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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...
Twin sisters in rhythm for Pan Am Games
By: Alan Hudes, Special to the CJN Anjelika and Victoria Reznik will compete together for Canada in rhythmic gymnastics at the 2015 Pan Am Games. It’s the first time the 20-year-old sisters have qualified together for multi-sport games as members of the senior national team. read more...
One Month Away to 14th European Maccabi Games
On July 28th, 2015, just a short month away, 2300 athletes from 36 countries will be marching in the Opening Ceremonies of the 14th European Maccabi Games, in Berlin, Germany. Among them will be a small delegation of Canadian athletes. The Maccabiah Games, which take place in Israel every 4 years, are a very well known event in Canada and around the world. In 2013 over 9,000 athletes from 78 countries participated in what is the third largest sporting event in the world, the largest eve...