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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

St. Louis athlete Steve Brown going for gold in squash at 2022 Maccabiah Games in Israel

St. Louis athlete Steve Brown going for gold in squash at 2022 Maccabiah Games in Israel

Jordan Palmer, Chief Digital Content OfficerPublished July 7, 2022

You’re never too old to go for gold. That is what Steve Brown may be thinking as he prepares to embark on a journey of a lifetime. Brown, 55, is one of more than 1,200 athletes on Team USA heading to Israel for the 21st Maccabiah Games, which take place...

Branson Appelman

Teen moves to STL to play hockey, now playing in Israel for Team USA

Lonnie Goldsmith, TCJewfolkPublished July 6, 2022

(TCJewFolk) -- Since the time he was three years old and just starting out, Branson Appelman always wanted to bring his baseball mitt onto the ice with him to play goalie – even when his father (and coach), Avery, tried to push him back to playing defense. Now...

Members of the junior division USA hockey team took home the gold medal at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, which ended last week.

That’s a winner! USA Junior Hockey team takes home gold at Israel Maccabiah

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish LightPublished July 26, 2017

St. Louisans who made the trip to represent Team USA at this year’s Maccabiah Games in Israel were guaranteed to come away with great memories but some also carried home top honors.“We did really well. We went undefeated 5-0 and won the gold medal,”...

Resigning Goldman Sachs executive says Maccabiah medal makes him prouder

JTAPublished March 14, 2012

A Goldman Sachs executive is resigning, writing in a New York Times Op-Ed that he was more proud of winning a medal in the Maccabiah Games than his work at the firm. Greg Smith called the environment at the embattled investment banking and securities...

Soccer action at the 30th annual JCC Maccabi Games and Arts Fest
being held in Israel. Photo: JCC Association

Sports, arts entice teens to Israel for JCC Maccabi Games

By Allison Kaplan Sommer, JTAPublished August 3, 2011

KIRYAT SHEMONA, Israel - It's not easy getting American Jewish teenagers to Israel these days.With Birthright Israel offering free trips to 18- to 26-year-olds, parents are wary of shelling out cash for their high school-aged children to visit the Jewish...


From left, Noah
Ockner, Max Pepose, Jason Thompson and Joey Mayer are all
participating in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest.

Local teens head to Israel for JCC Maccabi Games

BY ABBY ABRAMS, JEWISH LIGHT INTERNPublished July 20, 2011

All 32 teen members of the St. Louis delegation to the 2011 Jewish Community Center Maccabi Games and ArtsFest will gather in Israel Sunday, July 24. The Maccabi experience will run from July 24 through Aug. 5 as the participants compete, perform and...

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