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Maccabiah 2017 Events in Jerusalem: Music, Culture & More

While the sporting competition is the main event at the Maccabiah games, the many events that take place surrounding the games are vibrant in their own right, offering a unique opportunity to experience the cultural fabric of Jerusalem.

Events will be taking place across the city at venues like the First Station, Beit Mazia, the Jerusalem Artists House, Nocturno Live and art galleries in the Hutzot Hayotezer artists colony, where you’ll be able to catch live music, art exhibitions, theater performances, lectures, community gatherings and more.

How to use your discount card? Your special offer booklet will wait for you at the room of your hotel. In order to get the offers please tear off your discount card out of the booklet, sign it at your concierge hotel (both in Jerusalem and around the country), add your Maccabia ID and show it at the sites counters. The discount card is a family card: valid for the Maccabia participants as well as for your families and escorts.

The complete guide of the Maccabiah 2017 events

Maccabiah 2017 Cultural Events

Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony of the 20th Maccabiah Games is being held on Thursday, the 6th of July, 2017 from 8 pm – midnight. The opening event will take place at the Teddy stadium in Jerusalem, making it the biggest Maccabiah opening event ever! The ceremony will also be live broadcasted in The First Station, which will serve as the Maccabiah Hub for the course of the Maccabiah games.

The Hub to the Maccabiah Events 

The First Station will officialy host the Maccabiah participants for lesuire activities, sports sessions, tours, exhibitions and more. Check out the full schedule here:

  • July 7: “Dessert Dance” performance (12 pm -2 pm)
  • July 7: Musical Shabbat Service  (5 pm – 7 pm)
  • July 8: Live Jazz at the First Station  (11 am – 1 pm)
  • July 8: Israeli 60’s and 70’s music live shows (8 pm – 10 pm)
  • July 9: Israeli Folk Music (8 pm – 10 pm)
  • July 10: The Maccabiah Night Race
  • July 11:  Israeli youth bands (8 pm – 10 pm)
  • July 12: Leonard Cohen Tribute (6 pm – 7 pm)
  • July 13: Yoga and Beer (8 pm – 10 pm)
  • July 14: Opera in the First Station (12 pm – 1 pm)
  • July 14: Musical Shabbat Service (5 pm – 7 pm)
  • July 15: Buggy Dance Party (9 pm – midnight)
  • July 15: Ice Hockey Finals – live broadcast (8 pm – 9:30 pm)
  • July 16: Israeli Folk Dancing (7 pm – 8 pm)
  • July 17: Maccabiah Closing Ceremony Live from Latrun Park (6 pm – midnight)

Open Weekend at The First Station

Get the full Israeli cultural experience at the Open Weekend in The First Station! The First Station welcomes the Maccabiah participants with a large variety of activites and special offers.


  • A farmers market and a designers market will be held all day during Friday.
  • 8  am – Health lecture in the culture terminal
  • 9 am -11 am Gymboree party for kids
  • 10 am – Street theatre performance
  • 11 am – Street musicians
  • 12 pm – Street art
  • 1 pm – Friday party at the Beer Garden – Maccabiah participants get 1 for 1 for every burger meal.
  • 5 pm – Kabbalat Shabbat


  • 11 am – The Jazz Station
  • 1 pm – Folk Dancing session
  • 6 pm – Performances by street artists
  • 8 pm – Concert

Where: The First Station, 4 David Remez Street, Jerusalem

Live Music & Shows

Classic: Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

Those of you who enjoy classical music performances will find a great variety of classical and vocal concerts at the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
Advance registration is recommended. Check out their full calendar here

Tickets: Maccabiah participants: 45 ILS ; Family members: 75 ILS.
Address: 20 Marcus St, Jerusalem

Modern: Nocturno Live

The Nocturno is one of the hottest cafes in Jerusalem’s city center. Every night the place hosts Israel’s most talented musicians and poetry slam artists. Maccabia’s participants get special discounts, so make sure you show your card at the door.

Cost: 20-60ILS

Theatre: Theatre Company Jerusalem / Beit Mazia Theatre

  •  Sparks of Light – A fascinating cabaret of light with poems by Israel’s most eloquent writers, and interactive stand-up comedy with the world famous fusion musician Yossi Sassi joins and the Angel Dance Company under the direction of Theatre Company Jerusalem’s prize-winning artistic director Gabriella Lev. When: July 10, 2017 at 9 pm. 
  •  Love Test – Reality vs. imagination in terms of memory and time. An extraordinary performance of film, theater, dance and narrative. When: July 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm. 

Tickets: 50 ILS for Maccabiah participants
Buy tickets online here.

*For more music events and concerts, check out Abraham Hostel and Brigham Young University.

Meetings, Workshops & Special Events

Shoshana Karbasi – Cuscus and love stories In the oldest house in Ein Kerem

A culinary experience that combines folk stories with a Cuscus making class given by the poet and story teller Shoshana Karbasi.

Cost: 220 ILS instead of 260 ILS
Contact: 050-2452800
Advance registration is required.

Shanina Touso – STUDIA- art

Visit Shanina Touson’s studio, participate in a special art program in Spanish and English and eat gourmet kosher food.

Cost: 30ILS-180ILS
Contact: Shanina’s Facebook Page
Advance registration is required.

Sports Schedule at the First Station

Start your day (or end it…)with an energy boost that will get your endorphins going at the First Station sports program: yoga classes, cardio session, Krav Maga, and more!


  • 8 am – 9 am: Outdoor fitness for men with Alexandr Aleman
  • 6 pm – 7 pm : Krav Maga class with Danielle Salbe


  • 6 pm – 7 pm: Zumba sessions with Veronica


  • 8 am – 9 am: Yoga routine with Chagit Lanton


  • 7 am – 8 am: HIIT – Strength& Cardio Combined training session with Ellison Pollock


  • 8 am – 9 am: Qigong with Ayala Graicer
  • 6 pm – 7 pm: Power yoga dance with Sarai Cecile


  • 7 am – 8 am: Yoga & Kickboxing Fusion with Linor Rosenberg
  • 8 am – 9 am: General Sports Session

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