Much of the Jewish religion centers around tradition – some dating back thousands of years. Whether it’s observing Shabbat, dipping our Apples in Honey on Rosh Hashanah, or lighting the menorah on Hanukkah, tradition is a key element in keeping our faith alive.
At JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, we too have many traditions. Every first Saturday at camp is dubbed “Sports Movie Night.” Just ask your camper; chances are they will still remember what movie we watched this past summer at camp.
Thankfully the holiday season brings families together to experience some quality time. As we enter the holiday season, we encourage you to find some time to bring a camp tradition into your home by hosting a sports movie night. Pick your favorite sports classic OR we recommend watching the 2003 Disney movie Full Court Miracle (available to stream on Amazon). Full Court Miracle is based on the true story of two real life characters – the University of Virginia basketball star Lamont Carr and the story of Alex Barbag.
Much like the Maccabees, this movie tells the tale of a Jewish, youth basketball team in the face of insurmountable odds and celebrates the miracle of dedication and human courage.
Here are some things you’ll need to make your Camp Sports Movie Night complete:
- Everyone must wear their PJs and bring a blanket and pillow.
- Surprise your kids by inviting some of their best buddies without them knowing – maybe a local camp friend!
- Snacks are essential – popcorn and M&Ms are our typical go-to.
- Be sure to have a quick “Cabin-Time” after to discuss the movie. Ask things like which character they would want to be and why and talk about the morals within the movie.
We hope your family’s sports movie might is a success! From all of us at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp, we wish you and your family a Happy Hanukkah and a joyous Festival of Lights.
Summer is just around the corner and there’s a lot of information about camp that we want to share. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sending a series of emails on the most important topics to help prepare your child (and you!) for a terrific experience at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp.
Missed an email? Don’t sweat it! Click below to catch up.
Eager and ready to enhance our minds, bodies, and souls this summer, we are thrilled to be welcoming Sam Cogen to our team as our Athletic Trainer AND Songleader!
Sam comes to JCC Maccabi Sports Camp from URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute, where he served as a Songleader for the last four summers. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Sam graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Athletic Training where he interned for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the AHL. Sam has experience working clinically for performing arts organizations, club sports teams, Division 1 football teams, and two high schools. Sam be attending Indiana University this fall as a member of their post-professional athletic training program to obtain his master’s degree.
We are thrilled to have Sam join us at JMSC!
You’re invited to join us at one of our upcoming camp information sessions hosted by a current camp family in their home.
Check out the list of dates below and let us know which you’d like to attend. Once we receive your RSVP, we’ll pass along the address of the meeting.
These sessions are a great way to learn more about camp and have all your questions answered in an informal, no-pressure setting. Camp representatives, most often Camp Director Josh Steinharter, leads the session, giving you a chance to engage with camp leadership, meet current campers and parents, as well as other prospective new camp families.
If you are considering JCC Maccabi Sports Camp for summer 2018, we strongly recommend you attend one of these great events.
Likewise, if you would like to schedule your own parlor meeting, please contact us today. We are happy to set up a time to meet with you personally or for a group of friends. Making the decision to go to camp is an important one. We are more than happy to set aside the time to talk with you about what camp is best for your child and tell you about how we will support them as they embark on what is likely to be a life changing experience.
As a camp parent proudly reported, “Our kids had an exceptional experience at Maccabi. It has made a profound impact on them. It made them more resilient and more independent and we are grateful for all the staff has done to build this strong experience.”
We look forward to having you join us at one of these sessions and then at camp this summer!
The start of a new year always brings with it much hope. Hope for new beginnings, hope for new opportunities, and hope for new personal and professional relationships.
As we move into a new year, in this difficult time in which we live, it is our hope that we all use each day, each moment, each breath to better ourselves and the world around us.
“If you‘re not going to be any better tomorrow than you were today, then what need do you have for tomorrow?” — Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
This year, JCC Maccabi Sports Camp turns 5 Years Old! As Rosh Hashanah quickly approaches, we reflect on the tremendous impact we have made on the lives of our campers and staff in our first four summers. We are proud of the strong Jewish community we have built through sports. And our team is excited and energized to further our mission in year five with new programs, new sports, and new initiatives.
Thank you for being part of this journey with us. L’shana tova, chag sameach, gut yontiff — whichever way you want to say it, we wish you a sweet and meaningful 5778! May the joys of life, the power of community and the wonder of the universe fill this new year with possibility and hope.