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Jamie Bernstein, daughter of legendary Leonard Bernstein

Published Thursday, October 1, 2020
Headlines the OC Jewish Arts Festival October 25, 4 p.m. In her memoir, Famous Father Girl, filmmaker and broadcaster Jamie Bernstein offers a candid and intimate account of growing up the eldest child of renowned conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. A larger than life celebrity during one of the most intoxicating periods of American cultural life, more»

Toda! Thank You, Irv for 16 Years

Published Sunday, September 13, 2020
Irv Chase Retires as Board Chair “Acharai,” the Hebrew word for “after me,” is a popular concept suggesting that one leads and motivates others by jumping in. No word is more apropos of Irv Chase’s leadership. He is the first to jump in, advocate, recruit, and inspire. Prior to 2004, the Jewish community in Orange County more»

Welcome Hal Altman

Published Sunday, September 13, 2020
Merage JCC’s new Board Chair Entrepreneur and avid golfer, Hal Altman, began his tenure as the Merage JCC’s new Board Chair, in August at the J’s Annual Meeting. Following founding Chair, Irv Chase, Hal has big shoes to fill. With a keen eye for growing businesses, affinity for developing collaborations, and strong connections to more»

Yay! California

Published Friday, September 11, 2020
With COVID-19 cases continuing to decline in Orange County, we are excited to announce indoor fitness options are back at the J! Here's what is happening at the J: This Sunday we re-open our indoor Fitness Center. You’ll be able to enjoy both indoor and outdoor fitness experiences Keeping our community safe, please note indoors fitness more»

Sending Our Little Ones Back to School

Published Saturday, August 1, 2020
Sending Our Little Ones Back to School Silver Linings in the Age of COVID By Sheila Dalva-Hornback, Director of Merage JCC’s Aronoff Preschool Working with young children has special advantages during this challenging time. Despite limitations that COVID has imposed on most schools, and the challenges it has created for me as a preschool more»

Doing it at Home

Published Saturday, August 1, 2020
Doing it at Home: What Educators Tell Us About Teaching at Home What are the experts saying about families teaching from home? In the New York Times, Jennie Wiener, Professor of Educational Leadership, shares, “This is going to be messy and that is o.k.” Dennis Shirley, a professor at Boston College, shares tips on teaching at home, more»

JCC Cares - COVID, How You Can Help

Published Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Making a Difference: Volunteering in a time of COVID Like you and the entire world, for the past several months we’ve balanced COVID worries, economic downturns, and social unrest with hope and with the desire to do something meaningful. Though our many JCC Cares volunteers have hunkered at home away from the Merage JCC and away from our more»

Important COVID-19 Updates

Published Wednesday, June 10, 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»