Team Maccabi GB will come home with an impressive 72 medals after representing British Jewry at the JCC Maccabi Games this week. The squad of 71 athletes and managers took part in 10 successful days of sporting competition and cultural activities.
Of the medals won, many came from Track and Field with all members of the squad winning medals, many of which were gold.
On the football pitch, Team Maccabi GB U14 Blue made it to the final and beat Philadelphia 3-1 to return home with the gold medal. U16 Boys Football were awarded bronze after a 5-3 victory against Israel but U14 White sadly didn’t make it to the final despite their valiant efforts.
Medals also came from Table Tennis’ Samuel Klein (bronze 15-16 Singles) and Miles Isaacs (silver 13-14 Singles) and Tennis players Alon Hannuna, Rafi Howard, Joshua Imber and Oliver Davis all return home with medals after hard fought matches.
Dancers Tali Orenstein, Dani Kramer, Georgia Myers, Emma Greenberg, Talia Diamond and Jake Becker medalled in their solo and group dances including winning the gold medal for their group Hip Hop dance.
In the pool, swimmers Benjamin Feigenbaum won silver in 15-16 Boys 50 Yard Freestyle Relay. Ellie Egan-Williams, Jade Bentley, Max Winters and Rafael Leon all medalled in the 400 Metre Medley relay with Egan-Williams also securing the 200 yard butterfly bronze.
As well as the medals won during the Games, a number of GB athletes were awarded with Midot Medals which were given to athletes who showed leadership, positivity and embraced the ‘Rachmanus Spirit’ of fair play. The athletes also took part in the annual JCC Cares charitable project, which this year involved interacting with young children in different activities.
One of the highlights of the JCC Maccabi Games is the evening and social activities, which allow the athletes to meet other young, Jewish people from all over the world and make lifelong friendships.
Joint head of delegation Janice and Ian Aarons said “The JCC Maccabi Games allow young Jewish athletes their first opportunity of representing their country at an international sports event. Team Maccabi GB have not only represented their country but their community too having also made lifelong friendship and will return home with medals and more enhancing their Jewish identity.”
The JCC Games are held annually for Jewish teenagers between the ages of 13 and 16 and began in 1982. Next year, the JCC Maccabi Games will be held in Detroit, Michigan.