1,200 Jewish youths playing sport with Maccabi

70+ participants in the All Abilities Program, with 250+ people positively impacted including families

200+ Jewish school students so far attended the ‘Educate through Experience’ program, to promote inclusion

2019-20 ALLOCATION $130,000

Maccabi is passionate about promoting a healthy, active and inclusive lifestyle amongst Jewish youth. Sport is universally recognised as an incredibly effective environment for youth to develop important values and to grow their personal identity. The Maccabi All Abilities program promotes inclusion amongst the broader community and provides sports and recreational opportunities for people living with a disability. The program brings Jewish youth together under the banner of sports and creating stronger community connections.

The All Abilities program is one of the more recent successes in Maccabi’s long history. The program enables those living with a disability to share in their love of sport by offering more opportunities for involvement. The program seeks to foster a caring and inclusive community, building important connections that carry on beyond the sports field. This program facilitates the inclusion of all Jewish people in sporting activities and provides the opportunity to develop close relationships.

Maccabi’s Youth Sport Program coordinates youth sporting activities (ages 6 to 18) and supports the Junior Maccabi Clubs. Sport involvement is a core aspect of youth development. It is widely recognised as a key environment for development of values such as teamwork, fairness, dedication, resilience, communication and inclusion and is an arena for young people to help shape their personal identity.

Maccabi clubs such as Netball, Soccer, Basketball, Swimming, Tennis and Triathlon play a huge role in offering these opportunities to Jewish youth – to take part in sport and to experience all it has to offer. All of these clubs receive support from the Maccabi Youth program.

Additionally, a key milestone event for Jewish youth is Maccabi Junior Carnival, where Jewish kids from across Australia make lifelong connections & friendships. JCA plays a vital role providing funding for financial assistance, to ensure all Jewish kids can participate. 

Without Maccabi NSW, the ethos of Jewish community sport would be lost, as Maccabi plays an integral role in allowing all members of the community to participate together.

Without JCA, the support to foster the love of sport and all that it offers will not have the means to grow. It’s imperative that we make sure that all youth can participate and come together through their love of sport and have ways in which to connect back to the Jewish Community.

Maccabi NSW

Maccabi NSW is the roof body to 18 different sports clubs, for which it provides a range of centralised functions to help them operate. Maccabi offers sports activities across all ages and brings together Jews from all corners of the Sydney community. For many members, it is their only touchpoint to the Jewish community. Maccabi prides itself on not just offering sports participation, but also fostering a strong Jewish identity and promoting links within the community.

Other programs offered by this provider

various sports – training/competitions/clinics
School holiday youth sports camps
Health & Wellbeing events and seminars/first-aid training

Founding Year

1980 (Maccabi Australia) (1946 previously JASA – NSW sporting association)

Joined JCA



Lauren Ehrlich

General Manager

Daniel Kresner

Program Partnership

All Abilities Program – partners with Jewish Care, Friendship Circle, Jewish Day Schools, Camp Sababa, Hakoah Football, Wheelchair Basketball NSW, Montefiore Home, Intellectual Disability Foundation
Youth Sports Program – partners with BJE, JEMS, Jewish Day Schools, Hakoah Club
First Aid Training – funded by the Wolper Jewish Hospital Health Foundation