About a year ago, a friend in Boca (formerly in Albany) called my wife to see if we could host two athletes (Sam and Max) from her synagogue during the Maccabi Games this past summer. We were of course delighted to have them.
My family was in Florida last week for a family wedding and spent Shabbat in Boca with our friends. Hearing that we were coming, Max’s family invited my family, our host family, and Sam’s family for Shabbat lunch. We had an amazing time together. Our high-school-age kids went in one direction; our middle-school-age kids went in another. The “adults” sat around the table all afternoon, as if we had been best friends for years. I look forward to the next time we all get to see each other.
I wrote at length over the summer about how unifying the Games had been for our children and our community, without any real appreciation for the extensive reach the Games really had. I am so happy that Northeastern New York had the opportunity to participate.