International Games are of paramount importance to Maccabi GB and cater for both the elite athletes of the Community as well as for young people to experience their first taste of representing Great Britain abroad.
The Maccabiah Games
The Maccabiah Games, referred to as the ‘Jewish Olympics’, were first held in 1932, in the midst of a worldwide depression. 390 athletes and 14 nations competed, figures similar to the participation in the very first Olympic Games 36 years before.
The Maccabiah is now the 3rd largest sporting event in the world, after the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, and take place every 4 years in Israel. Maccabi GB is very excited to be taking a delegation of over 500 athletes to the 21st Maccabiah Games in Israel this year.
The European Maccabi Games
The European Maccabi Games are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held. European delegations send their best Jewish sportsmen and women to compete.
Held in July, around 2,100 athletes from 40 different nations compete in a total of 19 disciplines at the European Maccabi Games. According to the organisers, the European Maccabi Games are also a great opportunity for people to establish new contacts, make new friends, and meet interesting people.
Prague hosted the first ever European Maccabi Games in 1929, followed by Antwerp a year later. After a 30 year hiatus, the Jewish games finally returned to European soil as Copenhagen hosted the 1959 competition. The choice of the Austrian capital as the host city of 2011was highly symbolic as it is the first time since World War II that Jewish athletes from all over Europe competed on the territory of the former German Reich.
Last European Maccabi Games (EMG) took place in Budapest, Hungary between 29 July - 7 August, 2019, with more than 3,000 participants from 42 countries including delegations from Andora, Moldova & Montenegro who participated for the first time.
Pan-American Maccabi Games
The Pan-American Maccabi Games are held every four years in one of the Latin America countries and is sponsored by the Latin American Maccabi Confederation (CLAM). Participants include athletes representing North, Central and South America, Israel and other countries throughout the Diaspora.
One of the main missions is to perpetuate and preserve the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish Pride, strengthening Jewish bonds, and by creating a heightened awareness of Israel and Jewish Identity.
The last Pan American Maccabi games took place in Mexico City, Mexico in 2019.
The JCC Maccabi Games
The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.
The Maccabi Movement began in 1895 when the first all-Jewish sports club was formed in Constantinople. The first world Maccabiah Games were held in Israel in 1932. Now, this two week competition takes place every four years and has featured many world class Jewish athletes including: Mark Spitz (swimming), Mitch Gaylord (gymnastics), Ernie Grunfeld and Danny Schayes (basketball), Brad Gilbert and Dick Savitt (tennis).
Maccabi Winter Games
After more than 85 years, Makkabi Germany is bringing winter sports back to the Jewish sports world. From January 2nd-9th 2023, the first Maccabi Winter Games will take place in beautiful Ruhpolding in the Bavarian Alps. The last Jewish Winter Games took place in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1936. Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bavarian Curling, Cross Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Snowboarding and Snow Volleyball will be the sports that will be contested during the Games.
The Elliott Simmons Challenge Tour
The Elliott Simmons Maccabi GB Challenge Israel Tour 2018 Tour is a unique trip to Israel for young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties. Over the 12-day trip, participants toured the country whilst learning about cultural, historical, religious and social elements as well undertaking an activity each day involving a physical ‘challenge’.