Great Jewish Americans 101: Favorite John Rothmann returns to the Merage JCC

Published Tuesday, June 7, 2016
According to his biography on KGO 810 radio, in San Francisco, John Rothmann is a frequent lecturer on American politics and the Presidency, and has spoken at over 150 campuses throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. He has been involved in many political campaigns on the national, state, and local levels, including Richard Nixon’s in 1968. more»

Merage JCC awarded three Zahav (gold medals) for national excellence

Published Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Merage JCC was honored with three Zahav (gold medal) awards at the recent JCCs of North America Biennial in Baltimore, Maryland. The prestigious Zahav Award awards – the highest awards available to JCC’s from its global association – recognizes truly outstanding, visionary initiatives with maximum impact on our Jewish communities. The more»

Maccabeats Take the Stage

Published Sunday, May 22, 2016
Using only their voices as instruments, internet sensations, the Maccabeats brought their eclectic array of vocal arrangements to Orange County on the afternoon of Sunday, May 22. Hailing from Yeshiva University in Manhattan, the Maccabeats have a massive fan base and 20 million views on YouTube. Nearly 500 fans filled the Merage JCC’s Myers more»

Merage JCC Adds a New Executive to Leadership Team

Published Friday, April 22, 2016
The Merage Jewish Community Center in Irvine is excited to announce Samantha Cohen (“Sam”) has been promoted to Assistant Executive Director/Vice President of Program Services. Sam first joined the Merage JCC from 2006-07 as the Assistant Director of the JCC Maccabi Games. Those Games turned out to be the second largest Maccabi Games in JCC more»

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»