27-2 MWU PLENARY and IMC MEETINGS *
Kfar Maccabiah *
MAY 19- 24, 2016
The Congress was very successful; letters of congratulation were received from leadership around the world.
Participation was impressive - about 250 delegates from 40 countries, including 60 participnats in the Second MWU Global Young Leadership Seminar.
The Maccabi atmosphere reigned at the events, discussions and various encounters.
In addition to the traditional plenary and regional sessions, the program included workshop-style sessions in Public Relations, Fundraising & Social Media topics.
Prof. Yossi Shain gave a fascinating lecture on the subject of BDS. Prof. Shain swept the audience and many wanted to consult with him about what is happening in their countries, mainly the US and Europe. Robert Benninga and Ingrid Wasser came from Holland; they specialize in leadership empowering. Robert gave an interesting lecture on the subject.
There were also the following workshops:
New Media by Dice Marketing, the company that leads the New Media at the Maccabiah. The subject of the workshop was - Using social networks for the benefit of the Maccabiah marketing.
Fundraising by Yossi Tanuri, Director of the Canadian Jewish appeal. The workshop dealt with the world of philanthropy in 2016, tools and worldview.
Summary of regional games - Alon Meyer, President of Makkabi Germany summarized the European Maccabi Games in Berlin; Alvaro Rosenblut spoke about the Pan American Maccabi Games in Chile. These games were a great success and are an important milestone towards the 2017 Maccabiah Games.
Regional Desks and the Department of Education discussed their operational plans.
Another innovation was the Conference of CLAM, with an impressive participation of 40 delegates from 12 countries, the plans and preparations for the Maccabiah were discussed.
In the framework of the Congress a Professional Conference (CEO's Meetings) took place for professional staff working at Maccabi offices around the world.
The IMC meeting started in Kfar Maccabiah, and continued the next day in Haifa.
The delegates of the Congress had a chance to visit the hotels and the venues of the upcoming 20th Maccabiah.
Everybody enjoyed Kabalat Shabbat at Kfar Maccabiah, in a very special Maccabi family atmosphere; an impressive participation of delegates of Congress and guests.
On Saturday evening there was a screening of "Son of Saul", a very difficult film, a unique Holocaust-themed drama, winner of Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film. The film's Producers Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna were present at the event: Gábor Rajna is a Maccabi VAC Hungary water-polo athlete, who helped the team to great achievements, and played for the team at the 2015 European Maccabi Games in Berlin.
On Sunday the "Tree of Peace" sculpture, donnated by Leo David, was unveiled at Kfar Maccabiah.
A dignified ceremony was attended by the donor, Leo David, the artist, Hedva Ser, Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and the Mayor of Ramat Gan. Leo David greatly appreciated the gesture and the warm hospitality of the Movement.
The event was followed by the Festive Opening Evening at Beit Mayumana, Jaffa-Tel Aviv. The program included welcome addresses, and a sepctacular performance by Mayumana dance troupe, one of the most original ensembles in Israel's world-class dance environment.
On Monday night the traditional delegates party hosted by the Carasso family at Moshav Bnei Zion took place with Israeli music, food and dance. It was really a great simcha!