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 25, 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 25, 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.