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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...
Governor General honours a Maccabi Athlete
Sasha Gollish has another award to add to her resume. The Pan American Games bronze medalist and Maccabi Games champion was honoured in Ottawa Nov. 16, alongside seven other student-athletes as one of the top eight Academic All-Canadians. The award recognizes Gollish for her strong year, both in the classroom and on the track. Out of over 3,100 students honoured by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) for an academic average over 80 per cent, the Toronto native was chosen as the lone fe...
Israeli tennis coach and Jewish player lead Canada
By Marvin Glassman, Special to the CJN       There was definitely an Israeli touch to Canada winning the historic first Junior Davis Cup in tennis for boys 16 and under in Spain.  Read more......
Maccabi Young Leadership Conference – Atlantic City
Join Maccabi Young Leadership (MYL) for our first North American Seminar. Friday, November 13 - Sunday, November 15, 2015 Atlantic City Maccabi Young Leadership (MYL) members from across the United States and Canada are gathering in Atlantic City for an incredible weekend full of amazing people, inspiring speakers (including Consul General of Israel in NY Ido Aharoni), events & outings, and so much more. MYL promotes Zionism,  Jewish values, and sports through social, educational...
First-ever Israeli MLB draft pick proud to represent his country
By Daniel Koren, CJN online Editor In June, 19-year-old Dean Kremer made history when he became the first Israeli to ever be selected in the Major League Baseball draft, chosen by the San Diego Padres as the 1,137th pick in the 38th round.  Read more......