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 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 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
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
Bernice Watkin
Karen and Dr. Charles Weinberg
Sheila and Jay Witzling


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You can help the J continue to offer an outstanding variety of Cultural Arts programs including community theatre, art exhibits, off Broadway shows, concerts, guest speakers, films, the annual OC Jewish Arts Festival and more! Your $1500 donation entitles you to two Patron tickets to all JCC in-house Cultural events and exclusive opportunities to meet renowned speakers and entertainers.

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