Archives for February 2015

Spotlight on Invitations to JCC Maccabi 2015

The summer of 2015 promises to be a spectacular Jewish experience for 80 JCC Maccabi delegations. The teens will participate in a program that will contribute to their development and enrich their Jewish identities.

13 cities are sending delegations to more than one host which includes Israel, Los Angeles -Westside and Mexico, who are sending athletes and artists to all three host communities.

Where are they going?
This summer, the JCC Maccabi Games will be held from August 2-7 in:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC
“Get in the Games” – The teens will leave with the JCC Maccabi spirit burning within them.

Dallas, Texas: Aaron Family JCC
“Game on Ya’ll” – Dallas promises to offer southern hospitality with a Jewish twist.

The JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest will be held from August 9-14 in:

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: David Posnack JCC
“It takes teamwork to make a dream work” – Ft. Lauderdale will combine the athletics and cultural arts to create a meaningful experience for all.

Which international delegations will be participating?
Great Britain

Read more about this year’s international delegations.

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Dallas-29 Delegations Ft. Lauderdale-42 Delegations Milwaukee-27 Delegations
92nd Street Y Australia Akron/Youngstown
Atlanta Bensonhurst Atlanta
Australia Calgary Austin
Baltimore Central Jersey Boca Raton
Birmingham Chicago Boulder
Boston Cincinnati Bridgewater
Cleveland Detroit Chicago
Columbus East Bay/Berkeley Denver
Dallas East Hills/Sid Jacobson Detroit
Dayton Edmonton East Hills/Sid Jacobson
Greater Washington Fort Lauderdale Greater Washington
Houston Great Britain Israel
Israel Greater Palm Beach Las Vegas
Kansas City Harrisburg Los Angeles – Westside JCC
Los Angeles – Westside JCC Hartford Louisville
Mexico Houston Mexico
New Orleans Israel Miami
North Valley JCC JCC on the Palisades Mid-Westchester JCC
Omaha Kings Bay JCC Milwaukee
Orlando Long Beach Nashville
Palo Alto Los Angeles – Westside JCC Philadelphia
Panama Mexico San Diego
Peninsula Miami Beach San Jose
San Antonio Mid-Westchester JCC Springfield
San Francisco Moise Safra St. Louis
Scottsdale (Phoneix) North Miami Beach Vancouver
Southern NJ (Katz JCC) Northern Virigina
Venezuela Orange County
Rhode Island JCC/Alliance
Samuel Field Y
Southern NJ (Katz JCC)
Virginia Beach

International Delegations 2015


Welcome Australia back to the JCC Maccabi Games!

The Australian delegation will be joining us for the first time since 2007. In 2007, they brought with them a boys basketball team to Houston and Orange County. This summer, we are happy to report, that they will be representing with 35 athletes in boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer as well as boys and girls swimming. The competitions in Dallas and Ft. Lauderdale will not be the same now that the chants of “Ausie, Ausie, Ausie, Oi, Oi, Oi” will be filling the stands. Be on the lookout for their green and yellow uniforms and those intense accents.

Mexico to Bring First ArtsFest Delegation

Arriba, Arriba Mexico! For the first time in their rich JCC Maccabi history, Mexico is planning on bringing artists in the Rock Band, Dance and Visual Arts specialties. They are very excited to be a part of ArtsFest and add to their already strong delegations attending all three host communities.

Canadian Delegations Remain Strong

Oh Canada! After many years of bringing over 100 athletes per summer, Toronto, is also planning on bringing artists for the first time, and is committed to expanding their JCC Maccabi year-round outreach across sports and arts specialties. Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver also will continue their efforts to add to hopefully what will be the largest Canadian representation in the history of JCC Maccabi.

The British are Coming

This will be Great Britain’s 25th anniversary of attending the JCC Maccabi Games. They will bring with them 65 athletes and 11 adults in six different sports including soccer, swimming, tennis, table tennis, dance and lacrosse. Since this year is also the European Maccabi Games they will be sending over 100 teens to that event that will hopefully be able to join us next summer.

When speaking about the JCC Maccabi experience a member of the management team from Great Britain said: ““The unique element of the JCC Maccabi Games is the kindness the hosts show in welcoming our athletes into their homes and ensure they have as much fun as possible during the trip. I know our Delegation will have an incredible time and do British Jewry proud.”

Midot Moments: Robby’s Shot at Glory

robbyRobby Reetz, age 14, a basketball player from Chicago, came to the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games in Boca Raton, FL after finishing his final rounds of chemo just a few months earlier. While he was still recovering, he wasn’t going to miss his chance to come to JCC Maccabi with his teammates.

Robby spent a lot of time cheering his team on and acting as a motivational mascot since he physically could only play for short periods of time. The team, as it turned out, was very successful during competitions and made it to the semifinals round where they found themselves in a tie game with possession of the ball and only seconds on the clock. With the game on the line, Robby hit the court. Someone passed him the ball, and he landed the game-winning shot, propelling his team to the gold medal game, which they went on to win.

After the game, Robby’s coaches, and Mike Gordon from the JCC Maccabi staff, got together with the team and awarded him a midot medal for lev tov (big hearted), rina (joy), ga’ava (pride). Robby, his coaches, and teammates were all moved and so excited for him. And the midot medal meant as much to him as the team gold.