Archives for June 2015

We Are JCC Maccabi


The JCC Movement brings together thousands of teens each year, reaching you through the things you love to do: sports, arts, and travel. #WeAreJCCMaccabi is our new hashtag to celebrate and share how you participate in JCC Maccabi! “We are JCC Maccabi” taps into Jewish values, rallies for modern sports, showcases contemporary arts, explores Israel, and mirrors the changing and diverse faces of the contemporary Jewish family. It applies to athletes, artists, alumni, supporters & anyone who has been touched by the JCC Maccabi experience.


Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #WeAreJCCMaccabi!

JCC Cares in Dallas


On Wednesday, Aug. 5, every athlete will take time to participate in one of three hunger related initiatives around Dallas. All participants will begin their service with an orientation to this international threat. Then groups of athletes will work on one of three hunger-relief initiatives around the city:

  • To help fulfill the mission of the We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College, teens will harvest produce “to transform the health and well-being of under-resourced communities in southern Dallas by providing fresh, healthy, affordable food options and by educating and empowering future generations to take better care of themselves, their environments, and their communities.”
  • Dallas Food Pantry Project – Teens will pack thousands of pounds of donated food, which along with funds have been collected through the JCC Maccabi tzedakah project. This benefits the Chai Community Homes for Adults, the North Dallas Shared Ministries, the JFS Food Pantry, the Vickery Meadow Food Pantry, and the Network of Community Ministries Inc. Food Pantry.
  • Teens will help pack meals for the VNA (Visiting Nurses Association) Meals on Wheels organization, which provides hot, nutritious, freshly prepared meals five days a week to Dallas County residents who can’t provide for themselves due to illness, advanced age or disability.

For more information visit the Dallas Maccabi website.

JCC Cares in Milwaukee


Milwaukee’s JCC Cares community-based projects include:

  • Building on the existing partnership between the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and Hunger Task Force, the JCC Maccabi Games will work to expand its reach to help feed Milwaukee. During the month of August, Hunger Task Force has a need for 20,000 bag lunches for school-age children who do not receive school lunches during the summer. Our JCC Maccabi Games participants will join together to pack these meals. For more information visit the Hunger Task Force website.
  • Hosting a “Unified Team” track meet in partnership with Special Olympics Wisconsin. JCC Maccabi athletes and Special Olympics athletes will compete together on mixed teams in various track and field events. Athletes and participants will spend time together through competitions and lunch.
  • Northwestern Mutual and the JCC Maccabi Games will partner together to make improvements to Walker Square Park, by installing outdoor exercise equipment and taking part in park beautification projects. Together, with members of the United Community Center and the neighborhood association, JCC Maccabi athletes will join with the wider community to create a lasting impression on Walker Square Park.
  • The installation of a garden project at the JCC will provide produce for the Jewish Community Food Pantry. This project will provide learning opportunities for our younger generation to experience healthy living and teach the science of gardening.

JCC Cares in Fort Lauderdale


JCC Maccabi in Ft. Lauderdale will be:

  • Sorting food to be distributed to the young people in our community who are food insecure. Some facts that participants will learn include:
    • One in four children (287,650) in South Florida go to bed hungry.
    • One in seven older adults (150,000) face the choice between paying rent, utilities, buying medication or putting food on the table.

Please visit Feeding South Florida for more information.

  • Integrating with the special needs population of the Exceptional Theater Project, for creative and fun activities.
  • Bowling with the participants of the Lucanus Developmental Center and the Sunrise Community, Inc.
  • Traveling to three different Boys and Girls Clubs locations across Broward County in the Pembroke Pines and Hollywood area. Teens will join the kids for some summer camp fun.

JCC Maccabi Athletes and Artists: Where are they now?

A spotlight on our amazing JCC Maccabi alumni!

Jordan-Maccabiah-Games-Jewish-Week-ArticleOur first featured JCC Maccabi alum is our very own JCC Maccabi host community liaison, Jordan Zarin.

Jordan attended the JCC Maccabi Games in 2000 (Staten Island, NY) and 2002 (Springfield, MA) as well as the Maccabiah in Israel in 2001 as a junior athlete. She was proud to represent her community, her sport and the Jewish people. Her experience as a participant led her to her job at JCC Association, where she is now the host community liaison for the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest. So far, Jordan has attended nine sets of JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, and has helped 15 communities through the process of hosting. Jordan also served as a delegation head for 50 U.S. teens from the “continental” delegation at the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest in Israel in 2011.

Jordan is so passionate about her job and the experience with the Maccabi movement, that when she lived in New York she sat on the board of Maccabi Young Leadership of New York. This organization plans and executes fundraising events to raise money to send less fortunate European Jews to the Maccabiah in Israel. During her years on the board, it was able to raise more than $50,000 and to send 10 individuals to the Maccabiah in 2013. Jordan attended the Maccabiah Games with other members of the board, in order to meet the individuals and see their accomplishments and participation, both on and off the field in Israel.

Because of all of her achievements, Jordan will be inducted into the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in November 2015.

Jordan is a proud JCC Maccabi athlete!