OC Jewish Theatre

The OC Jewish Theatre is one of the only venues in Orange County for quality, Jewish entertainment. Popular events have included Alan Dershowitz, Maccabeats, Matisyahu, comedienne Rita Rudner, child piano prodigy Ethan Bortnick, and more


From history to mystery, fact to fiction, and politics to religion, cultural arts at the Merage JCC hosted an exceptional repertoire with something for all arts lovers. 

Chemi Peres, son of the late Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, has shared his father’s message about peace-building and acclaimed Israeli actor Mike Burstyn entertained us with a medley of Yiddish songs that left his audience begging for more. Our youngest members sang and clapped to the tunes of the The BeatBuds, and straight from Off-Broadway and on a national tour, Tom Dugan mesmerized the entire audience with his one-man show Wiesenthal: Nazi Hunter. We were privileged to feature Israeli musical superstar Idan Raichel in a sold-out concert that introduced a new OC audience to the best of Israeli pop.



Merage JCC Myers Theatre Israeli 
Film Series

Films featuring Israeli writers, producers, plots and/or actors. Series promises to entertain, inspire and provoke as they explore the complexities of Jewish culture and history. 

An Israeli Love Story 
- Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.
 - Postponed

The year is 1947, and 18 year old Margalit who loves theater and dreams of becoming an actress falls in love with Eli from Kibbutz Beit Keshet. Eli is busy with the dramatic events preceding the birth of the state of Israel. They set a date for their wedding, but then, Israel’s harsh reality steps in.

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Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive - Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.

While walking down Jaffa Road, Jerusalemite Ronen overhears a tour guide offering a sanitized version of his hometown’s recent history. This inspires him to start his own “Terror Tour”, taking tourists to famous bombing sites and offering an ironic take on the absurdity of everyday life during the terrorist attacks of the 1990s and 2000s.

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Shelter - Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m.

In this espionage thriller, Mossad agent Naomi is sent on a mission to protect Mona, a Lebanese informant who is being hidden inside a safe house in Germany while she recovers from plastic surgery to change her appearance.

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Special film for Yom Ha'atzmaut: Sustainable Nation - Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m.

In a world where clean water is everything, this film follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. Using solution developed in water-poor Israel, they are working to change the status quo of a world where one in ten people lacks access to safe drinking water.

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Myers Theatre 

Our 3,960 sq. foot auditorium offers a variety of set-up options that can be customized for your event, and comes quipped with a professional-quality widescreen and enhanced sound and lighting systems.


Thank you

to the  Doris H. & Milton J. Chasin Cultural Arts Endowment and The Isidore & Penny Myers Foundation for their ongoing support to theatre at the Merage JCC. 


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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 $1,500 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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