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Maccabi SA Honours Isaac Joffe at 90

15 December 2014
On 17th December 2014, Maccabi SA Vice-Chairman Desmond Hyman and Sports Director Alain Nathan presented veteran tennis player Mr Isaac Joffe with a special award on the occasion of his 90th birthday, at his home in Victory Park, Johannesburg.

Joffe competed at 3 Maccabiot, 2005, 2009 and 2013, winning a bronze medal in the Men’s Masters Doubles Tennis in 2009. Joffe’s wife Maureen is also an active tennis player and competed at the 2013 Maccabiah.

“Isaac Joffe is a very talented, dedicated sportsman and to be participating in the Games at 88-years-old is a truly remarkable achievement,” said Maccabi SA Chairman Clifford Garrun. Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged Joffe in his opening address at the Games: “The Maccabiah is an extraordinary event which brings Jews together from across the world. Only in the Maccabiah can a 13-year-old Jewish swimmer from Brazil meet an 88-year-old Jewish tennis player from South Africa”. Indeed.

The Greenside Hebrew Congregation also held a special brocha to celebrate Isaac’s 90th birthday.

Issac Joffe is a testament to sport and exercise prolonging and increasing your quality of life. Kol hakavod.

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