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Sean’s Basketball Dream Comes True
Every child dreams of what they want to be when they grow up.  Sean Ashkenazy was no exception. Meet Sean Ashkenazy, a 24 year old Canadian basketball player, who steered his basketball career from a 5 year old player on Maccabi Tel Aviv’s youth teams to the, now, professional basketball player and starting forward with Maccabi Hadera in Israel.  Sean’s dedication, hard work and love for the game of basketball awarded him the opportunity to play professionally. “I've been visualizing...
Maccabi Canada Basketball team is off to the Berlin Games
Canadian Junior Boys Basketball Team will compete at the European Maccabi Games 2015 in Berlin! Maccabi Canada’s Junior Boys Basketball Team will compete in the 14th European Maccabi Games (EMG2015) July 27 – August 5, 2015. The EMG2015 are Europe’s biggest Jewish sporting event with more than 2000 athletes, coaches and staff from over 30 countries from around the world. Athletes will compete in over 20 sports. Our goal was to send at least one team to represent Canada at the EMG201...
It was worth the Price of Admission
With the stands filled with fans from both sides, including senior men's Maccabi players, the top two teams faced off in the final game of the regular season for bragging rights and the 2001 Downsview park league title. The Maccabi 2001 Youth Soccer team playing one year up in age, faced off against a significantly larger and older Asante team coached by former TFC player and Syracuse All American Richard Asante. It truly was a David versus Goliath match up. The team’s coaching staff, l...
David Blatt’s Maccabiah Experience Influenced His Life Decisions
David first got involved with the sport of Basketball as a small child. He watched his older sisters practice the game using the basket their dad had installed over the garage and joined in. He fell in love with the game and it’s been a lifelong affair. While playing point guard at Princeton, David was recruited by a coach from an Israeli kibbutz team, and he played in Israel that summer at Kibbutz Gan Shmuel.  The following year, a Maccabi USA volunteer approached him about trying out f...
Whitecaps FC name Alan Koch WFC2 head coach
Long-time SFU men's head coach to lead club's USL PRO side Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced the appointment of Alan Koch as Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) head coach prior to the club’s inaugural season in USL PRO. Koch has agreed to a multi-year contract that will continue to include his role as the club’s college scout. "Alan has had great success over the past seven years at SFU," said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi.  "We're looking forward to working with him in the next step of hi...
Tu B’Shvat – Creation & Revelation
Dear friends, One of the most colorful of Tu Bishvat [1] customs, the New Year of Trees, is its "Seder Tu Bishvat" (similar to the Passover Seder), a dinner specially designed to celebrate nature in general, and the Land of Israel and its fruits in particular. White wines – representing the cold winter – and red ones – the heat of summer – adorn the tables together with fruits and grains like wheat, apples, dates, olives, figs, pomegranates, almonds, pears, walnuts and mo...
First Collegiate Career Goal!
Maccabi Canada’s Junior Hockey Player, Jake Walman, scores his first collegiate career goal and multi point game (with one goal and an assist). Jake is currently playing defence for the Providence College Friars hockey team. The Friars, No.18, swept the No. 5 UMass Lowell team last weekend. Congratulations Jake! Keep on scoring. To read more about Jake and his team’s season click here. Keep Us Informed!  If you or someone you know has an exciting story to share please forward you...
Maccabi Athlete Continues to Break Records on the Track
Maccabi Athlete, Sasha Gollish, performance at the Can-AM Classic in Windsor, Ontario this past weekend was stellar. Sasha, a member of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues Track Team, auto-qualified for CI championships in 4x800, 1000m, and 1500m races. Sasha won the women's 1000m race setting a Varsity Blues and meet record.  She is now CI ranked 1st for this distance. In the women's 1500m race, Sasha and her teammate Gabriela Stafford, fought hard to the finish as both women set ne...
Tommy Bacher, our President, Welcomes 2015
Shalom Chaverim, Even though 18 months have passed since the 19th Maccabiah Games, I remember my two weeks as if it was yesterday, with so many highlights both on and off the playing fields. Now, we are in the planning stages of sending a small delegation to represent Maccabi Canada at the European Maccabi Games in Berlin, Germany in July, and a much larger delegation to compete in the Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile in December. I was in Santiago in 2003 when the city la...
Junior Female Soccer Athlete Recruited
Hannah Boshari’s infatuation with soccer began at the young age of 4 where she played forward and defence before establishing herself as a goalkeeper.  Hannah participated in the JCC Maccabi games for two years prior to being selected to play for Team Canada at the 19th Maccabiah in 2013. “When I first recruited Hannah to get involved in the Maccabi experience she was a 14 year old Goal Keeper with some club soccer experience. Her hard work, determination and perseverance to become ...