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Obituary: Solly Kroll

Blow to Bloemfontein Jewish Community as beloved Solly Kroll passes away age 84.
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Notice: Maccabi SA AGM

AGM date set : 26 November 2017 for Maccabi SA members only.
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Long road to a coveted Maccabiah Medal

Maccabi SA U16 Futsal team conquer strong opponents to win bronze medal after culmination of 18 month project in search of success at the 20th Maccabiah 2017
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Obituary: Louis Gecelter

Jewish Community legend, "Mister Maccabi" passes away at age of 98 leaving lasting legacy in the Maccabi Movement.
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Adam Lipschitz – Durban’s Golden Boy

The 23 year old student won 2 individual gold medals in the 10KM road running race and the 5000 meter track race at the Maccabiah.
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Going barmy while on Maccabi

Jeppe High School pupil, Cameron Smook, got more than just a gold medal for cricket at this year’s Maccabi Games.
by Nicola Miltz, Jewish Report August 31, 2017
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20th Maccabiah – Team SA Medals Table

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Team Maccabi SA Flag Bearer Announced

Maccabi South Africa is delighted to announce that cricketer Colin Venter will be the flag bearer for Team Maccabi SA at the Opening Ceremony of the 20th Maccabiah, taking place on 6 July 2017 at the Teddy Kolek Stadium in Jerusalem.
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Full Team South Africa Delegation List Announced

In 2017, Team Maccabi South Africa is bringing a delegation of close to 300 people in 30 teams across 17 sporting codes to the 20th Maccabiah. Comparative to it's community size, South Africa has one of the biggest delegations in the Maccabi Games and is always expected to do very well on the medals table.
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Maccabi SA Raffle Winners Announced

Maccabi SA 2017 Raffle winners were drawn last night at the Johannesburg 20th Maccabiah Send Off Event by Maccabi SA Vice Chairman Des Hymen and Clive Blechman from Eastvaal Motors, who sponsored the Ford Figo Grand Prize! The Raffle raised over R1.6 Million, and all proceeds went directly to fund the participants of our delegation. A huge THANK YOU to all entrants for supporting our sports people!
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Maccabi SA coup as Jonathan Kaplan roped in

By Jack Milner, SA Jewish Report 02 Feb 2017.
Jonathan Kaplan, one of the most respected and highly rated rugby referees in the world in recent years, has been appointed “Director of Referees” for this year’s Maccabi Games. Kaplan, who has put his whistle away on international level, is still maintaining a keen interest and passion for the game.
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Maccabi SA Needs You!

A unique opportunity within the Jewish Community - Exciting volunteer position at Maccabi SA available. We're looking for an ideal pair of Junior Managers to supervise our junior delegation at 20th Maccabiah 2017 in Israel.Details below - send CV to admin@maccabi.co.za or call 011 694 5081
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Maccabi SA Junior Futsal aiming at gold in 2017!

The U16 Maccabi Boys Futsal team recently conducted their first training camp in August, adding to their preparation for the upcoming 20th Maccabi Games in Israel in July 2017.
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“Israel” Wins Epic Battle vs The Italians

On Wednesday 4 May 2016, a confident ‘’Israeli’’ team took on the mighty ‘’Azzurri’’ in a friendly soccer match at the Italian Sports Club in Milnerton, Cape Town. The match was played under floodlights and was well supported by friends & family. Both teams were represented by members of their respective communities who play soccer socially and/or at club level.
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Maccabi SA Football Hosts Selwyn Segal Team

On 21 April 2016 the Maccabi SA Junior Football squad hosted a training session and friendly matches for the Selwyn Segal Eagles at the Discovery Soccer Park. The event was part of the squad’s development programme as they prepare for the Maccabi games in Israel next July.
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Berlin Futsal Boys Win Gold!

Seven months after returning home from the 14th European Maccabi Games in Berlin, the Maccabi SA U16 Futsal team have manged to win gold in their Fives Futbol 5-a-side soccer league.
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Maccabi SA partners with Afrika Tikkun to assist community sport

A key objective of Maccabi South Africa is to assist those in need in both the Jewish and non-Jewish communities, through outreach and upliftment projects in line with the fundamental principle of ‘’tzedakah’’ – righteous behaviour through charitable contribution.
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Mobilising Maccabi – A New Era for Maccabi South Africa

On Sunday 13 March 2016, Maccabi South Africa hosted an event to officially launch a new era for the movement.
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Maccabi SA Junior Cricket – Quest to defend gold medal begins

Maccabi SA has participated in Junior Cricket at the last 3 Maccabiot (2005, 2009 & 2013), winning the gold medal in all three tournaments and replicating the success of the senior cricket team that has dominated Maccabi cricket since the 1973 Games. Maccabi SA is fortunate in that the standard of cricket coaching in schools is excellent and allows for an easy transition for the team to the Maccabiah level of cricket.
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Maccabi SA Football Trials a Great Success

Maccabi SA's Junior Football preparations for the 2017 Maccabi Games in Israel kicked off on Sunday 31 January at Balfour Park Football Club.
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Ronen Cohen, Maccabi Volunteer Extraordinaire

One of Maccabi SA’s most dedicated volunteers is Capetonian Ronen Cohen, who has been involved with the organisation since he was seven years old.
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Joffe Brings Home Pan Am Medal

Maccabi SA was represented at the recent 13th Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile by two tennis players, lifelong friends Maureen Joffe and Arona Katz.
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Meet Maureen Joffe, Tennis Player and Lover of Life!

