February 1 - March 26, 2010
17 Shevat - 11 Nissan 5770
Be Active, Be Creative,
Winter Class registration
In person or online at www.jccoc.org at
Member Priority Registration
Monday, January 18
Registration Open to Public
Tuesday, January 19
Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County • Samueli Jewish Campus
1 Federation Way, Irvine CA 92603 • 949.435.3400 • www.jccoc.org
Contents and Hours of Operation
Bar Mitzvah. With our JStage, off Broadway
series and summer Theater Camp, our JCC Myers
theater is on the way to becoming the top quality
Jewish theater in orange County, as we dreamed
it would be.
Early discounts for our J Camps end March 1.
Despite a difficult economic climate, 2009 was In order to get 2009 rates for our popular summer
a good year for the Merage JCC. 2009 brought camps, be sure that your deposits are in on time.
new and creative programs, new equipment in the And this summer we will be offering a new teen
Fitness Center, new TVs around the building and summer program: the JCreate Summer Arts
a new commitment to customer service. And the Academy is for artistic, talented teens. Watch the
plans for 2010 are even bigger, beginning with the mail for our Summer Camp brochure.
programs listed in this Winter Program Guide.
For those of you who resolved to lose weight or
our Cultural Arts JStage kids are putting the improve your fitness level, our Fitness Department
finishing touches on a performance of Guys and offers a slew of new programs in addition to our
Dolls at the end of January. This Spring, they bootcamps, personal trainers and FrEE fitness
will be working on their next production: Joseph classes. our new Largest Loser program begins
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. April 12. If you’re interested in being on a “losing Dan Bernstein
This Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, about the team,” please come to one of our informational JCC President & CEO
adventures of Joseph, his scheming brothers meetings on Feb. 25 or March 24.
and Egypt’s powerful Pharaoh, is a favorite for all
This winter and spring, come in, try a new
ages. Look for the performance in May.
program, volunteer or just be part of the SEMESTEr:
Our Off Broadway series kicks off in April with excitement. The Merage JCC has truly become feb. 1, 2010-
Steve Solomon’s My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s the “Center for Jewish Life” in orange County. Mar. 26, 2010
Jewish & I’m in Therapy. This should be a fun
B’Shalom, MEMBEr PrIorITy
evening: the name says it all. The series continues
in May with the Boychick Affair, a family-friendly, Dan rEGISTrATIon:
interactive theater event about Harry Boychick’s Monday, Jan. 18
3 to 6 p.m.
In person or on-line
Departments WInTEr SESSIon PuBLIC
Cover J Kidz Fun MonDAy, FEB. 1, 2010 rEGISTrATIon:
2 JCC Membership & General Information To FrIDAy, MAr. 26, 2010 Tuesday, Jan. 19
3 JCC Maccabi Experience 2010 PoKEr TournAMEnT SunDAy, JAn. 10, 2010
4 JCC School of Art
Winter registration open Monday, Jan. 18
4-5 Cultural Arts at the J
MLK Day Monday, Jan. 18 JCC open
6-9 Preschool and Early Childhood Programs
10-14 Children’s Department WInTEr SEMESTEr: FEB. 1-MArCH 26
15 Teens & Tweens President’s Day Monday, Feb. 15 JCC open
16-19 Fitness Center Purim Sunday, Feb. 28 JCC open 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
20-21 Aquatics Center Friday
Daylight Savings begins March 14: set clocks forward
22 JCC Sports/Low Impact Classes 5 a.m.-5 p.m.*
Spring registration open March 24
23-24 JCC Social Groups
25-28 PrimeTime Adult Programming Spring Break Camp March 29-April 9
27 Day Trips & Theater Events Erev Pesach Monday, Mar. 29 Close 5 pm
28 Who to Contact: Board & Staff Pesach I Tuesday, Mar. 30 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.
Athletic facility open 1-5 p.m. Pool closes
Schedules At-A-Glance Pesach II Wednesday, Mar. 31 30 minutes prior to
7 Parenting Center Athletic facility open 1-8 p.m.
8 Early Childhood Enrichments Pesach VII Monday, Apr. 5 *Friday Closing
Athletic facility open 1-5 p.m. changes to 6 p.m.
