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Jlife Extra September 15, 2023

On Monday, September 18, at 10 AM, the Merage JCC will present a special edition of News & Views with David L. Bernstein. “Woke Antisemitism: How a Progressive Ideology Harms Jews” is a firsthand account from a top Jewish leader about how woke ideology shuts down discourse, corrupts Jewish values, and spawns a virulent new strain of antisemitism. David L. Bernstein, Founder of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values, counters woke ideology. The author is virtual, and participants can be in person or virtual.

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On Tuesday, September 19, at 10 AM, the Merage JCC’s Books & Bagels will feature Loyalty by Lisa Scottoline. A historical thriller by a bestselling author, Loyalty is an emotional, action-packed epic of love and justice, set during the rise of the Mafia in Sicily well before The Godfather. The author is virtual, but participants are in person. Discussion will be led by Dana Susson, Esq. JCC members and community can attend for free.

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Kever Avot (literally “graves of our ancestors”) refers to the time-honored tradition of visiting the burial sites of loved ones between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. We remember their worthy deeds, reconnect with our personal histories and support one another during this ten-day period of awe and reflection. Outdoor memorial services led by community clergy will be followed by graveside visits.

Wednesday, September 20 at 5:15 PM

Harbor Lawn – Mount Olive Memorial Park and Mortuary • 1625 Gisler Avenue • Costa Mesa

Thursday, September 21 at 5:15 PM

Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary

3500 Pacific View Drive • Corona Del Mar

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A Community Scholar Program (CSP) Pre-Sukkot Event (Beyond Plastic Fruit and Popcorn Chains: The Rich History of Sukkah Structures and Adornments) will feature Dr. Sharon Keller, live from New York City,  on Thursday September 21, at 4 PM. Plastic fruit and popcorn chains may be the current go-to decor for your backyard or synagogue sukkah, but simple structures and pedestrian decorations were not always the hallmark sukkot. These structures, whether private or communal, have a long history of composition and adornment. Dr. Sharon Keller, who served as CSP’s 15th Annual One Month Scholar in residence in January 2016 and who earned her doctorate at NYU in the Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the area of Bible and the Ancient Near East, is a member of the Classics faculty at Hofstra University. For more information, visit


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