The JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, held every summer, is the largest Jewish youth event in the world. From Aug. 5-10, the Orange County community welcomed more than 2,000 visiting teens from across the globe to join more than 300 local teens, ranging from 13 to 16 years of age, along with 800 host families, 1,500 volunteers and more than 15,000 spectators, for a week of athletic competition and ArtsFest.
Athletes participate in a number of team sports as well as individual sports. ArtsFest participants engage in workshops in a variety of specialties with some of the leading artists in each field and incorporating community service, social activities and themes of Jewish heritage, community and Israel. This year, Pittsburgh sent 16 athletes to compete in the Maccabi Games.