Garrett Reisman, Ph.D, Jewish Astronaut, at the J

Published Friday, March 9, 2018
Dr. Garrett Reisman served as a Mission Specialist Astronaut for NASA for 13 years and was the first Jewish crew member on the International Space Station (ISS). He flew on two missions to the ISS, the first in 2008 with the STS 123 crew on the Space Shuttle Endeavor. This first trip to space lasted 95 days, which he jokingly refers to as a more»

Our Community Grieves

Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018
In the past week, we have all clung to family and friends and media hoping for good news about Blaze Bernstein's return. Unfortunately, with heavy hearts we received the tragic news that his body was found. Together, as a community we hoped, and today, as community we grieve. There are no words to express our deepest condolences. There are no actions to more»

Jr. Maccabi Coming to Merage JCC in June

Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The best part of the Games is seeing the team spirit! – Luke, 12, Team OC Over 150 kids, ages 6-12, will march to cheering crowds of families and spectators in the Jr. Maccabi Opening Ceremony at the Merage JCC in June. Teams from Orange County, Westside LA, the Valley, Long Beach and San Diego will participate in an Olympic-style opening ceremony more»

Chemerinsky & Gilman come to the J: Free Speech on Campus

Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017
UCI. UC Berkeley. Middlebury College. University of Chicago. Controversial speakers and their opponents have entangled campuses across the country in fraught, sometimes violent clashes. When speakers with provocative – or biased – points of view come knocking, should universities welcome them and safeguard their right to speak? Merage JCC in more»

Team OC Gears Up for the JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest

Published Monday, December 11, 2017
This summer Orange County welcomes back the spectacular JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, the largest Jewish youth event in the world featuring an Olympic-style sports competition and a multidisciplinary arts festival for several thousand local and international teens, 800 host families, 1,500 volunteers, and over 15,000 spectators from Jewish communities more»

500 Volunteers Make a Different December 25 Day of Service

Published Friday, December 1, 2017
Common lore suggests that Jewish people spend Christmas day eating Chinese food and going to the movies. JCC Cares, a social action program at the Merage Jewish Community Center, seeks to change the stereotype. JCC Cares is sponsoring a variety of Christmas Day volunteer projects for families and individuals. Young and old, will cook and serve more»

OC Jewish Arts Festival 2017

Published Monday, October 9, 2017
Each year a dedicated committee of culture-savvy-enthusiasts comb through many(!) films and stories celebrating the rich tapestry of Jewish culture to showcase in the annual OC Jewish Arts Festival. Seeking to enthrall and inspire audiences, we review over a hundred movies and select three to screen. Below is a sneak preview of the best of the best… more»

Jewish Education

Published Monday, September 11, 2017
ONCE THERE WAS a non-Jew who approached Rabbi Shammai, requesting to learn the Torah standing on one foot, signifying a very short amount of time. Rabbi Shammai sent the individual away with great hostility. The non-Jew then approached Rabbi Hillel with the same request, “Teach me the Torah standing on one foot.” Rabbi Hillel replied “That more»