Join us at the MJCCA on August 26, 2018, for IGNITE MACCABI – the official launch party for the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games®!

Ignite Maccabi will officially light the torch for the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games in Atlanta, setting one of the world’s largest international sporting events into motion at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Officially opening the Games in Atlanta, Ignite Maccabi will feature entertainment for every member of every Atlantan family.

Launching the 2019 Maccabi Games across the entire Atlanta community with food, music, and friendship will set the tone for the full festival in August. During Ignite Maccabi, the MJCCA will host Atlanta’s beloved professional and collegiate sports organizations, local food trucks, and unforgettable games and activities. Ignite Maccabi will feature various inflatable and interactive elements developed for all ages with music, and the evening will be highlighted by the official lighting of the Maccabi Games torch.

Be sure to RSVP to help us light the JCC Maccabi Games torch and kick off the Games in Atlanta at IGNITE Maccabi on August 26 from 3-6 p.m. at the MJCCA.

To accommodate the many activities planned for this landmark event, there will be extremely limited parking at Zaban Park from 8:00 am-12:30 pm and no parking at Zaban Park from 12:30 pm-8:00 pm. We have arranged shuttle service from Georgia State University’s Perimeter Campus. Please see below for full details on parking options, lot closures, shuttle service, and the Ignite event.

Important: Parking Lot Closed Sun, August 26th

  • On Sunday, August 26th from 8:00 am-12:30 pm, a VERY small section of the MJCCA Zaban Park main parking lot will be available on a first come first served basis. All other parking areas will be closed. As only a very limited number of parking spaces will be available, please anticipate the parking area being full and plan to take the shuttle and allow time for the shuttle.
  • All cars that are parked in the limited parking area MUST BE MOVED BY 12:30 PM to allow us to set up for and safely run the Ignite Maccabi event.
  • We have arranged free parking at Georgia State University – Dunwoody Campus, Lot 11 (on Womack across from Berman Commons) with complimentary shuttle service from 7:30 am-8:00 pm between GSU and the MJCCA.
  • A few other important notes for Sunday: the lake will be closed for the day and the indoor pool will close at 3:00 pm.
  • In the event of rain, please check anytime after 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 25th for adjustments to parking options and limited usability within the Zaban Blank building, as Ignite Maccabi will be moved inside the Zaban Blank building.

Bringing the Atlanta Jewish Community together with the overarching local and international community, the 2019 Maccabi Games will call Atlanta home for just the second time in the history of the competition. More than 1,600 participants, ranging from 12-16-years-old will compete and participate in 13 different events. Notable alumni include Mark Spitz (Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer), Larry Brown (Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer) and Jeff Agoos (National Soccer Hall of Famer).

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