Maccabi Games

The JCC Maccabi Games will take place, August 6-11, 2023 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The games will be hosted at the David Posniak Jewish Community Center. Jewish Teens between the ages of 13-16 are eligible to participate. Athletes must be at least 12 years old to apply and CANNOT have turned 17 years old as of July 31 the year of the Games. 

Trager Family JCC Louisville will be featuring 10 athletes in individual and mixed teams’ sports competitions including Baseball (14U and 16U), Boys’ Basketball (14U and 16U), Girls’ Basketball (14U and 16U), Flag Football (16U), Ice Hockey (16U), Boys’ Lacrosse (16U), Boys’ Soccer (14U and 16U), Girls’ Soccer (14U and 16U), Girls’ Volleyball (16U), Competitive Dance, Star Reporter (social media/sports journalism), Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis. 


The 2023 JCC Maccabi Games® will also include Olympic-style opening and closing ceremonies and a community service day. These events each aim to bring the Fort Lauderdale Jewish Community together for a week of spirit and celebration. 


This year the cost of participating in the 2023 JCC Maccabi Games is $1300, this is all inclusive of travel (~$500), uniforms (~$100), Games registration fee ($625) and all outings and meals during the week of.  There are a limited number of need-based scholarships available, contact Abigail Goldberg agoldberg@jewishlouisville.org for more information. 


The JCC Maccabi Games Israel will be held on July 5-25, 2023. In Israel, teens will experience 3 weeks of JCC Maccabi, including a week-long competition followed by a two-week immersive tour of Israel. Jewish teens between the ages of 14-17 are eligible to participate.


The Trager Family JCC will feature 5 athletes in individual and mixed teams’ sports competitions including baseball, ice hockey, girls volleyball, boys and girls flag football, soccer tennis, swimming and dance.


The week-long JCC Maccabi Games will be held in Haifa in partnership with Maccabi World Union. The Games will feature an Olympic-style sporting events, opening and closing ceremonies, large cultural events and more. Truly an unforgettable 12-day tour of Israel’s most culturally, religiously, and historically significant sites! While exploring Israel through a sports lens, there will be opportunities to meet with influential Israeli speakers, coaches and professional athletes and participating in volunteer service projects.


All participants, parents and adult stakeholders (coaches/chaperones, spectators, and VIPs) that are interested in attending the games in Fort Lauderdale, must be fully vaccinated. 


The JCC Maccabi Games offer Jewish teens a unique social, cultural and life-shaping experience. The Games bring athletes from around the world together and serve a larger purpose than athletic competition. They promote Rachmanus (compassion), Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World), and Amiut Yehudit (Jewish Peoplehood). These sentiments are shared during the week through unique experiences. 


JCC Maccabi Athlete interest form  

For questions, please reach out to Trager Family JCC  Louisville Delegation Head, Abigail Goldberg,  agoldberg@jewishlouisville.org. 


The deadline registration of Fort Lauderdale applications is March 24, 2023 and Jan. 27, 2023 for applicants in Israel.