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The JCC Maccabi Games, the young people’s Jewish Olympics, have started in the state of New York. The Games are a chance for aspiring athletes, hopeful Olympians of the future, to come together and compete. But it is also an opportunity to share the common shared identity of being Jewish. More than 1500 teenagers from around the world take part in these international games. They are encouraged to remember their Jewish roots and think about their heritage. Rachmanus or compassion is a defining value of the Games, and Judaism as a whole. Athletes are reminded to show compassion to their opponents, something that’s become a cornerstone of the competition. At this year’s Opening Ceremony, a minute’s silence was held to remember the 11 Israeli athletes and coaches who were killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Tryouts for the 2013 World Maccabiah Games have begun in the United States. The games celebrated their 80th anniversary this year and over 7000 athletes from over 50 different countries are expected to compete in the games, which are held every 4 years. The Maccabiah games are the third-largest international sports competition in the world, but what stands out most for many veterans is the unique experience of unity and camaraderie that the games bring, as Jewish athletes from around the world assemble in Israel to connect and compete. Lara Berman, JN1, Los Angeles.
Earlier this week the 2012 London Olympics took off, with Israel sending 12 athletes to represent the state in several sports. It has been several days since then and thus far, no signs of gold medals just yet for the Israeli delegation. Now, Israel pursuing and obtaining medals in the Olympics, has become a tradition in the last 20 years, therefore raising the expectations this time around as well. We asked Israelis how they felt their athletes were holding up so far in the race. Were they happy or disappointed with their achievements and what they foresee for the remainder of the competition. With several days still left to the Olympic Games, final results are still in the unknown. And as one of the Israeli athletes was quoted saying- “Sometimes a little bit of luck is the only difference between success and failure.” Sivan Raviv, JN1, Israel.
Members of Syria’s Olympic team have said they hope that representing their compatriots at the London Games will bring a small amount of happiness to the war torn country. The vice-chairman of the country’s Olympic committee said that the problems at home had only increased athletes’ determination to achieve success at the Games. 400 metres hurdler Ghfran Almouhamad: “My feeling is of happiness, because it is the dream of every athlete to be in such a sporting event. So, yes, I am very happy and hopefully I will do something for my country and raise the flag for my country.” Syria has sent a 26-member delegation to the Olympic Games, including 10 athletes, nine coaches and seven government officials. However General Mowaffak Joumaa, chairman of the Syrian National Olympic Committee, was denied a visa to travel to Britain for the games as he was regarded as a close friend of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is facing mounting international criticism over his regime’s bloody crackdown on opponents. The visa denial triggered anger among some Syrians who said that the organisers were not respecting Syria’s sovereignty.
The Maccabi World Union, the largest Jewish sports organization spanning 5 continents, 450 clubs and over 60 countries, organized this evening, 27th of July, a commemoration in more than 100 Synagogues across the world in remembrance of the 11 Israeli athletes who were killed in the 1972 Munich Olympics. A few hours before the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony, the European Synagogue of Brussels participated in this symbolic and significant event for world Jewry. A part of the Jewish community of Brussels took part in this act to pay tribute to the families of the murdered athletes and to the athletes themselves. This year marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most terrible events in history. The European Jewish Parliament and Maccabi Brussels coordinated the Maccabi World Union’s initiative in the European capital. The Jewish community is still shocked by the International Olympic Committee’s reluctance to observe a minute’s silence at the Olympic Games in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes killed in Munich, 40 years ago. Israeli officials even think that since Munich a commemoration should’ve been organized every 4 years. Such events will help people remember one of the darkest days in sports history. But these experiences should not always be organized by Jewish associations themselves. If the international sports authorities encouraged people not to forget these sad moments, it would surely have a considerable impact worldwide. Frédéric Darmuzey, JN1, Brussels.