FRED WORMS Of Blessed Memory

Honored: 1999
Location: London, England

Philanthropist Fred Worms, OBE, succeeded Pierre Gildesgame as Maccabi World Union (MWU) president from 1982 to 1986. In 1994, he was elected honorary president of MWU, the position he continues to hold at the time of publication of this edition.

Worms served six years as chairman of the European Maccabi Confederation and represented Great Britain on the MWU Executive Board for many years. He has also been a member of the MWU International Trust Fund, served in highest level positions with Maccabi London, and been honorary secretary of Maccabi Union Great Britain.

Born in Frankfurt, Germany, and arriving in England in 1937, young Fred Worms was interned briefly as an “enemy alien.” Following World War II, as a Chartered Accountant, he became an entrepreneur in the engineering and motor car industry.

In 1998, Worms received an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth, for exceptional efforts as chairman of the B’nai B’rith Housing Association of Great Britain, which secured housing for the elderly.

He is a founder of the Kfar Maccabiah (Maccabiah Village) in Ramat Gan, Israel, and championed development of the Pierre Gildesgame Sports Museum (MWU sports history) situated at the Kfar. Worms is also a founding member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Executive Board.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented annually, honoring those individuals who have made significant contributions to the State of Israel and society through sports.

Of Blessed Memory


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