13 Club J & After School Enrichments
beginning March 20.
18 Fitness Center Pesach VIII Tuesday, Apr. 6
22 Adult Sports Athletic facility only 1-8
Register on-line at www.jccoc.org. Winter 2010 • Merage JCC Program Guide 1
Membership & Registration
Full payment must accompany all registration for classes and programs.
Only members in good standing (current in dues payments for the
will open the door to wonderful recreational,
duration of the program) can register or receive members-only discounts.
social, educational and cultural activities for
Fees may be paid in person, on-line, by mail or telephone. To register
you and your family. Center membership is over the telephone call (949) 435-3400 and ask for Program Registration.
required for participation in many activities. You may pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
The JCC reserves the right to cancel any class for insufficient
Membership cards are issued to all members registration. Participants will be notified as soon as possible and their fees
refunded. Some classes may be open to members only. If you are not a
including children eight years of age and
member you may register for classes where specified at the public rate.
older. All members, adults and children alike,
are required to present their membership Refund Policy
There are no refunds for membership, camp, or preschool. For classes
cards to the security guard upon entering the
the following schedule applies: A full refund if the JCC cancels a class; a
building. You will also use your I.D. card to
full refund minus a $10 administrative fee for withdrawals before class
access the fitness and aquatics areas if your begins; a 50% refund for withdrawal at the end of the first class; no
membership is designated for these facilities. refunds are given after the second class begins. There is a $25 charge for
Every member must carry a membership card. returned checks.
For Categories of Membership Scholarship memberships are awarded for day care, preschool, summer
additional · Couple* $95 mo. camp and the Club J afterschool program only. No one is denied JCC
· Single/Single Parent * $65 mo. membership due to inability to pay. Adjusted fees are available for those
· Young Adult (18-30) $50 mo. unable to pay the full fee. Contact Marcia Clark (949) 435-3400 ext. 312.
or to schedule
· Senior Ambassador (62+) ** $40 mo. Scholarship funds are available through the generosity of our Sponsoring
a tour of the Members who ensure that membership is open to all.
· Sr. Ambassador Couple (62+)** $50 mo
Merage JCC There is a one-time initiation fee of $145.
located on the
* No additional fee for dependent children, full time students 25 years or Member I.D. Cards: I.D. cards identify you as a JCC member and grant
younger residing at the same address. you access to designated areas of the building. You must wear your I.D.
Campus at one ** Senior Ambassador memberships do not include use of the Gym, Fit- badge at all times while in the building. Lost cards will be replaced for a
Federation Way ness Center or Aquatics Center. Membership is a 12 month commitment $15 charge.
in Irvine, please and will automatically renew. Thirty days written notification is required · AnIMAlS In thE buIlDInG: Dogs (other than seeing
call Roberta Zeve, to cancel after the 12 month commitment has been fulfilled. eye and service dogs) and other animals are not allowed in the
Director of new building.
Memberships at Your generous donation will provide scholarships for families who need · GuEStS/GuESt PASSES: Guests visiting the JCC must show
(949) 435-3400, assistance with membership fees. Your donation is tax-deductible, less identification and will receive an admittance sticker before being
admitted into the building. JCC Guest Passes for the fitness facilities
ext. 236 or email: the value of your membership.
and pool are available for purchase at the Membership Desk at a
membership@ · Platinum Membership $4,800 (pays for four or more families)
charge of $15 Adult, $10 Child, or $25 per family per day. Each
· Diamond Membership $3,600 (pays for three or more families) guest may visit the JCC facilities up to three times in a twelve month
· Gold Membership $2,400 (pays for 2 single parent families) period. A member must accompany all guests.
· Silver Membership $1,800 (pays for one family)
· KAShRut: Non-kosher food may not be brought into the
Membership Payment and Renewals building.
