Choosing “The Right” Preschool

Published Thursday, February 7, 2019
At this point the evidence is conclusive; preschool provides greater opportunity for long term success. According to the U.S. Department of Education, “Children in high quality preschools display stronger language, cognitive, and social skills.” A new study from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, lead researcher Dr. Dana Charles McCoy, more»

Something newish about being Jewish

Published Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Judaism has blessings for everything! Did you know there is a special blessing that a person says after surviving a dangerous experience? Birkat Hagomel (pronounced beer-KHAT hah-GOH-mel) is a prayer of gratitude commonly said after recovering from a serious illness or a life-threatening accident. It originated in the Talmud, and was recited for a more»

A Day of Indulgence for Women Struggling in Orange County

Published Thursday, January 24, 2019
February 19, 2019 –The Merage Jewish Community Center’s stalwarts of social action, JCC Cares, will host its 8th annual It’s All About You event, providing a day of indulgence to the clients of five of Orange County’s critical support nonprofits. Last year, 100 women indulged in the festive day and this year more than 150 guests are more»

What is the Jewish Community Doing December 25? Volunteering!

Published Monday, November 26, 2018
For many, December 25 evokes holiday thoughts for delicious celebrations, presents, and family. For me – not so much. While I love the holidays, family celebrations, and presents (!), my family enjoys Chanukah. That, typically, means that December 25 is a day most businesses are closed and friends are busy. Like many of our Jewish friends, December more»

Jewish Pride in Service on Full Display at the Merage JCC

Published Sunday, November 11, 2018
By Sam Yudin, Post 786 Commander Tibor Rubin Post #786 has ensured Jewish American Medal of Honor Recipient display cases see the light of day for the first time in over 10 years in an exhibition at the Merage JCC in Orange County, CA. The 40th Infantry Division of the California National Guard has been the home of 16 display cases highlighting 17 Jewish more»

A chance for your kids to keep up with the Kardashians: an OC preschool children’s event

Published Tuesday, October 30, 2018
The BeatBuds music duo, Jonathan Jonah and Matthew Shapiro (aka Jonny Jingles and Matty Maracas), are dedicated to exercising children’s minds through music. They entertain, educate, and enrich youth audiences with a refreshing array of original children’s songs that get everyone singing, dancing, and laughing together. Their popularity has more»


Published Friday, October 26, 2018
Yes, we “can” make a difference! JCC Cares is hosting a canned food drive for Families Forward, a local non-profit that helps families in need achieve and maintain self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, education, and other support services. Each year, Families Forward hands out over 900 Thanksgiving baskets. The canned goods more»

Follow the Leader to the Merage JCC: Shimon Peres’s book on leadership, presented by son Chemi Peres

Published Monday, October 22, 2018
“He doesn’t lie. He doesn’t say bad things. And when he knocks on my door, he usually has a new idea.” This is how Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion described Shimon Peres to skeptics of the young spitfire, future President of Israel, upon whom he had come to deeply rely. Today, Ben-Gurion’s words also more»