Maccabi Games (otherwise known as the Jewish Olympics) are for athletes
of Jewish heritage and take place every four years in Israel. The games
rank as the third largest international sporting event in the world
with over 9,000 competitors. Jewish athletes representing over 60
countries compete in more than 30 sports ranging from netball, to
soccer, to cricket. The Pan American Maccabi Games take place every
four years in a different South American country.
Rachel Wacholder - AVP Pro -
Women's Team Member: Maccabi Games Israel 1997 - Gold Medal
Douglas P. Beal (Ceo USA Volleyball)
Men's Team Member: Maccabi Games Israel 1969
"It is hard for me to overstate the impact of my experience in
participating in the Maccabi Games in 1969. It was my first real
exposure to international sport as a participant and ignited a passion
for the unique mix of competition, travel, culture and world wide
friendships that have been my life ever since. Going to Israel,
experiencing the other teams, foreign values, different cultures,
shared priorities, and the broader world of international sport can be
a life changing event. The mixture of Jewish heritage and history makes
this event that much more special. This trip helped me grow and helped
shape my view of the world and life, unlike any since." - Douglas P.
Beal (CEO USA Volleyball) - Men's Team Member: Maccabi Games Israel 1969.
Gene Selznick - (Gene’s Team)
Men's Team Member: Maccabi Games Israel 1957, 1961, 1973
be involved with the Maccabi games was a great honor for me. They are
the Jewish Olympics and they were the second biggest event next to the
Olympics. I feel very fortunate to have been able to play, to coach,
and to coach my son Dane in the Maccabi games in Israel." - Gene
Selznick - Men's team member: Maccabi Israel 1957, 1961, 1973.
Russ Rose (Head Coach Penn State University)
Maccabi Games Coach: Israel 1981, 1985
Maccabi games provided some of the greatest memories that I have had as
a coach and to be able to celebrate them while in Israel, made the
experiences that much more complete." - Russ Rose (Head Coach Penn
State University) - Maccabi Games Coach: Israel 1981 & 1985.
Sue Gozansky (Head Coach UC-Riverside)
Maccabi Games Coach: Israel 1981, 1985, 1989, 1993
"My four trips to Israel were wonderful both from a coaching standpoint
and getting in touch with my Jewish roots. The trips helped me define
myself better as a member of the Jewish community. I am grateful to the
USA Maccabiah Organization for this opportunity. It is one of the
highlights of my life." - Sue Gozansky (Head Coach UC-Riverside) -
Maccabi Games Coach: Israel 1981, 1985, 1989, 1993.