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he JCC Maccabi Games will
return to Detroit in 2014.
It will be the fifth time the
Motor City has hosted the Olympic-
style athletic competition for Jewish
teens ages 13-16 that began in 1982.
The Maccabi Games is the largest
organized sports program for Jewish
teens in the world. More than 6,000
youths participate each year.
Detroit previously hosted the
Maccabi Games in 1984, 1990, 1998
and 2008. It was the only site in 1984
and 1990, one of two sites in 1998 and
one of three sites in 2008.
There will be a first for Detroit in
2014. It will host the Maccabi Games
ArtsFest, which debuted in 2007.
Six years between hosting gigs is
long enough but not too long, said
Dave Stone, associate executive direc-
tor of the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit.
"We didn't want to wait eight or 10
years again to be a host because you
lose your learning curve and you want
to get the same players involved:' he
said.
Ariella Monson agrees. She's the
Detroit Maccabi Games and ArtsFest
director.
"We want to keep the buzz going
from the 2008 Maccabi Games we
hosted:' she said.
Dates for the Detroit Maccabi
Games and ArtsFest are Aug. 17-22,
2014. Interestingly, those are the same
days in August as the 2008 Maccabi
Games in Detroit. Cherry Hill, N.J.
is the other host site in 2014. The
Maccabi Games will be held there ear-
lier in August.
Stone is thrilled Detroit is a Maccabi
Games host once again, even though
he's well aware of the work involved.
"Being a host is a wonderful
community-builder, and it highlights
what a wonderful Jewish community
we have he said. "We began having
conversations about this in 2010. We
eventually decided on 2014 because we
needed the time to make our Maccabi
Games great again:'
Even though the 2014 Maccabi
Games are nearly two years away,
Stone and Monson are guessing there
will be 3,000 athletes and ArtFest
participants here, including 500 from

Detroit.
"Those are ballpark figures, but
that's what we're expecting;' Monson
said.
There were 18 sports venues
across Metropolitan Detroit for the
2008 Maccabi Games including
places like the JCC in West Bloomfield,
Birmingham Groves, Birmingham
Seaholm, Bloomfield Hills Andover,
North Farmington, Walled Lake
Central, Walled Lake Western and
West Bloomfield high schools, Country
Lanes, Drake Park, and Franklin Hills,
Knollwood and Tam-O-Shanter coun-
try clubs.
About the same number of sports
venues will be needed in 2014.
Among the sports offered for 2013
are baseball, basketball, bowling,
dance, flag football, golf, inline hockey,
lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming,
table tennis, tennis, track and field,
and volleyball. It isn't known yet which
sports will be held in 2014 in Detroit.
ArtsFest gives Jewish teens with
creative abilities a chance to put their
talents on display and participate in
Maccabi Games activities like the
opening ceremonies, JCC Cares mitz-
vah projects and Hang Time, where
teens can play video games and take
part in educational games about Israel
and Jewish sports history.
Among the ArtsFest specialties
offered are acting/improv, dance, culi-
nary arts, musical theater, rock and
jazz band, sports broadcast journal-
ism, visual arts and vocal music.
Hundreds of volunteers and host
families will be needed for the 2014
Maccabi Games and ArtsFest in Detroit,
and it's never too early to sign up.
Interested? Contact Monson at (248)
432-5530 or amonson@jccdet.org .
Maccabi Games hosts for 2013 are
Austin, Texas, and Orange County,
Calif. Austin previously hosted in
2004, and Orange County last was a
host in 2007.
Austin's dates for next year are July
28 through Aug. 2. Orange County's
dates are Aug. 5-9. ArtsFest will be
held in Orange County.
An organizational meeting for
prospective Detroit Maccabi athletes,
artists and their families will be held at
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in Handleman
Hall at the JCC in West Bloomfield.



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