Merage JCC celebrates its gold medal volunteers

Published Wednesday, April 4, 2018
For thousands of years mezuzot have hung on the doorposts and gates of Jewish homes. The mezuzah is a symbol – a reminder – of Judaism’s most embraced tenets: peace and love. On the doorsposts in our JCC another important value is posted; every staff member’s office bears a sign that reads Volunteers are not paid, not because they more»

Thousands of Jewish Teens Make a Difference during the Orange County Maccabi Games with JCC Cares

Published Tuesday, April 3, 2018
The largest Jewish youth event in the world is taking place in Orange County this August. The Merage Jewish Community Center in Irvine will host the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest, considered the Jewish teen Olympics, August 5 through 10. Welcoming more than 2,500 visiting teens from 65 communities across the U.S. and the world, as well as more than more»

Celebrating the History of the JCC Maccabi Games

Published Wednesday, March 28, 2018
From Constantinople to California, from 1825 to Today: the Merage Jewish Community Center Celebrates the History of the Maccabi Games This August thousands of volunteers, host families, coaches and teen athletes and artists will converge on Orange County to again integrate athletics and arts with our Jewish history with the Merage JCC’s third more»

Anne Frank: A History for Today

Published Monday, March 19, 2018
Anne Frank: A History for Today As the world remembers the Holocaust, the Merage Jewish Community Center brings national exhibit to Orange County shedding new light on Anne Frank’s enduring legacy April 11th marks Yom Hashoah on the Jewish calendar. Commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, it is literally called "Day of (Remembrance of) the more»

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»