EN190208 Mamanet sends delegation to compete at international tournament in Israel

Mamanet sends Delegation to Compete in International Tournament in Israel

A Columbus delegation of 12 Mamanet management players traveled on a mission to Israel February 2-9, as part of JewishColumbus’ P2G, or Partnership2gether between Columbus and Kfar Saba. The group played as a Columbus team in the Crown Mamanet International Tournament in Jerusalem. The delegation played two fierce and competitive matches with talented, international teams. Ultimately they lost one match against a team from Cyprus, and triumphantly won one against the Rishon Lezion Jaguars of Israel.

Mamanet is a fun, social sports league for mothers, founded in 2005 in Kfar Saba, Israel, by Ofra Abramovich, which has been growing phenomenally around the world. It is played in several cities in North America and we are now in our third season in Columbus, introduced to central Ohio through Columbus’ senior community Shlicha Merav Livneh-Dill in 2016, through the support of the JCC. The sport is Cachibol, also known as Newcomb, a variation of volleyball where players catch, pass and throw the ball using a regulation-size volleyball and court. Fun social events, team practices and games give women an opportunity to meet and bond with other women.

Within the Mamanet community, women feel empowered and contribute their time and energy to projects that give back to their community. There are now six Mamanet teams in Columbus: two from Bexley, and one each for Columbus Torah Academy (CTA) parents and teachers, JCC preschool teachers, and teams from Dublin and New Albany.

Before the tournament, the delegation enjoyed some additional professional training,  played with Kfar Saba’s Mamanet teams, met local staff and the Mamanet management board, and visited the Brener School, which is partner to Columbus Jewish Day School. School twinning provides a strong connection between the Columbus and Kfar Saba communities.

Additionally, the team visited the Mediterranean beach in Herzliya, shopped in the Shuk, or outdoor marketplace, in Tel Aviv, and watched a local men’s volleyball game between Kfar Saba’s top ranked teams.

IT ALL STARTS WITH YOU: JewishColumbus is able to bring programs that connects Columbus with Israel on a personal level because of donors like you who give to our Annual Campaign.

For more information about Mamanet Columbus email us at mamanetcolumbus@gmail.com or contact Jeanna Brownlee, JCC Director of Sports and Wellness at 614-559-6274 or jeannabrownlee@columbusjcc.org.