For over 40 years, Maccabi Junior Carnival has connected nearly 20,000 kids from all over Australia, and it is the largest Jewish sporting and social event in Australia.
Each one brings together hundreds of boys and girls in years 7-10, providing them with the opportunity to represent and compete for their home state, while making new friends by connecting through social events.
Junior Carnival 2023 will take place in Melbourne from January 15-22, offering nine different sports to choose from.
There will be traditional sports like football, basketball, netball, tennis and futsal, but also options such as table tennis, volleyball, ultimate frisbee and badminton.
While sports are taken seriously at Carnival, having fun, and giving it a go, are equally as important. And there are no selection trials, so all are welcome to play.
After each day of sport, participants can expect evenings packed with social activities, including a pool party, disco and carnival rides.
There’s also a massive Friday night Shabbat dinner being planned.
Children from NSW, Qld, WA and New Zealand will be hosted in Melbourne by families from the Jewish community, or have the option, if preferred, of making their own arrangements to stay with relatives or friends.
Taryn Levin, the youth and community manager at Maccabi NSW, has described going to Maccabi Junior Carnival in her childhood as “one of the most memorable experiences of my life”.
“My initial concern of leaving my family for a week, and travelling interstate, was quickly replaced with hoping the week would never end,” Levin recalled.
“I made so many new friends, whom I am still in touch with today, and I had so much fun playing the sports I like, and trying new things. The highlight was the partying and social activities throughout the week.”
The cost for the 2023 carnival is approximately $140 a day, and includes registration, return flights, uniforms, all activities and most meals.
It is a Maccabi policy that no child misses out due to financial hardship, so subsidies are available.
Levin urges community members who have children, grandchildren, friends or family members going into years 7-10, to spread the word about Junior Carnival 2023, and make sure anyone who would like to go is registered as soon as possible, so that they don’t miss out on being a part of what promises to be the summer experience of a lifetime.
To register, visit: http://revolutionise.com.au/mcarnival/home
For NSW residents, to find out more, email email@example.com