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Cultural Arts

Cultural Arts at the J

The Cultural Arts department at the Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County offers a wide variety of programs for individuals of all ages and families: Art classes, Film, Music and Book Festivals, Art exhibits, Youth Theatre, Off Broadway shows, guest speakers and much more! Come to the JCC to enjoy and participate in the wide variety of activities for all ages.

Orange County Jewish Theatre

Orange County Jewish Theatre brings quality Jewish shows, musicals, plays and films to the Orange County Jewish community.  For additional information about our Arts program, please contact Yael Brudner at (949) 435-3400, ext. 305 or e-mail

School of Visual Art

The JCC School of Visual Art is focused on developing the individual’s love for the visual arts. Classes are exploratory in nature and have a planned curriculum that promotes intellectual, aesthetic and emotional growth.  Projects are designed to introduce the student to a variety of media and the nature of the creative process.

Adult Classes are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and are 3 hours long. Lessons will focus on drawing, developing a color palette, creating texture and understanding perspective.

Children and Teen classes are eight weeks in length and cover several different media.

Slutzky Art Gallery

The JCC Slutzky Art Gallery’s mission is to promote quality Jewish art and Jewish artists. Artists are selected because of their commitment to advancing Jewish life through the visual arts.


The Merage JCC’s children’s theatre program, J-Stage, is your child’s opportunity to shine. This premier children and teen theatre program is focused on teaching acting, stage and performance skills by creating theater opportunities. J-Stage professionals will work to each child’s strength to create a positive atmosphere which bolsters self-esteem. J-Stage offers workshops, classes and major musical productions.

Special funding provided by the Doris H. & Milton J. Chasin Cultural Arts Endowment and the Merage JCC Cultural Arts Patron Circle


  • Yael & Eyal Aronoff
  • The Roslyn & Joseph Baim Family Foundation
  • Marlene & David Beach
  • Lynn & Dan Bernstein
  • Nancy & Irv Chase
  • Doris Chasin
  • Sandy & Allan Fainbarg
  • Steven Fainbarg
  • Stuart Friedman
  • Cindy & Michael Furst
  • Dana & Yossie Hollander
  • Robin & Larry Kaplan
  • Mindy Lauerlevin & Ed Levin
  • Ellen Olshansky & Richard Pattis
  • Phyllis and Rick Roberts
  • Wendy & David Stark
  • Nancy & Arnold Raymon
  • Dana & Mark Susson
  • Sheila & Jay Witzling

Support the Arts at the J: Become a Cultural Arts Patron!

You can help the J continue to offer an outstanding variety of Cultural Arts programs including community theatre, art exhibits, off Broadway shows, concerts, guest speakers, films, the annual OC Jewish Arts Festival and more! Your $1,000 donation entitles you to two Patron tickets to all JCC in-house Cultural events and exclusive opportunities to meet renowned speakers and entertainers.

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