Welcome new Executive Director, Scott Braswell

Published Monday, August 5, 2019
After 15 years as founding President/CEO of the Merage Jewish Community Center, Dan Bernstein officially handed over the helm to new Executive Director, Scott Braswell. Chair of the Board, Irv Chase shares, “This time of change and transition is crucial in our history, as we have a wonderful legacy to maintain and build upon. With Scott’s more»

At the JCC Maccabi Games: Team OCs first medal of 2019 went to Allie Morros, 15 years old, from Mission Viejo

Published Thursday, August 1, 2019
Like many of our 900 host families, Allie Morros and her family enjoyed hosting teens at last year’s JCC Maccabi Games here in Orange County. Not just a host, but a fan, Allie cheered for her sister Rachel, as she ran track and field. This year, big sister, Rachel, had the opportunity to demonstrate that she is one of Allie’s biggest fans. She more»

Ride for the Living

Published Monday, July 1, 2019
Ride for the Living, Merage JCC participants 44 Merage JCC members simulated the 55-mile ride from the gates of Auschwitz to the courtyard of the Krakow JCC. Ours was one of 20 JCCs around the world to host a satellite “Ride for the Living” – an initiative of the Krakow JCC to remember the victims of the Holocaust and increase more»

Merage JCC announces new preschool director

Published Sunday, June 30, 2019
Sheila Dalva-Hornback announced as new Director of Eric & Sheila Samson Family Early Childhood Center at the Merage JCC The Merage JCC is pleased to announce that Sheila Dalva-Hornback has been selected as Director of the Eric and Sheila Samson Family Early Childhood Center and the Aronoff Preschool. Sheila is well known to our school community more»

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»