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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»

Managing Milestones and Transitions: going back to school for kids and families

Published Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Whether your child is in fact a baby, or just “your baby” and entering middle school, junior high or (gasp) high school, transitions can be hard at all ages. Truth be told, the transitions are often harder for the parents. Happy to reach these monumental milestones, parents typically feel proud as their children start at new schools. more»

OC teens go to Detroit and Atlanta for the 2019 Maccabi Games to celebrate sports, community, and more

Published Monday, August 19, 2019
In August, 88 teen athletes and artists represented Team OC at the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest in Detroit, Michigan and Atlanta, Georgia. For over 25 years, Orange County has sent teens to the Games. The JCC Maccabi Games are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America. The Games are the largest organized sports more»