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What are the JCC Maccabi Games?

The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. The Maccabi Movement began in 1895 when the first all-Jewish sports club was formed in Constantinople. The first world Maccabiah Games were held in Israel in 1932. Now, this two week competition takes place every four years and has featured many world class Jewish athletes including: Mark Spitz (swimming), Mitch Gaylord (gymnastics), Ernie Grunfeld and Danny Schayes (basketball), Brad Gilbert and Dick Savitt (tennis).

The first North American JCC Maccabi Games® were held in 1982 with 300 athletes. Due to overwhelming interest, Regional Games were added in 1985 to augment the even-year Continental Games. 1997 marked the first time that the Games were held simultaneously in six American cities with 4,400 participating athletes. Since their inception in 1982, the Games have grown from a small pilot project in one host community to an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in multiple sites throughout North America. The JCC Maccabi Games are the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.

Today, over 6,000 teens, ranging from 13 to 16 years of age, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games® each summer. 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.

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Team Philadelphia

For Jewish Athletes ages 13-16.
The JCC Maccabi Games® are a week-long international sporting event for Jewish athletes’ held each year in North America. The experience includes opening ceremony, intense competitions, community service mitzvah projects, fun evening events, home hospitality and down time activities. Team Philadelphia, one of the largest delegations participating in the Games each year, is comprised of athletes from all over the Philadelphia area and its suburbs. The Kaiserman JCC is the home base for Team Philadelphia. Athletes must try out for a position on a team.


Dates & Location*

Atlanta, GA | July 28th – August 2nd

  • 16U Boys’ Baseball
  • 14U Boys’ Basketball
  • 16U Boys’ Basketball
  • 16U Girls’ Basketball
  • 16U Girls’ Soccer
  • Track and Field

Detroit, MI | August 4th – August 9th

  • 14U Boys’ Soccer
  • 16U Boys’ Soccer
  • 16U Ice Hockey
  • Co-ed Tennis
  • Co-ed Swim
  • Co-ed Dance

Eligibility

Maccabi Games | Tryouts are open to Jewish teens that are 13 and not yet 17 by July 31, 2019

What’s Included
The all-inclusive Games fee includes: all transportation/airfare, luggage fees, opening ceremony outfit, competition uniform, trading pins, trading t-shirts, housing, all meals, competition, all evening events. 

Fees & Travel
Tryout fee is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. (No tryout fee for info sessions for track, tennis or swimming)
2018 Games fees are:  TBD

Partial Scholarships
Partial scholarships are available based on financial need. Call Sam Schuman for applications after the child has made the team; 610.896.7770 x125. Apps must be received by April 8, 2019. 

TRYOUTS required for all teams. 

Team Philadelphia Contacts

For more information contact: sschuman@phillyjcc.com

Sam Schuman, Delegation Head
sschuman@phillyjcc.com or 610-896-7770 x125

Tryout Information for JCC Maccabi Games 2019
Register for Tryouts
Atlanta, Georgia | July 28-August 2

Girls Soccer (Girls 13-16) Tryouts    
Coach: Michael Keitz
michael@keitzltd.com
Sunday, January 6 8-9:30am Starfinder Foundation
4015 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
  Sunday, January 20 11am-12pm Starfinder Foundation
4015 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
  Sunday, January 27 8-9am Starfinder Foundation
4015 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
       
Track and Field Tryouts    
Coach: Rick Lande
Trackcoach18@verizon.net
Please contact Coach Rick Lande    
       
Baseball (Boys 13-16) Tryouts    
Coach: Matt Levin & Seth Kohler
Sunday, January 20 11am-1pm Kaiserman JCC
mblevin825@gmail.com
Sunday, February 20 11am-1pm Kaiserman JCC
  Sunday, February 24 11am-1pm Location TBD
       
Boys Basketball (Boys 13-14) Tryouts    
Coach: Jon Wessel Sunday, February 17 2-4pm Kaiserman JCC
wessel20@gmail.com Sunday, February 24 2-4pm Kaiserman JCC
       
Boys Basketball (Boys 15-16) Tryouts    
Coach: Harrison Singer  Sunday, February 17 2-4pm Kaiserman JCC
harrisonssinger@gmail.com Sunday, February 24 2-4pm Kaiserman JCC


Detroit, Michigan | August 4-August 9

Boys Soccer (Boys 13-14) Tryouts    
Coach: Danny Weiss
djweiss1@gmail.com
Sunday, January 13 9:30-11am Starfinder Foundation
4015 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
  Sunday, January 20 9:30-11am Starfinder Foundation
4015 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
  Sunday, January 27 9-10:30am Starfinder Foundation
4015 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
       
Boys Soccer (Boys 15-16) Tryouts    
Coach: Marc Swarbrick
mjs@rjsprops.com
Sunday, January 13 9:30-11am Starfinder Foundation
4015 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
  Sunday, January 20 9:30-11am Starfinder Foundation
4015 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
  Sunday, January 27 9-10:30am Starfinder Foundation
4015 Main Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
       
Tennis (Coed 13-16) Tryouts    
Coach: Rose Weinstein
tennisrose@comcast.net
Sunday, December 16 1-3pm Kaiserman JCC | Room 10

       
Dance (Coed 13-16) Tryouts    
Coaches: Beth & Rachel Kohler
phillymacdance@gmail.com
Sunday, December 16 2-4pm Liberty Me Dance Center
19N Merion Ave. Bryn Mawr, PA
       
Swimming (Coed 13-16) Tryouts    
Coaches: Josh Cooperstein & Phil Kohler
Sunday, January 13 12-2pm Kaiserman JCC | Pool
joshcooperstein@gmail.com Sunday, January 27  12-2pm Kaiserman JCC | Pool
       
Ice Hockey (Boys 13-16) Tryouts    
Coach: Lee Zimmerman
thgr8st1@aol.com
Tuesday, April 9 7:40-8:40pm Flyers' SkateZone
10990 Decatur Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154
  Thursday, April 11 7:40-8:40pm Flyers' SkateZone
10990 Decatur Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154
       
Girls Basketball (Girls 13-16) Tryouts    
Coach: Sarah Sherman Sunday, January 13 11:15-12:30pm Kaiserman JCC | Gym B
ssherman8108@gmail.com Sunday, January 27 11am-12:30pm Kaiserman JCC | Gym B
       
       
       
ArtsFest (Coed 13-17)      
If interested, Contact Sam Schuman      
sschuman@phillyjcc.com