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BC’s Gabuzyan at the 2017 Maccabiah Games
Israel – BC’s 16-year-old Renata Gabuzyan was selected to compete for Team Canada earlier this month at the 20th Maccabiah Games. With 10,000 athletes across many sports, the Games are the third largest sporting event in the world....
Silverman captures first career victory
Ben Silverman set a goal to become a member of the PGA TOUR before he turned 30. The 29-year-old Silverman birdied the par-5 18th hole, carded a final-round, 4-under 67 and finished at 25-under-par 263, one ahead of Talor Gooch....
Montreal’s Maccabiah proud Games participation
When Team Canada marched into the opening ceremonies of the Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium Montreal was in the house as 125 athletes, coaches and support staff from the greater Montreal area were part of the squad. ...
Softball gold at Maccabiah an emotional moment for Osterer clan
Kibbutz Gezer has a special place in the hearts of the extended Osterer family, for both good and bad reasons. A few weeks ago, four members of the family, brothers Stephen and Jacob, and their cousins, Robbie and Daniel, played pivotal roles in Team Canada’s gold medal win over Team U.S.A. in the Maccabiah Games softball tournament.   ...
From House League to Maccabiah Games: A goalie’s journey on Team Canada
So how does a kid who plateaued at AA manage to wear the Maple Leaf on his chest at the Maccabiah Games? Cue the cliché – perseverance and dedication. ...
Maccabiah Games – Experience of a Lifetime
Growing up as a boy who had a passion for basketball, never did my spiritual Jewish connection spark a change in the way I viewed life and people. I always honored my Jewish heritage and respected my religion's homeland. Yet, never did I really tie the true connection to Israel. Participation in the 20th Maccabiah Games became the moment when the countless unseen hours of hard work and passionate dedication for my basketball dream eventually paid off. Prior to the Games was one long year filled...
Canada wraps up Maccabiah games with 50 medals
Who says the only ice Israelis are familiar with is the kind that comes in a glass? An estimated 9,000 fans, including more than 6,000 Israelis, crowded into the Pais Arena in Jerusalem to watch the gold medal ice hockey game between Team Canada and Team U.S.A., making it the biggest audience for any single Maccabiah event. ** Medal count at time of posting. Final count to be verified. ...
Emile Sadaka: Coming Full Cycle
To say that Montreal’s Emile Sadaka is grateful for the opportunity to compete in Masters Cycling at the 20th Maccabiah Games would be an understatement. Emile’s path to the international competition is one that he hopes inspires young Maccabi Canada athletes to appreciate and soak up the once in a lifetime experience. Born in Baghdad, Emile’s family immigrated to Montreal when he was a child. While they settled down in the Great White North, the remainder of his relatives relocated to ...
Waterpolo team hopes to surprise in the pool
If the Canadian Olympic Team was selecting its water polo squad for the 2020 Summer Games, there’s a good chance that a few of the Open Maccabi Men would be in the mix for a trip to Tokyo. With a number of Maccabiah Games alumni, who double as members of the Canadian national team, the team about to dive into the pool in Netanya is undoubtedly Canada’s best edition to date. While the medal hopefuls are now ready to dawn their suits and caps, as late as last May, for Maccabiah Games alu...
Lauren Small: 21.1 KM from the finish line
Lauren Small-Pennefather’s road to the 20th Maccabiah Games began 25 years ago. At the age of 21, Lauren made her first trip to Israel. Despite being in awe of the country and meeting a large part of her family for the first time, constantly on her mind was her mother in Montreal, who was slowly losing her battle with cancer. “We went to the Kotel to pray for her. She was quite ill, but we prayed that she would get better. It was an emotional journey and it was very important for m...