OC Jewish Theatre

The OC Jewish Theatre is one of the only venues in Orange County for quality, Jewish entertainment. Popular events have included Alan Dershowitz, Maccabeats, Matisyahu, comedienne Rita Rudner, child piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick, and more


Upcoming Events 

Belly Laughs - December 9

Celebrate Israel @ 70 through comedy and food!
Cooking demonstration/tasting and comedy event with Joel Chasnoff and Einat Admony

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Belly Laughs

December 9, 7:30 pm

Celebrate Israel @ 70 through comedy and food!
Cooking demonstration/tasting and comedy event with Joel Chasnoff and Einat Admony

Comedian Joel Chasnoff and two-time Chopped champion Israeli chef Einat Admony join forces to present Belly Laughs, a delicious and entertaining evening. Enjoy Joel’s comedy followed by him welcoming Einat on stage for a light-hearted interview about her journey from Tel Aviv to Manhattan and the challenges of being an Israeli woman in the male dominated culinary scene, along with a cooking demonstration and a no-holds-barred Q&A.

Their comic/chef collaboration began with Balaboosta, an award-winning cookbook featuring Admony’s Mediterranean recipes infused with Chasnoff’s comedic touches. Admony is a Tel Aviv native, James Beard finalist and owner of several highly regarded restaurants in New York City. She beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay on his own show Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Comedian and Chicago native Joel Chasnoff is a former IDF combat soldier and wrote his comedic memoir The 188th Crybaby Brigade about his service in the Israeli Army. He has performed on stage and screen in nine countries, including two off-Broadway shows.

$28 JCC members, $34 public, $34 at the door
Dessert reception and book signing



Merage JCC Myers Theatre Film Series

Films that promise to entertain, inspire and provoke as they explore the complexities of Jewish culture and history.

A.K.A. Nadia, Jan. 25

The Wedding Plan, Feb. 22

Apples From The Desert, March 22

Baba Joon, April 26

Past Life, May 17, 7 p.m.

The Band’s Visit, June 21

Beaufort, July 19


Film series season passes available. View one film per month in the Myers Theatre, now equipped with a professional-quality wide screen and enhanced sound system.


Myers Theatre 

Our 3,960 sq. foot auditorium offers a variety of set-up options that can be customized for your event, and comes with a sound booth with professional audio/visual and lighting systems.


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