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Maccabiah Games – Experience of a Lifetime
Growing up as a boy who had a passion for basketball, never did my spiritual Jewish connection spark a change in the way I viewed life and people. I always honored my Jewish heritage and respected my religion's homeland. Yet, never did I really tie the true connection to Israel. Participation in the 20th Maccabiah Games became the moment when the countless unseen hours of hard work and passionate dedication for my basketball dream eventually paid off. Prior to the Games was one long year filled...
Canada wraps up Maccabiah games with 50 medals
Who says the only ice Israelis are familiar with is the kind that comes in a glass? An estimated 9,000 fans, including more than 6,000 Israelis, crowded into the Pais Arena in Jerusalem to watch the gold medal ice hockey game between Team Canada and Team U.S.A., making it the biggest audience for any single Maccabiah event. ** Medal count at time of posting. Final count to be verified. ...
Emile Sadaka: Coming Full Cycle
To say that Montreal’s Emile Sadaka is grateful for the opportunity to compete in Masters Cycling at the 20th Maccabiah Games would be an understatement. Emile’s path to the international competition is one that he hopes inspires young Maccabi Canada athletes to appreciate and soak up the once in a lifetime experience. Born in Baghdad, Emile’s family immigrated to Montreal when he was a child. While they settled down in the Great White North, the remainder of his relatives relocated to ...
Waterpolo team hopes to surprise in the pool
If the Canadian Olympic Team was selecting its water polo squad for the 2020 Summer Games, there’s a good chance that a few of the Open Maccabi Men would be in the mix for a trip to Tokyo. With a number of Maccabiah Games alumni, who double as members of the Canadian national team, the team about to dive into the pool in Netanya is undoubtedly Canada’s best edition to date. While the medal hopefuls are now ready to dawn their suits and caps, as late as last May, for Maccabiah Games alu...
Lauren Small: 21.1 KM from the finish line
Lauren Small-Pennefather’s road to the 20th Maccabiah Games began 25 years ago. At the age of 21, Lauren made her first trip to Israel. Despite being in awe of the country and meeting a large part of her family for the first time, constantly on her mind was her mother in Montreal, who was slowly losing her battle with cancer. “We went to the Kotel to pray for her. She was quite ill, but we prayed that she would get better. It was an emotional journey and it was very important for m...
Richmond athletes off to Maccabiah Games
It most certainly will be an exciting start to the summer for a contingent from Richmond heading to Israel this week to represent Canada at the 20th Maccabiah Games....
Meet Canada’s Flag Bearer
Maccabi Canada: How does it feel to be named as Canada's flag bearer? Albert Shoihet: I am surprised and honoured. I participated in the 2013 Maccabiah Games and I am well aware of the magnitude and pedigree of the Canadian delegation. I am excited to lead this amazing group into the spectacle that is the Opening Ceremonies. MC: Squash is a unique sport; how did you first get involved and what drives you to compete? AS: I got into squash at a very young age with my first experience coming ...
Canadian Squash Champion Albert Shoihet Named Flag Bearer
TORONTO, JUNE 25, 2017 – Albert Shoihet, one of Canada’s brightest young squash stars, has been selected as Canada’s flag bearer for the Opening Ceremonies of the 20th Maccabiah Games. Shoihet will lead a 600-person strong delegation into Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem on July 6 at 8 p.m (IST). The Opening Ceremonies will be streamed live at www.maccabiah.com....
My Maccabi Dream
The Maccabiah Games always elicit feelings of warmth and excitement in the community. Individuals returning from Israel shared endless stories of competition, camaraderie in short, the realization of a life-long dream. I’ve always been captive to these stories, hanging on every word of what everyone calls “the experience of a lifetime”. In two weeks, I will have the honour of walking into Teddy Stadium as a member of Team Canada. The Maccabi dream lives inside every member of our ...
Anthony Housefather, MP: The Maccabean of Parliament
The mere mention of the 20th Maccabiah Games makes Anthony Housefather light up with excitement. From representing Canada as a competitor to the camaraderie with athletes from around the world, Anthony loves it all, which is why the quadrennial Games have been circled on his calendar since 2013. Known in his riding of Mount Royal as its ever-approachable Member of Parliament, in athletic circles, Anthony’s political success is rivaled only by his swimming accomplishments, stemming from a...