By Ed Wittenberg & Bob Jacob / Cleveland Jewish News
Rabbi Yossi Freedman, director of Downtown Chabad in Cleveland, said about 15 dignitaries with connections to Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Maccabi World Union attended Yom Kippur services held by Downtown Chabad Oct. 3 and Oct. 4 in the Penton Media Building conference room.
They included Eyal Tiberger, director general of Maccabi World Union; Shimon Mizrahi, chairman of the Maccabi Tel Aviv Basketball Club; Roy Hessing, sports director of Maccabi World Union; and former Israeli basketball stars Tal Brody and Miki Berkowitz, both of whom played for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Freedman said no players from the Maccabi team, which faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in a preseason game Oct. 5 at Quicken Loans Arena, attended the services.
“These were (Downtown Chabad’s) first High Holy Days Services,” he said. “There are a lot of good things going on in Jewish life downtown, and we’re thrilled to herald it.”