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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»

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 OCís 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»

JCC Global Teen Fellows: Creating the Next Generationís Jewish Leaders

Published Thursday, August 1, 2019
“Fun, spiritual, and sleepless” is how Eli Brand described his recent trip to Israel. Eli travelled with a group of 28 local teens on the Merage Jewish Community Center’s JCC Global Teen Fellows program. They met up with an equally large and exuberant group of Israeli teens from our partner JCC (matnas) in Kfar Yona, Israel. The goal of 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»