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Shavuot Reflections

The celebration of Shavuot is an excellent occasion to reflect upon Jewish culture, Jewish identity, religiously observant and secular Judaism.   I would like to...

The Cheesecake Holiday

You may have heard Shavuot referred to as the cheesecake holiday, but how did the tradition of eating dairy for Shavuot begin? “The use of...

International Child Abduction and Covid-19

The pandemic has made cross-continent custody battles even more difficult     When parents separate and divorce, it is extremely unsettling, stressful and destabilizing for...

We All Must Consider Ourselves Witnesses

Before the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library was dedicated in 2005, before the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education was opened in 2000 (both at Chapman...

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News & Jews- OC Hilell

  The board of directors of Orange County Hillel is delighted to welcome Tamy Cohen Jacobs – who has over 25 years of Jewish...

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.    ...