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If you are interested in learning more about this Maccabi Experience for Jewish Teens ages 13-16, please email  

What are the JCC Maccabi Games/Arts Fest:

A Taste of the Games

The Sidney Albert Albany JCC has been participating in the Games since 2003. In 2005 we combined with the Schenectady JCC and created a joint delegation. We have sent delegations to the following cities:

2003 St. Louis, MO 10 Athletes

2004 Greater Washington (MD) 12 Athletes

2005 San Antonio, TX 24 Athletes

2006 Stamford, CT 13 Athletes

2007 Houston, TX 12 Athletes

2008 Detroit, Michigan 14 Athletes

2009 Westchester, NY 14 Athletes

2010 Richmond, VA 17 Athletes

2011 Philadelphia, PA 18 Athletes

2012 Rockland, NY 19 Athletes                 
2013 Orange County, CA 15 Athletes

2014 Cherry Hill, NJ 18 Athletes

2015 Dallas, TX 16 Athletes

2016 Stamford, CT 19 Athletes, 2 Artists

2017 Capital Region, NY 47 athletes, 5 Star Reporters

2018 Orange County, CA 19 Athletes, 1 Artist

2019 Detroit, MI - 12 Athletes, 2 Artists




The JCC Maccabi Games® are an international Olympic style sports and social event for teenagers between the ages of 13-16. The Games unite Jewish teens, representing JCCs from all over the country and the world, for a week of competition in team and individual sports, social activities, strengthening of Jewish identity, and cultural programming. Drawing inspiration from the World Maccabiah Games, the premier event for Jewish teen and adult athletes held every four years in Israel, the underlying premise of the Games is that athletics provides successful, useful framework for enriching the Jewish identity of our young people. By providing an opportunity for Jewish teenagers from small and large Jewish communities around the world to get acquainted both on and off the playing field, the Games demonstrate that indeed, Klal Israel, 'All Israel is One.'

Since the Games inception in 1982 as a pilot project of the Memphis JCC, the Maccabi World Union and the U.S. Committee Sports for Israel (now Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel), the Games have exploded into the single largest program for Jewish teens in the world. Through the year of 2002, over 48,000 Jewish teen athletes have participated in the Games which were first hosted by Memphis (1982). The Games are held in multiple cities every summer and run from Sunday through Friday in a given city. Over the years, Australia, Argentina, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Russia, and Venezuela have sent delegations to many of the above Games.

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® is a weeklong arts experience for creative Jewish teens ages 12-17, featuring workshops in a variety of specialties with some of the leading artists in each field and incorporating community service, social activities, and themes of Jewish heritage, community, and Israel. ArtsFest offers artists the opportunity to partake in intimate master classes during the day and party at the largest Jewish teen block party at night. The program culminates in an exciting final showcase, where each specialty will have the opportunity to share their creations with fellow ArtsFest and Games participants and invited guests.


For information, contact Andrew Katz,
at 518-438-6651, ext. 113 or