Ari Shavit brings Promised Land to the OC Jewish Arts Festival

Published Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Lauded by the New York Times as a "genuine game changer in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict…", Merage JCC is excited to welcome Ari Shavit to the 2014 OC Jewish Arts Festival. Ari Shavit is a leading Israeli columnist and writer. With the recent publication of his internationally acclaimed book My Promised Land, he has become one of the more»

Younger Next Week: author luncheon with Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN

Published Tuesday, November 4, 2014
If 40 is the new 30, then 70 is the new 60. The Merage JCC finds that its members – young and old – eagerly seek means to maintain and increase wellness everyday. Nine in the morning each day at the J, droves of people are leaving for work after a great workout and coming to the J for regularly sold out classes in gentle yoga and pilates. In more»

PUMP, an eye-opening documentary, tells the story of America’s addiction to oil is coming to Orange County

Published Sunday, October 12, 2014
PUMP, an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil is coming to Orange County, opening at the Frida Theater in Santa Ana on Friday, October 17. PUMP opened in LA and NY a few weeks ago and has garnered tremendous viewer and critic support. It is a rare occurrence that a movie is hailed by both the Village more»

Merage JCC dedicates the new Holocaust Memorial Garden

Published Monday, October 6, 2014
On Sunday, October 5th, the day after Yom Kippur, one of the most holy days in the Jewish calendar, more than 100 Jews from around Orange County gathered at the Merage Jewish Community Center in Irvine to remember the Holocaust and commit efforts to teaching the lessons of the past so it never happens again. The crowd joined the Merage JCC to dedicate the more»

JCC Global Teen Fellows features travel, sport, culture and learning

Published Friday, August 1, 2014
The Merage JCC is partnering with Jewish community centers in Mexico City, Mexico and Kfar Yona, Israel to launch Amitim—a JCC global teen exchange. Targeting teens 14 to 17 and their families, the initiative brings thirty teens from each of the three communities will come together to play sports and participate in cultural activities alternating host more»

Torah for the Troops

Published Sunday, July 20, 2014
On a warm summer afternoon, the JCC and national Jewish Welfare Board hosted nearly 100 family, colleagues and friends of Nancy and Irv Chase in the JCC’s new Holocaust Memorial Garden as they dedicated a new Torah for our military. More than 10,000 Jewish men and women serve in the United States Armed Forces. While there are over 60 Torahs on loan more»

Maccabi Games: JCC Teens Join the Largest Program for Jewish Teenagers in the World

Published Saturday, July 12, 2014
Seventy Merage JCC teens, ages 13-16, will participate in the largest organized program for Jewish teenagers in the world, the JCC Maccabi Games. The Orange County teens will join over 3,000 teens from across the United States and Israel, Mexico and Great Britain for a week of sports and fun. “The sheer size of this event and the opportunity to more»

JCC Waves swim coach named All-Star

Published Thursday, July 10, 2014
JCC Waves swim coach Gina Duncan is a true All-Star Training a swim team of 230 young athletes to compete against the largest swim teams in California is no easy task, but for JCC Waves swim coach Gina Duncan, no challenge is too big for her to tackle. This passionate swim coach left her heart on the pool deck at every meet, leading to her selection as more»