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Last-Minute Comeback Over U.S. Gives Maccabi Canada Hoops Gold
By Sheri Shefa, CJN Staff Reporter Just days after making history as the first Maccabi Canada open men’s basketball team to beat the Americans, Canada beat them a second time to win the gold medal in a game Canada’s head coach called “the craziest thing ever.” Read more......
Canadian Basketball Team Goes for Gold…
CANADIAN BASKETBALL TEAM GOES FOR GOLD AT MACCABI GAMES IN CHILE By: Sheri Shefa, CJN Staff Reporter Although the Maccabi Canada delegation at this year’s Pan American Maccabi Games is just a fraction of the size of the 2011 contingent, it made history last week. For the first time in Maccabi Canada’s history, the open men’s basketball team beat the American team in its second game of the tournament in Santiago, Chile, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Read more......
Friends on, and off the Court…
Friends on, and off the Court: Anton Rabie and Lauren Liverman headline Masters Tennis Players for Canada By Jesse Pollock ; Photo courtesy of Necker Cup A pair of Masters tennis players will represent Canada at the upcoming Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile. Anton Rabie and Lauren Liverman will form a mixed doubles team, and each will compete in their respective singles competitions. Rabie, 44, co-owner of Spin Master Toys, is representing Canada for the second time at...
Usher will represent Canada again at Pan Am Maccabi Games
By Jack Borenstein, Shalom Toronto ; Photo courtesy of Martin Bazyl Sage Usher's upcoming participation at the Pan American Maccabi Games at the end of this month in Santiago, Chile will certainly enhance his current skills set, as starting point guard for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues basketball team...read more  ...
Community Sports – Maccabi’s developmental programs
By Alan Hudes ; Photography Michele Bass Maccabi Canada has launched its community sports programming. Coached by former varsity athletes Josh Shermer and Nicole Currie, the first developmental volleyball program was introduced this past fall, with a focus on introducing the basic skills of the game to our youth. “We’re trying to go out and do some grassroots development,” said Tommy Bacher, president of Maccabi Canada. “We believe that’s an important thing because there are...
Maccabi games athletes shine at the Film Festival
By Richard Bronstein, Jewish Free Press  Men and women, young adults and seniors all earned the podium as the Jewish Film Festival finale on Sunday, November 22 paid tribute to all the athletes in Calgary who have participated in the Maccabiah Games. Joining them on stage at the Beth Tzedec congregation was the legendary Tal Brody, Read more......
Courts filled to capacity at the Mike Yuval Tennis Classic
Over 60 players took to the courts of Nun’s Island Tennis Club on Nov. 1, for the Mike Yuval Tennis Classic, Maccabi Canada’s largest annual fundraiser in Quebec. This year's edition of the event raised close to $ 35,000 towards the Adopt an Athlete program – an initiative that funds qualified athletes to compete in the 2017 Maccabiah Games, who otherwise cannot afford the opportunity. “We had an unbelievable turnout,” said Jeff Friedman, event co-chair. “A few of the organiz...
From the pitch to the sidelines
Ilya Orlov has moved from the soccer pitch to the sidelines. A member of the bronze medal-winning open men’s soccer team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel, the former Maccabi athlete has redirected his passion and competitive experience into coaching.  Fresh off his first season as an assistant coach with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s squad, Orlov also works extensively at the grassroots level, dedicating time to Maccabi Canada by running soccer clinics in Jewish ...
Soccer player becomes first Jewish woman in Montreal’s hall of fame
By Janice Arnold, CJN Staff Reporter; Photo by Owen Egan, Courtesy of McGill University.   Eva Melamed, a leading striker for the women’s soccer team, has become the first Jewish woman inducted into the McGill University Sports Hall of Fame. Read more... ...
Team Maccabi heats up the streets of Toronto
When you have a big heart and a warm spirit, it does not matter how cold it is outside. That was the feeling of Team Maccabi’s 34 runners and supporters at the 2015 Scotiabank Charity Challenge on Oct. 18. As a group and individually, Team Maccabi emitted heat on the streets of Toronto. The Scotiabank Charity Challenge enlisted 150 charities to participate in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) and fundraise towards their cause or organization. Maccabi Canada returned as a...