Team Westside’s luggage was a little heavier on its return flight from the Maccabi Games in Houston last month. Athletes won a combined total of 18 medals in three sports at the annual competition, which took place Aug. 5-10.
Ankie Spitzer led a minute of silence to honor the Munich 11 that was streamed live around the world.
The closure of the Milken Jewish Community Center did not mean the dissolution of a Valley delegation to the Maccabi Games. Team L.A. Milken, which had been affiliated with the Milken JCC in West Hills, will now compete under the auspices of the Westside JCC on Olympic Boulevard.
While hundreds of American athletes are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the Olympics in London this month, another Team USA is preparing for a different international competition.
The symbolism was unmistakable. Four thousand Jews stood just a few hundred yards away from the spot where a quarter-million Austrians cheered Adolf Hitler in March 1938 as he announced Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria.
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More than 60 athletes from Westside JCC's Team Westside and The New JCC at Milken's Team L.A. represented the greater Los Angeles area this month during the 25th annual Maccabi Games, scoring numerous gold, silver and bronze wins in such sports as baseball, basketball, swimming, soccer and table tennis.
That's how it's been: one win after another.
Dr. Jerry Bobrow remembers it well. The year was 1990. The place: The Palace, in the Auburn Hills district of Detroit.
There in the bleachers, among 16,000 people at the Maccabi Games, is Bobrow and his youngest son, Jonathan.