Center For Jewish Life


The Merage JCC is proud to introduce the new Center for Jewish Life. We are here to fulfill the need for expert Israel and Jewishly  engaged programming accessible to all ages and to our entire community. Here at the J we understand the need for our community to feel a connection to Israel and Jewish culture and values.





Meet Mark

We're thrilled that Mark Lazar has joined the JCC as Director of Jewish Education. Previously hailing from Israel, Mark, a professional Jewish educator with more than 40 years experience spanning diverse global settings, topics, and audiences, has joined the JCC team to provide creative leadership of the JCC's new Center for Jewish Life. Mark has taught and trained in over forty countries as well as guided groups in Israel and Europe, with well over sixty heritage journeys to Poland. Mark has brought his special flavor of Judaism and Jewish identity to thousands of individuals of all ages. He is known for his hands-on, experiential learning style and promises to surprise Orange County in many ways. 


Center for Jewish Life is operated in collaboration with Jewish Federation & Family Services

For more information about the Center for Jewish Life, please contact Melinda Weiss, (949)435-3400, ext. 275.