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Lifelong Jewish Learning

Israel: Past and Present
Thursdays, May 8-29, 7-8:30 p.m.


May 8 > Build and be Rebuilt While Fighting and Being Fought: The Creation of the State of Israel and the Wars Over its Existence
The origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the building of the Jewish national home. Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger

May 15 > The Invisible Problem that Everyone Saw: Israel and the Rise of Palestinian Identity
How the conflict between Jews and Palestinians emerged in the early 20th century and has grown and changed over time. Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger

May 22 >  The “Fossil” Bursts into Life:  T­he Continual Conflict Over the Place of Religion in Israeli Society
We will look at how ultra-orthodoxy has blossomed in Israel and its complicated relationship with the secular world. Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger

May 29 >  Israel’s Transition from StartUp Nation to Global Nation
How can partnerships and capital be created to promote globalization?  Dr. Glenn Yago

dr-jeffrey-blutinger<Dr. Jeffrey Blutinger: Professor of History and  Director of Jewish Studies at California  State University, Long Beach, Barbara and Ray Alpert Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies.
dr-glenn-yago>Dr. Glenn Yago: Senior Fellow/Founder, Financial Innovations Labs, Milken Institute; Visiting Professor, Hebrew University and University of California, San Diego

JCC Members $80, Public $100 for 4-lecture series. Sign up »

The Jewish Experience

Passport to Israel: Sights, Sounds and Tastes
pita-pocketTuesday, May 6, 12-1 p.m.

Israeli lunch: falafel, hummus, pita, Israeli salad, rugelach and cookies
Israeli map experience: discover how each war since 1948 changed Israel’s borders
Trivia challenges: test your knowledge about Israel
Experience the shuk – Israeli market place
Recognize Yom Ha’zikaron (Memorial Day) and Yom Ha’atzmaut (Independence Day)
Win Free Giveaways! Gourmet farmers market basket & Judaica
JCC Members $14 per person, Public $16. Includes lunch. Advance registration by May 1. Sign up »

Celebrating Orange County’s Jewish History
Wednesday, May 21, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cahen-House Presented by Dalia Taft

Orange County’s Jewish roots extend back to when Anaheim was founded in 1857 by two German-Jewish immigrants. O.C. pioneer Benjamin Dreyfus made the first large-scale production of Kosher for Passover wine in the nation, right here in Anaheim – in 1863. JCC and Jewish Federation members Free, Public $10. Sign up »

Lifelong Learning

News & Views
Mondays, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Ongoing.
Come discuss local and world issues in this interactive class.
Instructor: Jesse Rosenblum. JCC members only: Free.

Books & Bagels
Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 a.m. Meets once a month.
Enjoy coffee and bagels while discussing the book of the month. Facilitated by Dana Susson and Marcy Middler. JCC Members & Women’s Philanthropy Free, Public $10.

April 29—Open Heart by Elie Wiesel Sign up »
May 27—The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult Sign up »
June 24—The World Without You by Joshua Henkin Sign up »
July 29—The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer Sign up »

Writing your Story
Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., May 28, June 25, July 30
Do you have a memory that begs to be written? Do you find it difficult to get started? Through the use of prompts and free writes, we’ll get those memories on paper. We’ll talk about the basics of memoir and the details that bring them to life. Facilitator: Dr. Marcy Middler PhD, MFT.
JCC Members Free, Public $10. Sign up »

Beyond the Canvas
Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
A fascinating JCC art series which presents insights into legendary artists’ lives and artistic movements. Presented by Professor Jacqueline Hahn. Series of 4 lectures:  JCC Members $60, Public $75. Individual lectures: JCC Members $20 each, Public $25 each

May session (4 classes) Sign up »
May 1—Wassily Kandisky Sign up »
May 8—Frank Kupka Sign up »
May 15—Robert Delaunay Sign up »
May 22—Joan Miro Sign up »

June session (4 classes)
June 5—Gustav Klimt
June 12—Expresssionism
June 19—Egon Schiele
June 26—Oskar Kokoschka

iPhone Tips and Secrets
Fridays, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., May 2 – 23 (4 classes) Sign up »
Tuesdays, 7 – 8:30 p.m., July 8 – 29 (4 classes) Sign up »
Learn how to get the most out of your iPhone and things you didn’t know your iPhone could do. JCC Members $25, Public $35 per 4 week session


Women’s Connection − Lecture Series
Join a dynamic group of women promoting educational, social, wellness and Jewish interests for women at the JCC.

