The Krell family is an active family where sports has been a part of life, both at work and play!  They moved to Calgary in 1980 when Ron’s career in sport and recreation management began as the Assistant Athletics Director at the Calgary JCC.  As the kids grew and became more involved in local and provincial sport, it was a natural progression to begin competing as Maccabi Canada delegates.  Barb says, “As a family, The Maccabi Games have provided us with unique opportunities to represent Canada, connect with fellow Jews from around the world, express our solidarity with Israel and experience the thrill of competitive sport.”

The Maccabi Games is a prominent international sports competition that takes place every four years in their respective regions, with the Maccabiah Games in Israel being the largest and the point of pride for the organization.  Europe, The Americas, Australia, USA and Israel are homes to world class sports events bringing the best Jewish athletes from all over the world to meet with and compete against other Jewish athletes. To some, this will be a stage in a long, successful athletic career. To others, this will be the highlight of their athletic journey. To all, this will be a life-changing point in their personal Jewish journeys, a journey to reinforce their Jewish pride, to nurture support for Israel and to develop community leadership.   The Israel Maccabiah Games is one of the top three gatherings of athletes in the world. Over 8,000 athletes proudly represent over 60 countries and compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in junior, open and masters’ categories.

From their first experiences at the Pan Am Maccabi Games in Santiago Chile in December 2003, through Israel Maccabiah 2005 and Australian Maccabi Games in 2006, Barb and Ron have had the privilege of seeing their children compete as youth and adults as part of the Canadian Maccabi delegation.  These memorable family moments include the thrill of medal ceremonies and lasting friendships locally, nationally and internationally.  Marnie, now 28 years old, continued to compete in her sport of volleyball in 2007 in Buenos Aires Pan Am Maccabi Games and in Israel Maccabiah 2009. 

Through making donations to existing funds, The Krell’s were aware of JCFC and saw the opportunity for a tax effective vehicle that would benefit and support future participation in the Maccabi Games for local Jewish athletes.  They opened their fund in June 2010 because they wanted to continue raising awareness and to provide scholarships for local athletes to subsidize the costs of competing in Maccabi Games.

As a family, Barb Ron, Marnie and Lewis have regular discussions about the development and direction of where and how the funds generated will be distributed today, and in the future.  Most certainly, the Krell’s are a positive example of family philanthropy in action.

*content from this article includes excerpts from Maccabi Canada website – www.maccabicanada.com