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Heritage Pointe Heritage Pointe is proud to announce the construction of a new neighborhood on the Mission Viejo campus.      Residents who need Sage...

Trust and Connection Are Waning

    It is nothing new to observe that elitist environments often cultivate an aura of exclusivity where all but the most attuned members...

OC Jewish Arts Festival Announces 2021 Film Selections

For 29 years, the OC Jewish Arts Festival at the Merage JCC has provided our community with a cultural extravaganza, featuring lauded lineups of...

News & Jews- Grand Opening of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life, Friendship Circle Center for Special Needs & Orange County Holocaust Museum

Newport Beach is now home to a brand-new Jewish center, special needs facility and Holocaust museum. Congresswoman Michelle Steel (CA-48) and other local government...

Orange County’s Jewish History- Beth Emet High Holiday Ticket #449

    In 1958, there were two synagogues in Orange County—Temple Beth Sholom, established in 1943, and the newcomer Temple Beth Emet, organized 13...

COVID-19 High Holiday Questions

For the second year, COVID-19 has made it so Jews who want to attend High Holidays services must undergo a complicated risk calculation.    ...

Hit the Sweet Spot

    According to 23andMe, I am genetically predisposed to prefer sweet over salty foods. I didn’t need them to tell me that!    ...

Jump Start Your Rosh Hashanah

    With Rosh Hashanah arriving on the heels of Labor Day, and it likely being your first in-person Jewish holiday gathering since the...

Kosher Dog- “Mr. Snickers”

“My Sunshine doesn’t come from the sky, it comes from the love in my sweet dog’s eyes! Mr. Snickers is a 3-year-old pure bred,...

IKARON Jewish Learning

    This fall, IKARON Jewish Learning, an education initiative of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County (JCoOC), will begin its third year offering...

All Aboard for Family Service!

Yikes! After a full year of COVID lockdowns, we are still facing uncertainty.     High Holiday services will look different this year. How do...

JFOC Solomon Society

12th Annual Late Night - Thursday, October 21 6pm - 11pm; 5pm VIP Reception at City National Grove, Anaheim. Information and Tickets: JewishOC.org/LateNight Who is a wise...

More Matzah

     When it comes to consuming matzah, the Jews of the former Soviet Union are in a league of their own.     At...

The Akeda as Personal Challenge

    The shofar blows, evoking its multifaceted symbolism of a wake-up call, spontaneous crying, music and a call to arms. We might take...

The Jewish Community Foundation

HOW IT ALL BEGAN     In 1981, two leading Jewish families in Orange County, the Feuersteins and Fainbargs, had a vision for our future...

Accessible, Relevant, Empowering

    When Rabbi Heather Miller founded Keeping It Sacred (KITS) two years ago, she envisioned an inclusive community that focused on Jewish learning,...

The High Holidays and Covid-19

    The sounding of the shofar at the conclusion of weekday Elul morning services signals to us that Rosh Hashanah is drawing near....

Judge Less, Bless More

    In the months, weeks and days leading to the Yomim Noarim—more commonly known as “Days of Awe”—I annually struggle to make my...

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Heritage Pointe Heritage Pointe is proud to announce the construction of a new neighborhood on the Mission Viejo campus.      Residents who need Sage...

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