Choosing “The Right” Preschool

Published Tuesday, December 4, 2018
At this point the evidence is conclusive, preschool is good for our children. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “Children in high quality preschools display stronger language, cognitive, and social skills.” Kathleen McCartney, PhD, Harvard Graduate School of Education suggests "At preschool, children become exposed to numbers, more»

What is the Jewish Community Doing December 25? Volunteering!

Published Monday, November 26, 2018
For many, December 25 evokes holiday thoughts for delicious celebrations, presents, and family. For me – not so much. While I love the holidays, family celebrations, and presents (!), my family enjoys Chanukah. That, typically, means that December 25 is a day most businesses are closed and friends are busy. Like many of our Jewish friends, December more»

A chance for your kids to keep up with the Kardashians: an OC preschool children’s event

Published Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The BeatBuds music duo, Jonathan Jonah and Matthew Shapiro (aka Jonny Jingles and Matty Maracas), are dedicated to exercising children’s minds through music. They entertain, educate, and enrich youth audiences with a refreshing array of original children’s songs that get everyone singing, dancing, and laughing together. Their popularity has more»


Published Friday, October 26, 2018
Yes, we “can” make a difference! JCC Cares is hosting a canned food drive for Families Forward, a local non-profit that helps families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, education, and other support services. Each year, Families Forward hands out over 900 Thanksgiving baskets. The canned goods more»

Follow the Leader to the Merage JCC: Shimon Peres’s book on leadership, presented by son Chemi Peres

Published Monday, October 22, 2018
“He doesn’t lie. He doesn’t say bad things. And when he knocks on my door, he usually has a new idea.” This is how Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion described Shimon Peres to skeptics of the young spitfire, future President of Israel, upon whom he had come to deeply rely. Today, Ben-Gurion’s words also more»

Maccabi Sports Journalists Making News

Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Nine of our sports journalists hail from Orange County, four from Israel and others join from around the country. The Maccabi Star Reporter blog is the daily news site for the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games, produced entirely by teen participants. Check for news on your favorite Maccabi sports, video interviews with athletes and features on all the fun more»

JCC Maccabi App Launched

Published Sunday, July 29, 2018
Staying connected: JCC Maccabi app launched For the first time ever, two Jewish community centers are coming together to offer the largest JCC Macabbi experience ever. Over 2,500 teens, and 12,000 volunteers, hosts and spectators will converge in Southern California for a Jewish, Olympic-style weeklong event. ArtsFest events and teens will be hosted in more»

Jr. Maccabi in the News

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018
For the first time, the Jr. Maccabi Games featured "Taste of Maccabi" for 5-7 year olds ready to begin their Maccabi adventures. Like the Maccabi Games, our own young sports reporters report on the Maccabi experience. Our sports journalists--star reporters--make paparazzi look cool! Interviews and (most) photos by Jr. Maccabi sports journalists: Lev more»