European Maccabi Games

The European Maccabi Games are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held. European delegations send their best Jewish sportsmen and women to compete.


Held in July, around 2,100 athletes from all 40 different nations compete in a total of 19 disciplines at the European Maccabi Games. According to the organizers, the Maccabi Games are also a great opportunity for people to establish new contacts, make new friends, and meet interesting people.


Prague hosted the first ever European Maccabi Games in 1929, followed by Antwerp a year later. After a 30 year hiatus, the Jewish games finally returned to European soil as Copenhagen hosted the 1959 competition. The choice of the Austrian capital as the host city of 2011was highly symbolic as it is the first time since World War II that Jewish athletes from all over Europe competed on the territory of the former German Reich.