OC Jewish Arts Festival

28th annual OC Jewish Arts Festival

films • authors • music • comedy • culinary arts

October 27 - November 23, 2019

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. 



Featured: Tom Segev

Tom Segev is a leading historian and one of Israel’s most distinguished journalists. Born in Jerusalem in 1945 to parents who fled Nazi Germany, he holds a BA in History and Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D in History from Boston University. 


Featured: Rami Kleinstein

Rami Kleinstein, a triple platinum and gold album award winner, is one of Israel’s most renowned pop superstars. Known for his beautiful love songs, soulful and captivating voice and exquisite piano playing, Rami has often been compared to Elton John and Billy Joel. 



Featured: Ed Asner

Ed Asner, winner of seven Emmy Awards, stars in a comedic one-man show based on the real-life experiences of Emmy and Golden Globe award winning master of television comedy writing writer Ed Weinberg. It is a funny look at a serious topic, telling the story of a man as he faces various sudden and unexpected health difficulties while vacationing in Italy with his wife.



OC Jewish Arts Festival At-A-Glance


Oct. 16 - 24 (closed Oct. 21 -22) Preschool Bookstore
Oct. 25 - Nov. 25 Main Street Bookstore
Sunday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m. Featured event: Tom Segev
Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Featured event: Rami Kleinstein
Sunday, Nov. 3, 4 p.m. Film: Who Will Write Our History
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Film: Theodore Bikel
Saturday, Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. Featured Event: Ed Asner
Monday, Nov. 11, 7 p.m. Author: Tiffany Shlain
Saturday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Film: The Samuel Project
Monday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. Author: Ariel Burger
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 12 p.m. Cookbook Author: Adeena Sussman
Saturday, Nov. 23, 7:30 p.m. Film:  Standing Up, Falling Down


For more information or questions about our Festival events please contact Aliza Sable at (949)435-3400 ext. 305


Thank you

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


Cultural Arts Patrons

Melanie and Hal Altman
Yael and Eyal Aronoff
Marlene and David Beach
Roberta and Ephraim Beard
Nina and Dr. Jim Berman
Sharon and Mark Berman
Lynn and Dan Bernstein
Alit and Scott Braswell
Judith and Howard Brostoff
Joel Calvo
Nancy and Irv Chase
Community Scholar Program
Sandy Fainbarg
Steven Fainbarg

Aviva and Fred Forster
Stuart Friedman
Cindy and Michael Furst
Heritage Pointe
Julie Holdaway
Dana and Yossie Hollander
Robin and Larry Kaplan
Mindy Lauerlevin and Ed Levin
Roz Lipoff
Fayth and Yoni Mahller
Adrienne and Rick Matros
Debbie Meline
Doris and Martin Melnick
Marla and Scott Nathan
Miriam and Hayim Ninyo

Zohar and Danny Prosky
Nancy and Arnold Raymon
Carol Richmond
Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University
Julie and Steve Sherman
Wendy and David Stark
Dana and Mark Susson
TVT Community Day School
Roz and Dr. Elliot Vogelfanger
Bernice Watkin
Karen and Dr. Charles Weinberg
Sheila and Jay Witzling
Karen and Sy Zilberstein


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