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JCC Maccabi Games kick off in South Florida with 2,000 young athletes

For the first time, delegations from Argentina, South Africa and Ukraine are participating.

The delegation from Ukraine participating in the JCC Maccabi Games in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Aug. 6-11, 2023. Credit: Courtesy.
The delegation from Ukraine participating in the JCC Maccabi Games in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Aug. 6-11, 2023. Credit: Courtesy.

The JCC Association of North America’s 41st JCC Maccabi Games and Access events, which take place Aug. 6 through Aug. 11, opened at a ceremony on Monday at the FLA Live Arena in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It is being hosted by the David Posnack JCC.

Nearly 2,000 Jewish teens comprising 64 delegations from the United States, Canada and six other nations around the world have gathered for the week-long events. For the first time, delegations from Argentina, South Africa and Ukraine are participating. Also represented are young people from Israel, Great Britain and Mexico, countries that regularly participate in the Games.

The delegation from Mexico participating in the JCC Maccabi Games in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from Aug. 6-11, 2023. Credit: Courtesy.

More than three-dozen state, county and local officials, along with prominent Jewish leaders, attended the opening ceremony.

The Games are a dynamic experience of Olympic-style sports and volunteer service designed to strengthen Jewish teens’ identities and connections to global Jewish peoplehood. They feature baseball, basketball, ice hockey, girls’ volleyball, flag football, lacrosse, soccer, table tennis, tennis, swimming and dance competitions.

The Games’ closing ceremony and celebratory dinner on Aug. 11 will feature the passing of the JCC Maccabi torch to next year’s host communities.

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