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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.

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
Maccabi Games | Aug 5-10, 2018 | Orange County, California
Junior & Mini Maccabi Games | May 6, 2018 | Baltimore, Maryland

Eligibility
Maccabi Games | Tryouts are open to Jewish teens that are 13 and not yet 17 by July 31, 2018
Junior Maccabi Games | Tryouts are open to Jewish teens that are 11 and not yet 13 by July 31, 2018
Mini Maccabi Games | Tryouts are open to Jewish teens that are 9 and not yet 12 by July 31, 2018

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
Our community fundraising efforts will help lower the cost from previous years to participate in the Games.

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, 2018. 

TRYOUTS required for all teams. Check back for tryout date updates. 

Team Philadelphia Contacts

For more information contact: sschuman@phillyjcc.com

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