Message from Taylor Hogge & Bob Spivak
Friends and Family,
It has been an amazing
two days in Berlin with our Maccabi Team USA and Supporters. We began yesterday with a panoramic
tour of Berlin that culminated in a soul-stirring Yizkor service at Platform 17
at Grunewald. Today, we had the opportunity to explore the heritage of our
ancestors with a tour of Jewish Berlin.
The emotions are so
strong after what we saw and heard, it makes our hearts hurt. But tomorrow
night your emotions will be strong and your hearts will swell with pride as the
Games open and our children march in. This is the feeling to take home with
We are all looking
forward to the commencement of competition tomorrow, followed up an amazing and
emotional Opening Ceremony. We are
excited to share with you that two members of our delegation, Nancy Glickman –
the youngest daughter of Marty Glickman, and Ann Stoller – a cousin of Sam
Stoller, will participate in lighting the torch to open the Games! Marty
Glickman and Sam Stoller were the two Track & Field athletes that were
pulled from the USA Relay Team the morning of their scheduled race at the 1936
Berlin Olympics because they were Jewish.
The participation of
all 2000+ athletes at these Maccabiah Games sends a strong message to the world
– We are strong, We are proud, and most importantly, We are still here! Please
join us at the Opening Ceremony by logging into www.emg2015.de/en where it will be streamed live at 2pm Eastern
time and 11am Pacific time tomorrow, July 28.
Please stay tuned to
learn more about these historic games through these daily updates and make sure
to follow us on social media too.
With warm Maccabi
Taylor Hogge and Bob
Co-chairs, Maccabi USA European Maccabi Games Supporters Program