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Holocaust Survivors

Walter Lachman was 17 when he was liberated from the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. Jenni Unterman was a hidden child in Holland until age seven. Faina and Semyon Itskovich barely survived World War II in the former Soviet Union. What do they all have in common? Not much, except this—all are Holocaust survivors who call Orange County home.   When we ... Read More »

Creating Light

They bore witness to some of the most horrible atrocities known to humanity, and yet their message is one of hope. As they age, listening to their stories becomes more and more critical to Jews and non-Jews alike. Being the son of Holocaust survivors, Clifford Lester understands the importance of documenting the experience of those who lived through the dark ... Read More »

Journey Toward Freedom

Slavery is an extreme. Imagine that you are a slave. You have no control over your time. You are bruised from back-breaking labor and the whip of the taskmaster. Even more painful, you have no say over your children, who can be sold like pieces of property. The slavery of our people’s past is way in the past and yet, ... Read More »

The Deal with Dill

Dr. Elliot Weinstein has a love affair with pickles. Ever since he discovered an old family recipe for making them, Weinstein’s become something of a pickling evangelist. This spring, he’ll be bringing his expertise to the new Jewish Food Festival and teaching a pickle-making workshop, and he couldn’t be more excited about the prospect.   Weinstein’s love for pickles ironically ... Read More »

Meaning & Matzah

Once again, I am going overseas for Pesach to see my children, leaving the husband behind. Because I love him, I prepare the house for Passover so he doesn’t have to play the Wandering Jew. Tired from cleaning before starting, I asked myself, “Why am doing this again? Who decided that an observant Jewish woman has to be the Korban ... Read More »


Warning: Please be advised that there might be some information in this article that may offend some people, scare others, comfort some moms. This certainly does not contain any correct medical information whatsoever. What I’m about to tell you is strictly my experience—I’ve learned that’s all I can go off right now. Holden Benjamin Fein is 4 months today and ... Read More »

Passsover at Grandma’s

My personal memory that most symbolizes Passover is the Yellow Pages phone book. Two volumes—one per child—placed atop the formal,wider, seats of Grandma’s dining room chairs—comprised mid-Century booster seats. From the hemlines of usually matching Yom Tov sister dresses sprouted leotarded, patent leather-tipped feeslach. I loved Pesach—Breakstone butter on Matzah with dairy meals,wonderful chicken soup and kneidlach for the sedarim ... Read More »

United We Stand?

In last November’s elections, two new Jew-haters entered Congress: Rashida Tlaib, representing a Michigan district with anti-Semitic roots dating back to Henry Ford’s weekly newspaper, the Dearborn Independent publication, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, representing Keith Ellison’s former district. Initially, Ms. Tlaib’s comments and tweets against Israel garnered more attention, but Rep. Omar since has outdistanced her and emerged as ... Read More »

Women in Pesach

I remember how excited I was to attend my first women’s seder when I was a teenager. It was a revolutionary concept in the late 1970s: women taking charge of the rituals and adding their modern flare to an ancient text. But what inspired me far more than hearing women lead kiddush over the four cups of wine was discovering ... Read More »

Jlife Extra

From recognition to tikkun olam, from Passover seders to Yom HaShoah commemorations, April is an exciting month for the Orange County Jewish community. For your convenience, we have separated the two days of seders from the other community events. Please contact the sponsoring organizations for details.   Monday, April 1 6 pm Friendship Circle Evening of Recognition The Beckman Center ... Read More »

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