2018 JCC Maccabi Games™
Orange County, California
August 5-10, 2018
13 – 16 y.o. for the Games™ (by July 31st, 2018)
13 – 17 y.o. for the Artsfest™ (by July 31st, 2018)
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, 2018, to participate.
The experience begins on Sunday with an opening ceremony and the competition continues through Thursday, August 9 with a closing ceremony in the evening. Athletes return home on Friday morning.
Registration for athletes wishing to participate in swimming, tennis, dance, table tennis, golf, and star reporter is now open.
Eligibility, Tryouts & Registration
Boys Ice Hockey 16U
Boys Basketball 14U
Boys Basketball 16U
Girls Basketball 16U
Boys Baseball 14U
Boys Baseball 16U
Boys Soccer 16U
Girls Soccer 16U
Girls Volleyball 16U
Boys & Girls Swimming 12-16
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.
Tryout schedule TBD
All Team Rockland athletes must:
- Be between the ages of 13 and 16 as of July 31, 2018 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.
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.
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:
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, 2018.
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.
Fundraising & Scholarships
There are many opportunities to reduce the cost for participation in the JCC Maccabi Games.
- Teams can fundraise by holding a coin drop in front of bagel stores, or supermarkets, etc. Coins drops will be credited at 100%.
- Win the essay contest; athletes can submit an essay on “Why is it important to remember the Munich 11 athletes”. First prize is $300 and second prize is $200.
- The Jason Green Memorial JCC Maccabi Award is available based on need.
2018 JCC Maccabi Artsfest™
This Summer. One Week.
Your moment to shine.
A creative Maccabi experience for Jewish teens ages 12-17
Acting/Improv, Culinary Arts, Dance, Musical Theatre, Rock Band, Sports Journalism/Star Reporter, Visual Arts, Vocal Music/Glee
Auditions to be held in January 2018.
Bring your sense of adventure, creativity, and fun. Professional artists work with you to form an ensemble that will explore theatrical performance technique, process, and staging at a professional level. Be a part of the ensemble improv performance at the Final ArtsFest Showcase.
Be a star! Master a variety of the best musical theater pieces ever created. Working with professionals and experienced Broadway coaches, form an ensemble and create choreographed routines for the final performance at the ArtsFest Showcase.
Design a series of projects for your portfolio while you express your inner voice with professional artists. Collaborate and explore new mediums with your fellow artists using a variety of materials. Create original artworks that will be prominently displayed throughout the week and in an exhibit for the final ArtsFest Showcase. Be a part of the growing field of public art.
Get into the kitchen and learn from a diverse group of professional chefs! Be engaged in every aspect of running a kitchen and preparing great food. Plan a menu and enhance your skills of transforming raw ingredients into delicious dishes. Your culinary creations will be served and devoured at the Final ArtsFest Showcase.
Develop vocal technique, dance movement skills, and song interpretation. Discover what really makes a band rock. Under the guidance of a professional musician, you will experience the art of songwriting, performance techniques, and the changing world of music. Working with your Artist in Residence, you will form groups and learn what makes a band successful. Finish off your week by performing live at the ArtsFest Showcase.
Imagine yourself performing a song and bringing your dreams to life. Led by professional artists, enhance your onstage performance skills as a soloist and as part of an ensemble or choir. Hone your pitch, harmonization and vocalization as well as performance techniques. Perform a variety of songs at the ArtsFest Showcase!
Immerse yourself in the excitement and inspiration of creating an expressive performance piece. Strengthen your range and physicality. Rehearse choreography with a professional choreographer, focusing on strengthening your skills and deepening your technique, expression, artistry, and energy. All dancers will perform in the Final ArtsFest Showcase!
Sports Journalism/Star Reporter
Report on the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest in Albany, NY. Interview athletes, artists and coaches from around the world and have your byline on articles digitally published on the internet. Share the stories of Maccabi 2018 via blogs, Twitter, newsletters, photos and videos published and distributed to thousands of athletes, artists, coaches and fans at the event and online.