Summer Spotlight 2012: Olympic-Sized Maccabiah

As we watch the 2012 London Olympics with bated breath, campers at our 13 URJ Camps are lacing up their sneakers, pulling out their colored t-shirts and preparing for their own version of the Olympics—Maccabiah!

Also known as color war and Yom Sport, Maccabiah is a much-anticipated camp event that stresses teamwork, physical activity, Jewish learning and lots of laughs. Join the fun!


Looking to London

Meet Israel’s Olympic delegation! Get to know Israel’s delegation to the London games, including a look at the team by the numbers.

U.S. Olympic gymnast hails from Reform congregation. Ever seen an Olympic gymnast perform a floor routine to Hava Nagila? Now you have.

The Munich 11: A remembrance for Jewish summer camps. Forty years ago, 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were murdered at Munich. It happened for one reason: they were Israelis.

candles11-150x150The Olympic games: Learning lessons at camp
. Here, one summer camp finds a way to use the Olympics as a model for Maccabiah values while memorializing the Munich 11.

What do the Olympics share with Jewish summer camp? The modern Olympics and summer camp have more in common than you might think!


Sport at Camp

Jewish camp spawn a U.S. playground hit. Gaga, an Israeli dodgeball-like game popular at our camps, is gaining mass appeal. Who would have guessed?!

Six points on 6 Points. Jewish sports camp is not JUST about sports. Find out all of the Jewish values campers learn on the field!

Finding God through sports. The chair of Camp Harlam shares a touching Confirmation essay from a 6 Points camper.

Frisbee at Camp Newman. Check out all the action on the frisbee-cam at Newman.

Sports at Eisner. Look at them go!

All About Maccabiah

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at 6 Points.

Camp Coleman’s color war has a Lion King theme- the Circle of MAC!

Crane Lake Camp’s Olympics teams go down in history.

Second session Crane Lake campers have Maccabiah fever… when will it start?!

Eisner holds an Olympics-worthy opening ceremony every session!

GUCI’s full of ruach (spirit) at Yom Sport Kallah Aleph and Yom Sport Kallah Bet.



Darth Vader introduces a villain-themed Maccabiah at Greene Family Camp. Sinister! Check out the first video in the series below, and then click the link above to watch all three!



teamwork-300x198Jacobs Camp takes you behind the scenes for their Scooby Doo-themed event.

At Kutz, teens from NFTY and BBYO joined for an historic inter-Movement Maccabiah games.

The friendly competition at Newman featured frisbee, archery, trivia, swimming, singing, dancing, gaga and more!


At OSRUI, Maccabiah is good for the soul!