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Maccabi News
Michael Klinger

Friends Of Maccabi Luncheon

We are delighted to announce that our guest speaker will be MICHAEL KLINGER  CRICKETING ICON

Blake Street Synagogue.
Monday May 4 th 2020.
Commencing at 12 noon sharp.

$50 per head - Prepaid bookings through the office essential.
At the door: $55
Corporate tables available for $650 + GST with Company name displayed
(Credit card or cheque made out to 'Maccabi Victoria')
RSVP - no later than Monday 14 April 2020
Tel: 9563 5885 or

For any queries contact Mark Klapish
Nominate Now! Maccabi Annual Sports Awards and Volunteer Recognition Event. Nominations close this Friday 13th!
Attention all Jewish Golfers

Arrangements for Maccabiah 2021 and golf in particular are now in full swing and Maccabi Golf Australia is planning to take its largest team ever with over 50 golfers to be selected. Those that have been previously can vouch that this is an unforgettable experience. You’ll meet and play with Jewish golfers from all over the world on a great Pete Dye designed golf course in Caesarea.

The process of nominating has begun and will close at end of April 2020. If you already know you want to nominate please Click Here to go straight to nominations page.

Click here for further information
Over 35 Futsal Team For Maccabiah 2021

Calling all over 35 males interested in playing Futsal at Maccabiah 2021 in Israel. Don’t miss this great opportunity to represent Australia in the third-largest international sporting event in the world!!. For details please contact Martin Jona ( , 0433 990 912). Dream BIG!!.
Registration for the 3 vs 3 Basketball and Futsal Holiday Camps in April is Open!! Please book through this link: . For enquiries please contact Martin Jona ( )


Do not miss this massive weekend of Sport and Social activities. Represent your State, play hard, then unwind off the field with J-Connect at a Friday night Kiddush, Saturday afternoon barefoot bowls and a Saturday night meet-up at the Golden Sheaf in Double Bay.  BOOK NOW!


WHO: All athletes aged 18-30
SPORTS: Netball, Basketball, Football and Futsal
DATES: Thursday 23 April - Sunday 26 April (Anzac Day Weekend)
COST: $100 per player (not including flights or accommodation)

REGISTER HERE:   and follow the prompts.

#Maccabi PROUD
Upcoming Events at a Glance
Maccabi Hockey Club Try-Out Days & Recruitment Drive
Sun 8th and Sun 15th March

In One Voice
15th March

2020 Ajax/ Jackettes Season Commences
4th April

Maccabi Sport Camp
6th &7th April

Volunteer Recognition Event
19th April

Maccabi National Titles
23rd - 26th April

Friends of Maccabi Luncheon
4th May
Around the Clubs
All Abilities
Late last year Maccabi All Abilities trialed an exciting new program – The Buddy Program !!

The Buddy Program aims to connect individuals within the All Abilities community with a buddy from the wider Maccabi community. The pair catch up for two hours fortnightly and participate in a sport or recreational activity they are interested in. This year we are hoping to expand the program.  

That means we need more buddies! We are calling on the Maccabi Community to get involved in this great initiative. 

This program is a remarkable way to have a positive impact on someone and just have a great time. As previous program buddies explain, it was an “amazing program” and the “best part of my week, highly recommend getting involved!!

 If you are interested in getting involved, register your interest to be a buddy here .

Please also find attached a position description which provides more information on the program and what being a buddy entails

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get into contact with Cara Davies at: .

