Housed at the Wingate Institute, the IJSHOF showcases Jewish men and women who have made significant contributions through sports. Since 1979, about 300 athletes and sportsmen and sportwomen, representing 23 countries have been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. There are 18 affiliated regional Jewish Sports Halls of Fame in the US and Canada.
The Center, located in Ramat Gan, is the world’s largest wheelchair complex devoted to the rehabilitation of the disabled through sports.
Designed for Jewish teens ages 13 to 16, the JCC Maccabi Games are held each year in cities across North America. Teams representing Jewish Community Centers and Maccabi clubs, as well as Maccabi organizations outside North America, participate. Co-founded in 1982 by Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel, Maccabi World Union, Jewish Community Centers Association of North America (JCCA) and Maccabi Canada, these Games are organized by JCCA.
JNF/Maccabiah Sports Area
In 1994, Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel and the Jewish National Fund launched a joint project to build a sports and recreation facility in Ben Shemen Forest in Modi’in, located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Already, the park has become a cherished resource for Israelis.
Maccabi World Union and Project Tikvah
Maccabi World Union (MWU) is the umbrella organization for over 400,000 members in 60 countries on 6 continents around the globe. Maccabi Clubs provide recreation and educational opportunities to young and old alike. Schlichim (Israeli Emissaries) bring the Maccabi Message and spirit in many countries. In Israel MWU provides facilities and programs on a more local level. In addition, MWU provides emergency services to Israelis in need. Each year hundreds of Israelis are able to enjoy a kosher Pesach with the Passover Parcels that are donated by Maccabi Friends from around the world. When Israel’s victims of terrorism had nowhere else to turn it was MWU that founded Project Tikvah providing recreational and rehab service to an important group. And it was Maccabi World Union that, when Israel was attacked in the north in 2006, that provided needed services, food, programs, air-conditioners, and even respite at Kfar Hamaccabiah, to hundreds.
Located in Netanya, the Institute serves as Israel’s national center for sports training and research. Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel helped to found the Institute, and our membership has added to the facilities with a playground, housing development and parks. Maccabi USA provides funding to the Haim Glovinsky Scholarship fund assisting a Wingate student with financial aid.
Among the many worthwhile endeavors Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel has supported in recent years are:
Israel Olympic Committee
Israel Sports Federations
Maccabi World Union Chanukah Torch Relay
Maccabi World Union Forest in Modi’in
Pierre Gildesgame Museum-Maccabi World Union
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