Staenberg Kooper Fellman Campus

JCC Maccabi Games

After much thoughtful deliberation, JCC Association of North America has announced it will suspend the traditional JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® in 2021.

The lay and professional leadership of JCC Association and the JCC Maccabi Games® carefully considered many factors before reaching this difficult conclusion. In addition to the public health concerns associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these factors included the logistical and financial obligations that the host committee and delegation heads must meet well in advance of the 2021 Games.

Although this “pause” results from unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, we had intended to focus on a strategic planning process for JCC Maccabi® in 2020, so this hiatus gives us valuable time to do just that. The “pause” also will allow us to consider ways to expand the summer events into a year-round initiative for Jewish teen engagement. We know this process will lead to a bright future for this longtime, beloved event—and to outstanding JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® in 2022 and beyond.

In the meantime, we also are exploring various possibilities for local and regional programming and, as appropriate, will decide in the coming months which, if any, may be feasible.

OPEN TO ALL JEWISH TEENS AGE 12-16 (As of July 31, 2019)

No synagogue affiliation necessary & JCC Membership not required

Team Omaha Delegation Head:
Jacob Geltzer,

The JCC Maccabi Games® is an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is the largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. The Maccabi movement began in 1895 when the first all Jewish sports club was formed in Constantinople.  The first world Maccabiah Games was held in Israel in 1932. 

Today, over 6,000 teens, ranging from 12 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.

Team Sports (12-16 years old):

  • Boys Baseball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Girls Volleyball

Individual Sports (12-16 years old):

  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Star Reporter (sports journalism)
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field