Maccabi FAQ

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 21, 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?

A: Yes, each coach determines their own practice schedule.


Host FAQ

Q: May I make requests for gender, age, or sports for teens staying with my family?

A: You can request gender, age, and sports. We do our best to honor requests but cannot guarantee.

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

A: No. All Jewish families are welcome to host.

Q: I do not have a teen participating in the JCC Maccabi Games®, can I still host?

A: Yes. All Jewish families are welcome to host visiting teens.

Q: How many athletes can I house?

A: Host families will house a minimum of two athletes. Each teen requires their own bed (air mattresses are acceptable) and seat belt in your car.

Q: Do I need to be Jewish to be a Host family?

A: All teens must be housed in a Jewish home.

Q: Do I have to have a Kosher home to host athletes?

A: No, a Kosher home is not required and you will be matched with teens with appropriate dietary needs for your home.

Q: May I go to the athletic events?

A: Yes! We encourage you to be an enthusiastic spectator at any and all athletic events and the Arts Showcase. You must wear your JCC Maccabi Games® credential at all times for access to any venues.

Q: What meals do we need to provide?

A: You will need to provide dinner on Sunday before Opening Ceremonies and on Host Family Night as well as breakfast Monday through Friday. We also suggested that you keep plenty of snacks around the house as teenagers will want to eat constantly!

Q: Should I pack snacks?

A: Snacks and drinks will be provided at all venues for the teens. However, feel free to stock up on your visiting athlete’s favorite snacks for them to enjoy in the evening.

Q: May I carpool with another host family?

A: All drivers transporting athletes MUST be 21 or over. You may carpool for morning drop-off as long as your car contains seat belts for each passenger.

Q: Do I need to give money to the teens I’m hosting?

A: No. They should have brought enough to cover all incidentals. If not, please have them speak with their Delegation head.

Q: What if the teens want to get together after the evening social activities?

A: This is up to you and they need the permission of their delegation head. It is acceptable to say no. The teens have agreed, in writing, to adhere to a Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code will be cause for expulsion from the Games. Please contact your athlete’s Delegation Head or the Housing Committee if you have any problems.

Q: If I am hosting teens from more than one delegation, do I need to come twice on Sunday for pick-up?

A: Yes, we are sorry for this inconvenience. This will be kept to a minimum. The majority of host families only host teens from one delegation.

Q: Can host families and their children attend the evening activities?

A: Host families are welcome to and should plan to attend Opening Ceremonies on Sunday evening. All other evening social events are open only to participating teens and adults 21+ who are signed up for a specific volunteer role.

Q: After the teens are done for the day, can I pick them up and take them to a movie or go shopping?

A: No. The teens are required to remain at the Games throughout the entire day and at evening activities. Most athletes will be competing twice a day and are encouraged to use the transportation system to watch other competitions. The artists are in workshops all day as well. Otherwise, they are free to hang out with other Jewish teens at Hang Time. Pick up on Host Family night will be after their last game for the day and no later than 5.30pm. This is a good day to plan a fun activity and dinner with your teens.

Q: Can I pick up the teens to come back to the house DURING the day?

A: No. The athletes and artists should remain at the venues or at a hub. There will be Hang Time activities, swimming, and lots of activities for them during any down time.

Q: What if athletes are eliminated from the competition before Thursday? Can they stay home?

A: No. Athletes must participate in the Games whether or not they are competing. There will be planned activities for athletes as well as the opportunity to watch other competitions.

Q: What do we do in the event of inclement weather?

A: Most events will occur – rain or shine. The outdoor events may be affected by bad weather. Host families should bring the athletes to the Hub regardless of weather. We can then transfer them easily to an alternate rain site, or if the weather changes continue as scheduled. We will be communicating throughout the week via text messages to athletes, coaches and host families of any major changes to the schedule. Evening events are planned, rain or shine. Please call the JCC Maccabi Games® Hotline, if you have any questions regarding the weather.

Q: What if a teen gets sick? Can they stay home?

A: If a teen is sick, please call their Delegation Head to notify him/her immediately. We encourage you to bring the sick teens to the JCC Maccabi Games® Medical Center to be checked out by our medical staff and/or to rest there. If you and the Delegation Head feel that the teen would be best suited to stay in your home with you, it will be permissible provided the Delegation Head first approves it and it is convenient to you.

Q: I have more questions. How do I get the answers?

A: For additional information, please contact the JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest Office at (949) 435-3400, ext. 329 or email



Volunteer FAQs

Q: Is there a minimum age to volunteer?

A: Yes, all volunteers must be 18 or older as of July 31, 2018 for daytime shifts and 21 or older to volunteer for evening events.

Q: What if I am interested in volunteering, but I don't know my schedule yet?

A: It’s ok. Provide us with your information and we can discuss your availability and schedule as the Games get closer.

Q: Is it important that I know a lot about sports or the arts to volunteer?

A: No it’s not important. Volunteers are needed to do everything from passing out water, guiding traffic to greeting guests.

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

A: No, the entire community is invited to take part in the Games, although the participants and host families must be Jewish.

Q: I am available on a limited basis, perhaps only a few hours or only one day during the Games. Is that ok?

A: Yes, we will need volunteers various shifts between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm daily. We appreciate any time you are available.

Q: If my teen is playing a sport, can I volunteer during that time?

A: Yes, however we recommend that you volunteer when your teen is not competing, because you will most likely want to watch his or her event.

Q: I have more questions. How do I get the answers?

A:  For additional information about the OC 2018 JCC Maccabi Games, please contact the JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest Office at (949) 435-3400, ext. 329 or email


 For additional information about the OC 2018 JCC Maccabi Games, please contact the JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest Office at (949) 435-3400, ext. 329 or