Emile Sadaka: Coming Full Cycle
Posted on July 17, 2017 Author: Daniel Birnberg. Photography: Maccabi Canada
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
Posted on July 14, 2017 Author: Daniel Smajovits. Photography: Maccabi Canada
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
Posted on July 10, 2017 Author: Daniel Smajovits.
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
Posted on June 28, 2017 Author: Richmond News. Photography: Courtesy of Richmond News
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
Posted on June 26, 2017 Author: Daniel Smajovits. Photography: Courtesy of Albert Shoihet
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
Posted on June 25, 2017 Author: Maccabi Canada. Photography: Courtesy of Albert Shoihet
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
Posted on June 23, 2017 Author: Michele Bass. Photography: Maccabi Canada
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
Posted on June 21, 2017 Author: Daniel Smajovits. Photography: Maccabi Canada
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...
Josh Binstock: A Passion for Maccabi
Posted on June 20, 2017 Author: Paul Grossinger. Photography: Maccabi Canada
If Maccabi Canada had a Hall of Fame, Josh Binstock would be one of its founding members.
The Maccabiah Games résume for the Richmond Hill, Ontario, native is long, decorated and most of all, very impressive. Binstock is a three-time member of Canada’s Men’s Open Volleyball team, which includes a historic silver medal in 2013. Those very same games, he was chosen as Canada’s flag bearer and heading into his fourth Maccabiah in a few weeks, he will compete in the Maccabiah Games’ in...
A Maccabiah First: Putting the Yeshiva community on the map and mat
Posted on June 19, 2017 Author: Daniel Birnberg. Photography: Courtesy of Moshe Klyman
Moshe Klyman’s road to the 20th Maccabiah Games has spanned 18 years, two countries and one major obstacle after another. Since learning about the Jewish Olympic Games in high school, Moshe has longed for the chance to wrestle for his country and take home a gold medal in Israel.
Yet, while Moshe is about to realize his athletic dream, he knows that his presence at the Games holds an even stronger significance than a legitimate medal hope for Canada. Once he steps on the mat in Be’er Shev...