Maccabi was founded at the turn of the century in Central and Eastern Europe. Following rising anti-semitism, Jews were excluded from local sports and social clubs. So they decided to form their own.
The clubs concentrated on developing their members' physical fitness, primarily for reasons of self-defence.
Maccabi now has over 400,000 members in 55 countries throughout the world.
Early Maccabi clubs were based around sports but soon became social, cultural and sporting centres for the community. This continues today with many sports including badminton, basketball, bridge, cricket, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, karate, lawn bowls, netball, rugby, softball, squash, swimming, table-tennis, tennis, tenpin bowling, track & field, triathlon, volleyball and water polo.Registered Address: Shield House, Harmony Way, London NW4 2BZ
Charity Registration Number: 1098206
Company Number: 4759599