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»

Merage Jewish Community Center Names Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament After Bob Appleton

Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Merage Jewish Community Center Names Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament After Bob Appleton, Father of Adrienne Matros, Merage JCC Board Member Irvine – Friends and family of Bob Appleton and the Merage Jewish Community Center will gather on October 11 at Irvine’s Oak Creek Golf Club for the annual scholarship golf tournament benefiting more»

JCC Maccabi Games & ArtsFest Coming to OC 2018

Published Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The Merage Jewish Community Center is proud to host the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games and ArtsFest from August 5-10, 2018. The JCC Maccabi Games, an Olympic-style sporting competition held annually, is the largest annual Jewish youth event in the world. A powerful and transforming experience for Jewish teens, the JCC Maccabi Games are dramatic in their scale and more»

Security Update

Published Friday, March 24, 2017
Today our children came bouncing to school with usual squeals of delight. Our fitness center is crowded, balls bounce in the gym, and the lanes in the pool are busy. We expect a full-house as our community enjoys a pre-Passover celebration in the theatre. Like every day, we come together for our health and wellness, our education, our socialization. We more»

It's a gold medal for our Aronoff Preschool

Published Friday, February 24, 2017
The Merage JCC's Aronoff Preschool was honored with a Zahav (gold medal) award for its Language Academy. The prestigious Zahav Award – the highest awards available to JCCs from its global association – recognizes outstanding, visionary initiatives with maximum impact on our Jewish communities. “Those who choose to work in nonprofits and more»