The 19th Maccabiah opening ceremony
The 19th Maccabiah opening ceremony Photo by Andrew Esensten
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Guiora Esrubilsky, who presided over last summer’s Maccabiah Games, died in Miami on Tuesday, at the age of 66.

The Argentinian born Esrubilsky was elected Maccabi World Union President in May 2010. 

Esrubilsky was behind the push to hold the next European Maccabi Games in Berlin in 2015. “We want to see healthy and strong Jewish sportsmen from Europe, playing and enjoying in Berlin, the city of reunification, at the same stadium of the Nazi Olympics games of 1936,” he told JTA.

Esrubilsky was a prominent Argentinian businessman based in Florida. He started his community life practicing basketball during his childhood in Bet Am Medinat Israel club in Floresta, a middle-class neighborhood in Buenos Aires. He played volleyball as his main sport.

He managed to unite sports activities with Jewish tradition, participating in the leadership of sports and social institutions in the different countries in which he lived.

At the World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in Budapest in May 2013 he was elected a vice-president of the World Jewish Congress. He also was a member of the Board of the Latin American Jewish Congress, whose president, Jack Terpins, called him “a wonderful fellow and a great promoter of Jewish life.”