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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 »

JLife Extra: Fall Fanfare

October 2018 Synagogues and organizations kick off 5759’s new programs By Ilene Schneider   Now that the High Holy Days are over, new programs are in full swing at Orange County congregations and organizations. From speakers to scouts, from performances to presentations, the community has something for everyone, mostly free or at nominal fees to attend. Learn something new, explore ... Read More »

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