JCC Maccabi was created 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. Participants 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. The JCC Maccabi Games® promotes and encourages the health, physical fitness and well-being of Jewish youth through participation in recreational and athletic activities.
In 2006 JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® debuted, offering Jewish teens ages 12-17 a week-long arts experience. ArtsFest allows participants to develop creative skills in a variety of areas including acting/improv, culinary arts, dance, musical theater, rock band, social media squad, visual arts, and vocal music. Thanks to a combination of workshops, performances, and exhibitions, the ArtsFest inspires teens and helps them develop individuality through artistic expression. Participants will learn the values of teamwork, integrity, cultural pride and community service while expanding an appreciation of Jewish values, connection to the community, enriching their Jewish identities, improving their overall health and well-being and building lifelong friendships.
The JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® is the largest Jewish youth event in the world. From August 4-9, 2019, our community will welcome over 1500 visiting Jewish teens from across the globe and involve thousands of members from our own community including 800 host families, 1000 volunteers, and 350 local teen athletes and artists.