JCC Maccabi® Update:
After much thoughtful deliberation, JCC Association of North America has announced it will suspend the traditional JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® in 2021.
The lay and professional leadership of JCC Association and the JCC Maccabi Games® carefully considered many factors before reaching this difficult conclusion. In addition to the public health concerns associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these factors included the logistical and financial obligations that the host committee and delegation heads must meet well in advance of the 2021 Games.
Although this “pause” results from unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, we had intended to focus on a strategic planning process for JCC Maccabi® in 2020, so this hiatus gives us valuable time to do just that. The “pause” also will allow us to consider ways to expand the summer events into a year-round initiative for Jewish teen engagement. We know this process will lead to a bright future for this longtime, beloved event—and to outstanding JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® in 2022 and beyond.
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Created to promote community service, sportsmanship, and build Jewish identity, the JCC Maccabi Games are a week-long Olympic-style event for young athletes aged 13-16. Held in different locations throughout the United States every summer, the games generate enthusiasm and excitement for everyone involved, from young athletes and volunteers to coaches and host families. 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. Today, over 3,000 teens participate in the JCC Maccabi Games® each summer, making it the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.
The Mid-Atlantic Junior Games offer a one-day sports experience for Jewish athletes ages 9-12, modeled after the JCC Maccabi Games. The Jr. Games draw participants throughout the east coast for a day of spirited competition in team and individual sports!