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The host family experience is a unique and rewarding aspect of the Games; for athlete, host family, and community alike. Lasting memories and relationships created during the week of the games between athletes and host families are an integral part of the JCC Maccabi Games® experience.

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The host family offers the athlete a “home away from home” and a unique way to experience the Games and all the Birmingham Jewish community has to offer. In turn, host families experience the Games on a personal level, connecting with their friends and neighbors, and building a bond with their visiting athletes that extends well beyond the Closing Party.

Host families that are matched with visiting athletes MUST attend one host family orientation to be eligible to host.

DATES FOR VOLUNTEER/HOST FAMILY ORIENTATION MEETINGS:
Sunday, July 9 – 3:30PM
Tuesday, July 11 – 8AM & 5:30PM
Thursday, July 13 – Noon & 6PM
Sunday, July 16 – 10AM & 3:30PM

Host FAQ

All athletes must be housed in a Jewish home (that contains at least one Jewish adult).

A host family will be responsible for:

  • Each family that has an athlete participating in the JCC Maccabi Games will be a host family.
  • A host family must house two or more athletes
  • Each host family must attend a host family orientation run by the LJCC.
  • Each host family must drop-off and pick-up athletes at either Chabad of Alabama or the LJCC each day of the Games.
  • Each athlete must have a seat belt, their own bed (air mattresses are accepted), and access to laundry facilities.
  • Provide breakfast and evening snacks.
  • Each host family will have one night where they plan dinner and activity with the athletes to show off our wonderful city.

You can request gender, age, and sports, but these requests are not guaranteed.

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Get Involved

Ready to join Team Birmingham? Please register at the two links below.

Step 1

Step 2

Not from Birmingham? Contact your local JCC to sign up for your local delegation.
Contact Spencer Lynch at spencer@bhamjcc.org for more information or to answer any questions you may have.

Ready to become a host family?
Click here and register.

Contact Spencer Lynch at spencer@bhamjcc.org for more information or to answer any questions you may have.

Ready to volunteer?
Click here and register.

Contact Spencer Lynch at spencer@bhamjcc.org for more information or to answer any questions you may have.