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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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2017 Maccabi Games Delegation

Miami, Florida

Team PenPal Delegation 2017

August 6–11, 2017, our delegation Team Peninsula–Palo Alto (AKA "Team PenPal") traveled to Miami, Florida, for JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest. We're so proud of the team for their camaraderie, teamwork, and shared successes!

All of the teens came out and supported the other members of their delegation and cheered them on! It was great to see everyone come together!

JCC Maccabil Games and ArtsFest

Sports Highlights

Our tennis player went 3-1 in the first two days of sporting competition. In the quarterfinals on Wednesday he won his first game. He played hard through the end!

16U Boys Basketball
16U Boys Basketball, led by coach Brandon, finished the week off with a silver medal in a nail biting 56-53 finish against Portland. It was clear this team had synergy!

14U Boys Basketball
14U Boys Basketball were the fourth seed of sixteen teams in the tournament. They made it to the quarterfinals! 

16U Girls Soccer
Girls Soccer finished with a bronze medal! The team was made up of players from Great Britain, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and of course, PenPal. With their incredible stops in goal and unstoppable scoring, our two girls were definitely the stars of the team!

14U Boys Soccer
For Boys Soccer, we were paired with Milwaukee and Kansas City. The athletes played well together, quickly becoming friends off the field. Led by Peninsula–Palo Alto Coach Cole Cretcher, the team won their first game 6-2. They played for the Bronze against LA Westside on Thursday morning. The Bronze game went into overtime and the game came down to the final minute. The boys played extremely well, but unfortunately lost 1-0.

Table Tennis
Our Table Tennis competitor brought home quite the array of medals! With one gold and two bronze in both single and double play, he really showed off his skills!

We came home with some serious hardware! A silver for the 50 free relay, bronze for the 100 yard backstroke, bronze for the 100 free relay, and a silver in the 4x100 medley relay. Congrats to our winner!

Our Lacrosse team meshed so well with the players they acquired from Portland and Israel. They finished with a 4-2 record and a silver medal!

Our baseball boys joined Team O.C. and Austin. The boys won both their games on Tuesday in decisive victories. Although a mixed team, the players came together and showed their skills on offense and defense.

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

maccabi games

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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