JCC Maccabi Games are for Jewish teens between the ages of 13 and 17 years old, with teams from across the country coming together for one week each summer.
During the day, athletes compete in their sport and at night there are a variety of social events. Athletes are housed with other Jewish families. This is a great opportunity for teens to meet more than 1,500 other Jewish teenagers from across the U.S. and the world, and compete in a variety of sports, as well as socialize and participate in community service projects.
Those thinking about participating should keep in mind, that
- To participate in the Games, athletes must be at least 13 years old and cannot have turned 16 years old as of July 31 of the year of the Games for which the athlete is registering.
- All athletes must be Jewish, which is defined as follows: One of the athlete’s parents is Jewish and the athlete is being raised Jewish, or is a Jew by choice and is being raised Jewish. In the spirit of the Games, if the parent or child does not believe that they are Jewish on a year round basis, then the child should not participate in the JCC Maccabi Games.
Katz JCC Cherry Hill – August 10-15
Boca Raton – August 10-15
Detroit JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest – August 17-22
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JCC Teens Participate in Maccabi ArtsFest
Through JCC Association’s efforts, the JCC Maccabi Games® have grown to the point where close to 6,000 teens from many different countries participate each summer. We hope to build on this successful foundation and create another opportunity for Jewish teens to meet. This new youth development initiative is designed to attract those teens who have a strong interest in the arts. JCC Maccabi ArtsFest connects thousands of Jewish teens with similar interests to each other, the arts, and their local Jewish Community Centers.
Last summer over 45 JCC’s sent participants to the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest. Our artists participated in developmental workshops in specialties including, Rock, Visual Arts, Sports Broadcasting, Dance, Musical Theater and Jazz. ArtsFest is just one of the tools that your JCC has for identifying today’s teen-artists and can lead to influential programming in your center.
JCC Association is the managing partner for JCC Maccabi ArtsFest and works closely with host communities to develop a special program unique to each community.