Did you hear the one about the Jewish linebacker? If you did, don't tell it to Jed Margolis, executive director of Macabbi USA/Sports for Israel. "The joke is always that there are no good Jewish athletes, but that's not true, especially in Southern California," Margolis said. "Some of our Southern California Maccabi athletes are the best in their sport."
From Dec. 24, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004, 57 of those California athletes participated in the 10th annual Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile. According to Macabbi USA, more than 2,000 Jewish athletes from 20 countries were participating, making the event larger than the Winter Olympics.