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Parapan Am Athletes, Dembe and Levine, Medal winners
By: Alan Hudes, Freelance Writer.            Joel Dembe and Alison Levine are at opposite ends of their athletics careers. Dembe, the 31-year-old wheelchair tennis veteran; Levine, a rising contender on the boccia international scene, who at 25 has been playing the ball-tossing sport for just two years. The duo added to the Canadian Jewish medal haul this summer on home soil, both reaching the podium at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. “It was absolutely incredible,” said Le...
Joel Dembe wins Bronze at Parapan Am Games
Philippe Bedard and Joel Dembe have captured Canada’s first-ever wheelchair tennis medal at either a Parapan Am or Paralympic Games after clinching the bronze medal at TO2015 on Thursday....
10 Memorable Days in Berlin
After having had a few days to rest and reflect on Team Canada’s experience at the European Maccabi Games, outstanding is the word that comes to mind.  Read more...
Berlin Maccabi Games called a triumph of good over evil
By: Paul Lungen and Alex Davis, CJN. When 2,300 Jewish athletes, coaches and officials marched into Waldbuhne Stadium in Berlin, it marked not only the first time the European Maccabi Games were held in Germany, it also signaled a triumph over the genocidal policies of Adolf Hitler. That message was clear to the 20-strong Canadian delegation that marched into the stadium and past the viewing stands where Hitler greeted athletes at the 1936 Olympic Games. To read the complete CJN Article.....
Jewish athletes proud to compete at European Maccabi Games in Berlin
By: Mike Koreen, Toronto Sun. For Vlad Kovalevsky, there didn’t seem to be a choice.  As a proud member of Canada’s Jewish community with deep ties to basketball, Kovalevsky felt it was imperative to put a team together to compete in the 14th European Maccabi Games...To read the Toronto Sun Article...
Jewish Athletes Win Bronze at Pan Ams
By: Paul Lungen, Staff Report, CJN.     Two Canadian Jewish athletes are making room in their trophy cases for medals they earned at the recently concluded Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. Click to read the CJN article...
An Experience On and Off the Court
By: Alan Hudes, Freelance Writer The thought is a powerful one for Andre Serero.  Nearly 80 years later, Jewish athletes finally getting their moment to shine in Berlin. “The symbolic and the emotional impact cannot be overstated,” said Serero, head coach of the Maccabi Canada junior boys’ basketball team that is bound for the European Maccabi Games from July 27 – August 5. “I get goosebumps just thinking about it.” Serero, and assistant Vlad Kovalevsky – a former NCAA...
Maccabi Canada honours Jewish Athletes competing at Pan Am Games
By: Alan Hudes, Freelance Writer Photography: Lorne Frilegh If not for the 2013 Maccabiah Games, Josh Binstock and Sam Schachter would likely have never met. “It was bizarre,” said the 25-year-old Schachter, the younger half of Canada’s top beach volleyball duo competing at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. “We lived so close to each other and we just never knew each other (personally) because of the age difference…It’s a dream come true being able to play with someone lik...
Maccabi Canada hosts reception for Pan Am Jewish athletes
By: Shlomo Kapustin, Special to The CJN  Photography: Lorne Frilegh For weeks, ambivalent Torontonians braced themselves for the Pan Am Games and their long-predicted disruptions, but for Canadian high-level athletes and their supporters – including the Jewish athletic community – these games represent a return home. Read more......
…and then we take Berlin.
Calgary athletes off to Germany this summer for historic Maccabi games Two Calgary athletes will be participating in this year’s European Maccabi Games taking place in Berlin, starting on July 27.  Held every four years and rotated through different countries, the European Maccabi Games are designed to perpetuate and strengthen the European Jewish community by creating new bonds of friendship and greater awareness of Israel and Jewish identity through athletic competition. What is not l...