Ice hockey evokes associations of snow, freezing temperatures and an audience wrapped in heavy coats. Yet, Sunday, in the middle of the boiling, humid, Israeli summer, the Jewish world's ice hockey championship was opened in Metula.
The "Jewish world" in this case, comes down to four teams that compete for the title. Yet, the limited scope of the championship did not
deter organizers and athletes. The latter gave their all on the ice so that on Friday they can wear a gold medal around their necks proving that they are the Jewish world's ice hockey champs.
With all due to respect to the historic occasion, the audience's balconies were half empty, composed primarily of family members of the players. The Israeli team has little ambition and if it ends up in third place, its memberswould consider that as a success. The players are mostly immigrants from the former USSR and Canada.
Competing teams represent the US, France, Israel and Canada. In Sunday's first game, held yesterday the US beat France 6:4, although as long as the Jews win, who cares.