Early Childhood





Maccabi Experience

It’s an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.
Join our 2019 delegation!

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for general  information
about the Maccabi Games and ArtsFest. 

2019 JCC Maccabi Games

For Jewish Athletes Ages 13-16

July 28 – August 2: Atlanta, GA
August 4 – 9: Detroit, MI



2019 JCC Maccabi ArtsFest

For Jewish Artists Ages 13-16

August 4 – 9: Detroit, MI


Click Here to Download the Maccabbi/ArtsFest Tryout Schedule

Registration Date:

Thursday, January 16, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 PM (snow date 1/17/18)

All tryouts, meetings, and registration events take place at the Shames JCC on the Hudson. Athletes must be 13 years old by 7/31/19 and not turn 17 before 7/31/19 in order to participate.


2019 JCC Junior & Mini Maccabi Games

For Jewish Athletes Ages 9-12

May 5, 2019: Philadelphia, PA


Jr. Maccabi: Ages 11-12; Mini Maccabi: Ages 9-10 (as of May 1, 2019)

Tryouts are required for basketball only.


Click Here to Download the Junior/Mini Basketball Tryout Schedule

Steven Weisbrot

Westchester Director of Maccabi Games and ArtsFest

(914) 366-7898 x1137

Steven Weisbrot joined the Shames JCC in 2015 as the JCC Maccabi Games Director after 12 years at the Mid-Westchester JCC. Steven was no stranger to the Shames JCC as…

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Maccabi Games Athletes:

  • Boys/Girls Ice Hockey
  • Tennis, Swimming, Golf, Track
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Girls Softball
  • Boys/Girls Lacrosse
  • Flag Football
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Competitive Dance

Junior & Mini Maccabi Games Athletes:

  • Boys Baseball
  • Boys/Girls Soccer
  • Boys/Girls Tennis
  • Boys/Girls Swimming

Maccabi ArtsFest Artists:

  • Acting
  • Improv
  • Musical Theater
  • Rock Band
  • Vocal Performance
  • Culinary
  • Visual Arts
  • Dance

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.

Click here to see our 2019 press release.


For more information, contact Maccabi Director Steve Weisbrot at sweisbrot@shamesjcc.org or call 914-645-5978.