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Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston


The Games

The 2017 JCC Maccabi Games will be held August 6-11 in Albany, NY!

The JCC Maccabi Games are a five-day athletic competition for Jewish teens ages 12-16 (as of July 31) held in August of each year, usually in two or three US locations. As part of their local delegation to the Games, athletes work—and work out with—trainers, coaches, and peer delegations from around the world.

Every summer over 6,000 teens participate in the Games; more than 100,000 teens have participated since 1982. The energy and excitement make it a unique and unforgettable experience for every participant, from athletes to volunteers, from coaches to host families.

The combined Games are the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world, but they are designed to serve a larger purpose. The Games promote community involvement, teamwork and pride in being Jewish. Each athlete also has the chance to enjoy home hospitality and explore Jewish programming. Everyone wins by creating lifelong memories!

The JCC Maccabi Games are co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, Maccabi World Union, Maccabi Canada, and Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel.

Athletics, Health and Safety

The health and safety of every athlete is the JCC’s highest priority. Every athlete must have medical clearance to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games. It is important for the Games medical staff to have up-to-date medical information to ensure that each athlete receives the best care in the event of an injury or emergency; therefore, the participant family must complete a medical information form which is part of the JCCA Athlete Confirmation Kit. Note: The Medical Form in the kit is the ONLY accepted form.

All documented information is kept strictly confidential.

Game participants are carefully supervised at all times, and host communities work closely with local police and FBI departments as well. Along with security, every staff person and child wears a visible identification badge which includes the participant’s medical information.