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JCC Maccabi ArtsFest

After much thoughtful deliberation, JCC Association has decided to suspend the traditional JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest® in 2021. 

The lay and professional leadership of JCC Association and the JCC Maccabi Games® carefully considered many factors before reaching this difficult conclusion. In addition to the public health concerns associated with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, those factors included the logistical issues and financial obligations that the host communities and delegations must meet well in advance of the 2021 Games. 

Although this “pause” results from unfortunate circumstances beyond our control, we intend to use this valuable time to undertake timely strategic planning for JCC Maccabi® as we know this process will lead to a bright future for this longtime, beloved program—and to an outstanding JCC Maccabi ® program in 2022 and beyond. 

We also are continuing to explore various possibilities for local and regional programming in 2021 and, as appropriate, will decide in the coming months which, if any, may be feasible. 

Thank you for your continued commitment to JCC Maccabi® , your understanding in these challenging times, and your patience. We appreciate them all. If you have any questions, please reach out to Rebecca Chinsky, 


Be a part of something big and meet creative peers from around the world in this transformational five-day summer arts experience for Jewish teens. Held in a different community each year, the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest includes workshops with artists in residence, performances, exhibits, community service, and social activities. The entire week is woven with Jewish values and connections to Israel. Specialties include: Acting/Improv, Culinary, Dance, Musical Theater, Rock Band, Star Reporters, Visual Arts, Vocal Music/Glee. *Audition required.

From the connections made via home hospitality to the energy and excitement that comes from collaborating and creating, to the socializing at evening events, the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest offers a unique and unforgettable experience for every participant, from artists to volunteers, to chaperones and host families.

In order to participate in JCC Maccabi ArtsFest, the participant must be a JCC member for at least 4 months, including the month of August. Please contact our membership coordinator Debbie Schwartzman at 410.559.3506 to schedule an appointment to complete your membership, prior to payment.

Participants accepted into the program will be expected to put down a nonrefundable $250 deposit within 10 days of their acceptance. Only those accepted into the program should complete the following payment link.

All participants will be required to attend a mandatory registration night in January to find out details for registration.

Community Service

All JCC Maccabi Participants are required to complete 2 community service projects with the JCC.

Questions? Contact Rebecca Chinsky | 410.559.3452 |​

Learn more about JCC Maccabi ArtsFest. View the Team Fact Sheet.