Join Team San Diego!

The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS is the proud host of the 2020 JCC Maccabi Experience including the JCC Maccabi Games®, Artsfest®, and Access®. Join more than 400 teen athletes and artists as part of Team San Diego for a once in a lifetime experience. We welcome participants of all abilities/skill level, sexual/gender orientations and levels of Jewish observance. 

More than 2,000 participants from around the world will come to San Diego to compete in sports, participate in artistic workshops and embrace the Experiences’ 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.

JCC MACCABI GAMES®  

The JCC Maccabi Games®—five days that can change the lives of Jewish teens (13 to 16 years old)—have been doing just that for more than 30 years. During the JCC Maccabi Games®, teens from communities around the globe are immersed in a sports and recreation program imbued with Jewish values and experiences. The goal of the JCC Maccabi Games® is to contribute to the maintenance and enrichment of Jewish identity in youth and to the development of democratic values and leadership through healthy competition and sportsmanship. The JCC Maccabi Games®, in partnership with its sister program JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®, is the largest annual gathering of Jewish teens in the world and has now influenced over 130,000 Jewish youth in North America and around the world.

Sports include boy’s basketball,  girl’s basketball, boy’s soccer, girl’s soccer, boy’s baseball, girl’s softball, girl’s volleyball, ice hockey, flag football, swimming, star reporter, tennis, table tennis, bowling, dance, golf, track & field, and eSports.

JCC MACCABI ARTSFEST®

JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® is a weeklong summer arts experience for creative Jewish teens (13 to 17 years old) that takes place alongside JCC Maccabi Games®. Like the Games, ArtsFest incorporates community service through our JCC Cares program, social activities, community, and Israel engagement. Featuring workshops in a variety of creative specialties with some of the leading artists in each field, JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® inspires Jewish teens through a dynamic combination of workshops, performance, exhibition, and fun. ArtsFest teens spend their days learning from some of the most highly regarded artists in their fields, working alongside other teens who share their artistic spirit, and spend their nights socializing at the largest Jewish teen block party with thousands of other Jewish teens from all over the world from both JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® and the JCC Maccabi Games®.

ArtsFest specialties include vocal music, visual arts, rock band, musical theatre, acting & improv, dance, culinary arts, film, and social media squad. Find your place to shine!

JCC MACCABI ACCESS® 

The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS is proud to host an inaugural pilot experience, JCC Maccabi Access®. This program is for Jewish teens with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Participation in JCC Maccabi Access® is by invitation only. To be considered for participation please click on the following link to fill out our Interest Page and one of our JCC Maccabi Access® Directors will be in touch with you soon.


Team San Diego FAQs

What are the requirements to participate as a JCC Maccabi Games® athlete or JCC Maccabi Artsfest® participant?
1. Jewish teens between the ages of 12-16, as of August 1, 2020, can participate in the JCC Maccabi Games® and ages 12-17 as of August 1, 2020, for the JCC Maccabi Artsfest®.

2. Local athletes and artists are asked to host 2 or more visiting participants.

3. Athletes and Artists will be required to participate in at least one skills assessment.

4. All of Team San Diego will participate in Good Deeds Day on March 29, 2020.

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

Do I need to be a member of LFJCC to participate?
No, this program is offered to Jewish teens ages 12-17.

Is there a cost involved in participating?
Yes, there are expenses such as registration fees, uniform costs, games costs, performance costs, etc. for this national program. For athletes, the cost will be $550 for LFJCC Members and $650 for Non-Members. A deposit of $150 is required to participate in tryouts and other pre-Maccabi Experience activities. The deposit will be applied towards the total cost of the games.

How do I register to be on Team San Diego?
All eligible athletes and artists will need to fill out our Local Delegation Tryout Registration Form and pay the required $150 deposit here.  

Is financial assistance available?
There are limited funds available and will be dispersed on a first come first serve basis. Immersive Experience Grants from the San Diego Jewish Teen Initiative can be applied towards the 2020 JCC Maccabi Experience. Please contact Delegation Head Jason Lobenstein at jasonl@lfjcc.org for more information.

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

Can I play more than one sport or participate in multiple art specialties?
No, athletes/artists are only permitted to participate in one sport or art specialty.

Will there be practices and rehearsals?
Yes, each coach will determine their own practice or rehearsal schedule.

Can I participate in both the JCC Maccabi Games® and JCC Maccabi Artsfest®?
No, you may only participate in either JCC Maccabi Games® or JCC Maccabi Artsfest®. 

What if I attend summer camp?
We are well aware that many participants may be attending summer camps and will be away for most of the summer. That being said, participants will be required to attend all JCC Maccabi Experience activities August 2 – August 7, 2020. They will, however, miss team practices, socials and meetings related to the Experience throughout the summer.