Designed to inaugurate a Dublin branch of the International Maccabi movement for the promotion of Jewish athletics, a public meeting was held here at which the principal speaker was Lieutenant Colonel J. H. Levey, chairman of the British Maccabi.
He said that, despite the fact that many Jews had distinguished themselves in the field of sports, there still existed a popular belief that the Jews were a Ghetto race.
It was for that reason, he stated, that he desired to draw attention to the Maccabi movement. Sports organizations in thirty-four countries, with a total membership of 200,000, are participating, he reported.
Hyman Cen, treasurer of the movement in England, said the forthcoming Maccabiad in Tel Aviv would be an outstanding event in the history of Jewry. He asserted that Max Baer, world heavyweight champion, had promised to be one of the judges in boxing.
P. C. Moore, president of the National Athletic and Cycling Association, and T. Kilcullen, of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, were present at the meeting.
Their appearance was taken as evidence of cordial relations between Irish Jews and their non-Jewish fellow citizens by Arthur Newman, who presided.
Moore declared his association welcomed the inauguration of the Maccabi movement. While the Jews might have neglected athletics in the past, he said, that could not be asserted of them today, adding that they might well be proud of Baer.
Kilcullen related that the Jewish race had been exponents of the art of boxing for 200 years. He said he hoped the Jews would do their part in keeping Ireland on the athletic map of the world.