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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

Published 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....

Orna Isaacson, at far left, surrounded by several members of her group in the Nishmah program, It’s a Girl Thing. While some girls drop out after a year or two, the majority of Orna’s group has stayed together for four years, and even voted to extend it by a year.

Girl power

Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished August 10, 2016

Girl powerAmarah Friedman first got involved with Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing! when she was entering fifth grade. The girls Jewish youth program, hosted locally by Nishmah at the Jewish Community Center, is based on a national program called Moving...

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 WriterPublished 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...

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 WriterPublished 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 writerPublished 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 writerPublished 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...

Tikkun olam is key part of Maccabi Games

By Hannah Snidman, Staff writerPublished 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 WriterPublished 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...

The St. Louis delegation takes part in the opening ceremonies of the 2012 JCC Maccabi Games in Memphis. This year, St. Louis hosts the games, which kick off with opening ceremonies on Sunday, July 31. File photo: Larry Brook, Editor of Southern Jewish Life

Community invited to Maccabi opening ceremonies at SLU’s Chaifetz Arena

Published July 20, 2016

The JCC Maccabi Games, an international athletic competition for Jewish teens, is coming to St. Louis July 31 through Aug. 5, and local organizers are inviting the community to attend opening ceremonies.“We hope the whole community will help us welcome...

Lynn Wittels

Safety a major focus in planning for Maccabi Games in St. Louis

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished July 20, 2016

Organizers of the JCC Maccabi Games in St. Louis are excitedly preparing to stage a weeklong event featuring 1,200 athletes, 250 delegation heads and coaches, 2,500 volunteers and an untold number of spectators. That planning also includes ensuring all...

Maccabi Games seeking St. Louis volunteers and host families

Published May 11, 2016

The Jewish Community Center of St. Louis is seeking host families and volunteers for the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games in St. Louis, set for July 31 through Aug. 5. Find more information on both below: • Hosting: More than 400 local host families are needed...

The JCC Maccabi Games (a scene from the opening ceremony of the 2012 games shown above), taking place in St. Louis July 31 to Aug. 5, will require more than 1,000 volunteers and 400 host families. 

JCC Maccabi Games seeking St. Louis volunteers and host families

Published April 6, 2016

The Jewish Community Center of St. Louis is seeking host families and volunteers for the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games in St. Louis, set for July 31 through Aug. 5. Find more information on both below: • Hosting: More than 400 local host families are needed...

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