Bowdoin Basketballer Returns to Israel to Represent US in ‘Jewish Olympics’ (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Ally Silfen ’17

Former basketball forward Ally Silfen ’17 is among thousands of athletes gathering in Israel for the 20th Maccabiah Games, known unofficially as the Jewish Olympics. Joining Silfen in Israel is fellow basketball player Danny Janel, a graduate of Connecticut College.

According to an article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the two first met when they competed at the last Maccabiah games in 2013—that’s when they fell in love. Silfen and Janel are one of at least ten couples who have been brought together by the game, reports the JTA. The event runs through July 18.

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