Click here for more information.
The first weekend of the Victorian Track and Field champs held at Lakeside saw some great results.
Tahj Seelig-Schattner (Maccabi) won the gold medal in the under 18 high jump with a pb leap of 1.63m. Tahj just edged out fellow Jewish athlete Noa Kino (Glenhuntly) who cleared the same height. Both girls have qualified for the Australian Championships to be held in Sydney later this month.
Ori Drabkin set two Australian 100m records – when he placed second in the under 16 para 100m. Ori ran a massive pb of 15.00 sec to set new records in both the under 16 and under 18 age categories for T35 athletes. Ori has also qualified for the Australian Championships.
Gidon Datt (100m) , Skye Edelstein (400m) and Liam Mischel (400m) all made their respective under 15 finals. Gidon clocked a (legal wind) pb of 12.23sec in the final ( having earlier run a wind assisted 12.06sec in his heat). 
Liam also ran a fine 1500m as did Jarrod Zuchowski in the under 17 1500m with a time of 4min 21.64 sec (pb) just missing the finals. 
Fellow under 17 athlete Ryan Herman also just missed the 400m final – running a pb of 54.81 sec.
Also congratulations to club coach Dave Brock who won the open 110 Hurdles gold medal.
Big thanks to club Life Member Ralph Levy and junior club captain Yael Reutskiy for providing much needed Club Help at the Victorian Championships.
The second weekend of the championships will be held on 7/3-8/3 at Duncan Mackinnon (200m, 800m, 3000 and long jump)
Club athletes entered include: Adam Benson, Ori, Gidon, Skye, Shanie, Jarrod Z, Jared, Jayden and Brody Elbourne from Sydney.Again – good luck to all.
For more club competition and Maccabiah Games information please contact Marc Blecher ph 0431 417225 or Len Bogatin ph 0411 512404
Training this week:        
Tuesday 3 rd  March 6pm at Caulfield Park with Dave Brock and Ilia
Thursday 5 th  March 6pm at Caulfield Park with Ilia
Sunday 8th March – No training – Victorian Championships at Duncan MacKinnon
Football Club News
Come Play for the Jackas and the Jackettes in Season 2020
Golf Club News
Maccabi national championship 2020

The annual premier event on the calendar was held at the Mornington peninsula.
It was well attended with many representatives from NSW as well as a warm welcome to two female competitors crossing the Nullabor to attend.
We were blessed with ideal golf conditions on all 3 days.
The first day we were at The National playing the Moonah course which is always challenging and in superb condition.
Scores with solid without being outstanding with the exception being a stunning 73 of the stick by Giora Friede to put what was to be an insurmountable lead in the stroke competition
The stableford competitors were tightly bunched at the top.
The Dunes was the venue on the second day and was enjoyed by all and the competition in all divisions was set up for an exciting finale.
Rosebud was set up in pristine condition and the pins were in challenging positions with many competitors left puzzled by the often severe slopes to overcome to get their putts to the hole .
In the women’s division the runaway winner was Janet stuk ahead of Fay Swart and Tracy Silbert.
The finish in all the men’s categories was was gripping.
Michel Aisenberg after a hiatus returned to triumph in. C grade with a total of 97 from Michael Burd.
B grade was won by Peter Janovic by 1 shot from Steven Wagen with a total of 101.
A grade was won by Giora. Friede on 100 from David Fajnkind by a single shot.
In the overall national championship not even a shot separated first from second.
After a sluggish start Colin Goldman stormed home with two great rounds to finish on 101 to win on a count back from Peter Janovic to take the title. 
Maccabi Hockey Club News 2020
Try-Out Days & Recruitment Drive

Looking to play hockey in 2020?
If you enjoyed it at school, club hockey is a real step up - better skills, better teamwork, more fun!
2020 Recruitment Juniors & Seniors Beginner & New player days. Hawthorn Hockey Club Auburn Rd, Hawthorn Sun 15th March 10am.
We only play on Sundays, train on Wednesdays and have a fantastic Club Culture.
Contact us to register your interest now or Daniel 0418 377 608.
MFCC Club News
2020 Teams are being sorted over the next couple of weeks

After a series of trials across all ages, boys and girls, the MFCC football department will be looking at the formulation of teams and announcing them soon.
Priority will be given to players that have made payments towards their registration.
We also refer to the description of how teams are picked linked here.

Looking forward to a wonderful season 2020 for you all.
Maccabi Tel Aviv Academy Tour Postponed

Unfortunately due to the corona virus outbreak overseas and disruption to overseas travel the planned Maccabi Tel Aviv academy tour has been put on hold to the disappointment of both clubs.
Once the travel scare has passed we will be looking at new dates for the champions of Israel to visit.
The proposed Celtic FC camps are still going ahead as per the latest information from the club. If there are any changes we will let you know.
Maccabi FC Walking Football play at AAMI Park

Sunday 1 March saw a first ever for Walking Football Maccabi FC when 10 members and 3 staff strutted their stuff at AAMI Park under lights in front of over 7,500 fans.
To be fair the fans where there to see the Melbourne City FC v Brisbane Roar game but at half time the Maccabi FC Walking Footballers entertained the surprised crowd with the orange team scoring 3 goals against the green teams one.
Each goal scored was cheered on the by the crowd to the delight of the team members who left the ground after play with broad smiles across their faces.
Thank you to football community partner Melbourne City FC for making this happen, we look forward to many more games at AAMI Park in the future.
For further information on Walking Football at Maccabi FC go to
Table Tennis

The Table Tennis Pennant season at MSAC has now completed 3 rounds. Maccabi has mixed results across all divisions. Our highest grade team in Division 3 are on top and undefeated with Yori Bargil yet to lose a match all season. The Division 4 team are also undefeated but currently 2nd on the ladder and play the top team from St.Kilda this week. Marc Listmangof is the lead player with a 6-3 record. Our Division 6 team are 2nd on the ladder with Boris Burd having a great start to the season with a 7-2 record.
The Maccabi Monday & Thursday evening competition is still going strong with plans for the second season starting in mid-April. More details will be made available in the next edition of Macc-Chat.
Please reach out to either Mark Levin or Paul Bronstein for any details on Maccabi Table Tennis.
Tennis Club News
Kooyong LTC 100+ Champions

Kooyong LTC Mens Doubles 100+ combined age
Former multiple Maccabi Tennis Club Champion , Joel Fredman, and his partner, Stephen Sharp, fellow former NEJTC champions from their younger playing days, won the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club Combined 100+ years Mens’ Doubles Event last weekend.
They defeated the 3 rd , 2 nd , and 1 st seeded pairs on their way to winning the coveted Title !
It was a high standard event, and the top seed pair who they defeated in the first round, included the Kooyong Head Coach , Glen Busby, who is the World No.1 Singles Champion in the 60 + years group.
Adult Social Tennis Competition - Wednesdays 7.30pm

Tennis is a great way to stay fit, meet new people or have fun with family and friends. It's easy to pick up a racquet and play tennis regardless of your age. Click here for flyer and more information.

Booking and enquiries: Asaf Nagar 0417 301 357
Maccabi Memorabilia

“Recently Maccabi Victoria has been undertaking an extensive cataloging of all of its archival material – uniforms, badges, pennants, Carnival and Maccabiah programs, yearbooks, historical papers and other material. We are aware that many of you in the Maccabi community also have, in your own storage, valuable archival material which might be of great value to us, especially as we have a broad agreement with the Jewish Museum for a “Jews in Sport” Exhibition in a few years.
 However, we first need information from you so we can gauge the value of what you have and whether we might be able to make use of it.
 To that end, we ask you to click here to complete an online form at your convenience. If we then are keen to acquire what you have, we will then be in touch. Please do NOT bring any items to the Maccabi Office until we have assessed the suitability of your donation.
Many thanks for your assistance.
Community Events
In One Voice

Maccabi has made a decision to withdraw from this weeks planned In One Voice festival. At this stage we have not received official notification from the organizers but we are taking a risk averse approach at this time.
The UJEB Year 10 Israel Trip

Is an inclusive, pluralistic program for year 10 students in non Jewish schools who have at least one Jewish parent.