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& Fitness The USA delegation entering Ramat Gan Stadium at the 2013 Maccabiah opening ceremony. By Adam Abrams JNS.org During the 20th Maccabiah Games next month, about 7,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries will descend upon the Holy Land to join 2,500 Israeli athletes in the Olympic-style competition. Held every four years, the Jewish multi-sport competition is the world's third-largest sporting event. From July 4-18, the Maccabiah Games will have the added significance of coincidingwith the 50th anniversary of the reunification of this year's host city, Jerusalem. "Fifty years after unification, we have finally returned the, Maecabia to its rightful place, Jerusalem--the capital of Israel," Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told reporters Tuesday. Tamir Goodman, an entrepreneur and motivational speaker who gained fame during his high school basketball career in 1999, whenSports Illustrated magazine nicknamed him the "Jewish Jordan," noted that some of the most successful Jewish athletes are "deeply rooted" in their spiritual connection to Judaism or their connection to Israel. Goodman, who in his playing days was known for balancing a busy secular game schedule withhis observance of Orthodox rituals, was given the honor of lighting the torch at the opening ceremonies of the 2001 Maccabiah Games in Atlanta. "It's very exciting that this year's ath- letes will be able to showcase their skills in Jerusalem, especially now during the 50th reunification year," Goodman told JNS.org. "Hopefully the experience will further their connection to Israel and their Jewish identity, and also enhance their skill level." Games on page 14A 9 Isl may By Andrew Tobin JERUSALEM (JTA)--When the Islamic State claimed credit for an attack on Israeli soil for the first time Friday --2- 0 - - i~ 1.1.1 and vowed to strike again, the response here was not fear but incredulity. Israeli officials generally dismissed the militant Is- lamist group's assertion that it was behind the shooting and stabbing in Jerusalem that left a 23-year-old policewoman dead alongwith her attackers. Top U.S. experts on the group said the officials would be wise to think again. "This is a pattern that we see. ISIS makes threats, very grandiose threats, accompanied by snuff vid: eos and things of that nature,"Rukmini Callima- chi, a New York Times report- er who monitors the group online, told JTA. "Reaction in the West is this is the talk of deranged people, it's all talk and no action, and then one by one, countries that have been called out have seen bloodshed on their soil." Callimachi and other U.S. analysts warned that the Is- lamic State rarely bluffs about attacks. The group has long vowed to destroy the Jewish Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 Israeli security forces standing at the scene of a terrorist attack in Jerusalem, June 16, 2017. state, they said, and it may finally be following through. The Islamic State, or ISIS, claimed responsibility soon after the attack, which involved a pair of coordinated assaults by three West Bank Palestinians in and around the Old City Friday night. Through its official online news agency, the Islamic State announced that "lions of the caliphate carried out a blessed attack on a gathering of Jews in al-Quds," referring to Jerusalem by its Arabic name. It warned the attack "will not be the last." Hamas, the militant Is- lamist Palestinian group that controls the Gaza Strip, rejected the Islamic States's Attack on page 14A Sharon F. Weil has been hired as the new director of Programming and Develop- ment at the Kinneret Council on Aging. She follows Leslie Collin who led Kinneret for 10 years from 2007 to 2017. Weil will be responsible for creating in-house events and developing community outreach programs as well as Kinneret's yearly Health Expo and 8 over 80 fundraising event. In addition, she will be responsible for overseeing the onsite food pantry and daily continental breakfasts. "I am really excited to be working with such an incred- ibly warm and professional lay leadership at KCOA," said Weil. "There is a lot of oppor- tunity at this time in KCOA's history and I am looking forward to partnering with all relevant parties in our community to advance our mission.., together." KCOAprovides low-income elderly families, and elderly individuals, on a nonprofit basis, rental housing and related facilities and services, especially designed to meet the physical, social, and psy- chological needs of the aged, as well as contribute to their health, security, happiness and usefulness in longer living. "The Kinneret Board is very excited to welcome Sharon Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major Ameri- can Jewish Organizations, Stephen M. Greenberg, Chair- man and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/ CEO, wrote to the parents of the late Otto Warmbier, who tragically died shortly after being returned to the U.S fol- lowing an extended period of incarceration in the notorious North Korean jails. In their letter to the Warm- biers, the leaders said "We want you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. The government of North Korea must be held to account. Their record of massive violations of human rights and the notoriously inhumane nature of their prisons underscore the need to hold them to ac- count. We pray that you and your family will be comforted by the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and know of no further sorrow." Warmbier, whose mother is Jewish, became active in the Hillel after a Birthright trip to Israel, during which he received a Hebrew name. Warmbier's family kept his Jewish faith a secret so officials could negotiate his release from North Korea, according to an official who Sharon F. Weil as our new director of Pro- graming and Development," said Carol Feuerman, KCOA Board president. "With her wonderful enthusiasm and extremely positive attitude, we know that she will enrich the lives of our residents. In addi- tion, her diverse background will enable KCOA to continue providing all the program- ming and services that are the basis for our mission. We all look forward to working with Sharon as we move forward in our new chapterl" Weil is no stranger to the Jewish community. Before re- locating to Orlando four years ago with her three children Kinneret on page 15A Otto Warmbier negotiated the Student's release. The official said North Korea justified Warmbi- er's imprisonment based on the regime's claim that the Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio, ordered him to steal a pro- paganda poster, and those working for his release did not want to undermine the Jewish on page 14A 6 Illl!U!!!ll!! ! UUI Ills !::5 ,Tq