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JCC Teens SPORTS

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Every summer, we send teen athletes to the JCC Maccabi Games, the world’s largest Jewish youth sporting event.  

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JCC Maccabi 2024 Is Going to Detroit July 28 – August 2! Join the Team!

About the Maccabi Games

Join 3,000 Jewish teen athletes from around the globe at the world’s largest Jewish youth sporting event. The JCC Maccabi Games offers Olympic-style sports competitions, including opening and closing ceremonies; travel; community service; social and cultural events; and opportunities to make friends and memories to last a lifetime. Experience the magic of JCC Maccabi. Find out how you can join a delegation and represent your community in Israel, Detroit, or Houston this summer.

In summer 2023, 3,000 Jewish teen athletes, ages 12-17 and representing communities from across the globe, will come together to experience the magic of JCC Maccabi, the world’s largest Jewish youth sports event. Among the highlights of this unique, Olympic-style Jewish experience will be: sports competitions, including opening and closing ceremonies; travel; community service; social and cultural events; and opportunities to create Jewish connections, friendships, and memories to last a lifetime!

Activities

  • Sports: baseball, basketball, dance, ice hockey, girls volleyball, soccer, table tennis, tennis, swimming, star reporter (sports subject to change)
  • Olympic-style sports competition
  • Opening and closing ceremonies
  • JCC Cares community service projects
  • HangTime programming with Israeli shlichim
  • Evening social events

JCC Maccabi 2024 Is Going to Detroit July 28 – August 2! Join the Team!

Registration

There will be a virtual information session Wednesday, January 10 from 7:30-8:30pm. RSVP here: Meeting Registration – Zoom

Contact: Email Rachael Speck at [email protected]

Interested in joining the team?

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The History of the JCC Maccabi Games

The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America. Since their inception in 1982, the Games have grown from a small pilot project in one host community to an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in multiple sites throughout North America. The JCC Maccabi Games are the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. Today, over 6,000 teens, ranging from 13 to 16 years of age, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games® each summer. The Games are co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, Maccabi World Union, Maccabi Canada, and Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel.

The Maccabi Mission: To offer Jewish Community Centers and YM/YWHAs in North America the opportunity to reach teens through participation in the JCC Maccabi Games®, and in year-round athletic, educational, cultural and social programs, as well as teen experiences in Israel. To provide Jewish youth with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun, democracy, and peace. To cultivate a deeper understanding and instill an appreciation of Jewish values within Jewish youth, enrich their Jewish identity in an informal setting, and encourage their identification with the state of Israel. To promote and encourage the health, physical fitness and well-being of Jewish youth through participation in recreational and athletic activities To introduce Jewish youth to the international Maccabi Movement, which presents athletic, cultural, and social opportunities with Jews from around the world.

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Family special olympics

The JCC offers individualized training for Special Olympics through the Violet and Joseph Soffer Foundation. Special Olympics is for anyone over age 8 with cognitive delays. For start dates, please email Rachel Speck at [email protected] or call 412-697-3537.

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