The JCC Maccabi Games® is the largest Jewish youth event in the world. From July 31 – August 5, 2016 our community will welcome more than 1,000 visiting teens from across the globe and involve all of Greater St. Louis, including 400 host families, 1,000 volunteers and 200+ local teen athletes.
The JCC Maccabi Games began in 1982 with a big mission – to provide Jewish youth with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun, cultivate a deeper understanding of their Jewish identity, and be instilled with an appreciation of Jewish values.
A five-day athletic competition and community event, the JCC Maccabi Games will open at the Chaifetz Arena on Sunday, July 31. Over the course of the week, athletes from around the world will compete in sports. Each athlete will learn about Rachmanus (compassion) during the competition, Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) during the community action projects known as “JCC Cares”, and Amiut Yehudit (Jewish Peoplehood) during unique experiences that strengthen their connection to each other, their communities, and Israel.
St. Louis last proudly hosted the Games in 2003. We learned then that hosting the JCC Maccabi Games brings our community together in an experience that transcends the Games. Together, we’ll strengthen our entire Jewish community, empower our next generation of leaders and celebrate our values and traditions.
Whether an athlete, a host, a volunteer, or a donor –
we need you to GET IN THE GAMES!