Since 1982, each summer the Games bring over 6,000 Jewish teens together to compete in a variety of sporting events and arts showcases.
But the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest is much more than just an athletic and art competition. The Games and ArtsFest offer Jewish teens a rich opportunity to make lifelong friendships. The Games and ArtsFest promote community involvement, teamwork, and Jewish pride.
San Diego, California
August 2 – 7, 2020
Have an amazing time with nearly 2,500 Jewish athletes and artists as you compete in the annual JCC Maccabi Games® (ages 13 – 17 years) and JCC Maccabi Artsfest® this coming summer. Jewish teens have the unique opportunity to unite with other Jewish teens from around the world.
The Games include sports like:
Track and Field
Artsfest include specialty areas:
If you are interested in learning more about the 2020 Maccabi Games, please contact the Sports and Rec department at 650.378.2783.
The JCC Maccabi Games is open to Jewish athletes who will be between the ages of 13–16 and Jewish artists who be between the ages of 13–17 as of July 31, 2020. Each athlete or artist can compete in one sport or art specialty.
Get in on the Games! Don’t miss your chance to join us in San Diego in summer 2020.
The Dan Cook Achievement Award is given to teens for serving as an inspiration to other Jewish athletes, as well as demonstrating their leadership in and commitment to the Jewish community at large.
Roei Z. has participated in the JCC Maccabi Games for the past 4 years (since he was 12!). As a member of our boys soccer team, Roei shows tremendous leadership on and off the field. On the field, Roei has grown into a talented soccer player. He can be found giving it his all until the very end of the game, encouraging his teammates to do the same regardless if the outcome does not look positive. Off the field, Roei is actively participating in all that the Maccabi Games offers (including Hang Time and JCC Cares), often bringing new members of our delegation or teens from other delegations with him. Roei has one more year with the delegation and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for his last year!
Simon I. has participated in the Maccabi Games for the past two years. Coaches were quickly impressed by his maturity. As the only baseball player in his division, coaches could rely on Simon to communicate his whereabouts and changes to his schedule. Simon also immerses himself into the Games, quickly forming close bonds with his teammates and other members of the Peninsula–Palo Alto delegation. Even when playing on a team that doesn’t win any games, Simon always tries his hardest on field (and with a big smile on his face!). As one of the older teens in our delegation, Simon is a great role model to the younger members of our delegation. We’re excited to see what Simon brings to the delegation for his final year participating in the Games!
Lily J. is a three-year Maccabi Games participant, competing in Girls Soccer. She has been an asset to our delegation on and off the field, leading everyone to become the best versions of themselves. Lily exudes kindness, making quality contributions to the local Jewish community through her volunteer work and involvement with Jewish youth groups.
Noah K. participated in his first Maccabi Games in Orange County this past summer. The coaches were impressed with his commitment to the Games. Noah shared his enthusiasm for the Games with his teammates on his U16 boys soccer team and fellow members of the delegation. He was a great role model for younger members of our delegation.
Jordan L. is a two-year Maccabi Games participant, competing in swim. He is an innate leader, especially among the younger participants, encouraging others (as well as himself) to perform their best. Jordan represents the Jewish community well through his maturity and leadership.
Jason R. participated in his first Maccabi Games this past summer. He has relentless positivity both on and off the basketball court. When not competing, Jason could be found supporting other members of the delegation at their competitions. His inclination to support his Delegation was contagious, prompting other athletes to follow in his footsteps.