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Every four years, the Jewish version of the Olympics takes place in Israel.
The Maccabiah celebrated its 17th event last July and despite it being well and truly over until the next one in 2009, the site of the games offers a full range of videos and pictures from the event.
Organised by the Maccabi World Union, the Maccabiah games were developed from the vision of Yosef Yekutieli who was a 15-year old when he saw that the 1912 Olympics were taking place in Stockholm in Sweden that he thought it would be good to have something similar for Jewish athletes. After more than a decade of growing up and keeping the idea alive, did Yekutieli see his dream come true with the first Maccabiah taking place in 1928.
And since then, the games have been an important part of Jewish athletes calendars around the globe.
From weight lifting to running, the Maccabiah covers a full range of sports with participants from everywhere taking part including Europe, the USA, Africa, South America and of course Israel.
The Maccabiah website features highlights from last year's event including video as well as a number of photo galleries covering both the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the games that took part.
With another three years to go, the site offers essential information for anyone wanting to take part and represent their country. And now is a good time to start training for your favourite sport and be part of Maccabiah 18 in summer 2009.
For more information: www.maccabiah17.com