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Seeing athletes on opposing sides at the San Diego VS Chicago boys U-16 soccer game helping each other up after accidentally knocking each other down was a little funny until I remembered one of the Midot… Rachmanus. Even when the boys were competing, they remembered that compassion was key. While San Diego was definitely exuberant when they won, they didn’t rub it in, as so many of my classmates do when football comes into the question. All in all, I think the games are off to a great start!!!


-dahlia laby

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Dahlia - Star ReporterRachmanus

Be here. Embrace the moment

By Michele Ellner, Host Family Mom & JCC Maccabi Games Marketing Co-Chair

This week provides an amazing opportunity to these kids if they can just look around and dive right in. No time for hesitation or the Jewish pop star walks right by without losing for a picture. No time for hesitation or the Olympic swimmer gives other kids the tips and tricks to win gold. It’s not the time to hide in the corner alone or only hang with the kids you’ve known since kindergarten. Do that, and you risk exiting the week without changing yourself in any way. Be here at all times so you can leap when the opportunity presents itself.


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Hangtime is a open, free space off of the Nicolet cafeteria where teens are allowed to play games, make crafts, eat snacks, learn about Israel and lie around. Today during Hangtime teens enjoyed a balloon artist’s talents as he created over sixty balloon sculptures. Then, at three a Slushy truck provided teens with the icy treat after a day of competition.





This week’s schedule at Hangtime:

Monday: Today@Hangtime open all day: 1:00 extreme balloons 3:00 slushy truck

Tuesday: Today@Hangtime open all day: 1:00 Camplified 3:00 donuts, d’oh

Wednesday: Today@Hangtime open all day: 1:00 martial arts 3:00 ice pops

Thursday: Today@Hangtime open all day: 1:00 nail art & Israeli pita 3:00 ice cream bars

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Rachel - Star ReporterHangtime

When real daughter plays host daughter

By Michele Ellner, Host Family Mom & JCC Maccabi Games Marketing Co-Chair
What’s a mom to do when daughter v daughter happens on the volleyball court? One athlete you’ve known for 14 years and the other you’ve known for less than 48 hours but still the host mom- host daughter loyalty runs deep. It was amazing to see the two teams battle it out trading powerful serves and hustling to get the ball up and over. Although the Las Vegas team reined supreme over the Milwaukee girls today, the two teams departed as friends.
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The Food


I interviewed Michael and Jacob on their opinions relative to the food being served for lunch.  They both agreed almost immediately that the chicken shawarma was their favorite item on the menu. When I asked further questions about the chicken shawarma they said it was good, but that it would have been better with lamb meat. They understood, however, it would be hard to feed one thousand people lamb meat. We talked about how they usually enjoy the food at Dave & Buster’s and were disappointed that they could not order what they usually have tonight. The food is being provided by the same people that catered lunch because everything at the Maccabi games needs to be kosher.

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Joey - Star ReporterThe Food

Las Vegas Uniforms

When you think of a Maccabi uniform, what do you immediately picture in your mind? For me, I think of something to do with your state or city. I do not think of my favorite movies or books, however, and that is exactly what Las Vegas did this year, with their Guardians of the Galaxy-inspired uniforms and pins.


What’s your favorite uniform?



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Dahlia - Star ReporterLas Vegas Uniforms

Shabbat Shalom JCC Maccabi Games!

On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Steering Committee, and the team of staff, volunteers, hosts, and donors bringing the JCC Maccabi Games to life – THANK YOU!  Over the past three years, our community has rallied around these Games in  awesome and inspiring ways.  Though we have a lot of work ahead, it’s clear that our goals to partner, to build, and to sustain our community are already coming to fruition.

It’s going to be an incredible week of activity and excitement here at the JCC, and we thank you for everything you’ve done to bring us to this point.

Have a restful and peaceful Shabbat and we will see you all on Sunday when the rest of our visiting delegations arrive and we officially open the JCC Maccabi Games 2015 here in Milwaukee!


Maccabified Challot in honor of Shabbat.

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Israel is here!

Members of our Israeli Delegation have made it to Milwaukee and were welcomed with a huge crowd today at the JCC.  Here is a little taste of what is to come for the rest of our visiting delegations!





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Deb CarneolIsrael is here!

Health Tips during the Games

As the medical provider for the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games the providers and staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin are committed to doing all that we can to make the Games a safe and enjoyable experience for participants and host families alike.

Here are four important tips to remember while competing this summer!

1) Hydrate! Not getting enough water can have a big impact on not just your athletic performance but also your health. Fluids should be consumed before, during and after activity. Water is the best source of proper nutrition.


2) Eat well to improve health and performance! Eat 3-4 hours prior to competition and then again 30-60 minutes before, making sure to include whole grain carbs and lean proteins.


3) Choose the right foods for Game Days: suggestions include whole wheat tortillas, oatmeal, cereal, potatoes, rice, fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter, trail mix, and lunch meat.


4) Concussions are common injuries in young athletes. Because concussions can be hard to detect, we encourage taking any bump or jolt to the head or body seriously. If in doubt, sit it out… and make sure to be checked out by a Children’s Hospital of WI health care professional.


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