Maccabi Games was first organized in 1982, when a small group of Latin Jewish immigrants decided to continue the tradition of these games that were so popular in their native Latin American countries. From its inception, athletes would register for the Games by country of origin, allowing them to maintain cultural ties to the countries from which they emigrated. Thirty five years ago, there were 350 children and adults, divided into four teams. Today, the Games have become a reflection of South Florida’s large and diverse Latin Jewish population, but also embrace participation by the entire total Jewish community.