Maccabi World Union (MWU) Newsletter: October 2016





Dear Chaverim,

Israel's national anthem is HATIKVAH; it means HOPE. I have the opportunity to celebrate Rosh Hashana in Israel with my family this year, so in this New Year's message I want to write of HOPE.

I hope that in this New Year our world will become a better place. I hope that world leaders will be firm in their actions to prevent terrorist attacks, that they will open their eyes to the growing wave of antisemitism and do everything in their power to stop it! I hope that these leaders will do their utmost to stop all the anti-Israel propaganda that flourishes in Israel´s neighboring countries and worldwide. I hope that the people of Israel will be able to sleep in the evening and wake in the morning free of anxiety from rocket and terrorist attacks! Ihope that we Maccabim will play our part in upholding the true values of Sport to those countries, athletes & officials who were so rude towards Israeli athletes in the Olympics; if they persist, then I hope we will help to exclude them from the Olympic Movement!  I hope all our Chaverim feel the importance of personally participating in the struggle against antisemitism and the defense of Israel´s right to exist! Solidarity with Jews worldwide and the people of Israel is of utmost importance; I hope that together we will be strong and brave!


Dedication and commitment to our Movement's ideals in all aspects of our work and areas of our Jewish & Zionist responsibility continue as the standards carried on our flag in 64 countries on 5 continents.

The 20th Maccabiah Organizing Committee is working at full speed to meet expectations of all participating Delegations and I send my best wishes for success to the team lead by Amir Peled as they prepare for our Games, and I urge you, Chaverim, to send to them ENTRY FORM 2 by September 30! The Organizing Committee team needs your information, the vital basis of all their work. Coordination with the Organizing Committee & MWU of the extraordinary efforts & teamwork of volunteers & professionals in all our T.O.'s worldwide are the cornerstones of the great success we want the 20th Maccabiah to be. I wait eagerly to be in our eternal capitalJerusalem in 2017, ready to welcome all our Delegations!


I send my personal best wishes to all Maccabim, to your families and to the organizations you lead with so much dedication and love. 

May 5777 bring us all a sweet year filled with love and success and let us all 

hope for peace and prosperity in the State of Israel and for its People!


Leshana Tovah tikatevu Vetechatemu!

לשנה טובה תכתבו ותחתמו

"May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year".


Chazak Ve'Amatz!









On September 11 a joint community initiative was launched with the Holocaust Survivors' Welfare Fund and Yiddishpiel Theater. MWU invited 350 Holocaust survivors to a show of Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew songs, starring famous Israeli artists, Sassi Keshet and David D'Or.
The event began with a reception for the Holocaust survivors, most of whom came about an hour and a half before the event and were longing for a socio-cultural activity.
Former Minister, Limor Livnat, President of the Fund, welcomed the guests and thanked the MWU for the activities in this important field.
We thank the executive members in Israel and the world for their contribution for this project, which will continue during 2016 and 2017 and will be funded by donations. Special thanks to Ilana Ben-Namer, who was the project coordinator and the driving force behind the event.



As part of its community involvement, for the last 12 years the MWU has been distributing food parcels in Beit Danny club for the elderly in Hatikvah neighborhood,Tel-Aviv.

The project was initiated by the family of the late Justice Dov Levin, who wanted to preserve his memory in a location that was close to his heart - Bnei Yehuda club and Hatikvah neighborhood.

On September 22, MWU distributed 120 food packages to the members of the club. The ceremony was attended by Elie and Assaf Levin, sons of the late Justice Dov Levin; Solomon Maslawi, member of the Tel-Aviv City Council in charge of the elderly; Shlomo Ruimi, Director of Beit Danny and Orly Manasseh, Director of the club for the elderly.

"Kol Yisrael arevim zeh la-zeh" - "all the people of Israel are responsible for one another." 



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!