Merage JCC’s Center for Jewish Life is excited to announce our third annual Reflection series, a commemoration of the Jewish journey from the Holocaust (Shoah) to statehood with programs for all age ranges. 

The culmination of the series features Celebrate Israel -- a full day of festivities for people of all ages, including a special performance by Israeli superstar David Broza. Celebrate Israel, a joint partnership between the Merage JCC and Jewish Federation & Family Services, is open to the entire community, 


Thank you to our Reflections sponsors: Yossie & Dana Hollander and Marty & Doris Melnick.



Yom Hashoah

Tribute to Elie Wiesel z'l + exhibit + film screening "Denial"

Monday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Myers Theatre at the Merage JCC

Merage JCC of Orange County hosts the community-wide annual commemoration for the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. This year we honor Elie Wiesel, lighting candles of memory with six different selections of his writings.  More info>>


Tour the Nancy & Irving Chase Family Holocaust Memorial Garden

Sunday, April 23, 3pm

Take an intimate look at both the victims and heroes of the Holocaust followed by the live testimony from a Holocaust survivor. Don’t miss this opportunity to observe Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in a meaningful way.  More info>>


Merage JCC Welcomes Shevet Tapuz

Sunday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Myers Theatre at the Merage JCC

Merage JCC welcomes Shevet Tapuz – the Israeli Scouts of Orange County, to OC's annual commemoration of Yom Hazikaron, Israel's national day of remembrance for fallen soldiers and victims of terror.


Passport to Israel: Yom Ha'atzmaut Lunch

Tuesday, May 2, 12 noon
$25 members, $30 public, includes Israeli lunch, tour and shuk

Our annual celebration of Israel Independence Day. Enjoy the flavors and virtual tour of Israel: Through the use of photography, video footage, poetry, music, and narrative, we will journey to the State of Israel...without suffering any jet lag!  Presenter: Mark Lazar, Director of Jewish Education. More info>>


Celebrate Israel

Full day of festivities for the entire community!


9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  
Israel Engagement Seminar Study! Discuss! Connect! 
Free, More info »

10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Israeli Artists Shuk
More info »

1-4 p.m.
Israel Carnival
Free, More info »

4:30 p.m.
David Broza
More info »


Yom Hashoah

This is Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day. In Israel the day is observed with a two-minute siren both at sundown the day before and at 11 a.m. on this date. Everything in the country stops for these two minutes of silent devotion.

Yom Hazikaron

This is Israel’s Memorial Day for those who lost their lives fighting for and defending the State of Israel. Yom Hazikaron is observed on the 4th day of the Hebrew month Iyar. This day is similarly observed in Israel as Yom Hashoah with a two-minute siren. All places of public entertainment (theaters, nightclubs, bars, etc.) are closed on this day.

Yom Ha'atzmaut

This is Israel’s Independence Day, which is celebrated immediately following Yom Hazikaron on the 5th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, which corresponds to the original date of the formal establishment of the State of Israel, May 14, 1948. In Israel this day is celebrated with fireworks, live public performances and partying in the streets.