Our Community Needs Your Help - Act Now!
HOST FAMILIES NEEDED FOR MACCABI ATHLETES: Families who live within 40 minutes of the Kaiserman JCC in Wynnewood are urgently needed to house Jewish teens from all over the globe this August.
The Kaiserman JCC will host the Maccabi Games from August 14-19. Over 1,000 Jewish teen athletes from North America and countries such as Israel, Mexico, Panama, Great Britain and Venezuela will participate in this week of sports and Jewish identity. Visit www.phillymaccabi.com to read more about the Games.
Host families will pick the young people up on Sunday, August 14, at the Kaiserman JCC, get them settled in and provide home hospitality. Families also will be asked to transport guests to and from the Maccabi Games and to show them your favorite Philadelphia-area attractions during Host Family Night on Wednesday, August 17.
Jewish seniors, young adults, families, couples or singles can serve as hosts. You do not have to keep a kosher home but you do have to provide a separate mattress (no sharing and no sofa)...air mattresses are fine.
This experience will be one your family will cherish for a lifetime. If you are already registered to host an athlete, please recruit your friends and neighbors and make it a neighborhood or synagogue activity.
If you live too far away to host athletes, you can still be involved in the Maccabi Games as a volunteer. Hundreds of people are needed each day to greet people, help at sporting venues and evening activities, assist with lunch and dinner, staff the medical tent and more. Volunteering can be a true family affair. Young children can help at sport venues chasing runaway balls, handing out water and greeting athletes. Inside and outside jobs are available. A full list of volunteer opportunities is available online.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is a Presenting Partner of the Maccabi Games. "The Maccabi Games are a wonderful opportunity to strengthen teens' Jewish identity and our Jewish community," said Leonard Barrack, President of Federation. "Federation is proud to support these games and to ultimately help connect younger community members more deeply to Judaism, Jewish life and each other."