The host family experience is a unique and rewarding aspect of the JCC Maccabi Games® for teens, host families, and community alike.
Lasting memories and relationships created during the week of JCC Maccabi Games® between teens and host families are an integral part of the Games experience. The host family offers the teen a “home away from home” and a unique way to experience the JCC Maccabi Games® and all the Jewish community has to offer.
In turn, host families experience the JCC Maccabi Games® on a personal level, connecting with their friends and neighbors, and building a bond with their visiting teens that extends well beyond the Closing Party.
All Host Families must be 21-years-old or older to volunteer.
Host families that are matched with visiting teens MUST attend one host family orientation to be eligible to host.
If you’re interested in getting involved as a Host Family, please complete our interest form.
- Each family that has an teen participating in the JCC Maccabi Games® will be a host family.
- A host family must house two or more teens.
- Each host family must attend a host family orientation.
- Each host family must drop off and pick up teens each day.
- Each teen must have a seat belt, their own bed (air mattresses are accepted), and access to laundry facilities.
- Provide breakfast and evening snacks.
- Each host family will have one night where they plan dinner and activity with the teens to show off our wonderful city.
“I work full time and won’t have time to drive the athletes around during the day.”
No problem. Drop your athletes off as early as 7 a.m. and pick them up after the evening events around 9 p.m.
“I don’t have any kids at home.”
Athletes will be with other athletes all week. They just need a warm and welcoming place to call home for the week.
“I have small children at home.”
Your small children will love getting to know these out-of-town athletes while they are with you.
“I can’t be a tour guide to visiting athletes.”
The only times that you have to entertain is Sunday until opening ceremonies, and one evening – Host Family Night. This is a great time to get together with other Host Families to plan a fun evening.
“I don’t have an extra bedroom.”
Many families open up beds by bunking their children together in one room for the week or by using air mattresses.
May I make requests for gender, age, or sports for teens staying with my family?
You can request gender, age, and sports. We do our best to honor requests but cannot guarantee.
Do I need to be a member of MJCCA to be a host family?
No, all Jewish families are welcome to host.
If I do not have a teen participating in the JCC Maccabi Games®, can I still host?
Yes, all Jewish families are welcome to host visiting teens.
How many athletes can I house?
Host families will house a minimum of 2 athletes. Each teen requires their own bed (air mattresses are acceptable) and seat belt in your car.
Do I need to be Jewish to be a host family?
All teens must be housed in a Jewish home.
Do I have to have a Kosher home to host athletes?
No, a Kosher home is not required and you will be matched with teens with appropriate dietary needs for your home.
May I go to the athletic events?
Yes! We encourage you to be enthusiastic spectator at any and all athletic events. You must wear your JCC Maccabi Games® credential at all times for access to any venue.
What meals do we need to provide?
You will need to provide dinner on Sunday before Opening Ceremonies and on Host Family Night, as well as breakfast Monday through Friday. We also suggest that you keep plenty of snacks around the house as teenagers will want to eat constantly!
Should I pack snacks?
Snacks and drinks will be provided at all venues for the teen. However, feel free to stock up on your visiting athlete’s favorite snacks for them to enjoy in the evening.
May I carpool with another host family?
All drivers transporting athletes MUST be 21 or over. You may carpool for morning drop-off as long as your car contains seat belts for each passenger.
Do I need to give money to the teens I’m hosting?
No. They should have brought enough to cover all incidentals. If not, please have them speak with their Delegation Head.
What if the teens want to get together after the evening social activities?
This is up to you and they need the permission from their Delegation Head. It is acceptable to say no. The teens have agreed, in writing, to adhere to a Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code will be cause for expulsion from the Games. Please contact your athlete’s Delegation Head or the Housing Committee if you have any problems.
If I am hosting teens from more than one delegation, do I need to come twice on Sunday for pick-up?
Yes, we are sorry for this inconvenience. This will be kept to a minimum. The majority of host families only host teens from one delegation.
Can host families and their children attend the evening activities?
Host families are welcome to and should plan to attend Opening Ceremonies on Sunday evening. All other evening social events are open only to participating teens and adults 21+ who are signed up for a specific volunteer role.
Can I pick up the teens to come back to the house DURING the day?
No. The athletes should remain at the venues or at a Hub, per JCCA policy.
What if athletes are eliminated from competition before Thursday? Can they stay at home?
No. Athletes must participate in the Games whether or not the are competing. There will be planned activities for athletes as well as the opportunity to watch other competitions.
What do we do in the event of inclement weather?
Most events will occur — rain or shine. The outdoor events may be affected by bad weather. Host families should bring the athletes to the Hub regardless of weather. We can then transfer them easily to an alternate rain site, or, if the weather changes, continue as scheduled. We will be communicating throughout the week to athletes, coaches and host families of any major changes to the schedule. Evening events are planned, rain or shine. Please call the JCC Maccabi Games® Hotline, if you have any questions regarding the weather.
What if a teen gets sick? Can they stay home?
If a teen is sick please call their Delegation Head to notify him/her immediately. We encourage you to bring the sick teen to the JCC Maccabi Games® Medical Center to be checked out by our medical staff and/or to rest there. If you and the Delegation Head feel that the teen would be best suited to stay in your home with you, it will be permissible provided the Delegation Head first approves it and it is convenient to you