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 […]

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 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 […]

Welcoming the JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest

Ten days from today, on July 25th, 900 teens from North America will be arriving to participate in the first JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest program in Israel!   There are many reasons to be excited, mostly that 1500 JCC members (including teens, staff, delegation heads, JCC Association board members, execs and families) will be participating. […]

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 […]

2011 JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest Represents 10 to 15 Percent Increase in Teens Traveling to Israel

New York, NY, May 19, 2011–At a time when fewer North American Jewish teens are interested in visiting Israel, JCC Association has devised an ingenious plan to get them there. Bring an event to the Jewish state that draws thousands of teens each summer wherever it’s held. This summer’s JCC Maccabi Games/ArtsFest to be held […]

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 […]

It’s Hollywood Week, and Brett Advances!

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JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® alum Brett Loewenstern sang a soulful version of “Let It Be” in his audition during Hollywood Week on American Idol, and it kept him in the competition.  The Boca Raton teen was first up, and he seemed relaxed and confident, even though he reported he was “shaking in his pants.”  Brett participated in […]

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest Alum Makes It to American Idol

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Red-haired Brett Loewenstern charmed the judges at his audition on American Idol and blew them away when he began to sing, but his performance was no surprise to anyone who knew him from JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®. The Boca Raton teen participated in several JCC Association teen arts programs beginning in 2007 and showed off his spectacular […]

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