Maccabi activities, groups & clubs formed spontaneously in the 1980's, several years before the Soviet collapse. The CIS Delegation competed in the 13th Maccabiah in 1989 and became a national sensation in Israel. Over the next 30 years, Maccabi St.Petersburg fully appreciates being part of the larger Jewish world through the global Maccabi Family united around common Jewish/Zionist ideals & aspirations. The Chairman, Vadim Polyansky lives in St. Petersburg; therefore the main office and the focus of activities are in St. Petersburg and its surroundings. Scope of activities: Organizing tournaments and matches in various sports, among Jewish University students and Jewish schools students (5 schools); Participating in various events and ceremonies organized by other Jewish organizations and by the General Consul of Israel in St. Petersburg; Celebrating Shabbat and Jewish holidays with Maccabi members; Promoting and improving the level of health among veterans of sport, older adults and people with disabilities; Sending delegations to the European Maccabi Games, the Maccabiah Games and Congresses; etc.
Adopt-A-Savta pairs young adults with lonely elderly. It’s a Community of ‘Grandchildren’ Adopting Lonely ‘Grandparents’ across Israel. Working off of the Big Brother/Big Sister model, young volunteers “adopt” a grandmother or grandfather that is in need of love and attention for weekly visitations. The goal is to train as many volunteers as possible and to connect these two communities; young adults seeking to make meaningful contributions with intergenerational contact, and the lonely elderly in need of warmth and connection while we still are blessed with the presence of this holy generation (SDG-10).