On August 26, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm, the entire community is invited to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) for IGNITE MACCABI, the official launch party for the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games®! This time next year, from July 28 – August 2, 2019, the JCC Maccabi Games will call Atlanta home for just the second time in the history of the competition, with more than 1,600 participants, ranging from 12 to 16 years old, to compete in a field of 13 sports.
What is the JCC Maccabi Games?
The JCC Maccabi Youth Games is an Olympic style event held annually for Jewish teens between the ages of 12 and 16. The games were first held in 1982 and more than 120,000 athletes have participated worldwide. The Games have been held in San Francisco, CA; San Antonio, TX; Westchester County, NY; and most recently in Orange County, CA. Next year the Games come to Atlanta, GA.
Hosted by the MJCCA, the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games will include a full range of events, including Olympic-style opening and closing ceremonies, and a community service day. These events each aim to bring the Atlanta Jewish community together for a week of spirit, friendship, and celebration.
“Atlanta is the place to be when it comes to marquee sporting events sure to cement lifelong memories – including the 2018 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, the 2019 Super Bowl, and the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four,” said MJCCA CEO Jared Powers. “Adding to that list of sporting spectacles, the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games® will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2001. Our JCC is thrilled to host the Games in 2019.”
“We invite the community to come out to the MJCCA on August 26 as we light the Maccabi torch to celebrate that the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games® are coming to Atlanta,” said MJCCA Maccabi Games co-chair Amy Rubin.
Aug. 26, 2018 – IGNITE MACCABI Highlights:
Lighting of the official 2019 JCC Maccabi Games® torch to kick off the games in Atlanta;
Interactive Maccabi sports stations and activities;
Honoring of the Orange County 2018 Maccabi Games TEAM ATLANTA athletes with a hero’s welcome;
Video game trucks;
Activities at the MJCCA pool, as well as music provided by a DJ;
Food Trucks, including Keith’s BBQ;
Open to all ages.
To learn more, visit atlmaccabi2019.org.