Rules & Regulations

In order to participate in the JCC Maccabi Artsfest®, you must be part of a delegation. A delegation is a group of artists and a delegation head who represent your Jewish Community Center (JCC or YM-YWHA) at ArtsFest. Artists should contact their local Jewish Community Center to find out if the JCC is taking a delegation to Artsfest in August. If there is no local delegation, artists may participate in ArtsFest through the Continental Delegation.


The mission of the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest states that the program is a Jewish event for Jewish teenagers with the intent to foster long-lasting memories and identification with organized Jewish community groups as well as identification with Israel. JCC Maccabi ArtsFest aims to foster a strong Jewish identity among all of its participants.

To participate in ArtsFest, artists must be at least 12 years old and CANNOT have turned 18 years old as of July 31 the year of ArtsFest.

All artists must be Jewish, which is defined as follows: One of the artist’s parents is Jewish and the artist is being raised Jewish, or is a Jew by choice and is being raised Jewish. In the spirit of ArtsFest, if the parent or child does not believe that they are Jewish on a year-round basis, then the child should not participate in the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest.

Code of Conduct

JCC Association and the Continental Governing Body (CGB) of the JCC Maccabi Experience have developed a Code of Conduct that outlines expected behavior for athletes, artists, and adults at the Games and ArtsFest. Artists and all credentialed adults are subject to penalties for willful violations of the policies governing the Games and ArtsFest. Both parents and teenagers must read and sign off on the Code of Conduct as part of the registration confirmation kit.

Serious disciplinary problems rarely arise at the JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest because the Code of Conduct is taken seriously and we promote zero tolerance for significant violations of the outlined rules and regulations. Smoking, drug and alcohol use and theft are strictly prohibited. Alleged violations of the Code of Conduct by teen participants or credentialed adults are reviewed by the Court of Honor. The Court of Honor has the authority to impose penalties on an individual, ranging from a reprimand to expulsion from ArtsFest.

Rachmanus Rule

During the JCC Maccabi Games® and ArtsFest®, athletes, artists, coaches, artists in residence, delegation heads, chaperones, and spectators are bound by the “Rachmanus Rule” of fair play.

Participants are expected to support teens of all backgrounds and levels of experience. “Blowing out” a much weaker team for the sake of scoring points is contrary to the spirit of the JCC Maccabi Games® and shows a lack of Rachmanus (mercy/compassion).

Artists are by nature collaborators who support and encourage one another.  Making fun of a delegation, specialty or artist shows a lack of Rachmanus (mercy/compassion)

Lashon Harah (slander, gossip, trash talk), putting down other athletes or artists, making fun of a weaker team or athlete, making fun of an artist or specialty shows a lack of Rachmanus. JCC Maccabi athletes and artists are expected to engage, interact with, and support teens that are not from their delegation, or in their sport or specialty.

The atmosphere of JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest and its significance as a truly Jewish event will be enhanced if both participants and spectators have an understanding of and a commitment to following the Rachmanus Rule.