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Center Members: Make it a PJCC Summer... Check Out Our Weekend Activities at the Outdoor Pool!
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JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest®

The JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® offer Jewish teenagers (ages 13–17 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 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.


Maccabi Games® & Artsfest® 2018

Orange County, CA

Sunday, August 5 – Friday, August 10, 2018

Join nearly 2,500 Jewish athletes and artists as they compete in the annual JCC Maccabi Games® (ages 13 – 17 years) and JCC Maccabi Artsfest®, taking place in Orange County, California this summer. They provide a unique experience for Jewish teens to unite with other Jewish teens from around the world.

Compete in the games as an athlete or participate in Artsfest in one of the art specialties. All Maccabi participants also enjoy social events and a day devoted to social action.

Sports Include:

Baseball • Basketball • Dance • Flag Football • Lacrosse • Soccer • Softball • Swimming • Table Tennis • Tennis • Track & Field • Volleyball

Art Specialties Include:

Acting/Improv • Culinary Arts • Dance • Musical Theater • Rock Band • Star Reporter (Sports Journalism) • Visual Arts • Vocal Performance/Glee

Registration for the 2018 Maccabi Games is now closed. If you are interested in learning more about the 2019 Maccabi Games, please contact Nicole Cruz at ncruz@pjcc.org or 650.378.2776.

Check Out Highlights from Last Year’s Maccabi Games in Miami!

For more information please contact Nicole Cruz, Delegation Head, at ncruz@pjcc.org or Tzachi Flat, Assistant Delegation Head, at zflat@paloaltojcc.org.


Dan Cook Achievement Award

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.

2017 Award Recipients

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.