Maccabi for Life


Maccabi for Life is a $25 million endowment campaign to ensure the long-term future of Canadian participation at the Maccabiah Games. 

Canadian athletes have participated in every Games since Fred Oberlander led the first Canadian delegation of 17 athletes and officials into Ramat Gan Stadium in 1950, when the 3rd Maccabiah Games were held in Israel for the first time after the Holocaust. 

Maccabi Canada continues to be committed to enabling as many Canadian athletes as possible to participate in the Games. This is done by raising money to provide coaches and medical staff, and to keep the cost of participation as reasonable as possible for participating athletes. Beyond that, Maccabi Canada also makes additional funds available to those athletes unable to meet the necessary fee requirements. 

Without any external grants or funds, Maccabi Canada relies entirely on its fundraising efforts and athlete participation fees. This places tremendous pressure on the organization to raise the necessary funds to ensure a strong Canadian presence at the Games every four years. 

The Maccabi for Life campaign is born out of the need to create financial stability for the Games going forward, and to reduce the participation fee for the athletes. 

We want to thank the Maccabi for Life donors who recognized the importance of our cause and made a commitment to ensure the Canadian delegation to the Maccabiah Games would be financial sustainable endeavor.   

Maccabi for Life Chairs
Jeremy Freedman and David Cynamon

A special Thank You to our founding Maccabi for Life Endowment Donors

Sylvan Adams
The Asper Foundation
The Azrieli Foundation
Tommy & Marilyn Bacher
Ron and Sharon Baruch
Allon and Pnina Bross
David Cynamon
The Jeremy & Judith Freedman Family Foundation
The Goodman Family Foundation  
Gary Kalk
The Kimel Family
Krell Maccabi Endowment Fund
The Minto Foundation
Richard Pilosof
Anton and Ilana Rabie
Wayne Robbins
Graham & Audrey Rosenberg Family Foundation
The Scheinberg Family
The Segal Foundation
Mark Sherman
Larry and Judy Tanenbaum Family
The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation

To learn more on how to make the Maccabi for Life a part of your giving, contact Tommy Bacher (President of Maccabi Canada) at

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