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What a week it was!

Well, after more than a year's preparation, and 7 days of fantastic sport, awesome social events and a whole bunch of new friends and memories, we farewell the 36th Maccabi Junior Carnival....

To keep it simple, here is what happened..We...

  • travelled, cheered, and partied to open the carnival
  • played sport, chilled, played sport, cheered, swam, floated, danced
  • played sport, chilled, played sport, cheered, rested, got really messy, danced
  • had the best day ever at the Aqua Park, played lawn bowls, danced
  • tried the Amazing Race, but got too hot, and then bounced
  • gave back at community day, shared a group Shabbat service
  • rested, partied, captured memories, cried
  • and then sadly, said good bye

Here it is in a little more detail....

But before you do.....


Tell us how you really feel

Over the past few years we have sought your feedback - participants and parents - about Carnival, we love to hear some praise, but we also listen to constructive feedback, so now here is your chance...please take a few minutes to let us know how we went.

Parents - your survey is here

And kids - your survey is here


Thank you

This Carnival has been a truly collective and community effort. Julia Hofbauer and her organising committee are to be congratulated for what was an extraordinary Carnival. The kids have had an experience they will remember forever, and developed a fondness for Maccabi they will take with them through life.

Thank you to all team managers and youth leaders who cared for the parfticipants and ensured their safety and wellbeing at all times.

Maccabi and the Organising Committee are so thankful to you all for entrusting us with your children, and we hope they really did have an amazing week.

A special thank you to the Victorian parents who opened (and those who offered) their homes (and their pantries) to the interstate guests. And to those parents who also found time to volunteer at the events - you schlepped, you served, you cleaned up - we could not have done it without you!

As many of you witnessed first hand or have now heard from your kids and peers, Maccabi Carnival and Maccabi in general really is an amazing organisation, working to genuinely connect our community through sport.

We ask that you consider getting more involved, whether that be at Club, State or National level.

What you can do

Reach out to your local office, put your hand up when given the chance, or if you prefer, make a donation, help us continue to connect the community through sport and facilitate such things as subsidies for those less financially able, support of the all abilities program, our leadership development programs or any other of our programs...Click here to make a tax deductible donation via the Australian Sports Foundation 


Opening - Let the Carnival begin

The 36th Maccabi Junior Carnival started with a bang...no really.

David Southwick MP was a masterful Master of Ceremonies. We thank the countless number of community and Maccabi dignitaries who came to celebrate Maccabi and our community's youth. From the Local Councillors, to our generous supporters, including Kate Ashmore from Bendigo Bank Caulfiled Park and Daniel Ryan from ANZ Business Banking, Maccabi stalwarts, Maccabi Victoria Hall of Famers and Legends, Maccabi NSW President Lauren Ehrlich, Maccabi WA President-elect Justine Shabarnee, community organisation leaders and countless others..we thank you for partnering with us in support of this event and Maccabi in Australia.

Carnival participant, Molly Joseph sang the anthems beautifully, and after being formally welcomed by Maccabi Australia Executive Director Ellana Aarons and Maccabi Victoria President Brian Swersky, the audience heard from Debbie Hilton-Silver, a swimmer, who has gained so much from her involvement in sport and particularly in Maccabi. The formalities were closed with an address from Carnival Manager, Julia Hofbauer before the Jocelyn Kann Memorial Flame was ignited by Maccabiah gymnast and Carnival participant Andie Montag alongside members of the late Jocelyn Kann's family, Ella Steinberg and Layne Thompson.

And let the Carnival...and the fun...begin

Click here for the countdown video

And click here for some more pics


The Sport

There were lightning tournaments for Basketball and Tennis on Monday


Congratulations to:
Year 6 / 7 winner - Harley Simon VIC
Year 8 / 9 winner - Oscar Morgan NSW


VIC Blue outclassed all their opponents on the day, defeating NSW Blue in the final. Congratulations to:

Hayley Kotlyar
Jordan Levy
Jordana Israel
Kobie Kino
Kylie Gunn
Netani Ernest
Olivia Baron
Paige Southwick
Sasha Ernest

Boys Division 1
In what had the hallmarks of an easy win to NSW early, saw VIC fight back only to fall just short in the end. Congratulations to NSW Blue  consisting of:

