September 15, 2020 by  

Sydney’s Maccabi Social Mixed Netball was a sea of yellow on Monday night when over 150 young Jews came together to raise in excess of $400 for charity as the competition took the chance to ask all players “R U OK?”. Read more

Fox and Horwitz take top honours

March 22, 2018 by  

Olympian kayak star Jess Fox and Waratahs fly half David Horwitz have been named as Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year at Maccabi’s NSW 2017 Sports Awards. Read more

MacPlan 2017: the Maccabi NSW year ahead

February 15, 2017 by  

Maccabi NSW Board members, professional staff and club representatives have met in Sydney to plan what is primed to be a busy productive year at the organisation. Read more

Maccabi tennis junior to play for Australia

May 14, 2016 by  

NSW Maccabi tennis player Lara Kaplan will represent Australia at the under 14s Nick Bolliteri  IMG Discovery International Open to be held in Bradenton, Florida at the end of the month. Read more

NSW Maccabi Awards

May 4, 2016 by  

Maccabi NSW has held its annual Jewish Sports Awards for achievements in 2015. Read more

What real fans are made of

April 8, 2016 by  

Alon Pajor, the sole Maccabi swimmer at the recent Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide, thought that his father Richard and his coach Anthony Goodridge in the stands were the only fans cheering him on were. ..but he was wrong. Read more

In the swim

December 11, 2015 by  

NSW Maccabi Swimming Club will reach an all-time high with eight individual competitors qualifying for the State Age Swimming Championships in January.  Read more

Carnival support

November 25, 2015 by  

Maccabi NSW with the help of the State Attorney General and local MP for Vaucluse, Gabrielle Upton, has received grants from the NSW State Government for the upcoming Maccabi Australia Junior Carnival.

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Carnival gets a $7,500 gift

June 16, 2015 by  

NSW Attorney-General and MP for Vaucluse Gabrielle Upton has announced NSW Government funding of $7,500 for Maccabi NSW as part of the 2014/15 Sport and Recreation Events Program. Read more

Maccabi NSW Awards

Two Olympians have received Maccabi NSW Jewish Sports Awards. Read more

Basketball team makes the finals

April 16, 2013 by  

Northside Maccabi Basketball Club Mens ‘C’ grade team, The Maccabi Kings have made the Grand Final. Read more

The Party’s Over

January 24, 2013 by  

One last evening of saying goodbyes and that was it…the end of a highly successful 2013 Maccabi Junior Carnival. Read more

‘Bennys Ball’ does it for their mate

September 1, 2011 by  

Winning grand finals are always great news stories, but this one is particularly nice, as a group of friends reformed an old Maccabi team from when they were younger as a way to continue to commemorate their great mate, Benny Glattstein, who passed away earlier this year. Read more

Kogus Wins Masters Tennis

Maccabi tennis stalwart Ilan Kogus won the Masters over-65 tennis tournament at the European Maccabi Games in Vienna last week. Read more


Steve Solomon might be Maccabi NSW’s incumbent Junior Sportsman of the Year, but this is a young guy who now has mainstream Australian sport talking. Read more


Harry Stein has been awarded life membership of the lawn bowls club as recognition of 21 years of service. Read more


Maccabi Hakoah’s mens futsal side suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Breakers FC on Saturday night in the NSW Super League grand final. Read more

Maccabi kids mix with tennis stars

January 21, 2011 by  

Maccabi tennis’ youngsters were chosen by Tennis New South Wales to the Medibank Sydney International Tennis tournament at Sydney Olympic Park because of the talent and potential they have shown at Maccabi.

The kids took part in an on-court demo on the Ken Rosewall Centre Court prior to the first match on January 11, before welcoming Wozniaki and world number 32 Dominika Cibulkova onto court for their match. Read more

Marathon Man

Maccabi Masters Sportsman of the Year 2008, Michael Besser,  recently competed in the Half Iron Man event in Busselton, WA. Read more

Maccabi talks to Bulldogs CEO Todd Greenberg

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs’ Chief Executive, Todd Greenberg talks to Maccabi’s Odile Faludi… Read more

Reunions in store for Maccabiah participants

August 18, 2009 by  

Maccabi Australia has announced reunion dates for the 410 plus Aussies who participated in the the 18th Maccabiuah in Israel last month. Read more

Premier farewells NSW team

With the Opening Ceremony of the 18th Maccabiah Games just around the corner things are certainly hotting up.

