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Israel Scene

Furry angels One man and his dogs have given hundreds of blind Israelis a new lease on life On a quiet country road just off of one of Israel’s major highways, about 20 minutes from Tel-Aviv, sits the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind in Beit Oved. Driving into the premises, a gentle chorus of barking greets you from ... Read More »

O.C. Purim Scene

Holiday has many flavors. The OC JCC is having a Purim carnival. GAP is doing a mitzvah project on March 25. Teens and Tweens will be making Purim Gift baskets. (949) 435-3400. One Federation Way, Suite 200. Irvine. www.jccoc.org Chabad of Laguna, Congregation Kol Yaakov, will be having a pre-Purim bash for the youth groups JYC and CHI (High Five) ... Read More »

Jewish Academy, Interfaith Dialogue Part of Potpourri of Classes

Last year, the Adult Education Task Force, made up of 30 volunteers, educators, and clergy from every synagogue and Jewish organization in Orange County, came up with an idea for advanced adult learners who wanted to go beyond taking a course here and there. An eclectic sub-committee made up of a Reform educator, a Chabad rabbi, and three adult learners, ... Read More »

Innovation, Diversity Characterize University Synagogue

Say “Reconstructionist Judaism” and most people respond with a question – because they just don’t know what it is. However, University Synagogue and its spiritual leader, Rabbi Arnold Rachlis, are trying to change that. With monthly “Intro Nights” where people are invited to a congregant’s home to learn about Reconstructionism, University Synagogue in Irvine has been attracting affiliated and unaffiliated ... Read More »

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