Aaron Lemberg
Ariel Odes
Ben Shapiro
Brody Elbourne
Joshua Hirst
Noah Lancaster
Sacha Rosen
Zac Greenberg

Boys Division 2
VIC White played VIC Yellow in what would turn out to be a nail-biter. Finishing equal at full time, the game went into overtime, with VIC White finshing on top. Well done to:

Asher Klissman
Avinoam Segman
Evan Delaney
Indy Kagan
Jeremy Gordon
Joel Parasol
Russell Maisner
Sebastian Schenk
Teal Komornick
Toby Hearst

The remainder of the kids participated in a range of social sport including:

European Handball
Aussue Rules


Tuesday saw Soccer and Netball take the centre stage:


Congratulations to WA who took out the soccer, defeating NSW in the final. Congratulations:

Adam Shainfeld
Aron Schneider
Avi Kotkis
Brandon Botha
Dan Shuhandler
Jarred Wolpert
Jordan Hamburger
Liam Demb
Marcus Silbert
Michael Bricker
Natan Shufrin
Noah Braunstein
Noah Silbert
Ryan Silbert
Seth Charsinsky

In the girls futsal tournament, the VIC Girls proved far too strong. Congratulations to:

Amelie Vorchheimer
Amy gordon
Aviva Broons
Bella Rubenstein
Jade Rosenberg
Olivia Byrne
Teagan Engelander


In the Netball, NSW proved far too strong, with a NSW Blue v NSW Red final, seeing the Blue team come out on top. Congratulations to:

Alexis Joffe
Allegra Schubert
Arin Miller
Chloe Allen-Laverne
Chloe Kovkin
Eden Rubenstein
Grace Hiles
Leah Catzel
Tori Josman
Zoe Catzel

Those engaged in social sport tried their hands at:

3v3 Basketball
Touch Footy

Click here for some sport pics


Thursday was to see us take the Colour Games to a whole new level and compete in an awesome Amazing Race around Albert Park. The temperature soared quickly, so unfortunately we had to call it short, but not before the Fluro Pink team had made an awesome effort to get half way through the Race....pretty amazing!!


Aqua Park

Wednesday saw us take the kids out of the city and out of their comfort zone to Aqua Park where they sought to beat the inflatable obstacle course and Rope Climb.

After 6 hours in the sun, the kids were not yet ready to leave, but alas the day had to end.


Community Day

Making Dream Catchers with Little Dreamers

Community Day has become a Day that Maccabi is very proud of. It is an opportunity for our participants to get out amongst the community and give back. We hope they gained something while giving something.

This year saw us work with some fantastic community organisations yet again. We thank them for partnering with us, and for seeing the value of the exposure to these young participants.

We thank the participants of Carnival for embracing the organisations.

Thank you:

Little Dreamers 
Our Kitchen Table 
Jewish Care        
Emmy Monash
Manders Villas 
Challah for Hunger 
Holocaust Centre

Click here to find out more about the wonderful organisations with whom we partnered.

And click here for some pics taken on the day

And here to be able to listen to some of the J-Air podcasts



The Social Program was second to none, with kids:

  • Celebrating the start of Carnival (and dancing)
  • Swimming (and Dancing) at the Pool Party
  • Getting Messy at the Colour Run (and dancing)
  • Chilling out with Lawn Bowls (and dancing)
  • Bouncing (and dancing)
  • Making Memories (and dancing)

Click here for more pics from social functions


Closing - :(

And then sadly it was time to say good bye.....

The Jocelyn Kann Memorial Flame was extinguished for another year, passed on to Maccabi NSW who will host the next Junior Carnival in Sydney.

We applauded and rewarded those from each state who each state's managers agreed best embodied the spirit of Maccabi and Carnival. We congratulate:

From NSW - Jayden Weinberg and Tori Josman
From QLD - Lyndon Maradeen and Jade Rebibou
From WA - Liam Demb and Charile Abitbol
From VIC - Oran Brener-Cohen and Romi Amira

The following were also recognised by the Youth Leaders as being great competitors:

Anabel Whyte
Noah Landau
Amelie Vorchheimer
Jordy Rothfield
Aerin Klein
Aviva Broons
Toby Hearst
Jade Rosenberg
Jordan Levy
Teegan Engelander

Click here for all the great photos from the Closing...

In fact...here are all the pics


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