Organised sport for Australian Jews was being played in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia


Six Jewish sporting organisations were established in Sydney


The Judean League of Victoria was formed

1924 (May)

The Sydney Judaean Amateur Athletic Association (SJAA) wrote to Rabbi Israel Brodie in Melbourne asking if there was any interest in an interstate cricket match. The Judaean league of Victoria replied and the result was a cricket match between the two states in Melbourne in December 1924


Beginning of annual sporting carnivals. The first was held in Sydney between New South Wales and Victoria in 4 sports for men : cricket, athletics, swimming and tennis 1926 Western Australia competed for the first time


Women competed at the Melbourne Carnival for the first time


After the 9th carnival in Melbourne the Australian Judaean Sports Council (AJSC) was established to control Jewish sport in Australia and be responsible for the annual carnivals


Australia first competed at the 3rd Maccabiah Games in Israel with one tennis player, Elias Honig


It was decided that the seat of office of the Council would alternate on a 3 year basis between Melbourne and Sydney. The late Basil Isaacs became the first President

1960 (Jan)

The name of the organisation was changed to Australian Maccabi Council

1974 (April)

The name of the organisation changed again to Australian Maccabi Federation


The first Junior Carnival for 11-16 year olds was held in Sydney

1991 (Jan)

The name was changed to Maccabi Australia Inc

1991 Australia competed at the Pan American Maccabi Games for the first time


Collapse of the bridge over the Yarkon River at the opening Ceremony of the Maccabiah Games resulted in death and injury to a number of Australian competitors


The Maccabi Australia constitution was changed; MAI is now controlled by a team of commissioners. The commissioners are responsible for 3 committees - National Sport, International Sport and a Development Commission to focus on leadership training


The first Maccabi Australia Games (MAGS) was held in Canberra

2006 (July)

The first MAIGS (International) was held in Sydney with a large number of overseas countries competing 


A Board of Governors was formed under the Chairmanship of Barry Smorgon Establishment of a Grievance Committee to deal with the appeals process


Maccabi Australia has 5 affiliated state bodies: New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland, with a total membership of 9,000 members. Maccabi Australia is a member of the Maccabi World Union, the Zionist Federation of Australia, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the Australian Sports Foundation

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