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NSW Maccabi News June 20

June 20, 2009 by  



Picture L-R Craig, baby Ashley, Emma, baby Chloe, Sandra, Darren, Zoe, Elliot, Lauren and Barry

Picture by Nadine Saacks


Barry Smorgon participated in his first Senior Carnival in Athletics as a 14 year old.  He competed for Maccabi Athletics from 1962 till 1970, winning many awards as Jewish Champion, and went on to the Maccabiah Games in Israel in 1969 as a member of the Athletics Team.  Barry also played Australian Rules Football for AJAX Football Club from 1970 to 1978, playing 100 games.  He served on the Committee of both clubs as Vice President, as well as on the Maccabi Victoria Executive.  Barry was Patron of MAIG’s in Sydney 2006 and will again be Patron in 2010.  He joined the Executive of Maccabi Australia in 2006, and created the Board of Governors in 2007, serving as Founding Chairman, as well as chairman of MAI.  He is a member of the Justification Committee for the Maccabiah Games 2009. Barry’s voluntary work does not stop there. Barry was Campaign Chairman for the JCA Appeal for over 10 years in Sydney. Barry’s wife, Sandra also shares Barry’s beliefs about Community and the essential need to “give back”. Barry continues to be heavily involved with JCA & AIJAC.

In business, Barry serves as Executive Chairman of the Jalco Group, employing over 600 people, and Sandbar Investments, a private investment company. He is a Director of DBR Corporation as well as several other private companies.

Odile Faludi candidly speaks to Sandra Smorgon and it was no surprise to find out the following:

Sandra is a woman in love. She respects not only Barry but respects the organisation he works so hard for being Maccabi. For Sandra, Maccabi has always been part of their life as long as she can remember. This week they celebrate 37 years as husband and wife. Sandra has many fond memories of watching Barry play football for AJAX in the freezing cold in Melbourne as a love struck girlfriend. She always knew Maccabi would be part of their life together and says openly, “I am incredibly proud of Barry and respectful of his voluntary work and accomplishments”.

Sandra believes in the philosophy of Maccabi and agrees that there is no better way to bring a community together but through the common love of sport. Barry’s sense of community has always attracted Sandra to him and she believes makes him an even greater role model to their children and now grandchildren.

Barry’s love of Maccabi is a commitment and does take a lot of his time but Sandra is convinced it is time well spent. Their three children, Darren, Emma and Lauren have always thought their Dad’s involvement was important and deserved their respect and admiration as well. Darren played Football for many years for Maccabi and Emma did Athletics as well as Netball together with Lauren. All three children attended Junior Carnivals and Maccabi was very much part of their childhood and throughout their teens. The Smorgons are very proud to admit that all three children have a very strong sense of community and this was definitely instilled by their wonderful upbringing.

We can only conclude that behind every Great Maccabi Volunteer there is a Great Partner. There’s no doubt about it … the community is very lucky to have Barry but Barry is very lucky to have Sandra!


As we all know the Maccabiah Bridge Collapse was the catastrophic failure of a pedestrian bridge over the Yarkon River in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 14, 1997. This resulted in the loss of Yetty Bennett, Warren Zines, Elizabeth Sawicki and Greg Small.

Suzanne and Rebecca Small share some intimate moments with Odile Faludi. With only weeks to Maccabiah World Games 2009 you can imagine their minds and hearts are spinning.

Picture L-R Rebecca, Suzanne & Josh Small

Suzanne’s thoughts in her words …

The year 2009 is a year of moving forward for the Small Family. In 1997, my husband, Greg and I went to participate in the Maccabiah Games, there was a tragic bridge collapse in which my husband died.

I survived, but now in 2009, 12 years later the Small Family is travelling back to the Maccabiah Games and it holds new highs for our family.

