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      Welcome Holidays, Start the Year October brings much holiday activity, but there is more on the agenda for Orange County Jews. From Rosh Hashanah to Simchat Torah, from performing a mitzvah to hearing a renowned Israeli journalist, there is a lot happening. L;shanah tovah! Sunday, October 13 10 am Mitzvah Mavens Sukkah Decorating at Heritage Pointe Heritage ... Read More »

Jewish Chaplain

Rabbi Ari Montanari of Congregation Pirchei Shoshanim in Mission Viejo was concerned that there was nobody in the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) representing the specific needs of the Jewish people. While the department has a vibrant chaplain program supporting unincorporated cities in the county, the role of a Jewish chaplain had gone unfilled for many years. In February Rabbi ... Read More »

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Shavuot, Mitzvot and More June offers diverse activities in Jewish OC By Ilene Schneider   Counting 50 days from the second seder, Shavuot commemorates the receiving of the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai. Marking the occasion are religious services, Torah study and dairy delicacies. There will be lectures, concerts, hands-on mitzvah projects and many other activities.   Sunday, June 2 ... Read More »

Camp Connection

Many people who attend Jewish camps speak of the total immersion into Judaism and the sense of connection it offers. The experience can be life-changing. Take it from a rabbi and a rabbinical student who were influenced by powerful memories of Jewish camp. Now they are paying it forward. Rabbi K’vod Wieder related that he never grew up going to ... 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 »

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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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      Sunday, March 3 4 pm Knowledge for College, featuring Chloe Valdary Temple Bat Yahm 1011 Camelback Street Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 644-1999 Rabbi Robin Foonberg, Director Knowledge for College (714) 730-5161 Chloe Valdary presents “Theory of Enchantment, a New Way of Looking at Israel,” and students discuss dealing with anti-Semitism on campus. $10 for students not ... Read More »


One recent wet and miserable Wednesday, five sibling grandchildren tramped into my no-bigger-than-a-breadbox apartment for Grandma Day. Because they live in South Africa, this should have been fulfillment of a dream. Nevertheless, I grew insecure and consequently did what Jewish women have done for six-thousand years in the face of uncertainty: I made chicken soup and a double batter of ... Read More »

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