Maccabi World Union (Registered Amuta 580037158) is the world's only International Jewish & Sports organization. We span more than 450 clubs in over 70 countries in 5 continents. 85% of our 500,000 members are under 35 years old, all 100% pro-Israel & building proud Jewish identity.
MWU is one of the largestJewish organizations in the world and the oldest continuously active formation in Zionism. Founded in 1895, Maccabi uses its signature sports activity to attract Jews of all ages into closer personal identification and involvement with their Communities and Israel. The Maccabi movement is a leading element in Jewish/Zionist informal education & a leading agent worldwide in the spread of popular Israeli Culture.
Many Maccabi Clubs serve as community centers providing a wide diversity of educational, cultural, social, and sports activities. Most famously MWU is the organizer of the Maccabiah in Israel every 4 years - "The Jewish Olympics"!
Our Mission: Sound Jewish Minds in Healthy Jewish Bodies. We promote Jewish peoplehood, unity & solidarity in order to achieve a bright Jewish future through lifelong voluntary community involvement and the centrality of the State of Israel in Jewish life.
The modern Maccabi Movement is organized under the MWU Constitution, the umbrella under which Maccabi's Confederations and Territorial Organizations (T.O.'s) worldwide gather. There are 6 confederations:
- Maccabi Australia Inc. (MAI)
- European Maccabi Confederation (EMC)
- Maccabi Israel
- Maccabi Latin America/ Confederación Latinoamericana Macabi (CLAM)
- Maccabi North America
- Maccabi South Africa
Alongside the Maccabiah in Israel confederations commission Regional Maccabi Games every 4 years such as the Pan American Maccabi Games & European Maccabi Games every 4 years beside numerous Games, cultural events & Seminars. The Maccabiah and the Regional Games are by far the largest Jewish mass participation events in the world.
MWU World HQ are situated since 1956 at Kfar Maccabiah in Israel. The movement is almost entirely led and organized by volunteers and many Maccabi leaders are prominent in Jewish community leadership, and such bodies as the World Jewish Congress, World Zionist Organization, Jewish Agency for Israel, JCC Global, Keren Ha'Yesod, Jewish National Fund and many others.