Category Archives: June 2019

The Merage JCC’s Founding President RETIRES

   Before retiring, Dan Bernstein, founding President/CEO of the Merage JCC, sat down with two of his board members, Doris Chasin, and Irv Chase, to discuss the JCC’s past and future. In their own ways, the three community leaders marveled at what the JCC has become. Irv jumped in with his memories predating the Merage JCC…“In the 90’s my wife ... Read More »

True Love

A congregant told me of a wedding reception where the Hindu priest approached a guest and asked, “Why are you not married?” The young man replied, “I have not yet found true love.” The priest barreled over in laughter and then said, “Only after twenty-five years of marriage can you speak of ‘true love.’” Hearing that account reminded me of ... 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 »


   It’s still shocking to think about the gunman who entered the Chabad Center in Poway on Passover and murdered congregant Lori Kaye in cold blood and wounded Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and other congregants. This came just six months after eleven people lost their lives in the shooting of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Senseless death, emanating from ... Read More »

New occupations

Kol Sasson V’Kol Simcha; Kol Chatan V’Kol Kallah—Voice of joy and Voice of happiness; Voice of the groom and voice of the bride. From the seventh and last of the brachot (blessings) recited under the Chupah at a Jewish wedding ceremony these words contain a message that the joy and happiness of the occasion all center on the bride and ... Read More »

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