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JCC Maccabi

Creating meaningful Jewish teen experiences through sports, arts and travel.

Our annual continental programs for teens provide Jewish connection and intensive, hands on experiences in areas where teens can grow and learn.

The JCC Maccabi Games®, a week-long Olympic-style sports competition, began in 1982. Each year, three communities host the Games, with one also hosting JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®, which was held for the first time in 2006. Attracting approximately 3,000 teens from around the globe, these events give your teens a chance to meet other Jewish youth while participating in sports they love, or in an intense immersion in their art. Summer 2023, JCC Maccabi Games in Israel will see more than 1,000 Jewish teens participating in athletic events and an educational travel experience hosted by JCC Association and Maccabi World Union, proudly funded by RootOne.

I loved the community atmosphere. The individual delegations were not merely competitors. We’re part of something bigger: community service, supporting one another and celebrating each other’s accomplishments. I’ve never been such an integral part of such a movement of coming together to celebrate art and athleticism!

First year coach from Detroit

Each program gives Jewish teens the chance to give something back to their communities through JCC Cares, a day dedicated to acts of tikkun olam, or repairing the world, in ways meant to give back to the communities they are visiting. ,

These week-long experiences provide teens – many, for the first time–to feel part of k’lal Israel, the greater Jewish people. JCC Maccabi Games and Access engages the entire Jewish community in a celebration of Jewish peoplehood with a love of Israel at its core.

We work in partnership with Maccabi World Union, Maccabi Canada and Maccabi USA to create a global experience that provides a springboard for local JCCs to create year-round engagement. JCC Maccabi becomes a conduit for cultivating lay leadership, supporting fundraising, building awareness of JCC programs and services, expanding membership and positioning the JCC as a leading agency in the community.