Brief History

1895

The Maccabi movement began in 1895 when Jewish sports clubs were founded in Eastern and Central Europe. The first club was established in Constantinople Turkey, called the “Jewish Sports Club”, formed by expatriate Jews from Europe who were excluded from membership in similar clubs. Instead of accepting their exclusion from the institution, they formed the Constantinople Maccabi Society, which spread rapidly as a model across the Bosporus to other European centers of Jewish life.