Tuesday, October 12, 2021

 

This morning (12/10/21), in Milan, marked the beginning of the "One Team-One People" initiative led by the Center for Jewish Impact, in collaboration with Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club, and the World Zionist Organization's Department for Israel & Holocaust Commemoration. Together, we are working to strengthen ties between Israel and European Jewry.

 

The goal of “One Team – One People” initiative is to use professional sports as a vehicle to promote tolerance, and to combat antisemitism and bigotry. In addition, it serves as a platform to explore European Jewish history and to enhance ties between Israel and European Jewry, while positively representing Israel throughout Europe.

In the photo from left to right: Milo Hasbani, President of the Jewish community of Milan, Shimon Mizrahi, Chairman of Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club, Daniel Mizrahi, Communications Director of Jewish community of Milan, Ami Bitton,  Maccabi Tel-Aviv Team Club Manager and Itai Hacham, Head of Operations of the Center for Jewish Impact & WZO  Representative

Ahead of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club's game against Olimpia Milano, representatives of Maccabi Tel Aviv, the Center for Jewish Impact and the World Zionist Organization's Department for Israel & Holocaust Commemoration met with leading figures in the Milan Jewish community. The participants were: Shimon Mizrahi, Chairman of Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club, Ami Bitton, Manager of the Maccabi Tel Aviv team, Itai Hacham, representative of the Center for Jewish Impact and the World Zionist Organization, Milo Hasbani, President of the Jewish Community of Milan, Roberto Jarrah, President of ORT Milan, and Daniele Mizrachi, Head of Communications of the Jewish community of Milan.

The meeting centered around the community’s history and contemporary Jewish life in Milan.  In addition, participants reflected on the ability of professional sports to create lasting bonds between people.
 

Local Jewish community leaders wished Maccabi great success ahead of their game against Milano, which hundreds of members of the Milano Jewish community are expected to attend in support of the team. This is part of a new initiative to enhance the ties between Israel and European Jewry through Maccabi Tel Aviv’s EuroLeague games.  

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In the photo: Shimon Mizrahi, Chairman of Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club and Milo Hasbani, President of the Jewish community in Milan

Supporters from the Jewish community of Milan in the game

A great show of solidarity of the Jewish community of Milan with Maccabi Tel Aviv's star Scottie Wilbekin

Robert Singer, Chairman of the Center for Jewish Impact: "The Jewish community in Milan is a historical, beautiful community, and we are happy to continue this important partnership with Maccabi Tel Aviv and the World Zionist Organization's Department for Israel & Holocaust Commemoration and to use professional sports to bring the Jewish communities and Israel closer together.”
 

Shimon Mizrahi, Chairman of Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club: “the city of Milan has always been kind to us, and we especially remember winning the EuroLeague in 2014, and now another important event is taking place here. Maccabi is a symbol that connects between Jews from across the world. The acronym of Maccabi (Mi Kamocha Ba’elim Hashem – who is like you among the heavenly powers) is a prayer shared by all Jews worldwide. We are privileged to have the opportunity to use the power of basketball to connect between Israel and the Jewish community of Milan, during the first away game of Maccabi in the EuroLeague this season. We thank our partners, the Center for Jewish Impact, and the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Israel & Holocaust Commemoration for leading this important initiative, which is just the first step of many more gatherings with Jewish communities across Europe."
 

Milo Hasbani, President of the Jewish Community of Milan: "As the head of the Jewish community, as an Israeli citizen, and as a Maccabi fan, we are pleased to support Maccabi Tel Aviv in their upcoming match against Olimpia Milano, since Israel is very important to us and many of our community members are expected to attend and show our solidarity during the game. I thank the Center for Jewish impact, Maccabi Tel Aviv and the World Zionist Organization’s Department for Israel & Holocaust Commemoration on this important initiative."