Israel’s athletes pumped for Maccabi’s return to Germany

The 14th European Maccabi Games will get under way in Berlin on Tuesday, with Israel sending 120 athletes, its largest ever delegation to the event.

Approximately 2,300 Jewish athletes from 36 countries will take part, cheered on by fans bused in from across the country by the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Athletes will compete in 19 sports until the closing ceremony on August 4, as well as a few exhibition games pitting Jewish athletes against German soccer and basketball stars. The sports venues, including Berlin’s Olympiastadion, will be open to all, free of charge and under heavy security.


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