Sunday, August 11, 2013

19th Maccabiah, Largest Sporting Event in Jewish History, Comes to a Close in Jerusalem

 
Every four years since 1932, thousands of Jewish and Israeli athletes from 65 countries including Mongolia, Luxembourg, Turkey, India, Kazakhstan, and Zimbabwe, have gathered in Israel to participate in the Maccabiah Games.

Last month an especially festive celebration marked 80 years since the first games were held. The opening ceremony took place on July 17, and the games ran from July 18 through July 30.

The Maccabiah is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition, emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. "The Jewish Olympics" as they are often called, are the Maccabi World Union's largest and most famous enterprise. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added jokingly that this is the best dating gathering in the Jewish world.

Last year we posted two videos on the origins and history of the Maccabiah Games and a tribute to the 80 years of games.
 
Today we're sharing a JN1 TV report on the opening ceremony, including interviews with Jewish athletes from all over the world, all expressing joy and anticipation as they prepared to march into Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.  
 
So who won the most medals? Here's the final count.
 
1  Israel 150 135 123 411
2  United States 77 60 59 196
3  Hungary 3 1 1 5
4  Canada 2 3 4 9
5  Azerbaijan 2 0 1 3
6  South Africa 1 3 8 12
7  Australia 1 3 4 8
8  Russia 1 0 6 7
9  Germany 1 0 4 5
7  Georgia 0 2 3 5
8  Australia 0 1 2 3
9  Netherlands 0 1 0 1
10  Cuba 0 0 2 2
11  Great Britain 0 0 1 1
 Ukraine 0 0 1 1
 Brazil 0 0 1 1   
 
Enjoy!
 
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