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JCC Maccabi Games® | Olympics For Jewish Teens | PJCC
The JCC Maccabi Games® offer Jewish teenagers (ages 12–16 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.
But the JCC Maccabi Games® (often called the Olympics for Jewish teens) is much more than just an athletic competition. The Games offer teenage Jewish leaders a rich opportunity to make lifelong friendships. The Games promote community involvement, teamwork and Jewish pride.
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Save the Date for Maccabi 2017!
In 2017, our delegation will travel to one of the following locations: Birmingham, Alabama (Sunday, July 30th–Friday, August 4th), Albany, New York (Sunday, August 6–Friday, August 11th), or Miami, Florida (Sunday, August 6–Friday, August 11th). Stay tuned for JCCA's announcement of our host city to come in November!
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- Star Reporter (sports journalism)
For more information or to register, contact:
Nicole Francis, Youth, Family & Recreation Director
2016 Maccabi Games Delegation
In 2016, the Peninsula Palo Alto Delegation traveled to the JCC Maccabi Games® in Columbus, Ohio.
2015 Maccabi Games Delegation
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? Call 650.378.2776 for more information!
The JCC Maccabi Games 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.