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Dan Bernstein, Merage JCC's Founding President Retires

Published Monday, June 10, 2019
Before retiring, Dan Bernstein, founding President/CEO of the Merage JCC, sat down with two of his board members, Doris Chasin, and Irv Chase, to discuss the JCC’s past and future. In their own ways, the three community leaders marveled at what the JCC has become. Irv jumped in with his memories predating the Merage JCC...“In the 90’s my more»

Merage JCC Celebrates its own MVP

Published Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Irv & Nancy Chase, Dan & Lynn Bernstein More than 300 guests revelled at the Merage JCC’s annual Celebration Ball June 2 honors founding President/CEO of the Merage Jewish Community Center, Dan Bernstein, for his 16 years of more»

Mazel tov: Merage JCCs Camp Haverim gets an A+

Published Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Out of hundred (and hundreds!) of summer camps in Orange County, only eight have ACA (American Camp Association) accreditation, including Camp Haverim. ACA accreditation is a very big deal as camps are required to maintain a rigorous level of safety standards. “Safety and security are our number one priorities, bar none. It is not enough to meet ACA more»

At the Merage JCC students take Holocaust learning out of the classroom

Published Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Israelis – and many Jews throughout the world – mark May 1 as Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. Sage Hill High School students will mark the occasion as an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust without the text books. On Thursday 32 students visit the Merage Jewish Community Center where their Holocaust education will include a global more»

When Matzah is Good

Published Monday, March 25, 2019
According to Julian,10, “matzah is good…it tastes like bread.” He continues with appropriate child-like relish, “and if the JCC has a matzah party I want to come!” Thalia, 7 and Ghianni,10, both found ways to make their matzah even better: Ghianni like his with butter and jam, whereas recommends chocolate. Who doesn’t more»

Jr. Maccabi Coming to Orange County

Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The Merage Jewish Community Center (JCC) is gearing up once again to play host to more than 150 pre-teen Jewish boys and girls for at the seventh annual Jr. Maccabi Games. Kids, ages 5-11, from Orange County, the San Fernando Valley, Westside LA, Long Beach and San Diego gather to celebrate sports, arts, Jewish culture, community and fun with the ruach more»

New York Times Bestselling Author Wendy Mogel Comes to the Merage JCC

Published Friday, March 8, 2019
Eighteen years ago, I was the mom of a toddler, running around ensuring my only child had all the life experiences that would ensure he grows up to be extraordinary at whatever he wanted to be. Can you appreciate that in order to “allow” our kids to become who they want to be, there is a strong tendency to sign them up for every event and class more»

Time to Start Thinking About Summer Camp

Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019
As I am writing this article, it’s cold and blustery outside. It seems odd to be thinking about camp. Nonetheless, it’s time to plan for your kids’ summer. We’ve been coordinating summer camp since August when last year’s camp ended. We wholeheartedly believe in camp – it is an important component of Jewish life. more»