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  • 14th Maccabiah Opens in Ramat Gan, with More Athletes Than Ever Before

    Cheered on by a crowd of nearly 50,000, President Ezer Weizman officially opened Israel’s 14th Maccabiah in a gala ceremony at dusk Monday in the Ramat Gan stadium. About 5,600 participating athletes, the largest number ever to compete in the “Jewish Olympic games,” marched into the stadium as part of the impressive $1 million opening… More ▸

  • Israeli Olympic Winner Basks in Spotlight Upon Return Home

    When Oren Smodga, one of Israel’s Olympic judo champions, returned home from Barcelona late Monday night, this town went wild. Never had Smodga, 22, dreamed of such a homecoming. With his brothers in the first car, and he, his parents and his girlfriend in the next, the group moved like a royal motorcade through the… More ▸

  • Dutch Olympic Winners Are Israelis

    Both the coach and captain of the Dutch volleyball team that won a silver medal at the Olympic games in Barcelona are Israelis. They are also father and son. Arieh Selinger, 55, and Avital, 33, came together to help propel Holland’s national team to Olympic honors after pursuing separate sports careers. Born in Poland, the… More ▸

  • Israeli Olympics Medalists Have Entire Country Walking Tall

    Israelis are walking tall this week, after the country garnered the first Olympic medal in its history. And it won not just one medal, but two. Yael Arad’s silver-medal victory in the judo competition kept Israelis glued to their televisions July 30, leaving movie-theater owners with plenty of empty seats. Arad’s match against the German,… More ▸

  • Smoke Bomb Mars Festive Closing of 13th Maccabiah in Jerusalem

    The closing ceremonies of the 13th Maccabiah at the Western Wall were marred by the explosion of a smoke bomb, an incident which police said was probably accidental. Though three people were hospitalized following the explosion, the ceremonies continued without incident. The ceremony in the Old City was followed by a march through Jerusalem. The… More ▸

  • U.S. Sets More Maccabiah Records

    U.S. Olympic hammer-thrower Ken Flax set new Maccabiah records here Sunday with each of three consecutive throws, outdistancing the competition at the Jewish Olympic-style tournament. The last throw soared 78.06 meters, more than 257 feet, to the cheers of American and Israeli athletes and spectators attending the 13th Maccabiah at the Ramat Gan Stadium. Flax,… More ▸

  • U.S. Running Second to Israel After First Days of Maccabiah

    American athletes are swiftly racking up gold and silver medals at the 13th Maccabiah games, which opened Monday at Ramat Gan stadium and continued during the week with events in various parts of Israel. But in the race for medals, Israeli athletes were ahead by seven at midweek. The U.S. contingent of 520 athletes is… More ▸

  • Israel Athletes Finish 16th in Paralympics in Seoul

    Israel’s handicapped athletes won 41 medals and emerged 16th out of 66 competing countries in the Paralympics, the international games for the physically handicapped which just ended in Seoul, South Korea. The Israeli team, which is due home on Thursday, is bringing back 12 gold medals, 13 silver and 16 bronze. It won medals in… More ▸

  • Disabled Israeli Athletes Embark for Special Olympics

    Geulah Siri was three months old in 1949 when her family arrived in Israel from Yemen. Within a few weeks, she had contracted polio, which left her with a permanently stiffened left leg. Today, Siri is a triathlete about to compete in her sixth Special Olympics and a past winner of multiple gold medals. She… More ▸