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 Often, being cool is related to the latest technology gadget or toy. Sometimes it is cool to have a special talent or knowledge about arcane subjects. Rarely is anything that parents or adults in general want to “teach” teens considered cool. Nevertheless, for 10 years Young Philanthropists has shown Orange County teens that it is “cool” to give back. According ... Read More »


We have just entered 5780, the new Jewish year. This is a time for new decisions, new focus, new intentions, and new commitments. Recently, there has been a focus on research dedicated to new habit formation and the best way to make life altering changes. The big take away seems to be instituting change a little at a time. In ... Read More »


“Fun, spiritual, and sleepless” is how Eli Brand described his recent trip to Israel. Eli traveled with a group of 28 local teens on the Merage Jewish Community Center’s JCC Global Teen Fellows program. They met up with an equally large and exuberant group of Israeli teens from our partner JCC (matnas) in Kfar Yona, Israel. The goal of the ... Read More »


What is a volunteer? Working in local classrooms and Jewish youth groups, I usually ask teens this question and usually get a vague answer about “helping people who need help.” This is true, but it is so much more. Since volunteering is not a school class topic, its up to you to educate your child as part of their growing ... Read More »

Do Not Stand Idly By

I am sitting down to write this article after a week of senseless killings, motivated by white supremacy and racial hatred for anyone who is different. Unfortunately the world we are living in reminds us of the horrors we endured in the Second World War. As post-Holocaust Jews, we are forced to confront bigotry and ethnic intolerance through a lens ... Read More »

Back to School

Whether your child is in fact a baby, or just “your baby” and entering middle school, junior high or (gasp) high school, transitions can be hard at all ages. Truth be told, the transitions are often harder for the parents. Happy to reach these monumental milestones, parents typically feel proud as their children start at new schools. Nevertheless, we also ... Read More »


Maccabi USA Gymnastics Chair Ben Fox along with Head Coach Paige Nelson are pleased to announce the Open Women’s Gymnastics Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games which took place July 5-15, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Maccabi USA brought a team of 400+ athletes who will join the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 ... Read More »


Education can never be the same for every learner. Each learner is different and enters the learning environment with different incoming knowledge, background experiences, potential, learning style and capacity to integrate and use the content. Some learners are more experiential, others are more cerebral. There are students who learn by listening and those who learn by reading. There are those ... Read More »


Being able to share this inspirational story, brings happiness to my heart and soul. It is truly a story of courage, selflessness, caring about humanity, Tikkun Olam, chesed, and the very best parental role modelling. As the daughter-in-law of a kidney recipient, I know firsthand how the gift of life can positively impact a family. Catherine Pearlman, a local mother ... Read More »


Undoubtedly, the biggest benefits to camp are friends, fun and memories! However, in addition to dress-up days and water fun, sports, dance, science and play, when we send our children to camp, they also benefit from the opportunity to develop and practice important life skills. Camp offers one of the most powerful learning environments—a place where deep social and emotional ... Read More »

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