More than 150 local host families are needed to house almost 300 Jewish teen artists coming to Long Beach to participate in the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®. The host family experience is a unique and rewarding aspect for the participant, family, and community alike. Lasting memories and relationships created during the week of the event between artists and host families are an integral part of the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® experience.
The host family offers the artist a “home away from home” and a unique way to experience the event and all that the Long Beach Jewish community has to offer. In turn, host families experience ArtsFest on a personal level, connecting with their friends and neighbors, and building a bond with their visiting artist that extends well beyond the closing ceremonies.
I work full time and won’t have time to drive the teens around during the day.
No problem. Drop your athletes off as early as 7 a.m. and pick them up after the evening events after 9:00 p.m. They will be busy all day.
I don’t have any kids at home.
Teens will be with other teens all week. They just need a warm and welcoming place to call home for the week. Many of our host families from other communities were grandparents and empty-nesters. They and their visiting teens had amazing experiences.
I have small children at home.
Your small children will love getting to know these out-of-town teens while they are with you.
I can’t be a tour guide.
A: The only time that you have to entertain is Sunday afternoon – when the teens arrive and participate in the Wednesday night ArtsFest Celebration.
I don’t have an extra bedroom.
Many families open up beds by bunking their children together in one room for the week or by using air mattresses.
Q: Do I need to be Jewish to be a host family?
A: Yes, all artists must be housed in a Jewish home (that contains at least one Jewish adult).
Q: What are the requirements of a host family?
A: A host family will be responsible for:
Q: Can I make requests about gender or age?
A: Yes, you can request gender or age, but these requests are not guaranteed.
Q: Do I need to be a member of the Alpert JCC to be a host family?
A: No, all Jewish families are welcome to host.
Q: I do not have a teen participating in the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest®, can I still host?
A: Yes, all Jewish families are welcome to host visiting teens.
Q: How many artists can I house?
A: Host families will house a minimum of two artists. Each teen requires their own bed (air mattresses are acceptable) and seat belt in your car.
Q: Do I have to have a Kosher home to host artists?
A: No, a Kosher home is not required and you will be matched with teens with appropriate dietary needs for your home.
Q: May I go to the events?
A: Yes! we encourage you to be an enthusiastic spectator at the Arts Showcase. You must wear your JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® credential at all times for access to any venues.
Q: Should I pack snacks?
A: Snacks and drinks will be provided at all venues for the teens. However, feel free to stock up on your visiting artist’s favorite snacks for them to enjoy in the evening.
Q: May I carpool with another host family?
A: All drivers transporting artists MUST be 21 or over. You may carpool for morning drop-off as long as your car contains seat belts for each passenger.
Q: Do I need to give money to the teens I’m hosting?
A: No, they should have brought enough to cover all incidentals. If not, please have them speak with their Delegation head.
Q: What if the teens want to get together after the evening social activities?
A: This is up to you and they need the permission of their delegation head. It is acceptable to say no. The teens have agreed, in writing, to adhere to a Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code will be cause for expulsion from the Games. Please contact your athlete’s Delegation Head or the Housing Committee if you have any problems.
Q: If I am hosting teens from more than one delegation, do I need to come twice on Sunday for pick-up?
A: Yes, we are sorry for this inconvenience. This will be kept to a minimum. The majority of host families only host teens from one delegation.
Q: Can host families and their children attend the evening activities?
A: Host families are welcome to and should plan to attend Opening Ceremonies on Sunday evening. All other evening social events are open only to participating teens and adults 21+ who are signed up for a specific volunteer role.
Q: Can I pick up the teens to come back to the house DURING the day?
A: No, the artists should remain at the venues or at a hub. There will be Hang Time activities, swimming, and lots of activities for them during any down time.
Q: What if a teen gets sick? Can they stay home?
A: If a teen is sick, please call their Delegation Head to notify him/her immediately. We encourage you to bring the sick teens to the JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® Medical Center to be checked out by our medical staff and/or to rest there. If you and the Delegation Head feel that the teen would be best suited to stay in your home with you, it will be permissible provided the Delegation Head first approves it and it is convenient to you.