Maccabi SA spoke to Maureen Joffe prior to her departure for the Pan Am Games in Chile to find out about the big role that tennis plays in her life.
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Maccabi SA gets a Brand Makeover

Maccabi SA is delighted to announce the launch of our new corporate identity and online home.
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We have created this section of the website specifically for the Jewish community to share your sporting news and achievements. There are so many talented persons of all ages accomplishing significant feats on the sports field, including competitive, traditional/extreme sports and recreational activities, and we would love to hear about it!

If you would like to share any sporting related results and success stories (including photographs), for example from any school, university, club, community, corporate, federation or social sports events, please email us on admin@maccabi.co.za and we will share the nachas with the community.

 

Obituary: Solly Kroll

Blow to Bloemfontein Jewish Community as beloved Solly Kroll passes away age 84.
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Kevin’s campaign with Israel’s Rugby XV hits a snag

By Jack Milner, SA Jewish Report 30 Oct - 03 November 2017
Israel’s campaign to move up into the higher rugby echelons took a dip at the weekend when they went down 17-32 to Croatia in their second match of the Rugby Europe International Championship qualifying games.
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Love Cricket? We want you to get involved!

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Maccabi SA Needs You!

A unique opportunity within the Jewish Community - Exciting volunteer position at Maccabi SA available. We're looking for an ideal pair of Junior Managers to supervise our junior delegation at 20th Maccabiah 2017 in Israel.Details below - send CV to admin@maccabi.co.za or call 011 694 5081
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While in the water

By Shireen Sapiro, casimirtv.com, 10 November 2016

Ever since I can remember, being in the water has been my safe haven. It is a place I have always felt free, a place where my limitations feel limitless. Never did I imagine that water would play such an import role in me becoming who I am today.
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The Jewish Sportsmans Dilemma – To Pray or Play

By Mandy Yachad, Maccabi SA Ambassador, July 2016

I would like to share with you some of my experiences during my time, many years ago, as a sportsman and more particularly how I managed - or at least tried to manage - to combine a sporting and professional career whilst at the same time attempting to uphold my faith and beliefs and the conflict which it created. Before I do so though, I must sketch some background.
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SA’s ‘Little Rafa’ looks very much like a future ‘Big Rafa’

By Ilan Hermann, Jewish Report 22 - 27 May 2016.
He hits a forehand with the ferocity of a senior player. At 13, Dylan Salton is a rising star and has now moved up the rankings to becoming second in South Africa for his age category in tennis.
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“Israel” Wins Epic Battle vs The Italians

On Wednesday 4 May 2016, a confident ‘’Israeli’’ team took on the mighty ‘’Azzurri’’ in a friendly soccer match at the Italian Sports Club in Milnerton, Cape Town. The match was played under floodlights and was well supported by friends & family. Both teams were represented by members of their respective communities who play soccer socially and/or at club level.
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Theodore Yach conquers his 100th Robben Island Crossing

Theodore Yach who competed at the 2005 Maccabiah in the SA Water Polo Team and as a masters swimmer at the 2007 Pan-American Maccabi Games in Argentina (winning two silver medals and a bronze) reached another major milestone in his swimming career.
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Kaplan To Be Inducted Into Jewish Sports Hall Of Fame

By Jack Milner, SA Jewish Report 4-11 Dec 2015.
South African rugby referee icon, Jonathan Kaplan, has been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame for 2016.
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Jerusalem Jet wins 947 Tandem Elite Title

Maccabi SA Cycling Convenor and Maccabiah gold medallist Issy Zimmerman lived up to his social media name ‘’Jerusalem Jet” when, together with cycling partner Andrew McLean, they defended their Tandem Elite Mens title at the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge on Sunday 15 November 2015.
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Nadel and Ingel Take Gold in Powerlifting

By ILAN HERRMANN for SA Jewish Report | 12 November 2015 - The first question Johannesburg’s Carmit Nadel had put to her as she arrived in Meknes, Morocco with her husband and fellow powerlifter, Nic Ingel, for the African Powerlifting Championship was accusatory and aggressive: “Are you from Israel?”
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Danica Schlome gets call-up to National training camp

Maccabian Danica Schlome (16) has made a breakthrough in her promising table tennis career by receiving a call-up from the South African Table Tennis Board to attend training with the National Junior Squad.
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Maccabi SA Supports Ride4AfricaIsrael for Second Year

The 947 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg on 15 November 2015 saw the Ride4AfricaIsrael Team take part as a registered charity for the second year in a row. Over 40 riders from all walks of life who support Israel and want to help underprivileged South Africans participated in the race.
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King David cricketers dominate Old Eds Awards

King David Linksfield cricketers won nine out of 15 Junior awards at the annual Gunn & Moore Old Edwardian Cricket Awards held on 15 October 2015 in Houghton, Johannesburg.
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Maccabi SA Sponsors KDL Sports Trophies

King David High School Linksfield held their annual Sports Awards dinner on Sunday 11 October 2015. The event honours outstanding sports performances by male and female athletes through the course of the year.
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Jewish Achievements at the Olympic Games

When I mentioned to Jonathan Birin that I would be speaking at Limmud on Jewish achievement at the Olympic Games he laughed at me. Then added sarcastically “Are you intending to speak for three minutes or do you think you can you draw it out to five?”
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