The Gavel and the Hammer

BIMAH: The Jewish Theater Guild of Orange County, an arts initiative of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, is a proud supporter of this program.

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An original Jukebox Musical
about DEVORAH, judge and prophetess, and YAEL,
two courageous women who won a war,
destroyed an evil general, and saved the Jewish people.

Our talented cast features women from
Jewish communities across Orange County!
This performance is for women and girls only.

Sunday, March 1st
1:00pm Matinee, 7:00pm Evening
at the Merage JCC, 1 Federation Way, Irvine

(Tickets bought after Tuesday, 2/21 will be held at Will Call.
Tickets will be available at the door day of the show.)
Doors open 30 minutes before show time

Monday Night Midrash

Monday Night Midrash will be offered in four-sessions in Irvine:

Join us for Monday Night Midrash with Dr. Josh Moss. Held at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Irvine. Arrive early to settle in with your favorite beverage.
DATES: Monday’s March 2, 16, 23, 30
TIME: 7:00 – 8:30pm
PLACE: The Coffee Bean, 5653 Alton Parkway, Irvine (at the corner of Jeffrey and Alton)
COURSE FEE: Recommended $54 donation to the Jewish Collaborative by check or donate online here.
RSVP REQUIRED: RSVP by email to or call (949) 402-8004.

Class description:

Through this mini-course, students will gain an enhanced appreciation of the creativity and artistry of the rabbinic midrash, and be introduced to the major classic midrash collections. We will explore selections in English with some reference to features of the Hebrew originals. We will also try our hands at composing after the manner of midrash.

Midrash is the unique approach to the Bible employed by the ancient rabbis. The collections known as midrashim relate the Oral Tradition to the Written Torah, finding openings for interpretation through a highly detailed reading of the biblical text in Hebrew. The ancient rabbis believed that nothing in the Bible could be superfluous – even the letters were laden with meaning. All of Scripture was interrelated – a verse from one part of Scripture could potentially shed light on any other verse. One passage of Scripture could yield many interpretations. With midrash, the Sages made Scripture speak to the needs of their generations.

Class 1: The method of Midrash exemplified in the rabbinic reading of the Akedah (the story of the Binding of Isaac).
Class 2: The Literature of Midrash from the early legal collections to the more imaginative medieval collections.
Class 3: Midrash Greatest Hits and Examples.
Class 4: Composing Midrash.

undefined Our instructor, Joshua Moss earned his Ph.D. in Midrash and Rabbinic Literature at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, in 2002. He taught at HUC-JIR, Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio), and American Hebrew Academy (Greensboro, North Carolina). He presently teaches at TVT Community Day School in Irvine. His publications include Midrash and Legend; “Being the Temple,” and “Satire, Monotheism, and Skepticism.” He was the founder and director of The Cincinnati Klezmer Project. He and his wife Gina are members of Congregation Shir ha-Ma’alot and the Pacific Community of Cultural Jews. They have two grown sons.

Interfaith Partners

undefinedThe Orange County Interfaith Network empowers Orange County’s independent interfaith efforts by facilitating communications and providing support of their missions. OCIN supports all faith traditions by serving as a catalyst for greater understanding.

undefinedThe Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees is the nation’s leading interfaith response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

The Orange County Alliance for Just Change envisions a community where all people of faith and good will are given the opportunity to learn about critical challenges facing our most vulnerable residents so that they can decide how to best become part of the solution.

The purpose of the House of Worship Tour is to learn about and celebrate the rich tapestry of faiths in Southern California and to promote respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures.

Refugee Relief Organizations

The Orange County Jewish Coalition for refugees is a group of individuals, synagogues, and Jewish communal organizations inspired by our people’s history to support refugees locally and worldwide. OCJCR is a signatory to the HIAS Welcome Campaign: a network of 400+ congregations and organizations across the United States who are responding to the largest refugee crisis in human history. Learn more here.

The Refugee Action Fund mobilizes philanthropic giving to help refugees and other forcibly displaced people achieve safety, dignity and opportunities to live productive lives. Through strategic grantmaking, we support innovative organizations that help forcibly displaced people meet their immediate needs, access comprehensive legal services, integrate into their new communities, and thrive. Read more here.

Home for Refugees USA seeks to establish collaborative relationships between faith groups and community groups and refugee families in order for refugees to achieve a sense of feeling at home in their new communities. Our purpose is to offer support to help relieve the tragedy of displacement and loss for families and individuals having to leave a place they once called home, and help them regain independent and self-sufficient living as they create their new home in the United States.  Read more here.

Haitian Bridge Alliance(HBA), also known as “The Bridge” is a coalition of Haitian non-profit organizations and community activists who have come together to serve the Haitian community in California and beyond. Read more here.

A 501c3 nonprofit providing community support for families of refugees, low-income immigrants, and displaced Americans. Read more here.

Friends of Orange County detainees is a community of volunteers that offers regular visits to immigration detainees in Orange County. They offer listening ears and compassionate hearts in an act of friendship to end isolation, and affirm each person’s human dignity and worth. Read more here.

BIMAH presents: Joy Vey

J’oy Vey: A December Dilemma Comedy
Sunday December 22nd at a private home in Irvine
Space is limited and RSVPs are a must. Please RSVP here.

About this Event

J’oy Vey is a holiday comedy about two new dueling grand mothers. What could be funnier?

BIMAH and ART WOW/Bare Bones Theatre invite you to a reading of:

J’oy Vey — A December Dilemma Comedy
By Lojo Simon & Anita Simons
Starring Naomi Katz & Anita Simons, with Patty Inis reading stage directions

Breast or bottle? Tinsel or gelt? Chestnuts roasting or latkes frying? Who wins the battle of Gammy vs. Bubbie in this wacky holiday comedy?! Come and find out at JCOC’s Chanukah party and playreading!

A holiday comedy about two new dueling grandmas.

Talk back discussion led by Rabbi Marcia Tilchin.

Following the performance discussion we will celebrate the first night of Hannukah together.

Venue is a private home in Irvine’s University Hills. The address will be provided after registering here, the week before the performance.

For questions email or call 949-402-8004.

*BIMAH: The Jewish Theater Guild of Orange County, is an initiative of the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, supporting theater arts produced and developed within the OC Jewish Community.

Shabbat Shalom Family

Join Other Young Families for a Musical Mini-Minyan, inspirational project and Shabbat lunch! Shabbat Shalom Family runs concurrently with our adult Minyan Am Ehad service, from 11:15am-12:15pm at St. Mark Presbyterian Church,  2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Newport Beach

For parents wishing to attend Minyan Am Ehad, childcare is available from 10:00am until the kiddush lunch following services.


Saturdays in 2019 at St Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Newport Beach

Shabbat Shalom Family will continue in 2020 on these dates:

  • January 25
  • February 29
  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 30