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New York Times Bestselling Author Wendy Mogel Comes to the Merage JCC

Published Friday, March 8, 2019
Eighteen years ago, I was the mom of a toddler, running around ensuring my only child had all the life experiences that would ensure he grows up to be extraordinary at whatever he wanted to be. Can you appreciate that in order to “allow” our kids to become who they want to be, there is a strong tendency to sign them up for every event and class more»

Time to Start Thinking About Summer Camp

Published Wednesday, March 6, 2019
As I am writing this article, it’s cold and blustery outside. It seems odd to be thinking about camp. Nonetheless, it’s time to plan for your kids’ summer. We’ve been coordinating summer camp since August when last year’s camp ended. We wholeheartedly believe in camp – it is an important component of Jewish life. more»

No place for hate.

Published Monday, March 4, 2019
For 15 years Merage JCC has been committed to providing a warm, supportive environment based on the Jewish value of welcoming all. We are driven by a mission that educates and inspires, and works to bring people together. As many of you might be aware, this past weekend, several social media images appeared to show local high school students laughing and more»

Preschool Family Puts iPads in our Classrooms

Published Tuesday, February 26, 2019
When many of our parents are taking thoughtful approaches to limiting childrens’ technology use, it appears counter-intuitive to put technology in the classrooms. Nevertheless, recently the Andi Collins Foundation, and a preschool family associated with the foundation, donated 40 iPads to our the Aronoff Preschool putting technology in the hands of more»

Holocaust Survivor and Restauranteur Ino Wolff Celebrates his Birthday at McDonald’s

Published Wednesday, February 13, 2019
In 1938, Ino Wolff’s family owned a restaurant in Breslau, Germany, serving delicious continental food, 150-plates a day. But it was a difficult time for Jews. During a city festival, Ino remembers the government would post a soldier at the door stopping non-Jews from entering the restaurant. Then on November 9, the Nazis unleashed the unimaginable, more»

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»