At 16, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend six weeks in Israel, hiking, swimming, and touring (and clubbing!), all the while learning about my Jewish roots. At the end of the summer all the Young Judaea groups gathered for the 2-day Maccabiah games on the Sea of Galilee, where we competed against each other in obstacle courses, tug of war, and other feats of strength and skill.
I had no idea at that age of the existence of the legitimate Maccabiah games, an international sporting event that comes to Israel once every four years.
For the 2013 competition, international Jewish athletes have already arrived in Israel representing their home countries, in Olympic-like sports such as taekwondo (my fav!), badminton and basketball.
Tune in for a live stream of the opening ceremonies here on JLTV. It’s all starting tomorrow, July 18th at 1:00 ET, and the games continue through July 30th.
With Jews making their homes all around the world, I feel this is a great opportunity to show international unity… I’m definitely tuning in.
Visit the Nancy Mae Shaines Memorial Library this month to view books on Jewish athletes throughout history, on display now at Temple Israel Portsmouth.