Frequently Asked Questions and Ways to Get Involved

The 2024 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access are coming to Houston!

What does this mean for J members?

Summer is in full swing at the J, and it’s an exciting time for all of us. The J serves as a summer destination with our lively camps, bustling pools and action-packed fitness center. We deeply appreciate your ongoing support and patience, especially during the busy drop-off and pick-up times. Your cooperation ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

As many of you know, we’re honored to host the 2024 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access from Sunday, August 4 through Friday, August 9. This event brings together over 1,400 Jewish teens from across the globe for sports competitions, Tikkun Olam engagement, social gatherings and the opportunity to create lifelong friendships.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll keep you informed about the 2024 JCC Maccabi Games® & Access and any changes to our facility schedules and programs during August 4-9. We’ve developed a plan to manage modified access to our fitness and aquatics facilities to ensure smooth operations. Our goal is to provide you with continued access while accommodating the increased activity on campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

The JCC Maccabi Games® are the largest gathering of Jewish teens ages 13-17 in North America. There will be over 1150 visiting athletes and 250 Houston athletes, hundreds of coaches, volunteers and visiting spectators from communities around the world. Houston last hosted the games in 2012.  For additional information click here. Attending opening ceremonies is a great way to experience the Games; it is modeled after the olympics and includes a parade of athletes. Additional information is available on the Houston JCC Maccabi Games® website.

The Games will be held at over 10 athletic venues including the J! The J is the hub for drop-off and pickup for athletes and from where athletes will take the bus to their athletic venue. Lunch will be served at the J and the meeting place at the end of the day to travel to various evening activities. Buses start as early as 7:00 AM and athletes will be traveling to evening events at approximately 5:00 PM, Monday through Thursday evening. Athletes will arrive beginning Sunday morning, August 4, and depart on Friday, August 9.

Basketball and dance competition, daily lunch and “hangtime” programs (when not competing, athletes will be “hanging out” and have access to the aquatics complex.)

Access is a JCC Maccabi Games® experience for Jewish athletes (ages 12-22) with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Access athletes, with one-to-one support, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games®, including both unified and specialized activities. The program offers an inclusive and meaningful way for Access athletes to join thousands of their Jewish peers from around the world in experiencing the magic of Maccabi.

Members will be able to park in the parking lot in front of the Samuels Family Community Pavilion/ outdoor pools. Athlete buses will be staged in front of the Joe Weingarten building. There will be continuous access for the second gate on Atwell. We will also have traffic support at the entrance of the J parking lot on Atwell.

Brivo will still be required to access the building.

With the exception of tennis and gymnastics, all other school-aged camps will be held at the Merfish Teen Center. Gymnastics, Camp Bami and tennis camps will be held at the Levit Campus. Specific details regarding camp the week of August 5 will be shared by the J Camps department in late July.

The Bertha Alyce School will be open with no change in schedule.

Details will be provided regarding drop-off and pick up for the Bertha Alyce School and all camp programs.

For the Games, we will be increasing security on the campus throughout the week. We recognize there will be a significant increase in activity around the campus and will addressed it accordingly.

The J will not likely be a quiet place to “hang” the week of August 4 and a number of our sitting areas will be modified the week of the games. Laykie will remain open, however, likely to be very busy with teens.

The full schedule for the week of the Games will be published on Wednesday, July 17 across all our digital platforms.

The front desk will have additional printed copies for members.

How do I get involved in the Games?

The JCC Maccabi Games® & Access will require the time and assistance of more than 1,500 volunteers! From host families to event operations and everything in between, there are volunteer opportunities to fit your interest, talent and schedule. Whether you volunteer during the week of the Games or in a role leading up to the event, the time is now to get involved!

All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older as of July 31, 2024 for daytime shifts or 21 or older to volunteer for the evening social events. Volunteers of all faiths are welcome.
This is an incredible opportunity to be in the heart of the JCC Maccabi Games® experience. We cannot do it alone.

Learn more here! Or contact contact Ashley Roseman at aroseman@erjcchouston.org.

Host families are a unique and integral part of the JCC Maccabi Games® experience as they offer the 1,200 visiting teens traveling across the world a Jewish “home away from home.” As a host family, you will build unforgettable memories and have the opportunity to create a special bond with these athletes that will extend well beyond the week of the Games.

Being a host family involves providing:

  • Housing for at least two visiting athletes in a home with at least one Jewish adult/parent living in the household.
  • Daily breakfast, snacks and two dinners.
  • Morning and evening transportation Monday through Thursday (morning to the venues OR the J and nightly pick up).
  • Access to laundry facilities.
  • A fun evening on host family night.

All host families must complete online registration and attend a host family orientation meeting in summer 2024.

Learn more here!

Individual and corporate monetary and in-kind support are needed. The impact of your gift extends well beyond those directly involved in the Games, to thousands of vulnerable children and families served through the JCC Cares community service projects taking place during the week of the Games.

Make a substantial impact and help to empower the next generation of leaders!

As a sponsor, you’ll have an excellent opportunity to showcase and integrate your brand into the JCC Maccabi Games® experience!

Learn more here!

As we open our homes and hearts to the world, we are excited for you to explore our cosmopolitan city complete with world-class dining, arts, pro sports and shopping. We are thrilled to come together and showcase Houston for this momentous community event!

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