Join Team OC

Get in the Games!

Join over 300 teen athletes, artists and CITs from Orange County for a once in a lifetime experience.

Over 2100 participants from around the world will come to Orange County to compete in sports, grow through arts workshops, experience Rachmanus, and embrace the Games’ midot values including Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World) and Amiut Yehudit (Jewish Peoplehood).

These sentiments are shared throughout the week during unique experiences designed to strengthen the Jewish bond between people, community and Israel.  It’s an opportunity to learn the value of teamwork, integrity, cultural pride and community service, while expanding an appreciation of Jewish values and building lifelong friendships.


Sports/arts we offer:

Team Sports (12 -16)

Boys Baseball
Boys Basketball
Girls Basketball
Flag Football*
Ice Hockey*
Boys Lacrosse*
Boys Soccer*
Girls Soccer*
Girls Softball*
Girls Volleyball*

*12 year old participation granted on case-by-case basis by JCCA

Individual Sports (12-16 years old):

Star Reporter (sports journalism)
Table Tennis
Track and Field

ArtsFest (12-17 years old):

Culinary Arts
Musical Theatre
Rock Band
Social Media Squad
Visual Arts
Vocal Music

Don’t live in Orange County? Contact your local JCC or click here for your JCC’s delegation.

Team OC FAQs

Q: What are the requirements to participate as a JCC Maccabi athlete?

A: Jewish teens between the ages of 12-16, as of July 31, 2018, can participate. Local athletes are required to house two (2) or more visiting athletes.

Q: Do I need to be Jewish to participate in the Maccabi Games?

A: Yes, all JCC Maccabi Games athletes must have at least one Jewish parent.

Q: Do I need to be a member of the Merage JCC to participate?

A: No, this program is offered to Jewish teens ages 12-16.

Q: Is there a cost involved in participating?

A: Yes, there are expenses such as registration fees, uniform cost, games cost, etc. for this national program. For athletes and artists the cost will be $985 (Early bird through Jan 31, 2018) and $1085 after Jan 31, 2018.

Q: Can I play in more than one sport?

A: No, athletes are only permitted to participate in one sport.

Q: Will there be practices? 



Coach in Training (CIT) (17 years old):

Too old to compete? Want to try coaching?

Join Team OC as a coach in training (CIT). You will be assigned to a sport team and be mentored by an experienced Maccabi coach. Work with Maccabi athletes both on the field/court and participate in Opening Ceremony, evening Events, JCC Cares and Closing Ceremony. The CIT program includes 2 leadership training seminars in advance of the Games to give you tools you need to be a successful Maccabi coach and role model. You will be eligible for community service hours for participation in the program.




For more information on being part of Team OC 2018, contact the JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest Office at (949) 435-3400, ext. 329 or email