September 22, Odessa hosted a large sporting event, the Fun Run. Three years have passed since Maccabi Ukraine has joined this international initiative. Numerous mass events were held in all regions of Ukraine. Only this year Maccabi Fun Run events were already held in Kharkov, Zaporozhye and Kherson.
Maccabi Fun Run is an international day for Jewish communities and sports. This program helps strengthen ties between Jewish communities, as well as their members, and the union of Jewish organizations.
The Maccabi Fun Run program in Odessa was supported by the Hesed Shaarei Zion Charitable Foundation and local Maccabi organizations; it brought together more than 200 participants.
Thsports festivalbegan with a welcoming speech by the Chairman of the European Maccabi Confederation, Mordecai Tichauer. Among the honored guests were Yakov Zheleznyak (Olympic champion, multiple world, European and USSR champion in shooting, Honored Master of Sports) and Maccabiah games champions Ilya Koval and Artem Barduk
On this day all the participants had the opportunity to test themselves in various sports, but the most important thing were the races, where everyone chose their own distance. The youngest athlete was a three-year-old Alina.
All participants were awarded with prizes with symbols prepared by the sponsor of the Maccabi Fun Run program around the world – ROBIN RUTH.
September 15 the Zaporozhye Sunday Jewish School “Yahad-MAKKABI” celebrated the Day of Physical Education and Sports of Ukraine. During the event, young people were able to participate in master classes in 14 sports, as well as try their hand at three competitions: arm wrestling, powerlifting and cross fit.
“The purpose of the event was to attract young people to an active lifestyle, disconnect them from their smartphones and show to them that sport is life.
The participants were welcomed by the Chairwoman of Maccabi Ukraine – Victoria Dyakova.
Maccabi is one of the highlights of the FAMILY CAMP of the Nikolaev regional Jewish community.
All teams participate in it, all ages and the most incredible sports are involved. This day is carefully prepared by the volunteers, taking into account the specifics of the participants, the selection of sites and equipment.
It is symbolic that this program was held during the days of the 15th European Maccabi Games in Budapest. The lit torch signaled the start of the competition, and all the teams rushed to victory. And the festive end of this day became a sign that friendship won!
The 15th European Maccabi Games ended on August 7. The small team representing the Jewish community of Ukraine successfully performed at the Games.
The largest delegations among the 42 participating in the Games were Hungary, Israel, the USA, Argentina, South Africa, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, and Turkey.
Athletes of Maccabi Ukraine, representing Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Odessa, Zaporozhye and Kharkov, won 11 medals in fencing, badminton, swimming and half-marathon competitions. All members of the delegation returned home with awards.
The largest number of medals in our team was won by badminton players, twin sisters Nataliya and Anastasia Rutgayser and fencer Maria Bogorad.
We hope that in 2021, at the next 21st Maccabiah in Israel, Maccabi Ukraine will be more numerous and will continue the tradition of successful performances in the “Jewish Olympic Games”.
Members of the Kherson Jewish community have joined the already popular project of the European Maccabi Confederation – Maccabi Fun Run.
June 13, Maccabi Ukraine, with the support of the local Jewish community, CHABAD, the Jewish Charitable Community Center Hesed Shmuel and the local Volunteer Center, held a race in which Jewish families participated. This race was held in Kherson for the first time, and took place at the same time as the Fun Run event in Tel-Aviv. It became a kind of symbol of the unity of the Jewish people.
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