Maccabi NSW news – The countdown begins

June 28, 2009 by Odile Faludi - Maccabi NSW
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Announcing NSW Maccabiah Team 2009

It is with great pride we announce the NSW Maccabiah Team 2009 including Management who will be representing our Country at the 18th Maccabiah World Games which will take place in Israel between July 13-23, 2009.

We thought it may also be motivational to share some clever thoughts with you all from some well known favourites:

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships!”

Michael Jordan, Basketballer

“If everyone is moving forward together, than success takes care of itself.”

Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors.

The NSW Maccabiah List 2009 is in alphabetical order and can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

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The Farewell


L-R Backrow Jonathan Felthun, Rohan Werner-Hall, Matthew Rosenberg, Jacob Nightingale, Joshua Bloom, Max Fisher Front Row Giron Kangisser, Josh Goldberg, Nathan Schwartz, Dion Markovics, Zac Rabie Picture by Ingrid Shakenovsky


L-R Hon Nathan Rees, MP & Tom Goldman, OAM

When you compete against the best it makes you better … what better motivation for an athlete. With the Opening Ceremony of the 18th Maccabiah Games just around the corner things are certainly hotting up. On Monday, 22nd June 2009 all NSW Maccabiah participants and VIPS were delighted to be invited to a Farewell hosted by The Honourable Nathan Rees, MP, Premier of New South Wales and Minister for the Arts. There were other dignitaries present including the Honourable Eric Roozendall, MLC, Treasurer, and Honourable Kevin Greene MP Minister for Gaming and Racing and Minister for Sport and Recreation. The Jewish community was represented by the President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Robert Goot and Vic Alhadeff, the CEO of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies. The function was held at Governor Macquarie Tower.

The Honourable Nathan Rees, MP spoke beautifully and seemed to have genuinely enjoyed his recent trip to Israel. In saying that, the Man of the moment who stole the show was of course our very own Tom Goldman, OAM, Head of Delegation of the Australian Team. Tom shared with us a very interesting story.  The concept of the Maccabiah Games was the brainchild of 15 year old Russian born Yosef Yekutieli. The teenager was so energized by news of the 1912 Olympic Games that he conceived the fanciful notion of a worldwide Olympics for Jewish athletes in Palestine. With little encouragement, Yosef spent the next ten years developing details of this unique idea. In 1932, 390 athletes from 18 countries competed in the first Maccabiah. It really is a great story!

As you know, the number 18 means life in Hebrew and there was enough life on Monday night to ignite fireworks! May this excitement and happiness be a big part of your forthcoming 18th Maccabiah.

IMPORTANT: Maccabiah Games emergency telephone hotline

For the participants, Maccabiah is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication, an opportunity to compete and to make lifelong friendships.

As supporters we wish them all the best and to return safely home.

In the event of an emergency in Israel or to make emergency contact with participants, the Maccabiah Games telephone hotline is 0410-443-690.  We suggest you put this number in a safe place.

For daily Maccabiah news, results, photos, video and more, visit

Message from the CEO’s Desk

It would be terribly remiss of me not to mention a couple of things that have happened in the last week.  Phyll Rose celebrated her 91st birthday this week. Happy Birthday Phyll. She recently suffered a stroke and we hope she is doing okay.

It was terrible news the sad passing of a long time Maccabi member David Rudov. We wish Sue his wife and their entire family a long life. Lastly, long time employee of Maccabi NSW, Raillee Michelin is going through a very hard time.  Her husband, John is very unwell . John and Raillee we are thinking of you at this very stressful time.

On a much brighter note, Maccabi NSW Executive and myself are incredibly proud and thankful to all these participants listed above who have put an enormous amount of effort into making this trip happen! We wish you all a safe trip and lots of  lasting memories. Don’t forget to send us your stories and your photos to so we can share this with everyone and make everyone feel part of this wonderful experience!


Maccabi Greetings,
Mick Vasin, CEO Maccabi NSW

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