JCC Maccabi Has Always Remembered

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The 1972 Israeli Olympic delegation, including the Munich 11.


Every JCC Maccabi teen has heard of the Munich Massacre, the brutal slaying of 11 Israeli athletes participating in the 1972 Munich Olympics. For over three decades, each JCC Maccabi Opening Ceremony has commemorated this tragic event by recounting the horrific events and connecting it to the JCC Maccabi values of Amiut Yehudit, Jewish peoplehood and Zionism, a love for the State of Israel.

For many years, the JCC Maccabi community has called on the International Olympic Committee to formally commemorate this tragedy. At the 2012 London Olympics, the IOC did not yield to international pressure to remember the slain Olympians with a moment of silence.

Recently, the IOC reversed course with a gift to the city of Munich to help build a memorial between Munich’s Olympic Village and Olympic Stadium. The monument will share the biographies of each athlete. There will also be a moment of silence during the closing ceremonies of the 2016 games in Rio.

JCC Association would like to thank every member of the JCC Maccabi family who has fought to ensure that the horror of the Munich Olympics is not forgotten. JCC Maccabi is proud to have been a leader in sharing this story with hundreds of thousands of athletes, artists, coaches, delegation heads, chaperones, Artists in Residence, and families.