Tripped Up by the Bottom Line, Maccabiah Athletes Struggle to Fund Their Trips

After training intensively for years, the real obstacle for many athletes who want to compete at the Maccabiah is money. With the cost reaching five figures (in dollars), aspiring participants are deploying their creative energy to raise the necessary funds on their own.

Swimmer Helene Hirsch takes a deep breath and begins to calculate the cost of her trip to the 2013 Maccabiah Games: there was a $2,900 registration fee, plus $2,000 for roundtrip airfare and $4,000 for lodging in the athletes’ village, on top of $6,000 to sponsor another athlete.