General Info

Join more than 400 teen athletes as part of Team Atlanta for a once in a lifetime experience.

More than 1,600 participants from around the world will come to Atlanta to compete in sports, experience Rachmanus, and embrace the Games’ midot values including Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and Amiut Yehudit (Jewish Peoplehood).

These sentiments are shared throughout the week during unique experiences designed to strengthen the Jewish bond between people, community and Israel.  It’s an opportunity to learn the value of teamwork, integrity, cultural pride and community service, while expanding an appreciation of Jewish values and building lifelong friendships.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, proud host of the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games, welcomes athletes and participants of all abilities, sexual/gender orientations and levels of Jewish observance. Any athlete interested in special needs inclusion should contact Tracey Grant, our Inclusion co-chair, for additional information.  Our intention is to provide support and/or accommodations so that the magic of the JCC Maccabi Games is accessible to all athletes and participants.

Team Atlanta FAQs

What are the requirements to participate as a JCC Maccabi Games® athlete?
1. Jewish teens between the ages of 12-16, as of July 31, 2019, can participate.
2. Local athletes are required to host 2 or more visiting athletes.

Do I need to be Jewish to participate in the Maccabi Games?
Yes, all JCC Maccabi Games® athletes must have at least one Jewish parent.

Do I need to be a member of MJCCA to participate?
No, this program is offered to Jewish teens ages 12-16.

Is there a cost involved in participating?

Yes, there are expenses such as registration fees, uniform cost, games cost, etc. for this national program. For athletes, the cost will be $750 for MJCCA Members and $850 for Non-Members.

Are scholarships available for both members and non-members to participate?
Yes!  Through the generous support of donors, The MJCCA is committed to offering families who qualify financial assistance for the 2019 Maccabi Games.  Any teen that wants to play in the 2019 JCC Maccabi games in Atlanta will be able to play regardless of ability to pay the full cost. If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please use this link.

Can I try out for more than one sport?
Yes. We encourage you to try out for more than one sport.

Can I play more than one sport?
No, athletes are only permitted to participate in one sport.

Will there be practices?
Yes, each coach determines their own practice schedule.

What if I attend summer camp?
We are well aware that many athletes may be attending summer camps and will be away for most of the summer. That being said, athletes will be required to attend all JCC Maccabi Games® activities July 28 – August 2, 2019. They will, however, miss team practices, socials and meetings related to the Games throughout the summer.

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