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About JCC Maccabi Games® & Access

The JCC Maccabi Games® & Access — five days that can change the lives of Jewish teens — have been doing just that for more than 30 years. During the JCC Maccabi Games®, teens from communities around the globe are immersed in a sports and recreation program imbued with Jewish values and experiences. The goal of the JCC Maccabi Games® is to contribute to the maintenance and enrichment of Jewish identity in youth and to the development of democratic values and leadership through healthy competition and sportsmanship. The JCC Maccabi Games® is the largest annual gathering of Jewish teens in the world and has now influenced over 130,000 Jewish youth in North America and around the world.


The first North American JCC Maccabi Games were held in 1982 with 300 athletes. Since 1982 the JCC Maccabi Games® & Access have offered over 100,000 Jewish teens a unique social, cultural, and life-shaping experience. The Games provide a vibrant contribution to the athletic, social, and cultural growth of the participating youth by promoting healthy development, physical fitness, creativity, and teamwork that strengthen the teens’ identity, self-esteem, and personal growth. The energy and excitement make it an unforgettable time for every participant, from participant to volunteer, from coaches to host families. 

Access Games

The JCC Association is proud to add JCC Maccabi Access®, a JCC Maccabi Games® experience for athletes with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to our signature JCC Maccabi program family. The program will be a three-day experience held from August 6, 2023, to August 8, 2023, in conjunction with the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games®.

Access teens (ages 12-18) from the selected JCCs across the continent will participate in this exciting JCC Maccabi experience made up of both unified and specialized activities that will include:

  • Opening Ceremony 
  • Athletic competition
  • Hangtime
  • JCC Cares community service
  • Exploration of the 6 JCC Maccabi Midot Values
  • Israel engagement
  • Social Activities
  • Closing Ceremony

Mission Statement

Through the JCC Movement, JCC Maccabi® advances and enriches Jewish life by building inclusive community of belonging around sport that fosters Jewish identity, peoplehood and connection to Israel by:

  • Bringing together Jewish teens for athletic, cultural and social experiences, rooted in pluralistic Jewish values that culminate in a pinnacle Olympic style global event.
  • Enabling the creation of local JCC communities of connection that engage and enrich Jewish teens, families, alumni and lay leaders.
  • Galvanizing host communities around a collaborative, pluralistic, intergenerational Jewish experience that builds and strengthens engagement, leadership and Jewish life.
  • Inspiring lifelong Jewish journeys and expanded Jewish connection by providing a bridge to continental, global and Israel experiences within and beyond the JCC and Maccabi Movements. 

Athlete Eligibility 

In order to participate in the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® and Access:

  • Athletes must be at least 13 years old and CANNOT have turned 17 years old as of July 31, 2023. 
  • All athletes must be Jewish, which is defined as follows:
    • One of the athlete’s parents is Jewish and the athlete is being raised Jewish, or is a Jew by choice and is being raised Jewish. 
  • You must be part of a delegation. A delegation is a group of athletes and coaches who represent your Jewish Community Center (JCC or YM-YWHA) at the Games. Athletes should contact their local Jewish Community Center to find out if the JCC is taking a delegation to the Games.

Sports

Team Sports:

  • Boys' Baseball (14U and 16U)
  • Boys' Basketball 3 v 3 (16U)                                                       
  • Boys' Basketball (14U and 16U)                                                       
  • Girls' Basketball (16U)
  • Co-ed Flag Football                                                       
  • Co-ed Ice Hockey
  • Boys' Soccer (14U and 16U)
  • Girls' Soccer (16U)                                                                     
  • Girls' Volleyball (16U)

Individual Sports:

  • Competitive Dance
  • E-Sports
  • Star Reporter
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis