AUGUST 6-11, 2017

As you may know, the Alper JCC is hosting the Maccabi Games and ArtsFest which is one of the largest organized sports and cultural events for Jewish teens in the world.
The Maccabi Games and ArtsFest in Miami will require the guiding hands of more than 1,000 volunteers and 500 homes to house all of the participants.  Volunteers are needed to work with registration, food service, hospitality, assistance in sports and arts activities etc.  There are time slots available during the week, weekends, during the day or evening hours.
Our community will be hosting 1,100 teen athletes and artists from across the United States, Canada, Israel, Mexico, the United Kingdom and etc.  Over 500 homes are needed to provide home hospitality for these teens.  Host families are required to house a minimum of two teens.  You would need to drop off either at the Alper JCC or Temple Beth Am in the morning and pick up in the evening at the same location.  If needed, the Alper JCC will provide air mattresses for the participants in your home.  It's really very easy.
We can't do this alone.  Help is needed and we hope you can volunteer your time and/or offer your home to the participants.
On a personal note, we housed teens in the 2001 Maccabi Games and it was a fabulous experience for everyone involved.  When our son participated in the Games, he met people from all over the world building new friendships and enjoying the hospitality of host families.  These memories will be with him forever.
Please let me know if you can help in any way or if you have friends or relatives who can help.  To register on line for volunteering and or hosting a participant - go to  If you need assistance, call Monique at the JCC and she will help you register.  Her number is 305-271-9000 ext. 230.

Click here for more information on how to volunteer & housing information. 
You can email me at or call 305-609-3044.
Please forward this letter to others who might be interested.
Marsha Botkin