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“Fun, spiritual, and sleepless” is how Eli Brand described his recent trip to Israel. Eli traveled with a group of 28 local teens on the Merage Jewish Community Center’s JCC Global Teen Fellows program. They met up with an equally large and exuberant group of Israeli teens from our partner JCC (matnas) in Kfar Yona, Israel. The goal of the ... Read More »

Could it Happen Here?

Wake up dear brothers and sisters! We Jews—or as Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, calls us “termites” —comprise such a small percentage of the U.S. population (about 2 percent) that it’s amazing how much vitriol is directed our way. Should American Jews ignore the dramatically increasing anti-Semitic rants as just annoying noise? Ignoring the attacks didn’t ... Read More »

Do Israel’s Critics Help?

  Israel’s recent decision to prevent Congresswoman Omar and Tlaib who share a history of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bias from visiting the country has raised righteous indignation. Churning out press releases are the alphabet soup of Jewish organizations who rushed to speak out against the decision. But did they pause and think ask the question is this the best strategy? ... Read More »


What is a volunteer? Working in local classrooms and Jewish youth groups, I usually ask teens this question and usually get a vague answer about “helping people who need help.” This is true, but it is so much more. Since volunteering is not a school class topic, its up to you to educate your child as part of their growing ... Read More »

Do Not Stand Idly By

I am sitting down to write this article after a week of senseless killings, motivated by white supremacy and racial hatred for anyone who is different. Unfortunately the world we are living in reminds us of the horrors we endured in the Second World War. As post-Holocaust Jews, we are forced to confront bigotry and ethnic intolerance through a lens ... Read More »

Back to School

Whether your child is in fact a baby, or just “your baby” and entering middle school, junior high or (gasp) high school, transitions can be hard at all ages. Truth be told, the transitions are often harder for the parents. Happy to reach these monumental milestones, parents typically feel proud as their children start at new schools. Nevertheless, we also ... Read More »

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September 2019 High Holy Day Happenings The High Holy Days begin on Sunday, September 29 with Erev Rosh Hashanah. At press time information for High Holy Day services was available for some Orange County synagogues. We will update the listings before the end of September to include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah services. Meanwhile, here are other ... Read More »

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