Saturday, June 03, 2006


The logo of  Maccabi is made of four Hebrew letters which spells Maccabi. These letters create the shape of the Star of David. The logo serves as a basis for the separate logos of the different Maccabi organizations:

 Maccabi World Union founded at the 12th World Jewish Congress in Carlsbad (Czechoslovakia) 1921 as an umbrella organization for all Jewish sports associations.

 Youth movement Maccabi Tzair (translation: Junior or young Maccabi) formed in Germany in 1926.

 Maccabi sport groups including basketball league champion Maccabi "Elite" Tel Aviv.

 Maccabi Health Care Services was founded in 1941; formerly called Kupat Cholim Maccabi, the second largest health care organization in Israel.

The name Maccabi is derived from Judah Maccabi (Yehudah Hamaccabi, the hammer) who led a successful guerilla war against the Seleucid armies from 167 BCE. The saga of Judah Maccabi is celebrated at Chanukah and signifies courage and power.

 The idea for the founding of Jewish National sports organizations was inspired by Zionist leader, Dr. Max Nordau.

 To sum it all up: the Star of David in the Maccabi logo conveys a message of courage and power.


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