Dayenu! A personal perspective on what is and isn't enough

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015
What is your favorite Jewish holiday? I am sure we have each been asked this question at least once. My answer has always been … Passover. A response that was always met with quizzical looks and follow up questions like, “Don’t you mean Hanukkah?” or “You like matzah?” I love the holiday because growing up, the first more»

Honoring Adrienne and Rick Matros at the annual Celebration Ball

Published Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Dan Bernstein, President and CEO of the Merage Jewish Community Center invites the community to celebrate the traditional Jewish adage, Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world, at the annual JCC Celebration Ball honoring Adrienne and Rick Matros on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Rick and Adrienne volunteer and advocate for dozens of organizations in more»

Eric Gutman to bring FROM BROADWAY TO OBSCURITY to OC Jewish Theatre

Published Monday, February 23, 2015
For almost three years, Eric Gutman performed in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning sensation, Jersey Boys. During his run with this extraordinary show, Eric performed over 1,200 shows in six different roles (including three of the Four Seasons). Gutman has turned that experience into a hilarious one-man biopic musical, "Eric Gutman: From Broadway to more»

JCC Waves Swim Team Finds Success at Nationals and SoCal Winter Championships

Published Monday, January 5, 2015
Training a swim team of 220 young athletes to compete against the largest swim teams in the nation was no easy task for JCC Waves coaches Chris and Gina Duncan, but their coaching methods proved successful in the USA Swimming Jr. Nationals and Southern California Swimming Winter Age Group Championships. “We may be small, but I think more»

What do Jews do on Christmas?

Published Thursday, December 18, 2014
Common lore suggests that Jewish people spend Christmas day eating Chinese food and going to the movies. While for many this is in fact tradition, in Orange County JCC Cares is working to change the stereotype. JCC Cares, a program of the Merage Jewish Community Center (“JCC”) is sponsoring a variety of Christmas Day volunteering opportunities more»

Back by popular demand, world-renowned mentalist Eran Raven

Published Friday, December 12, 2014
Irvine, CA – World-renowned mentalist Eran Raven, promises to mesmerize audiences at the Merage Jewish Community Center January 17-18. Throughout his highly interactive live show, Raven reads body language, analyzes facial expressions, and uses psychological techniques such as subliminal suggestion and cognitive thinking, to predict thoughts and read more»

Kol Israel Arevim Zeh L’ Zeh: Every Jew is Responsible for One Another

Published Thursday, November 6, 2014
JCC Cares visits Israel Merage JCC, based in Orange County, California, recently sent 19 people – including 11 board members – on a service odyssey throughout Israel. The group spent 12 days touring, visiting, learning and living the phrase, Kol Israel Arevim Zeh L’Zeh, or Every Jew is Responsible for One Another. All 19 of us had been to more»

Four years running… OC Jewish Arts Festival 2014

Published Wednesday, November 5, 2014
For the fourth year in a row, the Merage Jewish Community Center is thrilled to present the OC Jewish Arts Festival 2014 featuring 10 amazing events in 15 days. Thousands are expected to attend, as the Festival is considered the largest Jewish event in Orange County and a cornerstone of the diverse community. “We are creating a spectacular presence more»