Message from Toni Wortman, Past President
I’ve celebrated Shabbat
with Maccabi at 8 World Maccabiah Games, 7 Pan American Maccabi Games and 3
European Maccabi Games, but I’ve never experienced a Kabbalat Shabbat quite
like the one held in Berlin last night.
Athletes, coaches, mangers,
medical personnel, members of the Berlin Games Organizing committee,
representatives of the Berlin Jewish community, Heads of Delegations, MUSA
Supporters and Maccabi World Union leaders from Israel and around the world
came together to welcome Shabbat at the Estrel Hotel. 3000 people representing over 40 countries
participated, setting a new world record for attendance at a Kabbalat Shabbat that
will be listed in the Guinness World Records. It was truly an amazing event.
No one alive in 1945 could
have envisioned that 70 years after the Holocaust, 2300 of the
strongest, fastest and most talented Jewish athletes would have the opportunity
to compete in the stadium which was built for the 1936 Olympics in the city
that was the center of the Third Reich. Having
members of the families of Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller join us made this
experience even more meaningful and inspirational.
Our participation is these
Games demonstrates our support for the Berlin Jewish Community, our dedication
to the ideals of Maccabi, our commitment to the continuity of the Jewish people
and our unbreakable bond with the State of Israel.
Toni Wortman, Past President, Maccabi USA
Team USA Results
Today's competitions: Basketball, Chess, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer. (Bridge, Swimming, Table Tennis & Tennis scores will be posted as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.)