On a recent Sunday afternoon, the sounds of surprise and delight could be heard coming from the gymnasium. Over the course of the afternoon, as people streamed in, moments of recognition repeated themselves – eyebrows lifted, hands went up, and many, many hugs were shared.
It was all part of the JCCSF’s JCC Maccabi Reunion. Many who participated in the JCC Maccabi Games® or JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® as part of Team San Francisco were in attendance. Teens interested in participating in future Games were in attendance too.
A basketball game took place, with former coaches and kids – now adults – playing each other, but really everyone was there to reminisce and reconnect. As the starting buzzer sounded and sneakers began to squeak on the hardwood, people in the stands huddled together to play catch up. For some, it was just another chance to hang with people they’ve kept in touch with for years, for others it was a chance to reconnect with fellow teammates who shared in one of the most pivotal experiences of their youth.
As the event wound down, phones were out as people exchanged numbers and emails and started connecting on Facebook. And those new teens? They walked away inspired to join Team San Francisco so they could start making the memories so many were recollecting.