Message from our CEO

Together We Mourn

 


Our community is in pain and grieving. We have lost one of our family. A member of our community, Blaze Bernstein, was found dead after a heart-wrenching 8-day search.

We mourn with Gideon Bernstein, Blaze’s father, Board Chair of…

Next Year in Israel

 

 

In just a few days, we will be welcoming a New Year in our secular calendars. I consider this fortuitous as it gives me the chance to consider my New Year resolutions twice. Traditionally, on Rosh Hashana, individually and collectively, we r…

The Three Jars

 

 

I have an end-of-year tradition with my two children, ages 8 and 11, where we sit down to make some big decisions – decisions about where to give tzedakah (giving to people in need or to worthy causes). During the year, they get to put the…

All in the Family

 

 

A few weeks ago, I attended the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly in Los Angeles along with thousands of North American Jews and 66 members of our Orange County Jewish community (our largest delegation ever). As the…

The Gift of Loving-Kindness

 

 

Last week, I was privileged to witness one of the more touching moments in my career (and perhaps even in the history of Jewish Orange County) – the opening of Horwitz Family House, our second Jewish residential home for adults with specia…