The Fifteenth Maccabiah: 5757

The 15th Maccabiah takes place and in the same year Israel celebrates 100 years to the Zionist Movement and the jubilee to the State of Israel. 

5,500 sportspeople arriving from 50 countries compete in 34 fields of sport -in the conventional Maccabiah games, Masters' Maccabiah, Youth Maccabiah and Handicapped Maccabiah.

This Maccabiah will be sadly remembered also due to the bridge disaster, when a bridge collapsed just as it was crossed by delegations during the opening ceremony. Yetty Bennett z"l, Greg Small z"l, Warren Zines z"l and Elizabeth Sawicki z"1 from the Australian delegation were killed.