The Jewish Olympics

The History of the Maccabiah Games

Foreword by Ira Berkow
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Having grown from 390 athletes from fourteen countries to nine thousand athletes from seventy-eight countries, the Maccabiah Games (or the “Jewish Olympics,” as it has come to be known) continue to gain popularity. The Maccabiah Games, which take place in Israel, first began in 1932, and the latest games took place in July of 2013, with the debut of participants from Cuba, Albania, and Nicaragua. Sports range from table tennis to ice hockey, basketball, chess, and much more. Past participants have included former NBA coach Larry Brown, Olympic swimmers Mark Spitz and Jason Lezak, and Olympic gymnast Mitch Gaylord, among others.

The Jewish Olympics details the history of the Maccabiah Games, including how they began, how they have grown in popularity, how they have impacted the Jewish community worldwide, and much more. In addition, it highlights the countless special achievements of the athletes over the course of the nineteen games. The Jewish Olympics is a detailed and fascinating history that will interest any sports fan, as well as individuals interested in cultural events.

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Product Details
  • Publisher: Skyhorse (July 2015)
  • Length: 312 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781632204943

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Raves and Reviews

"With a chapter of his work dedicated to each Maccabiah, Kaplan presents a
balanced view of the 'Jewish Olympics,' highlighting both issues and successes. His wit, fluidity and straightforwardness provide an all-encompassing picture of the Maccabiahs, from the inaugural Games in 1932 to the 19th edition in 2013."
—Shana Medel, Jerusalem Post

“A useful guide to a significant sporting event that was ‘born out of exclusion and anti-Semitism.’”
—Kirkus Reviews

"THE JEWISH OLYMPICS is a fascinating history that goes beyond sports."
—Stuart Shiffman, Book Reporter

“This important international sporting event needed a definitive book and Ron Kaplan has at long last provided it.”
—Marty Appel, author of Pinstripe Empire

“Ron Kaplan makes a valuable addition to the study of Jewish participation in sports.”
—Bob Wechsler, author of Day by Day in Jewish Sports History

“Ron Kaplan is the expert on where sports and Judaism meet. Now Kaplan has written an entertaining, comprehensive history of the Maccabiah Games, the competition where sports and Judaism so often coalesce in fascinating, inspirational ways. This was the moment for such a book, and Kaplan was the perfect choice to write it.”
—Howard Megdal, author of The Baseball Talmud and The Cardinals Way

“Ron Kaplan has produced an interesting, fact-filled account of the ‘Jewish Olympics,’ the Maccabiah Games. It’s filled with the recognizable names of great athletes, as well as the thousands of Jews from around the world who came to Israel to compete. This is a fun read.”
—Daniel Kurtzer, Professor at Princeton University and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt

“Kaplan’s compelling descriptions of the controversies surrounding the Maccabiah Games are what distinguish this book.”
—Peter Ephross, Forward

"With a chapter of his work dedicated to each Maccabiah, Kaplan presents a
balanced view of the 'Jewish Olympics,' highlighting both issues and successes. His wit, fluidity and straightforwardness provide an all-encompassing picture of the Maccabiahs, from the inaugural Games in 1932 to the 19th edition in 2013."
—Shana Medel, Jerusalem Post

“A useful guide to a significant sporting event that was ‘born out of exclusion and anti-Semitism.’”
—Kirkus Reviews

"THE JEWISH OLYMPICS is a fascinating history that goes beyond sports."
—Stuart Shiffman, Book Reporter

“This important international sporting event needed a definitive book and Ron Kaplan has at long last provided it.”
—Marty Appel, author of Pinstripe Empire

“Ron Kaplan makes a valuable addition to the study of Jewish participation in sports.”
—Bob Wechsler, author of Day by Day in Jewish Sports History

“Ron Kaplan is the expert on where sports and Judaism meet. Now Kaplan has written an entertaining, comprehensive history of the Maccabiah Games, the competition where sports and Judaism so often coalesce in fascinating, inspirational ways. This was the moment for such a book, and Kaplan was the perfect choice to write it.”
—Howard Megdal, author of The Baseball Talmud and The Cardinals Way

“Ron Kaplan has produced an interesting, fact-filled account of the ‘Jewish Olympics,’ the Maccabiah Games. It’s filled with the recognizable names of great athletes, as well as the thousands of Jews from around the world who came to Israel to compete. This is a fun read.”
—Daniel Kurtzer, Professor at Princeton University and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt

“Kaplan’s compelling descriptions of the controversies surrounding the Maccabiah Games are what distinguish this book.”
—Peter Ephross, Forward

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