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About JCC Maccabi Access

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC in Houston is excited to host JCC Maccabi Access, a JCC Maccabi Games® experience for Jewish athletes (ages 12-22) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The event will take place August 4 -7, 2024.

Access athletes, with one-to-one support, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games®, including both unified and specialized activities. The program offers an inclusive and meaningful way for Access athletes to join thousands of their Jewish peers from around the world in experiencing the magic of Maccabi.

This three-and-a-half-day program offers Access athletes:

  • Athletic skill development and competition
  • Hangtime (Israel programming)
  • JCC Cares community service
  • Exploration of the six JCC Maccabi midot (values)
  • Social activities
  • Opening and closing ceremonies

To ensure our Access athletes and their families successfully integrate into the JCC Maccabi Games® and activities, JCC Association and the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC will offer ways for athletes to connect with their delegation and meet other Access participants prior to the Games.

For more information and Access athlete participant criteria, please contact Tim Erwin at

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Photo of Access Athletes
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Access Athlete Interest Form

Connect with the Access Team

Frequently Asked Questions

The JCC Maccabi Access Games will take place Sunday, August 4 – Wednesday, August 7, 2024 in Houston, TX.

JCC Maccabi Access is a JCC Maccabi Games® experience for Jewish athletes (ages 12-22) with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With one-to-one support, Access athletes participate in both unified and specialized activities during this three-and-a-half day program.

If you are a parent/guardian of a potential athlete and would like to learn more about the program, please click here and complete the interest form.

This year, the age range for Access is 12-22. Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions, but look forward to hosting any athletes younger than 12 in future years.

Once a Houston Maccabi athlete has completed the application process and been accepted into the program, they will need to register for it. Program fees for this all-inclusive experience include JCC Association registration fees, uniform, delegation gear, pins, transportation, meals, social events/activities and the experience of a lifetime. Our all-inclusive fee per teen is $750 (members) and $1,050 (public).

  • Payment can be made in full – OR- in auto-debited monthly installments via ACH (bank account) or credit card. 
  • Deposits are required regardless of the form of payment at the time of registration. 
  • If you choose to pay in monthly installments via ACH or credit card, the deposit is due immediately upon registration. 
  • All credit card transactions for Maccabi will include a 3% credit card transaction fee.

Individual program memberships for teens can be purchased for $264.

Please contact with membership or payment questions.

No, local Houston Maccabi Access athletes and 1:1 may sleep at their respective homes and are expected to meet their 1:1 each morning.

Anyone, over the age of 21, who feels comfortable with the responsibility of providing 1:1 support for an Access athlete can serve as a 1:1. This can be a family member, general support person, JCC staff member, volunteer, etc. It is best if the 1:1 is familiar with the athlete and their specific needs.

A draft schedule is available soon. As part of Access Athlete’s registration, you will be asked to complete a sports skills and interest form, which will help us determine which sports are played during the sports activity blocks.

The host community works closely with a wide variety of local, state and federal agencies to determine the security needs for the Games.

Credentials are a visible identification badge for anyone participating in any aspect of the Games. These credentials allow the security team to determine access and help keep our venues secure. They must be worn at all times, no exceptions. If credentials are lost, replacement credentials are available at Maccabi Central.

Spectators are also required to obtain a spectator pass which permits entry into Games venues and opening ceremonies only.

Yes. Events will be held at several sites in the Greater Houston area. Security personnel will ensure participants get to venues and events in a timely and safe manner.

Connect with the Access Team

Tim Erwin

Access Staff Partner

Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

Sierra Weiss

Access and Inclusion Specialist

JCC Association of North America

Lenny Dubin

Access Chair — Houston

Jamie Paul Weiner, LCSW

Access Consultant — Houston

Alexander Institute for Inclusion
Alexander JFS