Purim 2018! OC Celebrations

Get out your groggers – Purim is almost here! The joyous festival of Purim offers something for children and adults alike. Below are some celebration events happening locally at area synagogues. RSVPs may be required. 

Sunday, February 25 – March 1st
Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin – Multiple events: Carnival, Services and Schpiel

Wednesday, February 28
Beth Jacob Congregation of Irvine – Kids Carnival Followed by Dinner and Show 
Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Newport Beach – Purim Celebration and Dinner
Temple Beth Tikvah in Fullerton – Megillah Reading, Dinner and Purim Schpiel Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley – Purim Service followed by a Purim Spiel with Megillah reading 21 and over only!

Thursday, March 1
Chabad of Irvine – Purim Seudah and Celebration

Friday, March 2
Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach – Carnival, Schpiel, Light Supper followed by Shabbat Services

Saturday, March 3 
Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana – Megillah followed by “Geeks Who Drink” a 21 and over event of laughter and trivia.

Sunday, March 4
Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana – Shpiel and Purim Carnival, open to all ages.



OCAJC Educational Forum

Want to know more about homelessness in Orange County?

JCoOC recommends that you join our partner, the Orange County Alliance for Just Change (OCAJC), in learning about the challenges facing Orange County by attending their free educational forums. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018:  Why are So Many Seeking Shelter? The Underlying Causes of OC’s Growing Homeless Population 

Sunday, March 4, 2018:  One Size Does Not Fit All: Multiple Approaches to Housing

Sunday, May 6, 2018: Working Collaboratively Toward Reversing the Tide

Download the flyer for our March 4th Forum event.

Visit the OCAJC website for more information.

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Shabbat Shalom Community!

Interested in hosting a Shabbat service and dinner for young families in your community?

If you have a group of young families in your community who are interested in joining together for a fun musical Friday night experience and potluck dinner in a private home or community room, please let us know! You provide the space, invite your friends, and organize a vegetarian dinner. The Jewish Collaborative will provide a leader and work with you to create a meaningful program, including an informal, musical “mini-service,” brief story-telling or age-appropriate learning and blessings before the Shabbat meal. 

Shabbat Shalom Community events are held on the second Friday Night of the month at around 5 p.m.

After the pilot, we can help you determine the best way for you to continue enjoying Shabbat with young families in your community–through the Jewish Collaborative, with a synagogue or other existing Jewish community or on your own with leadership training. 

If you’d like to know what your Community Shabbat program could look like, please join us for Shabbat Shalom Laguna!, our first ongoing young family Shabbat program.

Please let us know about your interest in a “Shabbat Shalom Community!” program:

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Learning without Borders

With so much to learn, why restrict yourself to a local classroom setting? There are many rich Jewish learning resources from rabbis, scholars and teachers throughout the country and around the world, all available online.

Below are websites offering Jewish learning opportunities and content.


Judaism Unbound, a project of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future, is a project that catalyzes and supports grassroots efforts by “disaffected but hopeful” American Jews to re-imagine and re-design Jewish life in America for the 21st Century. Judaism Unbound produces a once-a-week podcast, runs an active facebook page, and features blog posts by fellows of the Institute for the Next Jewish Future and guests.

Website (podcasts): http://www.judaismunbound.com/podcast


Whether you’re totally new to “doing Jewish” and need a place to start, or you’re looking for new material to help add meaning to your current routine, JewBelong is the place to be. Just select a topic, and faster than you can say “Shalom,” you’ll be able to download new ideas, readings and rituals to enrich your Jewish celebrations and daily living.

Website: http://www.jewbelong.com/

Sicha-LogoSicha, Hebrew for “conversation,” is an organization promoting the vital ongoing dialogue between classical Jewish texts and modern life, enabling Jewish communities and their leaders to enlist the Jewish past in the service of the Jewish future. Sicha is dedicated to promoting the learning of tradition and to recapturing the tradition of learning as core elements of creative Jewish life.

Website: https://sichaconversation.org/

OCCSP_logo1The OCCSP – Podcast Network – The Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (“CSP”) is a community-wide endeavor committed to adult Jewish education and family Jewish celebrations. Listen to more than 250 podcasts from well-known CSP speakers since 2002, free of charge.

Podcasts on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/occsp-podcast-network/id360582125?mt=2

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