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  • Israel Edges out U.S. in Maccabiah

    Israel edged out the United States in the total number of medals captured during the 9th Maccabiah games which ended here last night. The score, after eight days of competition, was 163 medals for Israel and 162 for the U.S. But the American athletes had 76 gold medals to 60 for the Israelis. The U.S…. More ▸

  • U.S. Leading in Maccabiah Games

    The United States appears almost certain to be the winner of most medals in the 9th Maccabiah games which close with a gala ceremonial Thursday night. As of today, U.S. athletes had amassed a total of 148 medals against 145 for the second place Israeli contestants. The U.S. has a wider lead in gold medals… More ▸

  • Israeli Teams Ahead in Maccabiah

    Israel forged ahead in the first full day of events at the 9th Maccabiah games which opened here Monday night. The Israeli team carried off 12 medals five gold, two silver and five bronze. The American team was second with 12 medals of which four were gold, six silver and two bronze. The Americans, with… More ▸

  • Jewish Athletes Winners in Olympics

    Between 1896 and 1968, 131 Jews from 17 nations won 236 medals–101 gold, 68 silver and 67 bronze–in Olympic competition. Divided by sport, the first place went to fencing where Jews won 71 medals–31 by Jews from Hungary and 13 from the USSR. Thirty-three medals were won by Jews in track and field events, 15… More ▸

  • Controversy over Jewish Identity of Athletes Roils Maccabiah Games

    The controversy over who is a Jew erupted at the Maccabiah games, Israel’s version of the Olympics, after the Belgian team angrily withdrew from further competition because two of its water polo players were disqualified on grounds that their mother was not Jewish. The Maccabiah rules state that competition is open to any Jewish sportsman… More ▸

  • Polish Jewish Girl Wins Silver Medal at Olympic Games in Tokyo

    Irena Kirszenstein, a Jewish athlete from Poland, became the first Jewish competitor to win a silver medal at the Olympic Games. The 18-year-old athlete won a silver medal in the long jump. She was born in Leningrad when her parents were living there. Later the family returned to Poland, and settled in Warsaw. More ▸

  • American Basketball Team Wins Championship in World Maccabiah

    The American basketball team beat an Israeli five yesterday to take the basketball championship of the fifth World Maccabiah Games here. The score was 79 to 62. The Israeli team was previously undefeated. The Israeli swimming team took the championship in that division, edging out the American and South African squads which were tied one… More ▸