I am a JCC Maccabi Games Athlete.

November 5, 2013

By Brianna Key, JCC Maccabi Games 2013 Milwaukee Delegation Athlete

I am a JCC Maccabi Games Athlete.

This summer I went to Austin, Texas with the JCC Maccabi Games Milwaukee Delegation. Not only was it one of the best Jewish experiences I have ever had, but it was also one the best experiences I have had!

When I first heard about the JCC Maccabi Games, I was sold on the fun parts: the sports games, opening ceremonies and the dance parties.  When I first signed up, those were the main reasons why I wanted to go. Looking back on my experience though, the JCC Maccabi Games became so much more. The JCC Maccabi Games are meant to be a place for Jewish teens to meet other Jewish teens, but in a fun and Jewish-related way. To me that was really exciting; I had never done anything like it before.

I attend Brown Deer High School, where there are only three or four Jewish teens.  I do not get to meet many Jewish teens besides the eight that are in my Sunday school class. While traveling and preparing for the JCC Maccabi Games, I made a bunch of Jewish friends from all around the Milwaukee area that I am still very close to.  In fact, I ended up going to a volleyball camp with one of them after the games.  I also got to meet Jewish teens from across the country and around the world. I now have a friend in Israel who I still talk to on a regular basis. How many kids can actually say that?  So while the sports games, opening ceremonies and dance parties were fun, the main reason why I loved my time at the JCC Maccabi Games was because I got to meet Jewish teens from all over the city, country and the world!

This summer I also learned so many things about myself, and I honestly think that the JCC Maccabi Games changed my life for the better. Not only did I become a better athlete, but I also became a better Jewish young adult.

I strongly believe that every Jewish teenager should go to the JCC Maccabi Games because it gives a positive Jewish experience to someone who may not have had that opportunity… like me.  The JCC Maccabi Games were such a great experience, and I definitely cannot wait until I go to Boca Raton, Florida next summer and also when it comes here to Milwaukee in August 2015!

Click here to learn more about the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games Info Night on Tuesday, November 26th.