JCC Maccabi Games
Welcome to the Team San Jose JCC Maccabi Games Blog
This page will serve as your portal to keep updated on what is happening with Team San Jose. If you would like to be a part of Team San Jose or are interested in finding out more about the JCC Maccabi Games please contact Jason Goldstein at 408.357.7497 or email@example.com. Some years we also attend JCC Maccabi ArtsFest but not in 2013 or 2014.
April 15th is the deadline to register for JCC Maccabi Games 2014.
The JCC Maccabi Games will take place in Boca Raton, Florida, August 10th-15th. We'll be sending a delegation of Jewish teens ages 13-16 from Silicon Valley to participate at this international Jewish teen sports competition. Available sports are Boys Baseball, Girls Basketball, Boys and Girls Soccer, Boys Flag Football, Girls Volleyball, Boys and Girls Bowling, Boys and Girls Golf, Boys and Girls Swimming, and Boys and Girls Tennis. All teens also take part in a day of Caring & Sharing, experience home hospitality, and visit major tourist sites. More information, including fees, coming soon.
JCC Maccabi Blog 2013
August 8, 2013
Another year of the JCC Maccabi Games has come to an end and while Team San Jose's medal count was low, our spirits and joy were high. During our baseball teams JCC Cares project, our baseball players helped under privileged children some basics of baseball and also got to spend time with major league pitcher Tanner Sheppers of the Texas Rangers. Last night the teens enjoyed host family night in which the families that they were staying with while in Orange County took them out to show them the community. Our teens spent time on the beach, having BBQs, and going to pool parties. Today was a little more relaxing as most of our athletes did not compete, but instead took time to watch the medal rounds of the sports that had their new friends playing in.
Tonight ended with a giant closing ceremony that included inflatables, a dance party, hair coloring, and more. Team San Jose had a great time trading pins and gear with all of the other delegations and are coming home with some great new items.
TThe true highlight of the night was that Team San Jose received 4 Midot Medals. Midot Medals are new to the JCC Maccabi Games and are given to the athletes that embody any one of 7 Jewish values at the games. Alli Pope, Aaron Ross, Zach Stubbs, and Allyson Weinstock each received one of these medals and we are very proud of all of them.
August 6, 2013
Another great day of competition at the Games today. Our 16u boys soccer team had two extremely close matches and only lost each by one goal in the final minutes. Our 14u soccer team played with a lot of passion and even had one of our Team San Jose players in goal for his first time ever. You can check out a picture of Ben in action below.
Before our in-line hockey players started out their competition today, they participated in JCC Cares. JCC Cares is the community service aspect of the JCC Maccabi Games and really teaches the teens about giving back to their communities. Our in-line hockey players shared some great times with some under privileged youth and really got just as much out of it as the children did.
Our evening activity consisted of bowling, go kart racing, miniature golf, arcades, and more. The teens had a blast trying out all of the activities and taking a break from their sports. Tomorrow medal rounds begin so make sure to stay updated with all the scores by going to the results page.
August 5, 2013
We had a great time at opening ceremonies last night. For those of you that were not able to watch the live stream, Team San Jose got a special shout out for the delegation with the best clothing. Check out our picture below for a shot of our awesome clothing. There were some amazing musical performances, as well as some great feats of talent.
Today was the first day of competition for our athletes. While not all of our teams won, they all had a great time. Results of the games can be found by going to http://ocmaccabi.com/sports-schedules-results/. Today's matches as well as tomorrow's matches will determine the seeding for the medal rounds which begin on Wednesday. Our swimmers were so excited to compete, that they did not want to wait until Wednesday to see medals. Ofir Bekker took home a silver medal for a relay and Allie Pope took home a Gold!
Tonight all of the athletes spent the night hanging out at a beach filled with games, inflatables, music, food, and more. They had a blast hanging out with teammates, new friends, and of course the rest of Team San Jose. Tomorrow we look forward to some more great competition and more fun.
August 4th, 2013
We have arrived in Orange County. All the athletes have gotten their OC swag and have all gone to their host families' houses anxiously awaiting the start of the opening ceremonies. A reminder for those of you that would like to watch opening ceremonies, there will be a live stream broadcast at http://ocmaccabi.com/live-stream/ beginning at 7:00pm. We cannot wait to update you with results of tomorrow's competitions, but until then we will leave you with a picture of the team at the airport.
August 3rd, 2013
We are very excited to be so close to the JCC Maccabi Games in Orange County. We are taking 16 excited teens to participate in the Games this year. For those of you that are interested in watching the opening ceremonies, there will be a live stream available at http://ocmaccabi.com/live-stream/. Opening ceremonies are set to begin at 7:00pm PST. During the week, we will be posting results, pictures, and maybe even some video of Team San Jose so make sure to keep checking back. Thank you for all of your support and GO TEAM SAN JOSE!!!