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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»

“Tankoo” Makes My Day

Published Tuesday, November 3, 2015
One of my favorite words is “tankoo”. At the end of every week day, Maddy grabs her mom’s hand on her way home, stops, looks me in the eye and sings a “tankoo”. This daily moment fuels my entire day. Sharing gratefulness is truly a gift in itself. When written letters and cards all too frequently seem archaic or at least more»

OC Jewish Arts Festival 2015: bigger than ever before!

Published Monday, September 28, 2015
Featuring 12 events in just 15 days, the OC Jewish Arts Festival 2015 celebrates the many facets of Jewish culture through music, film, and books. Thousands are expected to attend, as the Festival is considered the largest Jewish event in Orange County and a cornerstone of the diverse community. (OC Jewish Arts Festival 2015) The Festival launches with a more»

OC Athletes Join 2,300 Jewish Athletes Competing at Berlin Olympic Stadium

Published Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Most every American child knows the tale of Jesse Owens and the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. He was the most successful athlete at the games winning international fame with four gold medals. He has been credited with "single-handedly crush Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy." While Owens came home a hero, two American teammates returned more»

Merage JCC commemorates the Jewish Journey from Holocaust (Shoah) to Statehood

Published Thursday, March 26, 2015
Sometimes it appears that the world has learned nothing, as we continue to see evidence of anti-Semitism, not only in Europe, but even on college campuses here in the U.S. and even in Orange County. Too many people forget the horrors and wars that litter our history. The Merage JCC is launching a month-long series recognizing Yom Hashoah (Holocaust more»