Reflections, a month-long series of programs, traces the journey from the darkest days of Jewish history, the Holocaust, to the pinnacle of Jewish peoplehood, the State of Israel.  Reflections includes programs for all ages and offers multiple opportunities for the entire Orange County community to REFLECT on our heritage, ENGAGE in Jewish learning, EXPERIENCE Jewish culture, and FEEL connected to Israel.


Thank you to our Reflections sponsors: Yossie & Dana Hollander and Marty & Doris Melnick. The Reflections series is a project of Center for Jewish Life and operated in collaboration with Jewish Federation & Family Services



Yom Hashoah: Commemorating the Holocaust


"From the Children, About the Children, For the Children: Art and Writing of the Holocaust" exhibit

April 29 - May 27, 2019
Slutzky Art Gallery at the Merage JCC


Yom Hashoah Memorial Ceremony

Wednesday, May 1, 7 p.m.
Myers Theater at the Merage JCC

Merage JCC hosts the community-wide annual commemoration for the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. Following the ceremony, we will screen "Not the Last Butterfly", a documentary about a unique international art project.


Tour the Nancy & Irv Chase Family Holocaust Memorial Garden


Educational tours of our Holocaust Memorial Garden will be available for local schools and other groups throughout the week. Contact Debbie Meline to book a tour for your family, group, or organization.


Yom Hazikaron: Remembering Israel's Fallen Soldiers


Yom Hazikaron Ceremony

Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m.
Myers Theater at the Merage JCC

Merage JCC welcomes the Israeli Scouts as Shevet Tapuz presents the annual memorial ceremony.

Yom Ha'atzmaut: Celebrating Israel's Indpendence


Israel Independence Day Aronoff Preschool Parade

Thursday, May 9, 10:30 a.m.

Humans of Tel Aviv Photo Exhibit


Discover Israel 

Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m. - 12: 05 p.m.
Seminars are FREE
10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.  Seminars with local rabbis and guest speakers on various Israel-related topics


Yossi Klein Halevi

Sunday, May 19, 4:30 p.m.
Myers Theater at the Merage JCC

Renowned Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi presents his newest book: Letters to my Palestinian Neighbors: Why I've tried to explain Zionism to them and what they have written back.

$18 members, $25 non-members 


OC Celebrates Israel

Sunday, June 2, 10 a.m - 2 p.m.
Vista Verde


Yom Hashoah is Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day. In Israel the day is observed with a two-minute siren both at sundown the day before and at 11 a.m. on this date. Everything in the country stops for these two minutes of silent devotion.

Yom Hazikaron is the national Memorial Day for the thousands who have lost their lives in defense of the State of Israel.  It is also observed in Israeli with a two-minute siren at sundown and the following day.  All places of public entertainment are closed, and memorial ceremonies are conducted at military cemeteries throughout the country.

Yom Ha’atzmaut is Israel’s Independence Day, which falls on the 5th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, which corresponds to the date on the Hebrew calendar the day the State of Israel was formally declared, May 14, 1948.  In Israel the day is celebrated with fireworks, public performances, dancing in the street, and picnics in every park.