The JCC Maccabi Games® offer much more than sports competitions for Jewish teens. The Games are an exceptional experience that provide Jewish youth with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun, democracy, and peace, all while developing an appreciation of Jewish values.
Hang Time is an opportunity for the athletes to hang out and meet Jewish peers in a more relaxed environment following completion of each day’s scheduled competition.
JCC Cares is a program that allows athletes to participate in service opportunities to give back to their host community in a meaningful way.
All Maccabi Games participants learn and abide by the Rachmanus Rules, a set of standards regarding sportsmanship and fair play. Lashon Harah (slander, gossip, trash talk), putting down other athletes or making fun of a delegation shows a lack of rachmanus (mercy/compassion). The atmosphere of JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, and its significance as a truly Jewish event, will be enhanced if both participants and spectators have an understanding of the Rachmanus Rules and a firm commitment to following them.
The Munich 11 are honored and remembered at the Opening Ceremonies of every Maccabi Games.