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Maccabi World Union

Maccabi World Union
(default 200)
Original Maccabi logo
Formation 1921
Purpose Sports
Headquarters Kfar Maccabiah[1]
Region served
Jeanne Futeran

The Maccabi World Union is an international Maccabiah Games, a prominent international Jewish athletics event.

The organisation comprises six confederations: Maccabi Israel, European Maccabi confederation, confederation Maccabi North America, confederation Maccabi Latin America, Maccabi South Africa and Maccabi Australia.


  • Etymology 1
  • History 2
    • Background 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
    • World Maccabi bodies 5.1


The movement is named after the Maccabees (Hebrew: מכבים or מקבים, Makabim) who were a Jewish national liberation movement that fought for and won independence from Antiochus IV Epiphanes.


The Maccabi World Union was created at the 12th [3]


As early as the 19th century, Jewish sports clubs were founded in Eastern and Central Europe. The first club was the Israelite Gymnastic Association Constantinople (German: Israelitischer Turnverein Konstantinopel) founded in 1895 in Constantinople, Turkey by Jews of German and Austrian extraction who had been rejected from participating in other social sport clubs. Two years later, haGibor was formed in Philipopolis (now Plovdiv), Bulgaria, and 1898 saw the founding of Bar Kochba Berlin along with Vivó és Athletikai Club in Budapest, Hungary.

Other clubs that followed were named after “Bar Kochba” or Hebrew names such as “Hakoah” or “Hagibor” that symbolized strength and heroism. One of the basic premises behind the founding of these clubs was Jewish Nationalism. The concept was that Jews were not only a religious entity, but also one based on a common historical and social background, having special cultural and psychological concepts that have been preserved to this day, resulting in a strong recognition of collective belonging.

In 1906, the first Jewish gymnastics club was formed in Palestine. Clubs later would spring up in other cities. By 1912, all of them joined the Maccabi Federation of Israel. That same year, the first relations were established between them and their European counterparts, when a decision was taken at the Maccabi Conference in Berlin to begin group trips to Palestine.

Maccabi GB is a member of the English National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS)[4] because of its work promoting the personal and social development of young people.

See also


  1. ^ "Kfar Maccabiah, Hotel - Convention center - History". Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Maccabi World Union". Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Building continuity for the Maccabiah with newly-granted IOC status".  
  4. ^ Full list of NCVYS members

External links

  • Official website
  • The Maccabi Business Forum website
  • The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS)
  • European Maccabi Confederation Events Calendar

World Maccabi bodies

  • U.S. Maccabi
  • Canada Maccabi
  • European Maccabi Confederation
  • Maccabi Hungary
  • Maccabi Australia
  • Maccabi Italia
  • Maccabi GB
  • Makkabi Germany
  • Maccabi France
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