The cycling squad claimed Team GB’s first medal of the 18th Maccabiah Games after Danny Ackerman, Clifford Baker, Michael Bibring, Neil Lerner and Maish Weinstein secured silver in the time trials.
They beat teams from the USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Columbia and Venezuela in temperatures high into the 90s.
Team captain Clifford Baker said: "We had said it was anyone's race but we are delighted to have won a silver medal- the first Team GB has ever won in cycling. We showed spirit and tenacity cycling in temperatures which to be fair were well out of our comfort zone."
The evening skies of Ramat Gan were lit up by fireworks as the 18th Maccabiah Games Chai were officially opened at the National Stadium.
The 50,000 stadium was far from capacity but in the region of 8,000 competitors and officials made this the biggest ever Jewish Olympics.
It was all a far cry from the first Maccabiah in 1932. With Israel President Mr. Shimon Peres, and the PM, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, guests of honour, the two-hour spectacle opened with 200 illuminated bicyles entering the stadium.
Sir Bobby Charlton has spoken of his affinity to Israel ahead of the start of the Maccabiah Games.
Speaking to me at the British Council’s Football for Peace project in Netanya, the World Cup winner coached a group of Israel and Arab youngsters at the Wingate Institute before presenting the boys and girls with Manchester United training tops.
Sir Bobby said: “Whenever I get the opportunity to come to Israel I know I’ll be well received and will meet people who probably know more about the game than me.”