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Maccabeats Coming to the Merage JCC: May 22

Published Friday, April 15, 2016
They're internet and concert sensations now, but the a cappella singing group The Maccabeats didn't start with grand ambitions. They began as a group at Yeshiva University in Manhattan. "It started as a pretty simple, unremarkable story," says founding member Julian Horowitz, "in that we were just a bunch of guys who liked to sing. Our first year, we more»

It's Crunch Time: Passover and Matzo Creations

Published Thursday, April 14, 2016
Are you bored with matzo immediately after eating the afikomen? Do you end up eating the same thing every day of Passover? Check out these recipes to rock your Passover week and a few creative ways to use matzo this year. Make your Passover a culinary delight. 1. Mexican Matzo Salad 2. 9-Layer No-Bake Matzo Cake 3. The Perfect Matzo Flower more»

Connecting to Israel

Published Tuesday, March 29, 2016
From the desk of Dan Bernstein, Merage JCC, President & CEO Few people forget their first visit to the Old City at Jerusalem's core. Whether it is your first or twentieth time, there is absolutely nothing like the feel of serenity and community at the Kotel on Shabbat. For nearly 20 years I have sent teams of JCC staffers to Israel. Yes, it is taxing. more»

Camp: detox for kids

Published Thursday, February 4, 2016
As seen in JLife Magazine February 2016 For nearly my entire life, I’ve been involved with Jewish camps. I attended them, was a counselor and now direct the JCC’s summer camp program. You could definitely say “I drank the kool-aid”. So, you’d think this article would be about my favorite topic, camp. It is not. I am going more»

JCC Cares in the OC Register

Published Saturday, December 26, 2015
This Christmas the Orange County Register joined 150+ JCC Cares volunteers in giving back. We hosted eight community events, including making and serving breakfast and lunch at the Lighthouse and Crossing Churches, baking cookies for firefighters and Ronald McDonald house, entertaining seniors at Atria and Heritage homes, and more... The day proved more»

Preschool Philosophy on Learning: Process vs. Product

Published Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Jean Piaget (1936) was the first psychologist to make a systematic study of cognitive development in infants and children. Before his work, the common assumption in psychology was that children are merely less competent thinkers than adults. Piaget’s work demonstrated that in fact children think in strikingly different ways compared to adults. more»

What's Jewish About Thanksgiving?

Published Tuesday, November 24, 2015
By Nicole Andronescu, Israel & Jewish Engagement Coordinator Is everyone ready for Thanksgiving? I know I am! My annual family Thanksgiving celebrations are one of my strongest and fondest childhood memories; it helps that the festivities were recorded for the first decade of my life. My family’s Thanksgiving meals were similar to a Shabbat more»

Volunteering on Christmas Day: that's what Jews do

Published Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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 breakfast, more»