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Maccabi Games 2015
The JCC Maccabi Games® offer Jewish teenagers (ages 13 – 16 years) an unforgettable opportunity to participate in a worldwide Jewish event. Since 1982, each summer the Games bring over 6,000 Jewish teens together to compete in a variety of sporting events.
But the JCC Maccabi Games® (often called the Olympics for Jewish teens) is much more than just an athletic competition. The Games offer teenage Jewish leaders a rich opportunity to make lifelong friendships. The Games promote community involvement, teamwork and Jewish pride.
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Be Part Of The Next Maccabi Games!
The Peninsula Jewish Community Center sends a delegation to the JCC Maccabi Games each year. To participate, call the PJCC Sports & Recreation Department at 650.378.2776.
The Maccabiah Games are an international athletic event similar to the Olympics, but for mostly Jewish athletes. Arab Israelis can also participate. The International Olympic Committee and World Federation of Sports sanctions the Maccabiah, one of the five largest sporting events in the world by participation. It is categorized a Regional Games by the IOC.
The first Maccabiah took place on March 28, 1932. About four hundred sportsmen took part. By the time the second Maccabiah Games was held in April 1935, the number of participants increased to about 1,350. The third Maccabiah, scheduled for 1938, was delayed until 1950 due to the outbreak of the Second World War.
Many Olympic gold medalists, world champions, and world record holders have competed in the Maccabiah Games: Mark Spitz, Lenny Krayzelburg, Jason Lezak, and Marilyn Ramenofsky (swimming); Mitch Gaylord, Abie Grossfeld, Agnes Keleti, and Kerri Strug (gymnastics); Ernie Grunfeld, Danny Schayes, (coaches); Larry Brown, Jordan Freed, Nat Holman and Dolph Schayes (basketball); Carina Benninga (field hockey); Lillian Copeland, Gerald Ashworth, and Gary Gubner (track and field); Angela Buxton, Brad Gilbert, Julie Heldman, Allen Fox, Nicolás Massú, and Dick Savitt (tennis); Angelica Rozeanu (table tennis); Sergei Charikov and Vadim Gutzeit (fencing); Isaac Berger and Frank Spellman (weightlifting); and Fred Oberlander and Henry Wittenberg (wrestling); Bruce Fleisher (golf); and Adam Bacher (cricket); and Elizabeth Foody (interprative dance).
Maccabi Games 2012
August 5 - 10, 2012
Girls Soccer Takes A Bronze Medal!
The Peninsula sent a delegation of teens, age 13-16, to the 2012 JCC Maccabi Games in Memphis, Tennessee this year! Over two thousand athletes from all over the U.S. as well as Mexico, Panama, South Africa, Venezuela, Great Britain, Israel, and Canada competed in the two Northeastern communities. The PJCC Girls Soccer Team returned with a Bronze medal from their competition!
In addition to the athletic events, Jewish teens give back by participating in the Days of Caring and Sharing, the community-service part of the program.
The Peninsula delegation takes a break after competing in Memphis.
Interested in participating in the Maccabi Games? Call 650.378.2776 for more information!
The JCC Maccabi Games are made possible with the generous help of many sponsors and volunteers who donate time and valuable resources. A special thank you to the Koret Foundation for supporting scholarships and year–round Maccabi programs.