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21st Maccabiah Delayed to July 2022
The Maccabi World Union (MWU), the world’s only International Jewish & Sports organization, announced that the 21st Maccabiah Games have been officially moved to Summer 2022 due to the pandemic-related postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo to Summer 2021. The 21st Maccabiah Games will now be held in July 12-26, 2022 in Israel. Maccabi USA’s experiential Israel education program Israel Connect program will begin July 6, 2022 and lead into the official start of the Maccabiah.
The first Maccabiah was held in in Ramat Gan, Israel in 1932 with 390 athletes from 18 countries taking part. Traditionally held every four years, interrupted only by the Second World War, by 2017 the Games had grown to include nearly 10,000 Jewish athletes from more than 75 countries competing in 40 sports. The Maccabiah Games are now the third largest international sporting event in the world following only the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. The Maccabi USA delegation to the 20th Maccabiah in the summer of 2017 numbered 1,131 members, the largest traveling delegation in the history of not just Jewish sporting events but all international multi-sport competitions.
Maccabi USA President Jeffrey Bukantz commented, “With the postponement of the Olympics until 2021, the only viable option was to postpone the 21st World Maccabiah Games until July of 2022. Maccabi USA builds Jewish Pride Through Sports; however, the current COVID-19 pandemic has certainly put sports in their proper perspective. Let’s all pray that the world returns to normal as soon as possible, and we look forward to celebrating that normalcy at the Maccabiah in 2022!”
Planning for the 21st Games was underway with many athletes, coaches, and other volunteers already assigned and beginning preparations. General Chair Louis Moyerman stated, “While we were all looking forward to joining together in the Summer of 2021 for the 21st Games, we are committed to using this extra planning time to ensure that the experience in 2022 will be even more memorable. We look forward to our biggest and best USA delegation ever marching into Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium for the 21st Maccabiah Opening Ceremony on July 14, 2022.”
Maccabi USA has a strong track record in building Jewish community. According to the leadership team, they are excited to this opportunity to serve the American Jewish community by providing a diverse selection of rich and meaningful ways for people to interact virtually, both during the current time of social distancing and beyond. Dubbed MaccabiUSA@Home, Maccabi USA will be providing a range of free content including sports skill building, educational sessions, relevant interviews, E-sports, and more to those interested.
Hundreds of viewers have already heard from quality speakers like Olympic Medalist Ori Sasson, known for his bronze medal run in the Rio Olympics and infamous moment when his Egyptian competitor refused to shake his hand following the match; Coach Eric Holtz, Manager of the Israel National Baseball Team for the 2021 Olympic Games; Marc Zumoff, TV play by play announcer for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers; and more. Learn more about Maccabi USA at home here: https://www.maccabiusa.com/at-home/
Marshall Einhorn (Wynnewood, PA), CEO of Maccabi USA, said, “As we experience the absence in our daily lives of sports at all levels – from little leagues to the major leagues – and in-person connection, Maccabi USA is going virtual to help fill that void. We know first-hand the power of sports to bring people together and we are excited to provide opportunities for our alumni and the broader American Jewish community to come together and bridge the physical distances that currently keeps us apart.”
Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs. The Organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America. As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.
MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport. Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.
Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The Organization is one of 38 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level, and is rated as a three-star non-profit by Charity Navigator. Learn more at www.MaccabiUSA.com.