San Francisco Delegation Arrives at 2012 JCC Maccabi Games

Jackie Lewis JCC Maccabi Experience, Teen, Youth & Family — By on August 6, 2012 10:57 am


THe JCCSF delegation arrives in Houston for the 2012 Maccabi Games.

After a short flight which began at the airport at 4:15 a.m., the San Francisco Delegation to the 2012 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest arrived in Houston, met by the Texas heat and humidityand  several enthusiastic volunteers. The teens weren’t quite sure what to make of the 85 degree heat, and were somewhat concerned when they were told that the rain had cooled things down. Looking forward to mid-90’s on Monday, the first full day of competition.

Arrivals day can be met with some trepidation, as the teens don’t know what their “new” mom and dad will be like. Happily, as is the norm at Maccabi, everyone was met with smiles, some hugs, and promises of good times to come. Teens were brought to their new homes for the week, settled in, were fed pizza, barbecue, pasta and more, before returning to Rice Arena for what was to be a memorable and moving Opening Ceremonies.

Marching in with the San Francisco banner is always very exciting for everyone. Carried by the graduating athletes – Eric Settles, Eddie Lieberman, Harrison Golding, Zoe Morgan Weinman and Elana Fogel, the team marched into the arena with great fanfare. Teens were seated around the arena, surrounded by Houston residents, host families and parents of visiting athletes. Following a rousing rendition of the national anthems of the United States, Canada and Israel, the teens settled into a performance and sing-along by Jewish rock musician Josh Nelson, one of the artists in residence for ArtsFest. They were all moved and honored to participate in a Tribute to the Munich 11, the Israeli athletes who were murdered at the Olympics in 1972. This was followed by the Oath for Athletes and Artists, Chaperones and Coaches, and Spectators.

Final evening event was a dance party for the teens while the tired adults looked on from our seats. Our day ended by wishing Coach Amy a happy birthday (okay, we stayed up way past midnight in order to do so). Then the teens were picked up by their ‘parents’ for the week with promises of ice cream, dessert and more fun. Coaches and chaperones made their ways to buses and cars to return to their hotel and prepare for the first day of competition and arts specialties – which would begin way too early at 7 a.m. on Monday.

Looking forward to an exciting day of competition, hang time, partying and happy teens.

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