Merage JCC’s Center for Jewish Life is excited to announce our fourth 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. Celebrate Israel, is a joint partnership between the Merage JCC and Jewish Federation & Family Services, and is open to the entire community, 


Thank you to our Reflections sponsors: Yossie & Dana Hollander and Marty & Doris Melnick. The Reflections series is a project of Center for Jewish Life and operated in collaboration with Jewish Federation & Family Services


Yom HaShoah “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust”

Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Myers Theater 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 are screening “Violins of Hope: Strings of the Holocaust” narrated by Academy Award winner Adrien Brody. In addition to the screening, we will have local community Rabbis and leaders share six testimonies as survivors escorted by local teens light our six memorial candles. A survivor will briefly share her story in relationship to music and the Holocaust. The community is encouraged to attend this free event and share their respect in memory of the six million.



Merage JCC Welcomes Shevet Tapuz

Tuesday, April 17, 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.


Tour the Nancy & Irv Chase Family Holocaust Memorial Garden


Take an intimate look at both the victims and heroes of the Holocaust. JCC Center for Jewish Life Mark Lazar, a veteran of over sixty journeys to Poland and Germany, is our docent.

Please contact Melinda Weiss at to book a tour for your family, group or organization.


Celebrate Israel

Full day of festivities for the entire community!


9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  
Israel Engagement Seminar Study! Discuss! Connect! 
Free, More info »


1-4 p.m.
Israel Carnival
Free, 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.