GB boys hold their own against Radlett

By Danny Caro, July 2, 2009

Team GB’s Junior Cricket team gave a good account of themselves in their final warm-up match against Radlett CC.

A dramatic weather change – that saw the pitch submerged in water on the Saturday night - was played in glorious sunshine on a road of a track with both sides intent on playing cricket the right way and in a fabulous spirit.


Sir Bobby will lead GB squad

By Danny Caro, June 10, 2009

World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton will lead Team GB’s squad into the opening ceremony at the 18th Maccabiah Games next month.

The Manchester United legend, 71, will be Great Britain ’s special guest and will travel to Israel with wife, Lady Norma and fellow United director Mike Edelson and his wife, Jacky.

He will attend a number of Maccabiah events. The visit will culminate with him leading the British delegation into the Ramat Gan Stadium in front of 40,000 people before taking his seat in the Presidential box alongside the Prime Minister and President of Israel.


Non-Jew ban is scrapped

By Dan Goldberg, June 4, 2009

Maccabi Australia has abandoned a controversial plan to ban non-Jews from competing in its sports teams.

The board of Australian Jewry’s largest member organisation decided last month to enforce its constitutional right, insisting that it would be an exclusively Jewish club by December 31, 2010.

Clubs that did not abide by the directive would have been disaffiliated from the roof body. Australia’s Equal Opportunity Act allows clubs to discriminate in order to preserve a minority culture.

But a backlash from within the Jewish community prompted the board to recant.


Super Stokes retains Maccabi crown

April 28, 2009

Top seed Ashley Stokes retained the men’s singles title at Maccabi GB Table Tennis Championships in Harefield.

Stokes beat third seed Zak Zilesnick in five sets following his semi-final win over fourth seed Eli Baraty. Zilesnick shocked second seed Dov Katz in the last four.


Maccabi’s £40k hit

April 7, 2009

Over 500 people were up for a fight on Thursday as Manchester Maccabi held a boxing evening at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton.

The attendance delighted Manchester Maccabi life president and event organiser Darryl Lee, who said: “We were sceptical that people would like Jewish boys fighting, but the response was so huge after last year that we knew this year was going to be bigger.”

About the worst injury was a sprained ankle sustained by a boxer entering the ring. The event raised £40,000 for the sports and community club in north Manchester.


Gym targeted by Israel boycotters

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2009

A gym which offers free membership to Maccabi GB athletes as they prepare for the Maccabiah Games has been targeted by anti-Israel campaigners.

Stickers proclaiming “Boycott Israeli Goods”, and displaying the Palestinian flag, were placed in changing room lockers at the Village Hotel in Elstree, Hertfordshire.

The company agreed a £250,000 sponsorship package with Maccabi GB in December.

As part of the deal, every member of the British team due to take part in the games in Israel in July was given free access to Village gyms around Britain.


Magic Maccabi

February 12, 2009

Tel Aviv coach Pini Gershon believes that his team has room for improvement after claiming a comfortable victory over arch-rivals Hapoel Jerusalem. Following the 97-81 victory at the Nokia Arena, Gershon said: “I would have felt very bad had we won by less than 14 points.”


A dog’s life is profitable for Maccabi

September 12, 2008

"Fifty dogs and not a single fight" was the proud boast of Valerie Herman, organiser of Maccabi GB's first Community Dog Walk fundraiser on Sunday.


Changing times at Kenton

April 24, 2008

Maccabi’s Kenton centre has a new name — Kulanu, the Hebrew for “all of us together” — as part of a redevelopment programme.

Former Maccabi GB chairman Richard Feldman, who has been involved in the Kenton centre since its inception 30 years ago, said: “Changes had to be made for the centre to remain relevant. A view was taken that the traditional Jewish youth club, catering for fixed age groups, was no longer an appropriate model.”

After extensive refurbishment, the premises now include a modern cushioned gym floor and a snooker room with full-sized table.


Betar to pay the penalty for misbehaving fans

By Simon Griver, April 24, 2008

Betar Jerusalem have been handed the severest of punishments by the Israel FA after fans invaded the pitch during their match against Maccabi Herzliya on April 13.

They were leading 1-0 when the match was abandoned after 86 minutes after fans poured on to the pitch to celebrate what they thought was their team clinching a second successive championship.

Herzliya have been handed a 2-0 technical victory, while Betar have been docked two additional points, four more points off next season and ordered to play their next four home games behind closed doors.