11th Pan American Macabbi Games Ending Today, Went Kosher, Did Shabbos With Chabad


11th Pan American Macabbi Games Ending Today, Went Kosher, Did Shabbos With Chabad

Tables prepared for the Shabbat dinner for the athletes and coaches at the Macabbi Games in Buenos Aires. (photo:lubavitch.com/LNS)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

January 2, 2008

(Lubavitch.com/LNS) Chabad-Lubavitch of Argentina ensured that athletes and coaches—several thousand—who participated in the 11th Pan American Maccabi Games in Buenos Aires, dined strictly kosher for the nearly week-long competitive sports that ended Wednesday, January2.

“It’s the first time the Maccabi games in Argentina are kosher, and Shomer Shabbos,” said Rabbi Tzvi Grunblatt, director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Argentina, who felt that the Jewish athletes representing 20 countries, should compete in a Jewish setting. 

That means that no sports events were scheduled from Friday afternoon to Saturday night, out of respect for the Shabbos. Instead, hundreds joined Shabbos services, and 1500 enjoyed a traditional Kiddush and Shabbos dinner.

"Because we couldn't use a microphone on Shabbos," said Grunblatt, "we brought Cantor Shlomo Simcha and a 10-person choir to lead the prayers and the kiddush so that everyone could hear."

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