2016 JCC Maccabi Games

JCC Rockland Maccabi Team

Mini Maccabi

Mini Maccabi At Jcc Rockland

Mini Maccabi Games

West Nyack, NY
Sunday, May 21, 2017
9 and 10 y.o.
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Maccabi

JCC Maccabi

JCC Maccabi Games™ & Artsfest™

Orange County, CA
August 5-10, 2018
12 – 16 y.o. for the Games™ (by July 31st, 2018)
12 – 17 y.o. for the Artsfest™ (by July 31st, 2018)

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Contact

Carrie Sakin
Director of Sports & Recreation
845-362-4400 ext. 107
carries@jccrockland.org

History

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.