20th Maccabiah: Outstanding Achievements
The 20th Maccabiah ended yesterday night in a spectacular closing ceremony, well-suited for the amazing occasion. This year’s Maccabiah was truly spectacular and record-breaking on so many levels: 10,000 participants from 80 countries coming together to celebrate sports, Jewish spirit and one Jewish heart beating in love and continuing a great Jewish tradition.

Thousands gathered up in the Western Wall for an outstanding and moving Bar Mitzvah, and to think that during the 1th Maccabiah this wouldn’t have been possible. In addition, what can be more precious than welcoming Shabbat the Queen, in Israel. The first Kabbalat Shabbat took place in the old train station in Jerusalem and the second in Tel-Aviv’s port.

Despite the heavy heat and humidity so characteristic to Israel at this time of year, the inspiring athletes competed in a Triatlon and cycling and we completely salute the participants and winners!
Swimming records were broken in the swimming pool and best athlete went to Australian Paralympic swimmer Matthew John “Matt” Levy who broke world record in 200 m. freestyle swimming and won 5 gold medals! Together with Matt, Sasha Gollish, a Canadian athlete who masters competitive running, go girl power!

A bit of medals summary for 2017 Maccabiah games:

1 Israel with 284 medals
2 USA with 90 medals
3 Australia with 15 medals

Taking place once in 4 years, it is truly a remarkable event, celebrating the triumph of Jewish spirit over all challenges and coming out stronger than ever in the beating of 1 heart and 1 Zionist spirit. The 20th Maccabiah might be over, but we continue to come together, support one another and pass our amazing Jewish traditions to the next generation.  

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