Hang Time & Midot
In between the competitions and the yummy meals, athletes can go to Hang Time at the JCC to relax, meet other athletes, play games, and learn about Israel and Judaism in a fun and meaningful way. Hang Time is an important component because it’s part of what makes the Games more than just games.
“As powerful as it will be for hundreds of Jewish teens to be together, it will be even more powerful and meaningful for them to come together and interact during Hang Time,” says JCC Outreach Director and Hang Time Staff Liaison Yale Glinter. “[It’s] an opportunity for teens to have intimate conversation with other Jewish peers and mentors, participate in Jewish activities and bond with each other in an open and inclusive environment that will foster their connection to the greater Jewish community.”
Hang Time rooms on the third floor will be a draw with bean bags, hammocks, charging stations and snacks for athletes. There are activities always available throughout the day, including crafts, video and board games, Israel art, trivia, and more. Two Israeli Shlichim will be in the Hang Time area interacting and engaging with the teens.
During the day there will be planned programming that athletes can choose to participate in such as art experiences led by local artists, BBYO-led activities, family feud, Gaga challenge, and guest speakers. Each afternoon there will be a Maccabi Q, a conversation and activity about the day’s Midah (Jewish value) led by different community members and educators.
The Jewish values include Jewish Peoplehood, Joy, Pride, Generosity, and Tikkun Olam. Each day the Games will feature one of these values. Athletes will be nominated for Midot Medals for going above and beyond in exemplifying one of the six Jewish values.
These values are naturally woven into every JCC Maccabi Games; however, Maccabi Qs at Hang Time are something special in Columbus. “All JCC Maccabi Games feature the Jewish values during the Games. We wondered, ‘Can we take it to another level? Go deeper and offer something different?’” says Glinter.
For each value there will be a quote and activity that demonstrates it, then a question for athletes to consider, such as “What makes you proud?”. At Hang Time they can play Six Word Answer where they’re challenged to answer the questions concisely in exactly six words.
Like other parts of the Games, Hang Time is only possible thanks to the support of the entire community. “In order for Hang Time to run smoothly, be effective, and create a meaningful experience, volunteers are needed to lead a conversation with Jewish teens from around the world,” says Glinter. “It’s a flexible two hour time commitment that allows volunteers to do something meaningful and be part of something great.”
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