Shalom to Texas: Artsfest 2012 Completes JCC Maccabi Games

Jackie Lewis Articles, JCC Maccabi Experience, Teen — By on August 13, 2012 12:27 pm

It’s hard to believe that after a year of planning, tryouts, auditions and practices, this year’s JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest is over and it’s time to start thinking about next year.

Our final day in Houston was pretty exciting.  The boys’ baseball team played two games in what the weathermen described first as balmy, then as steamy weather.  We found out (as if we didn’t already know) that we are really not cut out for balmy or steamy.  The team played well and fought hard, but were not able to win their games.  However, the players and coach Gadi are excited about next year.

The Girls Basketball team on which player Lindsey Gelb participated (a mixed team with San Jose and Winnipeg) competed for and won the Gold Medal on Friday.

The Austin/San Francisco soccer team played two games but were unable to win their matches.  This tournament was extremely successful — they won some games, they lost some games, but San Francisco players Hannah and Georgia Kidson became so close with Team Austin that I’ve been asked to ensure that out soccer team travels to Austin next year — the players already miss one another.

Dance continued its competition with our dancers winning several medals:  three golds, five silvers, and two bronze!

But finally, and most importantly, we ended our afternoon with the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest showcase.  We entered the theater to the sounds of jazz music, played by the band in which Jordan Kochavi participated.  The show then continued with a dance performance which included San Francisco dancer Dina Kharag and Vocal Music with the incredible voice of Shoshana Moed.

 

 

 

 

 

The highlight of the showcase (sorry Jordan, Dina and Shoshie, but chocolate trumps all else) was the intermission, which was catered by the Culinary Artists including our own Gabby Sandler.  Potato knishes, veggie stuffed cabbage, latkes, salmon (which our teens butchered) with salad and asparagas, chocolate mousse spoons, lemon parfaits and an incredible cake – okay, maybe we weren’t eating so well during the week.

We ended the day with a big party, followed by the torch passing ceremony – yes, it’s on to Austin and Orange County.

Friday saw us saying our goodbyes (and some were pretty sad), followed by our flight home to San Francisco into a welcome, cooling fog bank.

It was  an incredible week with an incredible group of teens and coaches.

Silver medal for tennis winner Arin Shakin.

 

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