Since 1982, the JCC Maccabi Games® have always been more than an athletic competition. The JCC Cares program is an opportunity for you to enhance your experience at the Games by taking a few hours out of your competition schedule to participate in a community service project. The basic American concept of community service is closely tied to the basic Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), which urges us to make a difference in the lives of others who may be less fortunate than ourselves.
Athletes take part in different JCC Cares projects depending on which set of Games they attend.
Examples of projects you and your delegation might participate in are:
- Packing school supply kits for Family Centers and Israeli children
- Visiting sick kids and teens at local hospitals
- Spending time with older adults in nursing homes
- Improving neighborhoods or local facilities. (i.e. Habitat for Humanity)
- Making Surgi-Dolls for pediatric patients at Medial Centers and Hospitals.
JCC Cares has become the centerpiece of Jewish programming at the JCC Maccabi Games. The goal of connecting people to people through interactive tikkun olam (repairing the world) projects at the core of the JCC Maccabi Games.