Message from our CEO

Israel on my Mind

 

Israel has been on my mind more than usual these days. Yes, I’m the CEO of a Jewish organization that cares deeply about Israel. And that’s a good thing.

Last month, Jewish Federation & Family Services partnered with the Merage JCC to showc…

Happy Passover/Chag Pesach Sameach

 

Many of us are deep in the throes of preparations for Passover. As we clean kitchens and remove chametz (leavened foods), form matzah balls and set tables for the Seder, let us also reflect on some of the lessons of this holy festival – a celebration of the …

The Power of Women's Voices

 

 

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending my first Women’s Voices, the largest annual daytime gathering of Jewish women in Orange County and the signature camp…

Anti-Semitism in our Backyard

Dear Friends,

The volume of reported anti-Semitic incidents in the first months of 2017 has been unprecedented. Within the past week, three Jewish cemeteries – in Rochester, Philadelphia, and St. Louis – were desecrated; hundreds of headstones …

In Response to Yesterday's Bomb Threat

 

Late yesterday afternoon, the Merage JCC became one of the over 100 Jewish institutions nationwide to be targeted with a bomb threat since the start of the year. The Samueli Jewish Campus – which includes our offices, the Merage JCC,  OC Hillel Foundation, …