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Posted by: Press Release on Thursday, February 16, 2017

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR 2017 CAPITAL REGION MACCABI GAMES: Organizers Also Announce Visiting Delegations and Venues

(ALBANY, NY)  Registration for volunteers and athletes has opened for the 2017 Capital Region Maccabi Games – an Olympic-style sporting competition for Jewish youth from around the world coming to the Capital Region for the first time. The games are the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.

Next summer, the games will be held in three U.S. locations: Miami (FL), Birmingham (AL) and in the Capital Region of New York. In total, the Capital Region event will see approximately 700 athletes from around the world, along with their coaches, delegation chairs, parents and other spectators. The Capital Region games will take place August 6-11, 2017. 

Registration to participate, to volunteer and to host is open and are available at The events will rely greatly on volunteer support from throughout the Capital Region. Athletes will be hosted by Jewish families and hundreds of other volunteers will be needed to help bring the games together.

Athletes will compete in the following sports next summer: table tennis, ice hockey, basketball, swimming, soccer, dance, tennis, golf and baseball. The main hub for the events will be at Guilderland High School and many events will take place throughout Guilderland.

“Hosting the Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games at Guilderland High School is an important opportunity for our community and our own Jewish students. It’s great for our district and the whole region. We’re glad we could make it work here,” said Regan Johnson, Guilderland School District’s director of athletics.

Athletes from as far away as Mexico and Israel will be attending the games and participating. Confirmed delegations making the trip to the Capital Region include representatives from the following JCCs:

·   Akron/Youngstown

·    Ann Arbor 

·   Brooklyn


·   Boston

·    Bridgewater

·   Buffalo


·   Central New Jersey

·    Cherry Hill

·   Cincinnati


·   Columbus

·     Dayton

·    East Hills

·   Fort Lauderdale

·      Harrisburg

·   Israel


·   Los Angeles

·      Mexico

·   Northern Virginia


·   Philadelphia

·      Pittsburgh

·   Rockland County


·   Springfield

·      Stamford

·   Tarrytown


·   Toronto

·   Washington

·   West Orange


·   Winnipeg




The 2017 Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games are being co-chaired by Lauren Finkle, Joanna Goldberg, Debbie Gordon, Lauren Iselin and Michelle Ostrelich. U.S. Congressman Paul Tonko is the Honorary Chair of the games.

To obtain information about becoming a sponsor, to sign up as a volunteer or for more information about the 2017 Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games, please



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