THE DEEDS OF THE PAST SHALL INSPIRE THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE FUTURE.
The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame was founded to honor Jewish men and women world-wide who have accomplished extraordinary achievements in sport, and to recognize other Jewish men and women who have made significant contributions to society through sport.
The Hall of Fame held its inaugural inductions in 1979 in Los Angeles, California and received its international charter in Jerusalem in 1981. The Hall of Fame Museum was opened in July 1981, at the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sport, Netanya, Israel.
In the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame you will find biographies, photographs and memorabilia of Jewish athletes and sportspersonsfrom 22 countries who have achieved worldwide acclaim and recognition in 36 different sports and related categories including - World and Olympic champions, World record holders, and sports men and women who have been elected to the Hall of Fame of their own competitive sport.
After visiting this comprehensive showcase of Jewish sports talent, you will be able to answer such questions as:
• Which son of a rabbi pressed 206 lbs, more than his bodyweight, to be deemed the world's strongest man in the 1964 Olympics?
• Which Jewish San Diego Chargers star was elected to the Pro-Football Hall of Fame in 1979, only the second AFL player ever to be so honored?
• In what sport is the championship cup named for a Jewish mother?
• Which Jewish wrestler won 400 consecutive bouts from 1939 to 1952?
• Which Jewish 14-year Major League catcher served as a U.S. government spy in World War II?
• Which Jewish NBA star retired with five all-time records, including most career points?
• A Hungarian Jew won 23 men's world championship table tennis titles. A Romanian Jew captured 17 women's world table tennis championships. Who are they?
• Which Jewish track star is the only runner to win medals in four consecutive Olympic Games?
• The New York Giants purchased the Detroit NFL Franchise in 1928 in order to secure the draft rights to what Jewish All-American quarterback?
“Following the 1972 Olympics, I recall one writer labeling me ‘The first great Jewish athlete’. A compliment was intended, but the statement was hardly accurate. Long before there was a Mark Spitz, in American Sports alone there was Koufax, Greenberg, Ross, Leonard, Holman, Luckman, and so many others! I may have been the Jewish champion of the moment, but many great athletes preceded me, and some have already succeeded me.”
“More than 300 of the world's all-time greatest athletes and contributors to sports are chronicled in this museum.”
“And all of them are Jewish. Every one of them represents the best of his sport, and the best of his era. I am honored to be counted among these remarkable people.”
BE A PART OF THIS UNIQUE PROJECT!
You can become part of the history of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Be included among the many patrons who have participated in the preservation of the heritage of great Jewish sportsmen/women throughout the world.
Donors of gifts of $1,000 or more – to the IJSHOF may elect to have his/her/their name placed on permanent display "In Tribute" to the Hall of Fame honoree of their choice.
Your "Tribute" gift will aid in supporting the continuing development of the IJSHOFMuseum and its services.
The Wingate Institute is situated on 125 acres of verdant landscape overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, 6 km south of the town of Netanya. The IJSHOF is located in the Wingate campus on the second floor of the HerschtrittStudentUnionBuilding.
The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (IJSHOF) is a partnership between the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sport and Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel, and includes many of the world's leading sports authorities, and interested, active philanthropic individuals.