JCC to Host 2016 Maccabi Games

The JCC is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of four cities to host the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games. The competition is held each summer in North America and is the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. From July 24-29, 2016, Jewish teen athletes from around the globe will be invited to attend the Olympics-style athletic competition, which will coincidentally fall shortly after the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil.

The JCC Board of Trustees voted to host the 2016 Games at its March meeting. “We are thrilled to have the chance to showcase our wonderful and supportive Columbus Jewish community in 2016. I am confident that Columbus will yet again step up to the plate and serve as a wonderful host community for the young athletes competing in the Games,” said Lisa Newmark, JCC Board President.

The JCC has been honored to host the games in 1995, 1999, and 2004. “We are delighted to have been selected again to host the 2016 games right here in Columbus. This time we have two and a half years to get ready and that is just the right timing,” said Carol Folkerth, JCC Executive Director.

Those interested in volunteering to assist with the Games, hosting an athlete in their home, or learning more about the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games may contact Mike Klapper, JCC Assistant Executive Director, at mklapper@columbusjcc.org or by calling 614-559-6232.