OC Jewish Arts Festival

27th annual OC Jewish Arts Festival

films • authors • music


October 28 - November 18, 2018

For 27 successful years, the OC Jewish Arts Festival at the Merage JCC has provided our community with a cultural extravaganza, featuring lauded lineups of authors, musicians, filmmakers, celebrities, and influencers. We’ve played host to Matisyahu, Capitol Steps, Tovah Feldshuh, Ari Shavit, Dennis Ross, Robin Preiss Glasser, Alan Dershowitz, Marcia Clark, George Mitchell, Rita Rudner—just to name a few!

From history to mystery, fact to fiction, politics to religion, and humor to political satire, the OC Jewish Arts Festival exceptional repertoire has something to offer all arts lovers. 


OC Jewish Arts Festival At-A-Glance

Sunday, Oct. 28, 4 p.m. Featured event: Mike Burstyn
Oct. 22 - 26 Preschool Bookstore
Oct. 28 - Nov. 19 Main Street Bookstore
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. Author: Ronald H. Balson
Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. Film: RBG
Sunday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. Author: Martin Fletcher
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Film: The Essential Link
Saturday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Special show: Til Death Do Us Part...
Sunday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. Preschool concert event: The BeatBuds
Thursday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Featured event: Chemi Peres
Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. Film: The Catcher Was A Spy


For more information or questions about our Festival events please contact Nicole Rosenson at (949)435-3400 ext. 161


Mike Burstyn in Concert

Sunday, October 28, 4 p.m.


The acclaimed American/Israeli actor and entertainer has had an international, multi-lingual show business career on stage, screen, television, concert halls and night clubs spanning over 60 years. An icon of Broadway and Israeli cinema, Mike Burstyn was born in New York City to stars of the Yiddish theater Pesach Burstein and Lillian Lux. At the age of three, he began performing at Yiddish theaters in musicals and dramas produced by his father.

In 1963 Mike decided to establish a career as an Israeli performer. He starred in the hugely successful Israeli musical film, Shnei Kuni Lemel (Two Kuni Lemels) - The Flying Matchmaker, winning two Israeli “Oscars”, and went on to become one of Israel’s most popular stars. He has also appeared on American TV shows such as Law & Order and As The World Turns.

Burstyn’s Off-Broadway credits include two Outer Critics Circle Award nominations and two Drama Desk Award nominations. Longing for a mainstream Broadway career, Mike got his wish in 1980 with a role in the Tony Award winning musical Barnum, eventually replacing Jim Dale in the title role.

Mike has been honored with numerous artistic, cultural, and humanitarian awards. The Israel Cinematheque paid tribute to Mike’s achievements in the Israeli film industry by honoring him at a ceremony in 1997. He is an honorary board member of Gilda’s Club, a regent of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, and president of the Hebrew Actors Foundation to name a few.

At age 71, Burstyn jumped at the chance to appear in Judah, a new Israeli vampire TV series that was written with him in mind in the role of a mystical and mysterious Rabbi. This role has opened up a whole new audience to him and exposed him to a new generation of fans. He is also the voice of Amos in the English language version of the Netflix hit series Fauda. Mike made his directorial debut with the 2017 Israeli feature film Azimuth that he wrote commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.

Assigned seating. $35 JCC members, $42 public, $42 at the door. VIP: $100/person or $175/couple, includes premium seats and post-performance reception (limited availability).



Thank you

to the Doris H. & Milton J. Chasin Cultural Arts Endowment, Isidore C. & Penny W. Myers Foundation, and the Merage JCC Cultural Arts Patrons Circle and Sponsors  


Cultural Arts Patrons and Festival Sponsors

Melanie and Hal Altman
Yael and Eyal Aronoff
Roslyn & Joseph Baim Family Foundation/ Barbara and Joseph Baim
Marlene and David Beach
Nina and Jim Berman
Sharon and Mark Berman
Lynn and Dan Bernstein
Judith and Howard Brostoff
Joel Calvo
Nancy and Irv Chase
Doris Chasin
Sandy Fainbarg
Steven Fainbarg
Aviva and Fred Forster
Stuart Friedman

Cindy and Michael Furst
Madaline and Stephen Gordon
Heritage Pointe
Julie Holdaway
Dana and Yossie Hollander
Carol and Myron Kanofsky
Robin and Larry Kaplan
Ophira and Ilan LaKritz
Mindy Lauerlevin and Ed Levin
Roz Lipoff
Adrienne and Rick Matros
Debbie Meline
Doris and Martin Melnick
Nancy and Michael Meyer
Marla and Scott Nathan

Miriam and Hayim Ninyo
Zohar and Danny Prosky
Nancy and Arnold Raymon
Carol Richmond
Phyllis and Rick Roberts
Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University
Julie and Steve Sherman
Blossom Siegel
Wendy and David Stark
Dana and Mark Susson
TVT Community Day School
Roz and Elliot Vogelfanger
Karen and Dr. Charles Weinberg
Sheila and Jay Witzling


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