The Maccabi North Caulfield Junior Football Club has a proud history extending well over 80 years. The playing of football was introduced to the Melbourne and Sydney Jewish communities by the European immigrants of the 1920's and 1930's, many of whom had played for the famous Hakoah Clubs of that era in Europe.

In both Melbourne and Sydney the Hakoah clubs were popular and successful with good followings and strong junior teams. The Sydney team was enhanced by its poker-machine based Club-House in Bondi and played at a senior level for many years. The Melbourne Hakoah faded somewhat in the 70's, struggling against Aussie Rules and lost its South Melbourne home base now known as Bob Jane Stadium to Hellas.

At that time a group of keen boys wanting to play competitive football on Sundays formed their own team and played at Caulfield Park under the Maccabi name which was then being adopted by Australian Jewish sporting clubs. The arrival of more immigrants into the community from the former USSR and from Israel, who had grown up with football back-grounds, meant that the Club would again thrive. In recent years the club has again been boosted by the influx of immigrants from South Africa.

A decision was made to separate into 2 distinct Maccabi Football Clubs- the Senior Club catering for the over 18's and veterans, and the Junior Club catering for the Under 18's. The Junior Club was formed around 1978. In the early 1990's the Football authorities directed clubs to become more suburban-based and open up membership to the local suburban community. Accordingly, the Maccabi clubs became known as North Caulfield.

North Caulfield Maccabi Junior Football Club has now evolved into one of the largest football clubs in Victoria. We cater for children aged 5 years old up to U18s and also incorporate the senior womens team.

As at the end of the 2015 season the club boasted over 550 playing members. There is no reason to think that this kind of growth will not continue for many years to come.

The two clubs complement one another and share resources such as grounds, pavilion and coaches.


Life members

Max Stern, Mr. Jonny Landers, Ramsay Sapar, Michael Lowinger (dec), Stephen Rosenthal (dec), Boris Seroshtan, Danny Ungar, Malcolm Bulafkin, Neil Berlinski, Sam Gamsu

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