JCC Maccabi Games will be hosted at the
Merage Jewish Community Center located at 1 Federation Way, Ste. 200 in Irvine California from August 4
th through August 9
th. Doctors and medical staff from Hoag Orthopedic Institute will be volunteering
and spending their time throughout the competition ensuring that the participants
and attendees have a fun and safe experience.
The Olympic-style athletic competition for Jewish teens from around the
world promotes on-going Jewish, athletic, educational and cultural year-round
programs for youth in Jewish Community Centers and Y’s. Some of
the Olympic-style sport competitions included are swimming, soccer, and
baseball, and more than 6,000 teens, ages 13 to 16, participate in the
JCC Maccabi Games each summer.
The Maccabi Movement began in 1895 when the first all-Jewish sports club
was formed in Constantinople. The first world Maccabiah Games were held
in Israel in 1932. Now, this two-week competition takes place every four
years and has featured many world class Jewish athletes, including Mark
Spitz and Jason Lezak (swimming), Mitch Gaylord (gymnastics), and ESPN
anchor Dour Gottlieb (basketball).
The games are co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center Association of
North America, Maccabi World Union, Maccabi Canada, and Maccabi USA/Sports
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