Midot | JCC Maccabi ArtsFest Values

“We build truth, integrity, beauty, and goodness according to our own measure.” ― Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook

For over 3,500 years, Jews have been telling themselves, their children, and the rest of the world: Be good. Be kind. Be honest. Be ethical. Be moral. It is the most essential message in human history, and we are the people who were chosen to deliver it, to be as the prophet Isaiah said, or lagoyim, “a light unto the nations.”

This summer, as we have every summer for the past eight years, we will gather to celebrate the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest.® We will compete–sometimes win, sometimes lose–meet new friends, and get to know Jews from around the world.

This unique event is not only about being a part of the Jewish people; it comes with a mission– to make the world a better place and to make ourselves better people. We express these values to help us remember the greater mission of ArtsFest and Judaism.