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 took a delegation of over 500 athletes to the 21st Maccabiah Games in Israel in 2022.
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.
Elliott Simmons Challenge Tour
The Elliott Simmons Maccabi GB Challenge Israel Tour is a unique trip to Israel for young people with mild to moderate learning difficulties. Over the 12-day trip, participants tour the country whilst learning about cultural, historical, religious and social elements as well undertaking an activity each day involving a physical ‘challenge’.
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 JCC Maccabi Games 2023 took place in Fort Lauderdale, click the button below to find out more.