Kiruv Initiative—Shabbat Maccabiah, July 4-18 ;2017 in Jerusalem
Three years ago, Chani and I had occasion to meet some of the international leaders of the Maccabiah Games, including some religious members of the Maccabiah delegations. At that time, we spoke to them about the nature of the Shabbat program for the athletes and if there was any opportunity for the athletes to have an authentic Shabbat experience, and or some optional Torah study as a way of linking their interest in Israel and their Maccabiah experience to Jewish heritage and values.
We resolved, with the encouragement of one of our important donors from New York, to see what we can do to bring a little more of the authentic Maccabi (מי כמוך באלים ה) into the Maccabiah, including the Final Ceremony. We are currently seeking additional funding, which will assist us to move forward with this effort.
We are collaborating our efforts with major Jewish outreach organizations that provide programming across the globe to Spanish, Russian, French, and English-speaking Jewish communities.