OC Jewish Arts Festival


29th annual OC Jewish Arts Festival

films • authors • music • comedy • culinary arts

October 25 - November 23, 2020

online, in-person and hybrid events


For 28 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, Idan Raichel, Rami Kleinstein, Capitol Steps, Tovah Feldshuh, Dennis Ross, Robin Preiss Glasser, Alan Dershowitz, George Mitchell, Rita Rudner, and Ed Asner - 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's exceptional repertoire has something to offer to all art lovers. 


The  Festival features both online and intimate in-person events
For those of you ready for a bit more socialization in a safe environment join us for our in-person and hybrid (both online and in-person) Festival events.

The safety of our community remains our #1 priority. Masks required. Appropriate seating distancing protocol observed.




Sunday, October 25, 4 p.m.
Jamie Bernstein, Famous Father Girl: Growing up Bernstein 
Saturday, October 31, 6 p.m.
Judy Gold, Yes I Can Say That

In-person tickets include yummy desserts

Saturday, November 21, 6:30 p.m. 
Jeff Garlin: A Conversation with Jeff Garlin



Tuesday, October 27, 11 a.m.
Anna Solomon The Book of V.
Thursday, October 29, 4 p.m.
Yousef Bashir The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine
Sunday, November 1, 11 a.m.
Uri Adoni The Unstoppable Startup: Mastering Israel's Secret Rules of Chutzpah
Monday, November 2, 4 p.m. 
Esther Safran Foer I Want You to Know We're Still Here: A Post-Holocaust Memoir
Sunday, November 8, 10 a.m.
Natan Sharansky & Gil Troy Never Alone
Tuesday, November 10, 11 a.m.

Danielle Renov Peas, Love & Carrots: The Cookbook

In-person tickets include a delicious lunch of Danielle Renov's recipes

Wednesday, November 11, 11 a.m.
Linda Kass A Ritchie Boy - A Novel
Thursday, November 12, 4 p.m.
Rabbi Laura Geller Getting Good at Getting Older
Sunday, November 15, 11 a.m. 
Jody Savin, author of Stitched & Sewn: The Life-Saving Art of Holocaust Survivor Trudie Strobel A Life in Tapestry exhibit featuring Q&A with Trudie Strobel
Sunday, November 15, 4 p.m.
Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, Mark Oppenheimer, hosts of the podcast Unorthodox The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar's and Everything in Between
Monday, November 16, 11 a.m.
Myla Goldberg Feast Your Eyes
Thursday, November 19, 1 p.m. 
Janice Kaplan The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World
Thursday, November 19, 7 p.m.
Cameron Douglas, son of Michael Douglas, grandson of Kirk Douglas Long Way Home: A Memoir of Fame, Family, and Redemption
Sunday, November 22, 6 p.m.

Alan Zweibel, an original Saturday Night Live writer Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier

Enjoy date night - order a delicious dinner for pick up.



Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 p.m.

Shoelaces  in-person @ the J, and online options

Saturday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.

Viral: Antisemitism in Four Mutations  film online (48-hour screening window) plus a Zoom Q &A with director Andrew Goldberg

Sunday, November 8, 12 p.m.

Incitement, film online (48-hour screening window) plus a Zoom Q&A with director Yaron Zilberman

Saturday, November 14, 6:30 p.m.

A Picture of His Life, film online (48-hour screening window) plus a Zoom Q&A with wildlife photographer Amos Nachum

Tuesday, November 17, online

My Polish Honeymoon (48-hour screening window)



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
Marlene and David Beach
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
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
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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