8 p.m (IST). The Opening Ceremonies will be streamed live at www.maccabiah.com....
My Maccabi Dream
The Maccabiah Games always elicit feelings of warmth and excitement in the community. Individuals returning from Israel shared endless stories of competition, camaraderie in short, the realization of a life-long dream. I’ve always been captive to these stories, hanging on every word of what everyone calls “the experience of a lifetime”. In two weeks, I will have the honour of walking into Teddy Stadium as a member of Team Canada. The Maccabi dream lives inside every member of our ...
Anthony Housefather, MP: The Maccabean of Parliament
The mere mention of the 20th Maccabiah Games makes Anthony Housefather light up with excitement. From representing Canada as a competitor to the camaraderie with athletes from around the world, Anthony loves it all, which is why the quadrennial Games have been circled on his calendar since 2013. Known in his riding of Mount Royal as its ever-approachable Member of Parliament, in athletic circles, Anthony’s political success is rivaled only by his swimming accomplishments, stemming from a...
Josh Binstock: A Passion for Maccabi
If Maccabi Canada had a Hall of Fame, Josh Binstock would be one of its founding members. The Maccabiah Games résume for the Richmond Hill, Ontario, native is long, decorated and most of all, very impressive. Binstock is a three-time member of Canada’s Men’s Open Volleyball team, which includes a historic silver medal in 2013. Those very same games, he was chosen as Canada’s flag bearer and heading into his fourth Maccabiah in a few weeks, he will compete in the Maccabiah Games’ in...
A Maccabiah First: Putting the Yeshiva community on the map and mat
Moshe Klyman’s road to the 20th Maccabiah Games has spanned 18 years, two countries and one major obstacle after another. Since learning about the Jewish Olympic Games in high school, Moshe has longed for the chance to wrestle for his country and take home a gold medal in Israel. Yet, while Moshe is about to realize his athletic dream, he knows that his presence at the Games holds an even stronger significance than a legitimate medal hope for Canada. Once he steps on the mat in Be’er Shev...
Thirteen-Years-Old and Eighty-Five Years Young
There are over seven decades between Team Canada’s youngest and oldest athletes, but as 13-year-old Galia Oliel-Sabbag and 85-year-old Brahm Faber prepare for the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, they share the same enthusiasm. Born and raised in Montreal, each of them have been practicing and competing in their sports for over half of their lives. They are familiar with goal setting, discipline and making winning a priority. But this summer, their focus is also on cultural pride as they loo...
Maccabiah Games 2017
With the Opening Ceremonies of the 20th Maccabiah Games only a few weeks away, more than 600 Canadians are ready to embark on an experience of a lifetime in Israel. Proudly sporting the maple leaf, on July 6, Canada will be one of the largest delegations marching into Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem for the Opening Ceremonies. Led by flag bearer, soon to be announced, and Alex Brainis, the head of the delegation, Team Canada will be represented by athletes from seven provinces, and compete in th...
Hard Work Pays off…Maccabiah Games here we come
As Jews we have been passing the torch from generation to generation for thousands of years. The Maccabiah games are no different. The exhilaration of walking into opening ceremonies with 10,000 plus Jewish athletes from over 80 countries in front of 40,000 spectators is so special and spiritually moving  that more often than not when players stop competing they feel the desire and obligation to pass on that experience as coaches and volunteers to the next generation of athletes. The Maccabi...