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The Maccabiah Games

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The Maccabiah Games game quiz
"The Maccabiah Games, often referred to as the "Jewish Olympics", are an important sporting event. Here's a chance to learn something about it!"

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1. The "Maccabiah Games" are often referred to as the "Jewish Olympics", and for good reason. Which of the following is not true regarding the Maccabiah Games?
    Non-Jews may not participate
    The games are open to Jewish athletes from anywhere in the world
    The games are held every four years, like the Olympics
    The games are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee

2. Yosef Yekutieli is credited with creating the Maccabiah Games. What inspired him?
    Watching British soldiers in Mandate Palestine playing football
    Stories of heroism by the ancient Maccabees
    Watching a camel race in the Negev desert
    The 1912 Olympics

3. The first Maccabiah Games were held in 1932, and included 369 athletes from 18 different countries. How did the Maccabiah organizers drum up interest in the Maccabiah and secure the participation of so many?
    They used massive newspaper advertising
    Organizers traveled to Jewish communities by motor bike
    The news spread by word of mouth
    They used radio advertising in many different languages

4. Do the Maccabiah Games include games for disabled competitors?

5. One of the most famous athletes to participate in the Maccabiah Games is the American swimmer, Mark Spitz. How many gold medal did 15-year old Spitz win in the 1965 Maccabiah?
    None, he was disqualified

6. Many athletes participated in the Maccabiah in the early stages of their careers, and then went on to the Olympics. Henry Wittenberg is unusual in that he already held an Olympic gold medal before participating in the Maccabiah. In what sport was Wittenberg a champion?
    Track and field

7. Which Israeli city is home to the Maccabiah Village?
    Ramat Gan

8. In 1997, a terrible tragedy struck during the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah. What type of tragedy was this?
    A bridge collapsed
    A fire in the dorms
    A terrorist attack
    A stampede broke out in the bleachers

9. Which sport was added to the 1965 Maccabiah, using facilities in the Israeli city of Caesarea?
    Lawn bowling

10. In addition to more usual sports, the 18th Maccabiah included an event not found at the Olympics. Which one of the following activities was held in the 2009 Maccabiah?
    Chariot races

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Compiled Jun 28 12