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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...
Jeremy Freedman to be Canada’s Flag bearer at the European Games in Berlin
Maccabi Canada is proud to announce that Jeremy Freedman, a long time athlete and friend of the organization, was selected to lead the Canadian Delegation into Waldbuhne Stadium on July 28, 2015 as the Flagbearer at the traditional athlete parade at the Opening Ceremonies of the European Maccabi Games in Berlin. Jeremy Freedman is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc., one of Canada’s leading wealth management firms. He received a Juris Doctorate d...
Kicking off the 20th Maccabiah
By: Tali Dubrovsky Every May, the Maccabi Canada leadership attends the ‘Plenum’, Maccabi World Union’s annual conference in Israel. This year’s plenum was the official kickoff of the 20th Maccabiah in 2017 unveiling the new logo and the Game’s promotional video. A 2017 Games logistics status report was given by the Organizing committee, which included a new accommodation concept, a new and improved Opening Ceremony plan, proposed sports, and a test run of the new registration syste...
Another Great Spring for Maccabi in the Community
As in every spring, Maccabi Canada’s involvement in the community continues to grow with athletes volunteering to run Sports Days at the Hebrew Day schools, a variety of sports clinics, and participate in community events across Canada. To kick off the spring, Maccabi Canada partnered with Canadian Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro for their 5th Annual Soccerthon. Beit Issie Shaprio is Israel’s leading institution that develops and provides innovative therapies and services for children with...
2015 Sports Challenge Winner Is…
Skills challenged, stamina tested, and the desire to win immeasurable at the 2015 Maccabi Canada Sports Challenge, an event supporting Maccabi Canada’s Adopt An Athlete program, which provides financial assistance to qualified Jewish Canadian athletes towards their participation in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Our teams returned to compete in Football, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, and Beach Volleyball and a final face off in an obstacle course.   The competition was fierce as each...