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May 2017

Are the Orthodox Fair Target?

Oh it’s those ultras they look different. There is a strange hypocrisy in the Jewish community. Jewish groups are willing to lift the banner...

Widen the Tent 

SINCE 1993, the  Jewish Agency has been running a network of summer camps in the Former Soviet Union (FSU).  The Agency describes these camps...

Precious Giving 

ONE OF MY most respected teachers frequently intoned, “If you can say ‘Yes,’ say ‘Yes. But if you cannot say ‘yes,’ you are obligated...

The Strong Princess 

WE HAVE A few “girl” superhero costumes in the house. A puffy-sleaved lavender Batgirl costume and a Supergirl costume trimmed in red tulle and...

Let Them Eat Cake!

ANOTHER MOTHER’S DAY without my mom, and I’m filled with memories. Truth be told, my mother was not famous for her baking. She had...

Camp B’nai Ruach

Celebrating 20 Years of Providing Kids a Fun, Safe & Jewish Summer Experience This summer will mark the 20th anniversary of Congregation B’nai Israel’s summer...

Jr. Maccabi Games

The Merage Jewish Community Center (JCC) is gearing up once again to play host to more than 150 pre-teen Jewish boys and girls for...

A Mother’s Day Poem

  “Mom”   By Iris Eliya Cohen Mom would wake up early and start rocking, Changing, Diapering, Washing, Cleaning, Shampooing, Drying, Scrubbing, Ironing, Folding, Baking, Cooking, Peeling, Picking, Steaming, Boiling, Salting, Sweetening, Sorting, Picking the lice out of our hair, Chopping, Grilling, And again cleaning, in between nursing. Till we...

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day makes me think about unconditional love. What a beautiful, selfless gift it is!  In fact, I didn’t grasp the immensity of unconditional...

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Synergy in the Shtetl

When Jewish people moved to Orange County in the 20th century, they noticed that there were no Jewish neighborhoods. There were clusters of Jewish...

Fresh Orange Jews

According to the Jewish calendar, we are in the month of Adar and when Adar enters, joy increases! Why is Adar the month of...

Orange County’s Jewish History- The Orange County Doll Ladies

B’nai B’rith, now known as Jewish Women International (JWI), began the “Dolls for Democracy” program in 1956 in conjunction with the interfaith, interracial organization...

Remembering the Children of the Holocaust

When Pavel Friedmann, a young inmate at the Terezin Concentration Camp in 1942, wrote about the last butterfly he ever saw, he described a...