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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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Best of February Happenings Speakers and Galas highlight month By Ilene Schneider   February appears to be a month to honor some special people who have made an impact on their congregations, as well as a chance to explore interesting topics and catch concerts. Enjoy the best Jewish Orange County has to offer.   Saturday, February 2 7 p.m. JG25 ... Read More »

Dealing with Bias

   Do some statements about Israel cross the line? Is there media bias that, in turn, causes people to make incorrect assumptions? Does the nature of social media make it worse? These are questions that Jewish college students will need to ask in order to educate themselves to dispute myths about Israel.   Knowledge for College (K4C), a program that ... Read More »


Growing up in Palos Verdes as “the only Jewish kid around,” Professor Marc Dollinger became fascinated by the way Jewishness and Americanness intersected. Dollinger, the 18th Annual Community Scholar Program (CSP) One Month Scholar, became convinced that “Jewish things are really American things that we think are Jewish” and that people understand Jewishness in American terms. For instance, he said, ... Read More »

Happy 2019!

By Ilene Schneider   The new year has lots of events in store for the Jewish community of Orange County. Start the year off right with a film, a concert, a relationship booster or a special service. Start teens off on their journey to college with the right tools to stay proud of their roots.   We have listed the ... Read More »


Civic and religious leaders pledge to support each other to combat hate crimes.On a picture-perfect Friday morning, a group of more than 300 people came together at the Civic Center Plaza in Irvine donning “No Place for Hate” stickers and pledging support to one another in the battle against mindless acts of hatred. While the group was as diverse as ... Read More »

Chanukah in the OC

Chanukah always falls on the 25th of Kislev, but that happens early in December this year. Orange County congregations have a lot in store for people, from the traditional to the zany. Check out the ADL brunch before Chanukah and the NextGen/JCC Cares event afterwards too.   Making a Difference   The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Orange County/Long Beach will ... Read More »

Dignity, Respect & Dedication

Bonnie Curkin, the founder of Bubbe & Zayde’s Place, is no stranger to helping the elderly or to giving a voice to those who cannot be heard. Growing up in a household where her grandmother lived, she was expected not only to help her grandmother but to give the same sense of dignity and respect to elderly neighbors. Curkin’s mother ... Read More »

Between High Holy Days and Hanukkah

      November 2018  Open houses and celebrations highlight November By Ilene Schneider   As the Jewish calendar heads toward an early Hanukkah (still the 25th of Kislev, but early in December), local synagogues and organizations are celebrating milestones and showing the community what they have to offer. Get dressed up for a gala, have a fun evening, support ... Read More »

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