Happy families head for Maccabiah

June 4, 2009 by Odile Faludi
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Stories like this just don’t get better. This year the number of “families” making the trip to Maccabiah with all family members participating or supporting loved ones is more than ever before and Maccabi NSW is incredibly honoured and proud to report this.  Here are just a few of the amazing stories …

l-r Bert, Anton, Lance & Justin Rosenberg          p. Nadine Saacks

l-r Bert, Anton, Lance & Justin Rosenberg p. Nadine Saacks

The line up is impressive with the Rosenberg Family leading the pack with three generations participating. Bert Rosenberg, 77, is competing in Master’s 75-80 Men’s Tennis. Lance 46, one of Bert’s 3 sons is competing in Men’s 45-50 Masters Tennis heavily supported by wife Julie and their four children. Justin Rosenberg, his youngest son of 35 is playing Men’s Tennis accompanied by girlfriend Nicola and grandson Matthew is playing Junior Futsal. How impressive is that!

The Ehrlich family

The Ehrlich family

Equally impressive is the Ehrlich family. After going in 2005 and taking the family to Israel to live for six months they loved the experience so much they decided to reignite those wonderful memories and all attend this year. Paul Ehrlich is going to be playing Masters Tennis with wife Lauren as Section Manager for the team… makes sense she is boss at home best to leave things that way!

Their younger daughter Rebekah is representing Australia in the Junior Netball Team while their youngest son Noah will be spectating this time round. Noah hopes to compete in 2013 in Junior Tennis and was the youngest to make the CIS team and played in Canberra last month for the primary state championships.
As far as being a family reunion it certainly will be with them looking forward to catching up with two older children, Josh who has been in the army for 17 months and Nikki who completed her HSC in 2008 and is enjoying Israeli Life. There certainly will be a lot of special Maccabiah family moments!

The Rifkins are also following the trend with the entire family attending this year’s Maccabiah Games. Competing is David and Daniel in Swimming, Michael Triathlon and Cyling and Julian the proud Dad competing in Triathlon and Team Manager for Triathlon and Cycling.

Just to put the icing on the cake Mikaela their youngest daughter will be having her Batmitzvah in Jerusalem by the Walling Wall just before the opening ceremony. Michelle Rifkin, matriarch of the Rifkin family will be there to support and encourage the family. The Opening Ceremony will be one of the highlights and a very proud moment for the Rifkin family.

Picture Left to Right Michael, Mikaela, Julian, Michelle, David & Daniel Rifkin


First time participant Kevin Fisher is very excited to be Section Manager of the Junior Football team of which Max, his son, is part of the squad.  Joining him is his brother-in-law, Robert Gardos who  is competing in the Open Basketball.

On the sidelines to support everyone will be Kevin’s wife, Julie, and children, Jared and Ashleigh as well as Grandparents Nick and Ruth Gardos.




The sports just keep coming and the family unity does too … Section Manager for Masters Table Tennis, Peter Sheldon will be accompanying his daughter Daniella who will be playing in Open Women’s Football.





Other families participating in the Maccabiah are:

Michele Ehrenfeld is Section Manager for Youth Girls Basketball, Husband Gabriel is competing in Masters Men’s Tennis and Ashleigh will be playing in Youth Girls Basketball together with her sister Lauren while Zac will be competing in Junior Boys Basketball. It’s a real family affair!


Left to Right Ashleigh, Gabriel, Zachary, Michele, Lauren

Danny Hochberg is Section Manager for Junior Futsal and is going with his son Yoni who will be playing for the Junior Futsal Team! A wonderful bonding combination of father and son.

…and we have mother and daughter team Rachelle and Samantha Gentin, Mum is Section Manager for Junior Girls Netball while Samantha will be playing in Girls Netball.

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