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JCC Maccabi® 2023 Is Going to Israel and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida!

In summer 2023, 3,000 Jewish teen athletes, ages 12-17 and representing communities from across the globe, will come together to experience the magic of JCC Maccabi, the world’s largest Jewish youth sports event. Among the highlights of this unique, Olympic-style Jewish experience will be: sports competitions, including opening and closing ceremonies; travel; community service; social and cultural events; and opportunities to create Jewish connections, friendships, and memories to last a lifetime!

JCC Maccabi Games – Israel

July 5–25, 2023

Ages 14–17 years old

Sports offered: baseball, basketball, ice hockey, girls volleyball, boys and girls flag football, soccer, tennis, swimming, dance

During this three-week immersive experience, more than 1,000 Jewish teens from around the world will experience Israel through the lens of sport. Highlights will include:

  • Olympic-style sporting events, including competitions, opening and closing ceremonies, large cultural events, and more.
  • An unforgettable tour of Israel’s most culturally, religiously, and historically significant sites.
  • Exploring Israel through a sports lens, including opportunities to meet with influential Israeli speakers, coaches, and professional athletes
  • Participating in volunteer service projects with Israeli NGOs and social justice organizations

JCC Maccabi Games – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

August 6-11, 2023

Ages 12-16 years old

Sports offered: baseball, basketball, ice hockey, girls volleyball, flag football, boys lacrosse, soccer, table tennis, tennis, star reporter, swimming, dance*

1,800 Jewish teens from across North and South America, Israel, Europe, and beyond will gather in Florida for an unforgettable one-week JCC Maccabi Games and Access program. Highlights will include:

  • Olympic-style sport competitions, including opening and closing ceremonies, and a tribute to the Munich 11
  • Home hospitality with local Jewish host families
  • JCC Cares community service projects
  • Hangtime programming with Israeli schlichim
  • Evening social events


The mission of the JCC Maccabi Games states that the program is a Jewish event for Jewish teenagers with the intent to foster long-lasting memories and identification with organized Jewish community groups as well as identification with Israel. The JCC Maccabi Games aim to foster a strong Jewish identity among all of its participants.

To participate in Israel, athletes must be between the ages of 14-17 as of July 5, 2023. For Ft. Lauderdale, athletes must be between the ages of 12-16 as of July 31, 2023.

All athletes must be Jewish, which is defined as follows: One of the athlete’s parents is Jewish and the athlete is being raised Jewish, or is a Jew by choice and is being raised Jewish. In the spirit of the Games, if the parent or child does not believe that they are Jewish on a year-round basis, then the child should not participate in the JCC Maccabi Games.



Josh Cohen at 412-530-1977 or [email protected]

The History of the JCC Maccabi Games

The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America. Since their inception in 1982, the Games have grown from a small pilot project in one host community to an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in multiple sites throughout North America. The JCC Maccabi Games are the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. Today, over 6,000 teens, ranging from 13 to 16 years of age, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games® each summer. The Games are co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, Maccabi World Union, Maccabi Canada, and Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel.

The Maccabi Mission: To offer Jewish Community Centers and YM/YWHAs in North America the opportunity to reach teens through participation in the JCC Maccabi Games®, and in year-round athletic, educational, cultural and social programs, as well as teen experiences in Israel. To provide Jewish youth with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun, democracy, and peace. To cultivate a deeper understanding and instill an appreciation of Jewish values within Jewish youth, enrich their Jewish identity in an informal setting, and encourage their identification with the state of Israel. To promote and encourage the health, physical fitness and well-being of Jewish youth through participation in recreational and athletic activities To introduce Jewish youth to the international Maccabi Movement, which presents athletic, cultural, and social opportunities with Jews from around the world.

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