JCC Maccabi Offers March of the Living Program

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The recent PEW study found that more than sixty percent of younger U.S. Jews say that remembering the Holocaust is essential to their sense of Jewishness. With that in mind, JCC Maccabi Israel® is offering an exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in our March of the Living program to Poland and Israel, April 23 – […]

JCC Maccabi Games® and JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® Are Largest Gathering of Jewish Teen Athletes/Artists Worldwide

What do Olympic gold-medal swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg, “Survivor: Africa” champion Ethan Zohn, Doug Gottlieb of ESPN, “American Idol” finalist Brett Loewenstern, and Jay Fiedler of Miami Dolphins fame have in common? Before they were in the limelight, all five honed their skills and strengthened their Jewish identity as participants in the community and character-building experience […]

Reaching Out to Jewish Teens: JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest

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This article appeared in the summer issue of JCC Circle. by Anna Khomina Juggling friends, homework, Facebook updates, college applications, the latest on their Twitter feeds, plus extracurricular activities that make their college essays noteworthy does not leave much time for Jewish teens to reflect on their connections to Jewish life and their own Jewish […]

JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest Included Among Effective Teen Programs

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A new report  from the Jim Joseph Foundation on engaging Jewish teens includes the JCC Maccabi Games and JCC Maccabi ArtsFest among 21 programs particularly successful in connecting teens to each other and to the Jewish community. JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest are included with only seven other Jewish programs for teens and two for young […]

JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest in Israel in Photos

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For the very first time, the JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest took place in Israel this summer. Over 1,000 Jewish teens from three continents participated in the two-week event, traveling from northern Israel to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In addition to sports competitions and arts performances, the teens took part in a community-service project in Kiryat Shmona, a town near […]

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest Video Highlights

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The first-ever JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest to take place in Israel has come to a close and most of the teens have returned to their homes. Watch this video from Maccabi World Union that highlights the ArtsFest performances. Then read a great story in the Jewish Journal about the value of JCC Maccabi ArtsFest for Jewish […]

Corporate Sponsors Support JCC Maccabi Games® and JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®in Record Numbers

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   An unprecedented number of corporate sponsors have signed up to support the JCC Maccabi Games® in 2011, including the first-ever JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest in Israel, an indication of their recognition of the program’s impact and influence. Approximately 1,500 people, including the teen participants, coaches, chaperones, family members, and JCC staff and board members, will […]

American Idol Finalist Brett Loewenstern to Appear at JCC Maccabi ArtsFest in Israel

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  This summer, popular Israeli hip hop funk band Hadag Nahash will teach its trade to hundreds of North American teenagers who will be in Israel participating in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest. The band is famous for their tongue-in-cheek political commentary in songs such as “The Sticker Song.” In these tunes, Hadag Nahash uses familiar Zionist slogans and bumper-sticker […]

American Idol Contestant Opens Junior Maccabi Games in Florida

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Brett Loewenstern, the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest alum who charmed audiences on this year’s American Idol, is opening the Junior Maccabi Games in his hometown of Boca Raton this Sunday, May 15.  The Adolph & Rose Levis JCC is welcoming young athletes from the David Posnack JCC in Davie, the Michael Ann Russel JCC of North Miami […]

The Saga Ends: Brett, You Were Great

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JCC Maccabi ArtsFest alum Brett Loewenstern came to the end of his American Idol journey when he was cut from the final 24 singers–12 men, 12 women–who will compete for votes to become the next American Idol. It’s been an amazing journey for the 16 year old from Boca Raton, who first took part in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest […]

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