JCC Maccabi Games and Artsfest
Experience the largest Jewish teen event in the world.
The JCC Maccabi Games are an “Olympic-style” event where teens can participate in sports competitions as well as a festival of arts and culture. Designed to provide Jewish youth with a life-changing experience among thousands of peers, JCC Maccabi fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship while cultivating a deeper appreciation of Jewish values and community.
We would like to share with you part of the letter we recently received from the JCC Association of North America regarding the 2021 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest.
As part of our commitment to transparency and to keeping you informed about JCC Maccabi®, a signature event of JCC Association of North America, after much thoughtful deliberation, JCC Association has decided to suspend the traditional JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® in 2021.
The lay and professional leadership of JCC Association and the JCC Maccabi Games® carefully considered many factors before reaching this difficult conclusion. In addition to the public health concerns associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, those factors included the logistical issues and financial obligations that the host communities and delegations must meet well in advance of the 2021 Games.
Although this “pause” results from unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, we intend to use this valuable time to undertake timely strategic planning for JCC Maccabi® as we know this process will lead to a bright future for this longtime, beloved program—and to an outstanding JCC Maccabi® program in 2022 and beyond.
Thank you for your continued commitment to JCC Maccabi®, your understanding in these challenging times, and your patience. We appreciate them all.
The cancellation of the Games and ArtsFest due to COVID-19 comes as no surprise, but disappointing nonetheless. As soon as we hear of plans for 2022, we will eagerly share them with you. In the meantime, stay well, and please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Manager, Jewish Student Connection and Teen Engagement