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Six added to Maccabi's most exclusive club

Posted: 14-Dec-2017 by Maccabi NSW

Maccabi NSW welcomed six new names to its most prestigious club on December 12, with a well-attended ceremony at UNSW’s Scientia Building.

The Maccabi NSW Hall of Fame recognises the best and brightest in athletic and administrative achievement across Jewish sport in the state. 2017’s inductees included FFA stalwarts Brian Schwartz AM and Phill Wolanski AM, administrative extraordinaire Phil Filler, former Wallaby Rupert Rosenblum, late Olympic fencer Emeric Santo and karate black belt Danny Hakim.

Fox Sports’ Daniel Garb was the master of ceremonies on a night which recognised the achievements of some of Maccabi’s finest exports. Each inductee was presented with a plaque to recognise their addition to this prestigious list, and delivered some words on gratitude to an adoring audience filled with friends and family.

Click here to view all the photos from the evening thanks to photographer Dan Ullman.

Cheryl and Nikki Bart were honoured with a special achievement award for their scarcely believable mountain climbing feats. The pair recently became the first mother-daughter combination to scale the seven summits of Earth.

Six months on from the Maccabiah Games, Tom York OAM spoke fondly of his time as head of delegation of the largest ever Aussie delegation to Israel. While Tom Goldman OAM joined him on stage to pay tributes to Paralympic swimmer Matt Levy who finally publicly received his gong for best male athlete at the 20th Maccabiah Games – where he won five gold and one silver medal as well as becoming the first individual ever to break a world record at the Games.

Socceroo and Sydney FC player Luke Wilkshire was the special guest on a night which showcased the immense achievements of members of the Maccabi community.

Lauren Ehrlich rounded out the evening with the first public address of her presidency while outgoing president Danny Hochberg opened proceedings with his final speech as he vacates the role after four successful years at the helm.

All in all, it was a fantastic night and a real celebration not just for the inductees, but for Maccabi as an organisation. Another chapter has been added to the Maccabi NSW Hall of Fame, as we now cast an eye forward to 2022 and wonder who might be inducted next into this illustrious group?

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