The JCC Maccabi Games celebrate sportsmanship, athletic competition and community service in the largest gathering of Jewish teens in North America.

The Junior Maccabi Games provide pre-teens with a similar, smaller scale opportunity, and on Sunday, May 16, the Jewish Community Center in Scotch Plains participated in the 2010 Junior Maccabi Games which were sponsored by and held at the Kaiserman JCC in Haverford, PA. Competing in this event were Jewish tweens ages 10-12 from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New York. The JCC's delegation, headed by Gary Schaefer, included 22 coed athletes who competed in coed swimming and boys basketball.

The boys basketball team was defeated in their first two games by the Greater Washington JCC and the Kaiserman JCC, two very tough opponents. The boys played very hard and showed a lot of enthusiasm. In the third game of the tournament, the team bounced back and showed tremendous improvement just falling short on the scoreboard to the Harrisburg JCC. In the consolation game, the team overcame a 10 point second half deficit only to lose by one point in the last seconds of the game. Despite their record, the team performed at a high level and really enjoyed playing together.

The swim team brought a very experienced and motivated group to the Junior Maccabi Games. They brought home a total of 24 medals. Each swimmer was guaranteed to swim in three events and some competed in the relays as well.

All of the athletes enjoyed the great experience and look forward to competing again at the Junior Maccabi Games and JCC Maccabi Games.

For more information, contact Gary Schaefer, Maccabi Games Director, at 908-889-8800 ext. 281 or

The JCC of Central New Jersey is located at 1391 Martine Avenue in Scotch Plains. The JCC of Central New Jersey is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey, United Way of Greater Union County and the United Fund of Westfield. Financial assistance is available for membership and various programs.