Cape Cod dentist wins gold in golf at Israel’s Maccabiah Games

COTUIT – Michael Seidman recently returned from a trip to Israel which he described as a family vacation with an excuse for him to play a little golf, but it was much, much more than that.

Seidman brought home a gold medal in golf from the 21st Maccabiah Games, Israel’s biggest sporting event, often referred to as the Jewish Olympics.

“It is the largest sporting event in Israel, and the second largest in the world, although I’ve heard that it is maybe the third or fourth largest sporting event in the world,” said Seidman, a dentist and owner of Dental Associates of Cape Cod in Hyannis since 1992.

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Seidman was part of a team from the United States competing in the Grand Master (65 and older) division.

Maccabiah Games draw Jewish athletes from around the world

“There were 9,000 athletes and they had opening ceremonies just like in Tokyo or Beijing,” Seidman said, referring to recent Olympic games. “It was the first time an American president went to the opening ceremonies. Biden was there.”

President Joe Biden attended the opening ceremony of the 21st Maccabiah Games July 14 at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.

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