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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Teens sought for JCC Maccabi Games

February 1, 2017

The St. Louis JCC Maccabi Delegation is seeking teen athletes to fill spots available on several teams for the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games in Birmingham, Ala. (July 31 to Aug. 4) and the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest in Miami (Aug. 6-11).Team St. Louis is...

The Jewish Community Center is recruiting St. Louis teens to take part in the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games. At left are members of the St. Louis delegation during the 2016 games.

St. Louis teens sought for 2017 JCC Maccabi Games

November 24, 2016

The St. Louis JCC Maccabi Delegation will travel to Birmingham, Ala., Sunday, July 31 to Friday, Aug. 4, 2017 to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games and to Miami, Florida Sunday, Aug. 6 to Friday, Aug. 11 to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest....

The St. Louis Jewish community ‘stepped up’ to make the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games a major success, writes Lynn Wittels, President & CEO of the J.  Photo: Ben Sandmel

Know this: Our community is special

By Lynn Wittels August 17, 2016

As I write this, a week has passed since the last Maccabi athletes returned to their homes. I thought the Maccabi experience might feel less intense after a few good nights of sleep, but it doesn’t. I still feel grateful and emotional and proud —...

For teen Jared Steele (center) of Texas City, Texas, coming to the Maccabi  Games marked the first time he had left his home state and a rare opportunity to be surrounded by Jewish peers. Photo: Eric Berger

For Texas teen, traveling to Maccabi Games here had special significance

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer August 11, 2016

Before traveling to the JCC Maccabi Games in St. Louis, Jared Steele, 15, had more experience in the water than in the clouds. A swimmer from Texas City, a port and refinery city about an hour south of Houston, Jared had never before left Texas. It was...

St. Louis’ Circus Harmony and the Galilee Circus from Israel perform at the closing event of the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games, held on the Millstone Campus. The Games brought together 1,200  young Jewish athletes for competitions and camaraderie July 31 through Aug. 5. Photo: Andrew Kerman

Community carries the torch to plan, welcome Maccabi Games

By David Baugher, Special to the Jewish Light August 10, 2016

A week of intermittent rainy weather didn’t dampen spirits at this year’s Maccabi Games. The six-day-long event wrapped up Friday after a Thursday night celebration to close out the competition with festivities for participants and the traditional...

At opening ceremonies on Sunday, the Israeli dele-gation sang Jewish songs and cheered in the corridor of the Chaifetz Arena before athletes paraded onto the court.  

St. Louis kicks off Maccabi Games in style

By Hannah Snidman, Staff Writer August 3, 2016

A sea of blue “Host Family” T-shirts swarmed into Chaifetz Arena Sunday night in anticipation of the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games Opening Ceremony. The crowd numbered between 4,500 and 5,000 people, according to organizers. The host families and spectators...

Ten Israeli athletes competed as part of the St. Louis delegation in swimming, tennis, and track and field.  Photo: Eric Berger 

Israeli, St. Louis teens switch jerseys at Maccabi

By Eric Berger, Special to the Jewish Light August 3, 2016

If you attended the JCC Maccabi Games this week and heard athletes from the St. Louis delegation speaking Hebrew with perfect — seemingly native — accents, it’s understandable that you might have been confused.There were, in fact, 10 athletes from...

Tikkun olam is key part of Maccabi Games

By Hannah Snidman, Staff writer July 27, 2016

When the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games get underway in St. Louis beginning Sunday, July 31, much of the focus will be on the athletic competitions that underscore the weeklong event. But a hidden gem defines the spirit of what these Games are truly all about:...

Maryville University outreach helps St. Louis JCC put on games

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer July 27, 2016

A few years ago, Jewish Community Center President and CEO Lynn Wittels was at a Cardinals game with some leaders of Maryville University. The Maryville officials mentioned their efforts to increase Jewish life on campus. Wittels suggested that the school...

JCC Maccabi Games coach Jim Greenstein greets athletes during a meeting for players and parents on Sunday at the Jewish Community Center. Photo: Andrew Kerman

Let the Games begin!

By Eric Berger, Staff Writer July 27, 2016

In 2014, Jonathan Deutsch traveled by himself to Cherry Hill, N.J. to watch the JCC Maccabi Games. In most years, the Jewish owner of a manufacturing company would have been joined by hundreds of teenage athletes from St. Louis competing in sports ranging...

David Roberts (left) participated in the Maccabi Games first as an athlete and then as a coach. Roberts and his wife, Donelle (right), are competition co-chairs of this year’s JCC Maccabi Games. 

Former St. Louis Maccabi athletes stay connected with the Games

By Hannah Snidman, Staff writer July 27, 2016

Given that the JCC Maccabi Games have been around since 1982, several St. Louisans who took part in them as teenagers are now involved as adults in other aspects of the weeklong competition. What follows are the stories of five local individuals who have...

Feeding 1,500 hungry athletes and coaches takes team effort

By Hannah Snidman, Staff writer July 27, 2016

With more than 1,500 hungry athletes and delegation coaches in St. Louis for nearly a week, feeding mouths at the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games could be a challenge.However, the three co-chairs responsible for handling all of the meals promise that Games participants...

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