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A Jewish Pride moment for the Canadian Hockey Team
Nimrod's Lookout While sport is the main focus, I know that Maccabi Canada feels very strongly about promoting the connection between Canadian Jews and the State of Israel. I worked with Farrel Miller to do just this in the spirt of what the games are all about.  A few months prior to the Games TSN aired a documentary about Hockey in Metula and how hockey is bringing some Jews and Arabs together to better understand each other. During this segment the documentary spoke about a father (He...
Jewish Sports Connects Israeli and Diaspora Jewry
July 18, 2013 will be recorded as an historic day for Israel and the Jewish community.We (my wife, Brenda and our son, Micah) arrived at Teddy Kolek stadium in Jerusalem with thousands of visitors, friends and relatives waiting in anticipation of the start of the Opening Ceremonies of the 19th Maccabiah Games.Our younger son, Adam (member of the Canadian rugby team) would soon be marching in with the Canadian delegation along with a record forty-one other countries that sent teams. We were part ...
Planning An Israel Experience of A Lifetime!
We have recently returned from the Maccabi World Union Plenary meetings, at Kfar Hamaccabiah in Ramat Gan.This year’s annual meeting was extremely significant with representatives from over 30 delegations.The meetings took on a “down to business” yet exhilarating approach to the planning for the upcoming Games.We got an in-depth glimpse at what the 19th Maccabiah is going to look like. Last year’s plenum’s celebrated 80 years of Maccabiahs, and was attended by guest speakers such as...
From Generation to Generation
This past decade has seen an unprecedented interest in soccer in North America, starting with David Beckham’s American debut in the MLS, and more recently with the success of the Canadian National Women’s soccer team. Toronto, however, has already seen a long and strong foothold of interest in the game, in large part due to diverse immigrant populations and the resulting cultural enclaves that fervently follow, support, and play the game. Think no further than Little Italy during the Euro...
Team Maccabi achieving soccer success at all levels
A new wave of soccer participation in the Toronto Jewish community involves Team Maccabi – an organization supported by parents, coaches and players at different age and range levels. Read more......
Dreams Do Come True
With the highs and lows of the London Olympics behind him, one Canadian athlete now has his sights set on his next quadrennial games, the 19th Maccabiah in Israel. Josh Binstock, part of Canada’s two-manteam which hit the beach court in the shadow of Buckingham Palace a few short months ago, will trade bare feet for rubber soles as he helps lead the Maccabi Canada Men’s Open Team in their quest for a second indoor volleyball medal. While a medal wasn’t in the cards for 2012 at the Ho...
Hockey Night In Ottawa with Elliotte Friedman
After participating in Maccabi Canada’s Sports Unplugged, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman (Hockey Night in Canada) has graciously agreed to lead a "hot stove" sports panel in Ottawa.Special guests were Ottawa Senator players Colin Greening, Zach Smith and Jim O'Brien, and local media personality Don Brennan from the Ottawa Sun. The two co-Chairs, Charles Schachnow and Brian Bailey organized an intimate "evening to remember" by creating the right ambiance coupled with great food and perfect weath...
Giving Juniors A True Israel Experience
The Maccabi Canada Israel Experience By any conceivable standard, Israel has been an extraordinary success story: national rebirth in the ancestral homeland after millennia of exile and dispersion; resuscitation of a dormant biblical language; the creation of a modern, highly educated, technologically advanced, and culturally and economically thriving society, as well as a vibrant liberal democracy in one of the world's least democratic areas. It is a world leader in agriculture, medical, mi...
Amare Stoudemire Joins Maccabi Canada’s Coaching Team
The athletes attending last weekend’s Open Men’s Basketball tryouts in Toronto, enjoyed a special treat in a way of a surprise visit by New York Knick’s Amare Stoudemire. Amare who just last Friday confirmed his commitment to assist Coach John Dore in coaching the team at the 19th Maccabiah Games, took the first step towards fulfilling his obligation by flying to Toronto to attend the final National tryouts, and give his input as to who should represent Canada next summer. It was Jo...
“Kings” up for the Challenge, Family Day a Splash
Unlike the fastest game on ice, they didn’t have to play 82 games plus four rounds of playoffs before they got a chance to hoist the cup. The cheers and high-fives emanating from the red-shirted Maccabi team, fresh from Sunday’s head-to-head no-holds-barred battle against their yellow nemesis, was a sure sign they were the 2012 winners of the grueling Maccabi Canada – Camp Robin Hood – Sports Challenge Cup. Some sport purists would argue that Los Angeles captured Lord Stanley’s Cup ...