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JYA Young Adults 21-35

Young Adults 21-35

The Merage JCC introduces Young Adult Programming to meet the needs of our members age 21-35.

We are bringing young professionals (ages 21-35) together to create a growing network of people through a range of events… from social bar nights, trivia and game nights, sporting activities, hikes, Shabbat potlucks, Vegas trips, and more.

After all, fellow Jews getting together makes it a Jewish event!  Events will be open to the whole community, as we want to engage young Jews in OC who are not currently involved in anything Jewish or may want to be involved in something more suited to their interests.

Elana SimonQuestions? Contact Elana Simon, JCC Young Adult Director at or (949) 435-3400 ext. 271 to get involved.

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Classes & Events:

Family Volunteering at the Food Bank
Sunday, August 3rd from 10:00am-11:30 a.m.
Join JCC Cares, the JCC's Social Action group, for a fun morning of giving back! We will be heading to the OC Food Bank to pack food boxes that are distributed to hungry families in the Orange County and surrounding areas. This is a great event for families! Email for more information.
Time:Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Date:Sunday, Aug. 3 Add to Outlook
Ages:Ages 12-16
Israel 200 Level Lecture & Discussion
Thursday, August 7, 2014 6:30-9:30p.m.

Israel 200 Level Lecture & Discussion
Our Israel 101 Lecture & Q&A was such a success, we are thrilled to bring in Marshall Kaplan to lead us in a more in-depth conversation about the various viewpoints circulating about Israel, both within the country and abroad.

Marshall Kaplan is the former Dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at University of Colorado and held the Wirth Chair in Energy, Climate Change and Community Development. He also served in the Carter and Kennedy administrations and as an Advisor to Assistant Secretary Floyd Hyde when George Romney was Secretary of HUD. He was a principal in the policy advisory firm of Marshall Kaplan, Gans and Kahn. Marshall has written several books and numerous articles on regional and urban policy, New Towns, poverty, infrastructure, environment and social welfare policy. He was honored by the Colorado ADL for his contributions to the nation and community in the early 1980s.
No cost to attend, open to JCC Members and community.
Registration is required.
Time:Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Date:Thursday, Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m. Add to Outlook
JYA Israel 101 Lecture
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Israel 101 Lecture with brief Q&A
Merage JCC, Conference Rooms A&B

Israel? Who? What? Where?
What happened when? Why is there fighting?
Don Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, CSULB will fill us in.

During this time of particularly heightened sensitivity, Young Adults are looking to better understand the history of Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as explore their personal connection to the Jewish state.
Specifically targeted at those who are looking to obtain/expand a basic foundation of knowledge.
Moderated Q&A, Suggested Reading Lists, and List of news sources will be provided.

No cost to attend, open to JCC Members and community.

Time:Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Date:Tuesday, July 22 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Don Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, CSULB
JYA Labor Day Pool Party
Come celebrate Labor Day at the prettiest pool around!
Time:Sunday from 3:45 a.m. to
Date:Sunday, Aug. 31 Add to Outlook
$20 for members, $25 for the general public.
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