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OC Jewish Arts Festival 2017

Published Monday, October 9, 2017
Each year a dedicated committee of culture-savvy-enthusiasts comb through many(!) films and stories celebrating the rich tapestry of Jewish culture to showcase in the annual OC Jewish Arts Festival. Seeking to enthrall and inspire audiences, we review over a hundred movies and select three to screen. Below is a sneak preview of the best of the best… more»

Jewish Education

Published Monday, September 11, 2017
ONCE THERE WAS a non-Jew who approached Rabbi Shammai, requesting to learn the Torah standing on one foot, signifying a very short amount of time. Rabbi Shammai sent the individual away with great hostility. The non-Jew then approached Rabbi Hillel with the same request, “Teach me the Torah standing on one foot.” Rabbi Hillel replied “That more»

Merage Jewish Community Center Names Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament After Bob Appleton

Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Merage Jewish Community Center Names Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament After Bob Appleton, Father of Adrienne Matros, Merage JCC Board Member Irvine – Friends and family of Bob Appleton and the Merage Jewish Community Center will gather on October 11 at Irvine’s Oak Creek Golf Club for the annual scholarship golf tournament benefiting more»

JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest Coming to OC 2018

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Merage Jewish Community Center is proud to host the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest from August 5-10, 2018. The JCC Maccabi Games, an Olympic-style sporting competition held annually, is the largest annual Jewish youth event in the world. A powerful and transforming experience for Jewish teens, the JCC Maccabi Games are dramatic in their scale and more»

Security Update

Published Friday, March 24, 2017
Today our children came bouncing to school with usual squeals of delight. Our fitness center is crowded, balls bounce in the gym, and the lanes in the pool are busy. We expect a full-house as our community enjoys a pre-Passover celebration in the theatre. Like every day, we come together for our health and wellness, our education, our socialization. We more»

Jr. Maccabi Coming to Orange County

Published Wednesday, March 1, 2017
The Merage Jewish Community Center (JCC) is gearing up once again to play host to more than 150 pre-teen Jewish boys and girls for this year’s Jr. Maccabi Games. Kids, ages 10-12, from Orange County, Los Angeles and Long Beach will enjoy team competitions in swimming, basketball, soccer and tennis, as well as sports journalism. Events will also more»

It's a gold medal for our Aronoff Preschool

Published Friday, February 24, 2017
The Merage JCC's Aronoff Preschool was honored with a Zahav (gold medal) award for its Language Academy. The prestigious Zahav Award – the highest awards available to JCCs from its global association – recognizes outstanding, visionary initiatives with maximum impact on our Jewish communities. “Those who choose to work in nonprofits and more»

Israel: Global Leader

Published Monday, February 20, 2017
Merage JCC panel discussion Israel: Global Leader One of the most innovative, inspiring countries in humanitarian and social issues, technology and biomed issues In country with just over 8 million residents, the number of innovative breakthroughs is mind-numbing. In humanitarian and social issues, in technology and biomed, Israel is a global more»