What Are The Maccabi Games?
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 11 sporting events spanning the week-long experience, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
The JCC Maccabi Games 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 U.S. 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.
What is ArtsFest?
The JCC Maccabi ArtsFest is a collaborative arts experience 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. 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. Artists accepted into this program will participate as members of the Westchester Delegation, and will travel with this group, and be chaperoned by Shames JCC on the Hudson staff.
For more information, contact Maccabi Director Steve Weisbrot at [email protected] or call 914-645-5978.