With the help of legendary striker Vicki Peretz, the Maccabi Tel Aviv FC Foundation gave the Tzora football school a special surprise as they celebrated the culmination of the 2015/16 season activities. The school, which has a diverse population of participants from the various locals communities in and around Beit Shemesh is run by Dror Rosenblatt with the help of Maccabim director Alex Dallin and school manager Eli Cohen for over a decade. Following a sumptuous Maccabi style dinner on tables decked out with Yellow & Blue table clothes with lots of great food, Peretz was introduced by Rosenblatt to a standing ovation by the over 500 parents, grandparents and children.


Maccabi’s number 9 from the 1970’s and 80’s spoke about reading for your dreams and told the youngsters that everything is within reach with hard work and perseverance. Peretz talked about some of the great moments in his career from scoring many goals in league and international play along with one of the hi lights of his career, representing Israel at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. While in Canada he had the opportunity to dine with fellow Olympians Mark Spitz and Nadia Comaneci and also scored a goals against Brazil and France.


Peretz was then presented with a special award from the Tzora school and was given a bouquet of Yellow & Blue flowers by Maxine Levitt of the Maccabi Foundation. Foundation Head Josh Halickman commented: “It’s an honor and privilege to be able to introduce the current generation of footballers to some of Maccabi’s great. One of the main goals of the Foundation is to help educate today’s youth about the storied past of the club by exposing them to some of the legends. Who better than Vicki Peretz to fit that bill and speak to hundreds at such a wonderful and prestigious event.”

Eli Cohen also commented on the wonderful evening: “The children along with their coaches received medals, trophies, signed balls and other gifts in recognition of their hard work. We hosted Vicki Peretz a former National Team and Maccabi player and we want to thank Josh and Maxine from the Maccabi Tel Aviv FC Foundation and all those involved for a successful event.”