Once every four years Israel hosts the Maccabiah Games, an international event that brings Jewish athletes from across the world to Israel. This year the games are once again coming to Israel, for the 18th time, and are scheduled to open on July 13.
As usual, the US delegation is expected to be the largest one, with almost 1,000 participants in all sports fields.
Caren Lesser, who exactly 20 years ago represented the US in karate at the Maccabiah, will this year be returning to the event as the American karate team's manager and coach.
On Tuesday, July 7 at 7 pm (local time), the US-based Kol Halev radio station for Israelis and Jews will broadcast an interview Lesser held with Dr. Alex Sternberg, who in 1977 founded the American karate team. The interview was held in English.
Dr. Sternberg's son, Dov, has followed in his father's footsteps and became a karate coach as well.
The Maccabiah is more than a competition, Sternberg told Lesser, "It is a way to unite Jews from all over the world, and a way for world Jewry to get to know Israel through sport."
During the Maccabiah, Kol Halev Radio will bring live updates from the competition. To listen, go to: www.kolhalev.com