My son Joshua was 7 and my daughter, Rebecca, was only 5 in 1997.  At these Games myself and Rebecca will be standing proudly at the Opening Ceremony, up in the stands watching my son, Joshua, now 19 marching in with the Aussie team, he made it after much training and hard work.

I am thrilled for my son and very proud of him.  Josh is a Champ in his own right and trained long and hard to get selected for the team. As he wears the Aussie colours of Maccabi in Israel, he will wear them in honour of his Dad. Josh has a dream, maybe from a different angle and a different age, but the dream is the same as his Dad’s was. It is now my son’s time to shine. You try bowling 15 games straight with a 7  kilo ball, bowl after bowl.

Our family will catch up with many Maccabi members from all over the world, the experience will be amazing. I have not been able to do sport since 1997 due to injuries, but we are still very involved with Maccabi, we have Maccabi friends, who have become Maccabi family.  The tradition follows on … what an incredible year Josh at Maccabiah, the start of a dream and Rebecca completing High School the end of a chapter.

By Rebecca Small written in 2004 aged 12

Simply My Dad

I loved the way you held my hand, when I was afraid or scared.

I loved the way we played with sand, it showed how much you cared.

I loved it when you tucked me in at night, you always said “I love you”, you took your time to make it right, sweet dreams they’re always about you.

I love the fact that when we’re apart it feels like we’re together.

I love the way you’re in my heart, always and forever.

I hate the fact we’re always apart, but know you’re always in my heart.


Is your Club finding it hard to find a pulse? … over the coming months Maccabi News is going to give you useful ideas on how to kickstart your Club and reminders that like any business you need to give it the occasional health check! Considering we are suffering a Global Financial Crisis it may be a good time to discuss tips on obtaining Sponsorships for your Club:

Your important checklist is:

  • Offer a win/win proposal NOT a problem;
  • Target companies with the “right fit”;
  • Offer rights that the company can exploit;
  • Stand out from the clutter – make sure your proposal is addressed and delivered to the person who has the power to say “yes”;
  • Be professional – always present your proposal in a professional manner and understand what is required of a commercial relationship;
  • Be persistent, not a pest – following up a sponsorship request is necessary, but don’t become a pest! It takes time for the potential sponsor to come to grips with what you are offering and for a relationship to grow and develop. Open transparent communication is important at all times.

We hope these tips are helpful and if you would like to have further discussion about sponsorships always feel free to contact the editor Odile at for further assistance.


MAIGS has got you covered!

With only weeks away till Maccabiah 2009 commencing in Israel you may be feeling depressed that you have missed out in competing in your favourite sport. Not to worry as MAIGS, Maccabi Australia International Games is around the corner and it’s in Sydney. Dates are December 26, 2010 to January 2, 2011. Countries who have registered their interest to date areArgentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, England, Europe, Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Venezuela.

MAIGS 2006 Opening Ceremony
L-R Elan Miller, Mike Galgut, Rozanne Green, Alex Berkowicz Back Row centre Gil Sher

Whatever your favourite sport is we have it covered. There are over 20 sports on offer.

This event is open to males and females in three categories: Youth born 1992/1993, Open and Masters.

Keep Saturday evening February 13th 2010 free for the Official launch of MAIGS. Heads of Delegations from some of the participating Countries will be here in Sydney and it should be a very interesting evening.

For all details contact Jeff Houseman on 0438-692-810 or register your interest or if you want to contact Jeff directly at

Stay tuned NSW Maccabiah Team 2009 to be announced next week in a very special edition of Maccabi News – we are so proud of all participants! All participants have been invited to a formal farewell Reception being hosted by The Honourable Nathan Rees, MP on Monday 22nd June. Full report to follow next week.The 18th Maccabiah World Games will take place in Israel between July 13-23, 2009. Maccabi News will keep you up-to-date on all the highlights.


Picture by Alan Charack
Alan Charack reports …

This year Maccabi Junior Soccer Club has launched its own Football Academy, for boys and girls looking to develop their skills that one step further.  The Academy is the brain child of Club President Danny Hochberg and is headed up by Coaching Director Andy Prentice who also coaches the men’s first grade.

