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The first MAKKABI Germany WinterGames 2023 at a glance

Words of Welcome - Justus Pfeifer, Mayor Ruhpolding
Words of Welcome - Justus Pfeifer, Mayor Ruhpolding

Winter has never been so Maccabi!

The time has come: After more than 85 years, MAKKABI Germany is bringing winter sports back to the Jewish sports world. From January 02nd to 09th, 2023 the first MAKKABI Germany WinterGames will take place in wonderful Ruhpolding in the Bavarian Alps. 350 participants from all over the world and 100 volunteers will fill this historic event with life, sport and Jewish self-confidence.

The worldwide Jewish sports movement Maccabi was founded over 100 years ago. The last Jewish Winter Games took place in Poland in 1933 and in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1936. With the MAKKABI Germany WinterGames 2023, a tradition is being revived with a signal effect far beyond the borders of Maccabi. After the European Maccabi Games 2015 in Berlin, MAKKABI Germany is proud to once again be a pioneer within the international Maccabi movement. to once again be a pioneer within the international Maccabi movement.

Competitions in various disciplines will be held in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, snow volleyball and curling. different disciplines A varied educational programme is offered for the participants, which also also actively seeks encounters and direct exchange with the people of Ruhpolding. We have built up a wonderful partnership with numerous groups from the fields of politics, administration, sport and society in Ruhpolding.

The highlight is the big opening ceremony on 02 January, where the participating delegations are welcomed ceremoniously and with a show programme. In the past, MAKKABI Germany has always turned such opening ceremonies into a great spectacle. In addition to the opening ceremony, other special events will take place in the evenings.

Maccabi members from all over the world can take part - regardless of religion and origin. In addition, everyone can get involved as a volunteer and lend a hand in the preparation and implementation of the MAKKABI Germany WinterGames.

There will be a special programme for Family & Friends, the core of which will of course be participation in the highlights of the MAKKABI Germany WinterGames. In addition, we will create experiences here that all Family & Friends will remember for a long time.

Participating delegations


Dr. Joseph Schuster

President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany

I wish the athletes much success in the competitions and much joy in the great events surrounding the Maccabi WinterGames. For the guests and all of us, I hope for peaceful, happy and successful games. Maccabi Chai!

Board of Trustees

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Ilse Aigner

President of the Bavarian State Parliament

But Maccabi - that was and is always more than a sports club. It is a feeling and an attitude. Fairness, tolerance, mutual respect, openness to the world, community spirit across generations and religions - that is Maccabi.

I wish all participants and the whole Maccabi family light-hearted games, much success and all the best!

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Dr. Charlotte Knobloch

President of the Jewish Community in Munich and Upper Bavaria

The MAKKABI Germany WinterGames will take place in Ruhpolding in January 2023 with a planned 350 participants from Germany, Europe and beyond. For many years, the association has shown that sport can make an essential contribution to a successful democratic society and is vehemently committed to combating and avoiding anti-Semitism and exclusion of any kind.


Carmela Shamir

Israeli Consul General for Southern Germany

It is both an honor and a pleasure for me to support the MAKKABI Germany WinterGames 2023 as a member of the Board of Trustees. As Consul General of the State of Israel for Southern Germany, I am particularly pleased that the games will be held in Bavaria.

My wish for these historic Winter Games is that sport and team spirit connect people across cultures and bring them together.


Justus Pfeifer

First Mayor
of Ruhpolding municipality

It is a special pleasure for Ruhpolding to be the host. The MAKKABI Germany WinterGames 2023 offer an ideal setting to enable and intensify social interaction with the Jewish community, the international participants and the people of Ruhpolding. enable and intensify.

I am looking forward to exciting competitions and wish all athletes every success!