Israel & Jewish Experience Desk

Welcome to our new Israel and Jewish Experience Desk! Connect to Jewish resources and explore options of travel to Israel for all ages, as well as opportunities for Jewish experiences for youth at summer camps and during the year. You can also visit our new Desk on the second floor of the JCC offices, Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm, Friday 10am-2pm. Open to the community.

To discuss program options, schedule an appointment with Debbie Meline (949)435-3400 x. 271.



Hebrew school

Jewish day schools
JCC day camps

California-based Jewish sleep away camp

Regional youth movement offices

Adult Education

Local Jewish resources

Local Jewish organizations





Summer programs:

BBYO (Bnai Brith Youth Organization), a Pluralistic youth organization


NFTY ( North American Federation of Temple Youth), a Reform youth movement -


Machaneh Bonim Israel- Through the progressive labor Zionist youth movement HaBonim Dror, this is a 5 weeks program for 15 and 16 year olds.


USY (United Synagogue Youth), a Conservative youth movement-


Young Judaea, a Zionist youth movement-


NCSY, a modern orthodox youth movement-


Ramah: 6 weeks in Israel for Ramah Ojai participants the summer before entering 11th grade.


March of the Living-


Israel Experience- Find the program that best meets your needs.


Gap Year:


High School Study:


Adult Trips:


Family Trips:




MASA: Masa Israel is home to the widest variety of immersive, international experiences for Jewish young adults (18-30). Find the right study abroad, internship, service learning, or Jewish studies program to help you grow—as a person, a professional, and a leader— while also developing a robust global professional network that includes Israelis and Jews from around the world.




Israel news sources

Hebrew Schools 






Jewish Day Schools



California-based Jewish sleep away camps


Regional youth movement offices:

Tsofim- Shevet Tapuz-
Doron Almog - Rosh Shevet – 949-228-5218 Merakez Shevet – Troop Leader – 949-235-6050


Adult Education





JCC's Center for Jewish Life


Local Jewish resources


Social services




Senior living


Death and bereavement



  • Orange County Mikvah: 19045 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda 92886; 714-693-0770
  • Irvine Community Mikvah: 3900 Michelson Drive, Irvine 92612; 949-207-7177


Rabbis for hire





Golden Dreidle:; 949-955-0900


Local Jewish organizations

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

For more information about the Israel & Jewish Experience Desk and the Center for Jewish Life, please contact Debbie Meline at (949)435-3400, x.271.