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2015 EMG Daily Update- July 27

Message from Taylor Hogge & Bob Spivak

Hello 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 you.

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 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 wishes,

Taylor Hogge and Bob Spivak

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Co-chairs, Maccabi USA European Maccabi Games Supporters Program


Opening Ceremony Live Feed 

The Opening Ceremony will be streamed live beginning at 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST on July 28th!  Please click HERE to see the live stream

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As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,

With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion,

Then our hope - the two-thousand-year-old hope - will not be lost:

To be a free people in our land,

The land of Zion and Jerusalem.


Kol ode balevav
P'nimah -

Nefesh Yehudi homiyah

Ulfa'atey mizrach kadimah
Ayin l'tzion tzofiyah.

Ode lo avdah tikvatenu
Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim:

L'hiyot am chofshi b'artzenu -
Eretz Tzion v'Yerushalayim.


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