Archives for September 2015

Design the Next JCC Maccabi Summer T-shirt

Feeling creative? Try your hand at designing what could become next year’s JCC Maccabi T-shirt.


Give us your creative idea on what embodies JCC Maccabi and JCC Cares and we’ll turn it into wearable art. Not only will you design this T-shirt, but also you and your peers will be able to vote on it. The winning design will be featured on all 2016 JCC Maccabi event T-shirts and credited to the individual. You don’t need to be a professional, or even an artist. If you have a great idea for a concept but you need a little assistance, send in your best attempt to sketch out your concept. If your design is selected, we will work with you to refine and perfect it.

The winning individual will be credited on, and So get started today – all designs must be submitted or postmarked by 11 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 30.


  • Designs should use one color. Please avoid using gradients or overly intricate images as these are hard to print on T-shirts.
  • Designs should convey the spirit, themes, energy and excitement of what the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest are all about.
  • Designs should fit within a 12”x 12” box, but can be smaller.
  • Designs should include the program title, “JCC Maccabi,” as well as the as well as the JCC Maccabi logo and the year 2016. The JCC Maccabi logo can be downloaded here—please do your best to approximate.
  • Designs may be hand-drawn or computer-designed, but “clip art” is not allowed.
  • Designs must be original and should not include any copyrighted material for which you do not own the copyright.
  • JCC Association will own all rights to the winning design. By submitting you agree that if your design wins, it can be used on the event T-shirts and possibly repurposed for other promotional items.
  • We reserve the right to make adjustments to the winning design.
  • Entries will be judged by the marketing staff of JCC Association and the continental JCC Maccabi staff.
  • By submitting you agree to all contest rules.
  • You must submit your design by 11 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 30.

Complete the form below and click the submit button to submit your design electronically. Electronic files should not exceed 2MB and should be JPEG or PDF files only.

If you are unable to submit electronically, please include your full name, email address and phone number and mail to: JCC Maccabi T-shirt Contest, c/o JCC Association, 520 Eighth Avenue, 4th Floor New York, NY 10018. We regret that we are unable to return design submissions.

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Making an Impact

It’s a lot of work hosting JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, and welcoming thousands of teens into your community makes a major impact. Here’s a great infographic from Fort Lauderdale that shows just how much goes into being a host:

Did Jew Know?

A fun new Jewish trivia game created for JCC Maccabi to help educate teens on who they might know in the world today that is in fact Jewish!

By the numbers:

Games played: 791
People played: 549
Total time played: 21.6 hours


Slim Shady
James Kaufman
Nathan Eastin
Josh Levy

Midot Stories

Here are the “feel good moments” and the WHY of JCC Maccabi. We honored participants with Midot (value) medals for exemplifying the six core values of JCC Maccabi: Jewish Peoplehood, Joy, Pride, Respect, Tikkun Olam, Big Heartedness.

Alexandra Scheiber—Adolph & Rose Levis JCC volleyball coach, Boca Raton, Florida

coachalexCoach Alex radiates a love for Maccabi through the way she treats her players, coaches, and conducts herself. Her enthusiasm, respect and encouragement brought together a mixed team and even built the confidence of one of our players who had revealed she didn’t want to play. Coach Alex is exactly the type of person who makes Maccabi the incredible experience it is and she really understands the value of respecting all players and understands the meaning of JCC Maccabi in preserving Jewish peoplehood.

Samantha Horowitz – Springfield JCC athlete, Massachusetts

samhorowitzSammi was presented with a midot medal for exemplifying the Midah (value) of Rina – Joy. She originally wanted to attend JCC Maccabi as a lacrosse player, but when girls lacrosse was cancelled because of low participation, Sammi quickly switched to swimming, because she knew that it was more about the experience than which sport she played. Although swimming is not Sammi’s strong suit, she did not scratch one event and came out of every race with a smile on her face. She was also the biggest cheerleader on the pool deck, by the side of the pool motivating her teammates and giving them pep talks. Sammi really embodies the JCC Maccabi spirit!

Eli Rabin, JCC of Greater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

eliEli injured his wrist at camp a few weeks before JCC Maccabi was set to being. He still wanted to take part in JCC Maccabi and make the most of his experience, so Eli switched over from soccer into the Star Reporter specialty and embodied the spirit. Eli became a story teller of both sides of the program and got to follow his teammate’s progress as well as learn the ins and outs of photography, video production and design. Eli learned the entire ArtsFest group dance and got a medal for demonstrating joy throughout the week.

Star Reporters: the official news outlet of JCC Maccabi

Check out all of their hard work during the week of JCC Maccabi:


Star Reporter Blog

Ft. Lauderdale Star Report videos

Schedules and Scores

Don’t know where your delegation finished? Want to check out all of the competition news? Check the scores here:

Relive the Magic

Want to relive the week of JCC Maccabi in all three host communities? Watch each of the 2015 hosts’ wrap up videos to catch the moments feel the spirit.

It’s a lot of work hosting JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, and welcoming thousands of teens into your community makes a major impact.



JCC Maccabi ArtsFest Showcase

Fort Lauderdale

Making an Impact


Get excited for next summer!

2016 Communities:
Columbus, OH July 24-29
St. Louis, MO July 31-August 5
Stamford, CT August 7-12