JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® is an arts experience for Jewish teens taking place annually during the summer from Sunday to Friday in selected communities throughout North America. The program features workshops, performances, and exhibits and incorporates community service, social activities, and themes of Jewish heritage, community, and Israel.
JCCs will form delegations of individuals in the various arts specialties. After the opening, individual teens will join their chosen specialty, a group in which they will attend workshops and create a closing talent showcase. Each arts specialty will include master classes, one-on-one tutorials, big and small group work, and JCC Cares, Hang Time and evening activities.
The JCC Cares program is an opportunity for participants to enhance their experience at ArtsFest by taking a few hours out of their rehearsal schedule to participate in a community service project. The goal of connecting people to one another through Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) is at the core of ArtsFest.
The vision for ArtsFest is to create a meaningful Jewish experience for Jewish artists and to present as many opportunities as possible for artists to interact with each other. Hang Time is a Jewish space and place of fun, informal activities for artists to play and connect with one another during their non-rehearsal time at the ArtsFest. Staffed by Israeli counselors (Shlichim) and volunteers from the Hang Time host communities committee, Hang Time offers opportunities to learn about Israel, as well as other segments of Jewish life and history.
We are excited to bring the Long Beach Jewish community together for this amazing week-long event!