Wisdom in Your Life Story
Tuesday, May 13, 10:30 -11:30 a.m. What is our role as Maven? How has your life experiences influenced your thinking? How can you impart your wisdom to share with future generations? Facilitated by Marcy Middler, PhD, MFT. JCC Members Free, Public $10 Sign up»

Intuitive Eating: Body and Mind Connection to Food
Wednesday, June 18, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Do we eat with our body, heart or brain? What makes us satisfied and why? What is a healthy eating? Tips to eat healthy and stay healthy. Instructor: Joanna Richarson Jones RD, MBA, CEDS. JCC Members Free, Public $10 Sign up »

Gentle Yogalates & Meditation
Mondays, 9 – 10:20 a.m. May 19 – July 14. This class will integrate gentle core exercises with yoga & meditation to provide a complete and balanced experience. Instructor: El Vered Rubin. JCC Members only: $50 for 8 classes. Sign up »

Gentle Yoga
Wednesdays & Fridays, 8:45 – 9:45 a.m., Ongoing. This gentle approach to yoga helps you increase flexibility, improve circulation and experience more energy. Bring a yoga mat and strap. Instructor: El Vered Rubin. JCC Members only: Free (drop-in).


Mah Jongg

Drop-in Mah Jongg
Mondays, 7 – 9 p.m. Ongoing. Bring your JCC friends and meet other Mah Jongg players. JCC Members only: Free (drop-in).

Drop-in Mah Jongg
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ongoing. Bring your JCC friends and meet other Mah Jongg players. JCC Members only: Free (drop-in).

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Mondays, 7 – 9 p.m. May 5 – June 30 (8 classes – no class May 26) Sign up »
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. May 7 – July 2 (8 classes – no class June 4) Sign up »
Learn to play in a small, friendly class setting. Instructor: Joan Samson. JCC Members $115, Public $130. Card $9. Minimum: 6 per 8 week session.

Mah Jongg Refresher
Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. May 2 – 23 (4 classes). Practice and brush up on your skills at our supervised play session. Instructor: Joan Samson. JCC Members $60, Public $75, each 4 week session. Sign up »


Bridge Workshop – Play of the Hand
Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. April 29, May 6, May 13. Learn more about leads, discards, crossroughing or pulling rump, unblocking, setting up the long suit, watching entries, guidelines for defense, and declarer play. Instructor: Jane Dober, Silver Life Master. JCC Members $50, Public $65 per 3-class series. Minimum 12. Sign up »

Beginner Supervised Play with Ann Cressman
Tuesdays, 10 am – 12 p.m. July 1 – August 5 (6 classes). Improve your play through supervised instruction and analysis of hands. Instructor: Ann Cressman, ACBL certified instructor, Gold Life Master. JCC Members $100, Public $115 per session. Sign up »

Intermediate Supervised Play with Ann Cressman
Tuesdays, 1 – 3 p.m. July 1 – August 5 (6 classes). Improve your play through supervised instruction and analysis of hands. Instructor: Ann Cressman, ACBL certified instructor, Gold Life Master. JCC Members $100, Public $115 per session. Sign up »


Poker League 2014
May 18, July 13, Aug. 17, Sept. 14, Nov. 9, Dec. 7. Games start at 1 p.m. Play in our monthly games on Sundays and earn points toward the yearly grand prizes. Each game has prizes for the winner of the day.
League fee: JCC Members $69, Public $99. Sign up for league »
Or Individual game registration: JCC Members $20 Public $25 not eligible for league.

Clubs & Affinity Groups

The View for Women of All Ages
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ongoing. Come for coffee, chat, and share your ideas while discussing topics of interest to women. Facilitated by Michelle Walot & Ro Probolsky. JCC Members Free, Public $5 per session (drop in and join).

Men’s Wine Tasting
Tuesdays, 7 – 9 p.m. Monthly. May 13, June 17 and July 15. Gents—if you love wine, this is not to be missed. RSVP Required to Sid Field, Coordinator (949) 464–9939, JCC Members only: Free. Sign up »

Men’s Club at the J
Fridays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ongoing. Enjoy coffee and bagels while discussing issues of the day. Club members share views on current news items and thought provoking topics. The participants’ wide range of professional experiences, life lessons, and opinions enhances the discussion. Coordinator: Marty Migdall. JCC Members only: Free (Drop in and join).

Just for Seniors

Medicare – Free Private Consultations
Request a free private consultation at the JCC on the first Tuesday of each month with consultant Joan Kaye, from Health Insurance Counseling Agency. Call Geri at (949) 435-3400 x 303 to schedule an appointment in advance.

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