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From the desk of Scott Braswell... Grateful

Published Friday, May 8, 2020
As our community wrestles with the many challenges that come with COVID-19, our Executive Director, Scott Braswell, reminds us that gratefulness is a part of resiliency and that we will get through this together. May 8: Gratefulness May 15: Gratefulness Click here for JCC updates during the COVID-19 crisis. May 15, 2020 Dear Friends: Today more»

Important COVID-19 Updates

Published Friday, April 3, 2020
Pirke Avot, one of our essential Jewish ethical texts, teaches: nothing is more important than community. Below you'll find the latest communications about how our JCC is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. You'll also want to experience our virtual J Network, a burgeoning collection of JCC videos, articles, links and resources. There is something new 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 Children’s 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 Bernstein’s 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»