COVID-19 Updates

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2020
We're going virtual! Check out the new JNetwork Join us for fitness classes, online learning experiences, activities and valuable resources and links. Friday, March 27 Dear Friends, Just a few short weeks ago, this new reality was unimaginable. Our Merage JCC is empty and eerily quiet. While our doors are shut – we are still hard at more»

JCC Waves swim team swimmers and coach Gina Duncan to the All-Star Swim Meet

Published Thursday, January 23, 2020
JCC Waves All-Stars JCC Waves swim team swimmers and coach Gina Duncan to the All-Star Swim Meet. The annual Southern California Swimming All-Star Festival meet will be held on January 25th and will include three of the Merage JCC’s top swimmers and our own Coach Gina. The top 32 swimmers in the 10&U, 11-12 and 13-14 age groups are selected to more»

Your Childrenís Artwork on the Walls and Fridge: Developmental Masterpieces

Published Monday, January 6, 2020
The walls of our school are covered in the creative work of our preschool artists. As educators we call the colorful displays “documentation”. It’s a fancy word with a powerful purpose. Documentation makes learning visible. Likewise, hanging your children’s masterpieces in your home conveys an equally strong message. Whether on more»

What is the Jewish Community Doing December 25? Volunteering!

Published Tuesday, December 3, 2019
The joke is that Jews go to the movies and eat Chinese on Christmas Day. Not at the Merage JCC. Six years ago, JCC Cares, a social action committee at the Merage JCC in Irvine, launched a December 25 Day of Service with a variety of volunteer projects for families and individuals. In its first year, 150 volunteers launched the day of service. This year more»

Blaze Bernsteinís memory also lives on in the kitchen

Published Thursday, November 7, 2019
Pepper Bernstein visits the Blaze Bernstein School of Culinary Arts, which is named for her late son. The school is located within the Stern Family Teaching Kitchen in Irvine. (Patrice Apodaca) As seen in the Daily Pilot By PATRICE APODACA, COLUMNIST NOV. 4, 2019 Thanks largely to the popularity of television shows centered around more»

At the JCC: Ed Asner Still Laughing

Published Wednesday, October 30, 2019
With seven Emmy awards and five Golden Globes, Ed Asner is regarded as the most honored performer in American television. He was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Catapulted to stardom as Lou Grant in the more»

OC Jewish Arts Festival 2019 Honoring Jewish Heritage through film

Published Thursday, October 10, 2019
Each year a dedicated committee of culture-savvy-enthusiasts comb through films celebrating the rich tapestry of Jewish culture to showcase in the annual OC Jewish Arts Festival. Four films resonate making audiences laugh, cry and think through documentaries, dramas, and comedies. Sunday, November 3, 4 pm Who Will Write Our History In partnership more»

Congratulations Merage JCC 10 years voted one of the best fitness centers in OC

Published Monday, September 16, 2019
Every year, thousands of locals cast votes in The OC Register’s “Best of…” campaign to choose the county’s best activities, shops, restaurants and businesses. For 10 years, the Merage JCC has competed with big and small gyms, and consistently been lauded as the “Best of OC”. For those in search of greater fitness more»