JCC Maccabi Director
Information meeting Monday, January 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
At the JCC on the Hudson R.S.V.P.
2016 JCC Maccabi Games Delegations will be traveling
to St. Louis, Missouri (July 31-August 5)
and Stamford, Connecticut (August 7-August 12)
*All athletes must turn 13 before August 1st, 2016, and not turn 17 before August 1st in order to participate.
The JCC Maccabi Games ® have been offering a life-and personality-shaping experience to Jewish teenagers since 1982. At this Olympic-style sporting event for Jewish teens 13-16 years old*, each athlete has the chance to participate in one of 16 sports in events spanning the week-long experience, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
The JCC Maccabi Games however serve a larger purpose than athletic competition. The Games also promote community involvement, teamwork, and pride in being Jewish. The Games are the largest Jewish teen event in the world – each summer over 6,000 Jewish teens participate in the Games. Over 175,000 teens, from over 100 different communities in North and South America, Israel, and Great Britain, have benefited from the JCC Maccabi Games ® since 1982.
On the field, athletes participate in one of 16 sports. Off the field, the excitement continues with Opening Ceremonies, evening social activities including amusement parks, zoos, host family night, parties and dances, all designed to encourage interaction among the athletes who come from around the US and the world.
All athletes participate in a unique community service project, “JCC Cares”, which is independent from their competition, a hands-on project that may serve those in need in the host community and/or teach the athletes something about Jewish and/or Israeli culture.
Jr. Maccabi - athletes 11-12 years - May 1, 2016 @ Cherry Hill, NJ
Mini Maccabi - athletes 9-10 years - may 22, 2016 @ Rockland, NY
If you are interested in competing in the 2016 Jr. or Mini Maccabi Games watch for the tryout schedule in January 2016 or contact JCC Maccabi Director, Steven Weisbrot.
Looking back at Junior Maccabi Games 2015
May was bursting in Maccabi pride as Mid-Westchester athlete’s ages 9-10 competed in the MINI Maccabi Games at the Rockland JCC in Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball and Boys Soccer.
Athletes ages 11-12 competed in the Jr. Maccabi Games at the Kaisserman JCC in Philadelphia. Mid-Westchester fielded teams in Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Boys Baseball, Swimming and Tennis.
The days started off bright and early with 700 Jewish athletes in Philly for the Jr. Maccabi Games and 250 Jewish athletes in Rockland for the inaugural MINI Maccabi Games. Delegations marched into opening ceremonies proudly under their JCC’s banner. America’s and Israel’s National Anthems were sung, some words of encouragement and the athletes were off to a full day of Jewish sports and camaraderie. Everyone competed hard, medals were won but most importantly when the competition was over everyone walked away with a smile on their face!!!
The 2016 JCC Maccabi ArtsFest
will take place in Stamford, CT, from August 7-12th, 2016.
The JCC Maccabi ArtsFest is a collaborative art workshop for Jewish Teens ages 13-17*. The JCC Maccabi ArtsFest brings together artists from all over the world. It welcomes them into the international Maccabi community, which also includes athletes who participate in the JCC Maccabi Games, which runs parallel to ArtsFest. The skills learned during the week of workshops will be displayed as part of the closing performance and exhibit.
Teen artists will have the opportunity to delve into their craft with Artists-in-Residence, internationally acclaimed artists in their field, in any of the following specialties:
Star Reporter (Journalism)
As part of ArtsFest, artists will:
Participate in workshops with professional artists
Participate in fun and meaningful Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) projects
Enjoy opening and closing festivities and evening events
Experience home hospitality
Meet teens from across the country and around the world
Acceptance into the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest program is based upon online submission of an audition. The 2016 audition/application is live, and can be found at http://www.jccmaccabiartsfest.org/, where you can also learn more about this program which brings together teen artists from around the world. Artists who are accepted into this program will participate as members of the Westchester Delegation, and will travel with this group, and be chaperoned by JCC on the Hudson staff.
*All artists must turn 13 before August 1st, 2016, and not turn 18 before August 1st in order to participate.