Living Rachmanut

Document produced by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of San Francisco before the Maccabi Games in 2009, stating that the JCC welcomes families of all kinds to participate, and condemning bias and discrimination.

January 1, 2009

By The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco



Hillel said: Do not separate yourself from the community…. Do not judge your fellow until you are in his place.” Pirkei Avot 2:5

The JCC Maccabi Games Staff and Steering Committee abide by Rachmanus (compassion) as the core Jewish value central to participation in the Games.  The JCC Maccabi Games foster Jewish identity and values by engaging in behaviors that convey respect and honor, and discourage bias or discrimination of any kind.

In keeping with this spirit of rachmanus, we welcome all Jewish families to host JCC Maccabi Games athletes.  K’lal Yisrael (Jewish inclusiveness) and Hahnasat Orhim (welcoming guests) are two of the core values of the JCCSF.  They are visible on the 30- foot sculpted wall in the JCCSF’s atrium and are reflected in all of our programs and services.

We affirm and respect the rich diversity of Jewish athletes and families.  We will not condone or participate in behavior or practices that discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, affiliation, nationality or economic status, in any aspect of the JCC Maccabi Games.  This includes home hospitality as well as the behavior of Delegation Heads, coaches, athletes and community members.