The Jerusalem Post reports that “3,500 international athletes and 1,500 accompanying relatives from 60 countries are staying in 1,700 hotel rooms for 14 nights… And that’s only a portion of the 5,000 athletes arriving in Israel for the 18th Maccabiah games next week.”
Yes we are verily inundated with young Jewish athletes. Pictured above are 5 members (sorry I cut you off #5 – seriously, SO sorry!) of the US Maccabiah fencing team whom I plied with Gat infused juice and Kambucha tea from the Yemenite healer man as well as Marzipan Rugelach in the hopes that it would slow them down a bit and my beloved Canadian Maccabiah fencing team might have an edge. I don’t think it worked though. They enjoyed my impromptu tour of the shuk and then gave me a pin. Drats. Foiled again. In any case, who am I supposed to root for? They’re all friggin Jews.
Uh… go team!