2015 JCC Maccabi Games

2015 JCC Maccabi Games

2015 JCC Maccabi Games


JCC Rockland will participate the week of August 9, 2015 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Join other JCC delegations for this week long tournament. Interested athletes must identify as being Jewish, and between the ages of 13 & 16 as of July 1, 2015, to participate.

The experience begins on Sunday with an opening ceremony and the competition continues through Thursday, August 12 with a closing ceremony in the evening. Athletes return home on Friday morning.

Registration for athletes wishing to participate in swimming, tennis, dance, or table tennis, is now open.

Jr. Maccabi

The Jr. Maccabi Games will be held Sunday, May, 3 2015 in PHILADELPHIA. Join other JCC delegations for this one day tournament. Interested athletes must identify as being Jewish, and between the ages of 11 & 12 as of May 1, 2015, to participate.

Registration for athletes wishing to swim or play tennis is now open.

JCC Maccabi sports

Eligibility, Tryouts & Registration

2015 Sports

Team Sports

Boys Basketball 14U
Boys Basketball 16U
Girls Basketball 16U
Boys Baseball 14U
Boys Baseball 16U
Boys Soccer 16U
Girls Soccer 16U

Individual Sports

Boys & Girls Tennis 13-16
Boys & Girls Table Tennis 13-16
Boys & Girls Swimming 13-16

Tryout Process for Team Sports

All team sport athletes will be required to attend a tryout. Additional tryout dates may be scheduled at the JCC’s discretion. At the end of the tryout period, teams will be selected and all athletes that tried out will be notified.


All Team Rockland athletes must:

  • Be between the ages of 13 and 16 as of July 31, 2015 to compete.
  • Have at least one Jewish parent and identify as being Jewish on a year-round basis.
  • Reside in Rockland County, Orange County, or some parts of northern Bergen County.
Athlete Requirements

Team Rockland athletes are required to:

  • Be available for practices in the Spring (if needed).
  • Attend an orientation session in the summer prior to the Games (a parent may attend if the athlete is unavailable).
  • Be available the entire week of the Games, from the Opening Ceremony on Sunday night until the closing party on Thursday night. All members of Team Rockland must participate in all events the week of the Games.
  • Follow all rules and regulations as stated in the athlete confirmation kit.
Registration Process

All athletes will be notified by phone after the tryouts have been completed. If the athlete has made the team, a $250 deposit must be given within 48 hours to reserve the space.
Athletes participating in individual events may register on a first-come, first-served basis by paying a $250 deposit. Space may be limited in some individual events.

Fees & Payments

The cost of participating with Team Rockland is:
$1350 + airfare
All Maccabi participants must be a current JCC Rockland community member through the duration of the
games. For those who are not members, the cost to become a community member is an additional $250.


All paperwork and fees are due by April 1, 2015.
After this date, a late fee of $150 per late item will be assessed and your participation may be at risk.
Limited financial aid is available. For information please contact Carrie Sakin at 845.362.4400 ext. 107.



ages 13-16 (by July 31st, 2015)

Jr. Maccabi

For ages 11 & 12 (by May 1st, 2015)

MINI Maccabi

For ages 9 & 10 (by May 1st, 2015)

Junior & Mini Maccabi

Maccabi Experience for Younger Athletes

Junior Maccabi

Athletes Ages 11-12 as of May 1
One day tournament in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, May 3, 2015. The Kaiserman JCC expects more than 700 athletes to participate from other JCCs.
Team Sports: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Boys Baseball
Individual Sports: Tennis and Swimming
Cost to participate: $150/members, $225/public

Mini Maccabi

Athletes Ages 9-10 as of May 1
One day tournament in Rockland County on Sunday, May 17, 2015. JCC Rockland anticipates more than 300 athletes to participate from other JCCs.
Sports: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Boys Baseball and Tennis
Cost to participate: $125/members, $200/public

For registration information about Junior or Mini Maccabi please contact Carrie Sakin: 845.362.4400 ext. 107 or carries@jccrockland.org.

Mini Maccabi Tryouts

All tryouts take place at the JCC Rockland

Tuesday, 3/24 – 5:30pm, Girls Soccer
Tuesday, 3/24 – 6:30pm, Boys Soccer

Wednesday, 3/25 – 6:00pm, Boys Baseball

Thursday, 3/26, 5:30pm, Girls Basketball
Thursday, 3/26, 6:30pm, Boys Basketball


Carrie Sakin
845-362-4400, x107


First Maccabi Games
The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America. The Maccabi movement began in 1895 when the first all-Jewish sports club was formed in Constantinople. The first world Maccabiah Games were held in Israel in 1932. This two-week competition still takes place every four years, and has featured many world-class Jewish athletes including: Mark Spitz and Jason Lezak (swimming), Mitch Gaylord (gymnastics), Ernie Grunfeld and Danny Schayes (basketball), and Brad Gilbert and Dick Savitt (tennis).

The first North American JCC Maccabi Games were held in 1982 in Memphis with 300 athletes participating. Since then, the JCC Maccabi Games® have grown from a small pilot project in one host community to a world-class sporting competition held each summer in multiple sites throughout North America. In 2011, the JCC Maccabi Games were held for the first time in Israel. The year 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the JCC Maccabi Games program.

The Games are the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. Each summer, over 5,000 Jewish teens participate in the program, with over 100,000 teens having benefited from the JCC Maccabi Games® since 1982. The energy and excitement that comes from bringing together both the local and global Jewish communities make it a unique and unforgettable experience for every participant.

While many think of the JCC Maccabi Games program as the “Jewish teen Olympics,” it also serves a purpose much greater than just an athletic competition. The Games promote community involvement, teamwork, and Jewish pride. Regardless of who gets awarded medals, each athlete leaves with positive memories, life lessons, and lasting friendships.

In August 2012, Rockland joined the distinguished list of communities that have undertaken the grand endeavor of hosting the JCC Maccabi Games. The effort required years of preparation, support, and community involvement.

The JCC Maccabi Games is a program of the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, with support from Maccabi World Union, Maccabi Canada, and Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel.