Each summer, Jewish teens ages 12-16 (12-17 for Artsfest) gather for a six-day, Olympics®-style competition. It’s the summer experience of a lifetime, and JCC Greater Boston is proud to send its own delegation to the games!

Pick Your Sport

JCC Greater Boston sends teams to participate in boys baseball; girls volleyball and softball; and girls and boys basketball, soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. Our delegation also includes athletes competing in the individual sports of dance, table tennis, swimming, tennis and golf.

For boys and girls basketball and soccer, athletes are chosen on the basis of their skills and ability to contribute to the team dynamic. The remaining sports and Artsfest are sign-ups.

Try out and sign up details

Register online

Artsfest Specialties

Artsfest specialties include acting/improv, culinary, dance, musical theater, rock band, social media squad, visual arts and vocal music.

More Than a Game

Team Boston participation is a year-round experience. Social events, sports ethics, service projects and practice are highlights of the program along with the Games!


Spectator passes can be purchased online.

Register here


Enthusiastic volunteer coaches and staff are sought to work with JCC Maccabi athletes. Contact us at maccabigames@jccgb.org to arrange an interview.

History of the Games

Every summer, more than 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.

For more information, contact 781.249.9567 or maccabigames@jccgb.org.