Every Monday approximately 40 boys aged from 9 to 12 years and every Wednesday approximately 40 girls aged from 11 to 16 years assemble at Barracluff Park in Bondi for specialised sessions with professional coaches in addition to their regular team training session.  The focus is on developing the whole range of skills, from passing and dribbling to advanced ball control.  The Academy operates under lights and has continued to run over recent weeks through rain and shine!

One of the aims of the Academy is to bring kids up to a standard where they can compete at an elite level.  In particular many of the boys are looking to participate in the Maccabi-Hakoah Youth Development League teams which go from U13 to U18.  The girls also have occasions to participate at an elite level at tournaments organised by Football NSW and others, such as Champion of Champions, North Harbour, State Cup and Kanga Cup.

Whilst this is the first year that the Academy has been offered it is hoped that the Academy will grow and develop over coming years attracting the most committed and talented kids, developing their skills, providing enjoyment and fanning their passion for the game.


Picture by Norman Orly
Harry Rosen Maccabi Under 14A’s

Norman Orly is a Maccabi parent who just loves to watch his son, Josh play in the Under 14A’s so he can just snap away these amazing action shots!

Maccabi Soccer has unleashed the photographer within him! It has become his “passion”.


Courtesy of Henry Benjamin Maccabiah Media

The Women’s Football team spent a weekend together in Melbourne … their third training retreat to prepare for the 18th Maccabiah World Games.
They travelled from Sydney and Perth to join their team-mates in Melbourne under the tutelage of coaches Martin Cohen and Robi Roth.

The highlight of the retreat was a friendly game against local side Cairnlea who hold top spot in Victoria’s Northern Region State League.

It was a wonderful confidence boosting finish with 5-0 triumph for the Maccabiah Team.


We need to confirm rooms with the Hyatt Regency Coolum at the end of this week and also relinquish air tickets.  If you are still thinking of coming please contact Barry Zinn ASAP at


Sunday 21 June Reserve grade Maccabi Hakoah vs Roosters FC at ES Marks Field at 1.00pm

Sunday 21 June First grade Maccabi Hakoah vs Roosters FC at ES Marks Field at 3.00pm

ES Marks Field – Cnr Alison & Anzac Parade, Kensington enter through Boronia Street Gates.

SAVE THIS DATE – Saturday 27th June

The Rugby Club is putting on a “Ladies Day” promotion at it’s next home fixture, being Saturday, 27 June, 2009. The event starts from 1.30pm and is being held at the home ground, “Fortress Lyne Park”, New South Head Road, Rose Bay. The event co-incides with the match against arch-rivals, Dee Why, who beat us in the Grand Final last year. Kick-off is at 3.15pm. Our 2nd XV also has a game scheduled, with kick-off at 2pm.


Friday 19th June

11:55pm           LIVE: UEFA U21: Sweden  V  Italy

Saturday 20th June

5:30pm             LIVE: Union: New Zealand  V  France

7:30pm             LIVE: Union: Australia  V  Italy

Sunday 21st June

2:00pm             LIVE: AFL: Sydney  V  Collingwood

Monday 22nd June

6:45pm             LIVE: Monday Night Football

9:00pm             LIVE: WIMBLEDON – Day 1

Wednesday 24 June

8:00PM           LIVE: NSW Origin v QLD Origin



Black Hasidic rapper Y-Love will be performing at Hakoah along with amazing Jewish support artists to promote love, unity and the ultimate in Peace!  This is the only night you will be able to connect to this amazing artist in an uplifting and “off the hook” atmosphere.

Saturday 20th June at 9.00pm. Tickets at the door $20.00


If you enjoy larger-than-life characters like Shirley Valentine, Effie from “Acropolis Now” and Fran “The Nanny” Drescher, then this unique   production of  “KUGEL by South African satirist Illana Klevensky will make you screech with laughter!

2 Shows – Saturday 29th August 2009 at 8.00pm  – Sunday 30th August 2009 at 3.00pm

Tickets now on sale $35.00 at Hakoah Club – Ph:91303344

Hope you all enjoyed this week’s Newsletter!

Maccabi Greetings,

Mick Vasin, CEO, Maccabi NSW
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