The 41st JCC Maccabi Games’ opening ceremony at the International Convention Center in Haifa will be live-streamed, at isr-jcc.maccabi.games, on Sunday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. Israel time. (That’s 12:30 p.m. EDT.) The ceremony’s highlights will include a recorded address by Israeli President Isaac Herzog. NBA star Deni Avdija will light the torch to open the games officially, and there will a tribute to the Munich 11, the members of the Israeli Olympic team who were murdered in a terrorist attack at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. Shlomit Nir-Toor, an Israeli former Olympic swimmer and Maccabiah champion, who represented Israel in the 1968 and 1972 Olympics and survived the Munich Massacre at the Olympic Village, also will take part in the ceremony.
Teens participating in the Maccabi Games include 74 delegations representing 10 countries on four continents (North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia). The delegation includes athletes from Ukraine and other European countries. For the first time, athletes from Morocco, an Abraham Accords country, are participating, thanks to JCC Association of North America’s partnership with BBYO. The global delegations’ participation is made possible by philanthropic funding supporting Ukraine and the Maccabi movement’s European countries at the forefront of the refugee crisis.
The weeklong JCC Maccabi Games, an Olympic-style sports event, also has community service, social, and cultural events, and closing ceremonies.