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Highlights of the Mid-Westchester JCC Maccabi Games

WELCOME!
Shalom. The JCC of Mid-Westchester, proud hosts of the Westchester 2009 JCC Maccabi Games, is getting ready for another summer of competition and fun. In 2014, the JCC of Mid-Westchester will send delegates to Cherry Hill, NJ and Detroit, Michigan.

BACKGROUND
The JCC Maccabi Games have been offering a life-and personality-shaping experience to Jewish teenagers since 1982. At this Olympic-style sporting event for Jewish teens 13-16 years old*, each athlete has the chance to participate in one of 16 sports in events spanning the week-long experience, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

The JCC Maccabi Games however serve a larger purpose than athletic competition. The Games also promote community involvement, teamwork, and pride in being Jewish. The Games are the largest Jewish teen event in the world each summer over 6,000 Jewish teens participate in the Games. Over 100,000 teens have benefited from the JCC Maccabi Games since 1982.

On the field, athletes participate in one of 16 sports.  Off the field, the excitement continues with Opening Ceremonies, evening social activities including amusement parks, zoos, host family night, parties and dances, all designed to encourage interaction among the athletes who come from around the US and the world.

All athletes participate in a unique "Day of Caring and Sharing", independent from their competition, to do a hands-on project that may serve those in need in the host community and/or teach the athletes something about Jewish and/or Israeli culture.

*All athletes going to Cherry Hill, NJ or Detroit, Michigan must turn 13 before August 1st and not turn 17 before August 1st in order to participate.