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Maccabi Games and ArtsFest 2016

Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest®

The JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® offer Jewish teenagers (ages 13–16 years) an unforgettable opportunity to participate in a worldwide Jewish event. Since 1982, each summer the Games bring over 6,000 Jewish teens together to compete in a variety of sporting events and arts showcases.

But the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest is much more than just an athletic and art competition. The Games and ArtsFest offer Jewish teens a rich opportunity to make lifelong friendships. The Games and ArtsFest promote community involvement, teamwork, and Jewish pride. 

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Be Part Of The Next Maccabi Games and ArtsFest!

In 2017, our delegation will travel to Miami, Florida, Sunday, August 6–Friday, August 11th.

JCC Maccabil Games and ArtsFestSports Include:

  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Lacrosse
  • Ice Hockey
  • Dance

Art Specialties Include:

  • Acting/Improv
  • Culinary
  • Dance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Rock Band
  • Star Reporter (Sports Journalism)
  • Visual Arts
  • Vocal Performance/Glee

For more information, contact:

Nicole Cruz, Youth & Family Program Manager

Register for the Maccabi Games and ArtsFest

2016 Maccabi Games Delegation

Columbus, Ohio

In 2016, the Peninsula Palo Alto Delegation traveled to the JCC Maccabi Games® in Columbus, Ohio.

2015 Maccabi Games Delegation

Dallas, Texas

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The JCC Maccabi Games® provided these Jewish teenagers (ages 13 – 16 years) an unforgettable opportunity to participate in a worldwide Jewish event in Dallas, TX in 2015.

Interested in participating in the Maccabi Games and ArtsFest? Call 650.378.2776 for more information!

The JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest are made possible with the generous help of many sponsors and volunteers who donate time and valuable resources. A special thank you to the Koret Foundation for supporting scholarships and year–round Maccabi programs.


The Maccabiah Games are an international athletic event similar to the Olympics, but for mostly Jewish athletes. Arab Israelis can also participate. The International Olympic Committee and World Federation of Sports sanctions the Maccabiah, one of the five largest sporting events in the world by participation. It is categorized a Regional Games by the IOC.

The first Maccabiah took place on March 28, 1932. About four hundred sportsmen took part. By the time the second Maccabiah Games was held in April 1935, the number of participants increased to about 1,350. The third Maccabiah, scheduled for 1938, was delayed until 1950 due to the outbreak of the Second World War.

Many Olympic gold medalists, world champions, and world record holders have competed in the Maccabiah Games: Mark Spitz, Lenny Krayzelburg, Jason Lezak, and Marilyn Ramenofsky (swimming). Kerri Strug (gymnastics); Ernie Grunfeld, Larry Brown, and Dolph Schayes (basketball). These are just a few of the participants.


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