- '22 Delegation
- Access Games
- Host Families
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.
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:
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:
In order to participate in the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® and Access: