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The Third Maccabiah: 5711 September 28 to October 11, 1950

Basic Facts

  • Approximately 800 athletes from 20 countries participated in 17 competitive events.
  • The Third Maccabiah was the first to take place in Israel - as an independent state
  • For the first time ever, all Jewish athletes were able to participate – including member of Hapoel.

Notable Athlethes and Sports Achievements

  • Eliezer Shpiegel, Israeli soccer star of the 1960s and the father of Giora Shpiegel, the future soccer player for Maccabi Tel Aviv;
  • Frieda Bearson Lichtbau, Gold Medal winner for the discus throw and mother of Aviv Lichtbau, future track and field competitor and all-star women’s basketball player;
  • Tennis player Edith Cohen Mintz, mother of Tanchum Cohen Mintz, a future member of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team and grandmother of Uri Cohen Mintz who now plays basketball for Maccabi Ramat Gan and the Israeli all-star team.
  • Wrestler Henry Wittenberg, Gold Medal winner in the London 1948 Olympics.

Joining the Party: Countries who participated for the first time

  • Canada
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Finland
  • Sweden

Say Hello: New Sports Competition

Saying Goodbye: Categories From Previous Maccabiot That Were Left Out

  • Rowing
  • Table tennis
  • Sharpshooting