International Events are of paramount importance to Maccabi GB and cater for both the elite athletes of the Community as well as for young people to experience their first taste of representing Great Britain abroad.
JCC Maccabi Games
The JCC Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is the second largest organised sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.
Bringing together Jewish teens for athletic, cultural and social experiences, rooted in pluralistic Jewish values that culminate in a pinnacle Olympic style global event.
The upcoming JCC Maccabi Games will take place in Fort Lauderdale in August 2023.
The Maccabiah Games, referred to as the ‘Jewish Olympics’, were first held in 1932, in the midst of a worldwide depression. 390 athletes and 14 nations competed, figures similar to the participation in the very first Olympic Games 36 years before.
The Maccabiah is now the 3rd largest sporting event in the world, after the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games, and take place every 4 years in Israel. Maccabi GB is very excited to be taking a delegation of over 500 athletes to the 21st Maccabiah Games in Israel this year.
Pan-American Maccabi Games
The Pan-American Maccabi Games are held every four years in one of the Latin America countries.
Participants include athletes representing North, Central and South America, Israel and other countries throughout the Diaspora.
The last Pan American Maccabi games took place in Mexico City, Mexico in 2019.
Maccabi Winter Games
On 2nd January 2023, Maccabi GB took a delegation of athletes to the Ruhpolding, a German Municipality situated in Bavaria, to represent Great Britain at the first Maccabi Winter Games since 1936.
The Games provide an opportunity for athletes to represent Great Britain on the international stage. The experience of bonding with other Jewish people from all over the world made the Games an unforgettable experience.