All memberships are based on a one-year agreement and are · PARKInG:The JCC is a family friendly facility. Please drive safely
automatically renewed and payable unless written notice of cancellation is in our parking lot.
received thirty (30) days prior to membership expiration. Membership is
· SAFEtY: The JCC reserves the right to exclude or remove
not transferable or refundable and participation in physical conditioning any person from the facility for any violation of our rules and
and recreational programs is at member’s own risk. Couple, Single/Single regulations or for jeopardizing the safety and well being of other
Parent, Young Adult and Sponsoring memberships entitle members to individuals. We also reserve the right to verify I.D. Bags and parcels
year-round use of the fitness and aquatics facility, plus reduced fees for may be subject to inspection.
courses and programs. Senior Ambassador memberships entitle you to
· SMoKInG/AlCoholIC bERvERAGES: The Samueli
reduced fees for courses and programs. Families who register their child Jewish Campus is a non-smoking environment. No alcoholic
for the 2009-2010 preschool year must be members of the JCC during the beverages may be brought on campus except as designated by
entire school year. A one year membership is required. management or catering.
2 Merage JCC Program Guide • Winter 2010 Register on-line at www.jccoc.org.
Cultural Arts at the J
This Winter in the JCC Slutzky Art Gallery
Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik: Carol Es:
For more Paper Midrash Art of Carol Es
Jan. 22- Feb. 26, 2010 marCh 1 – aPril 7, 2010
OPening reCePtiOn: Jan. 24, 2-5 P.m.
please contact artist statement: Growing
Jennifer lewis, artist statement: I see my work as a up in the sweatshops of the L.A.
Cultural Arts visual commentary on the Torah. I always start apparel industry is the thread that
with a text, immersing myself in a portion of flows through my work. Garment
Director at (949)
Torah or a midrash, and use pencil sketches to patterns began to creep into my
435-3400, ext. 305 develop my ideas. My paintings are structured artwork as I incorporate the tools of the cutting room trade with
or email jenniferl@ with a modern, graphic sense of line and color. candid narratives, cartoons, shapes, abstractions, and dreams. My
jccoc.org. My papercuts are dense with patterns, from the sharp verticals of rain work addresses female Jewish identity and family anecdotes by using
to the sinuous curves of smoke. For more about the artist, visit: www. garment materials and shapes to create Hebrew texts, characters and
nicejewishartist.com compositions...For more about the artist, visit www.esart.com
School of Art
Jcc school oF art
Art Instructor: Lynne Kaplan
Location: Art Studio
WInTEr All art classes require a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 15 students
feb. 1, 2010-
Mar. 26, 2010 Children’s Art Classes
no CLASSES: little rembrandts i, ages 3-5
• President’s Day: Bring out the artist in your little one. Each child will have the opportunity
. to express themselves using different professional artist techniques.
Learn how to paint on canvas, use watercolors and pastels, and build
rEGISTrATIon: Adult Classes Thursdays, 1:15-2 p.m. (Feb. 4-Mar. 25)
Monday, Jan. 18 Create a Class Pass $115 members, $135 public
3 to 6 p.m. Come once a week, twice a week or every two weeks. Purchase
In person or on-line your JCC School of Art Class Pass at the JCC Front desk or online at little rembrandts ii,
www.jccoc.org. grades K-5
4-Class Pass: $145 members, $165 public Bring out the artist in your
8-Class Pass: $270 members, $310 public. child. Students will learn
Tuesday, Jan. 19
different techniques in art
mondays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. structured teaching by studying a different
Each month the class will focus on topics dealing with different “master” each week. By
aspects of artistic expression. the end of each session
January Mastering Ceramic Sculptures students will walk away
*Minimum enrollment February Introduction to Landscapes and Perspective with their very own
march Introduction to Painting with a Live Model portfolio and sketch book.
of 5 children per
april Introduction to Abstract Painting Art Studio
tuesdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. guided lesson p.m. (Feb. 4-Mar. 25)
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. guided lesson $115 members, $135
4 Merage JCC Program Guide • Winter 2010 Register on-line at www.jccoc.org.
Cultural Arts at the J
JCC Off Bringing Off-Broadway plays
to the OC Jewish Community
Direct from Off Broadway in
new york: one of the country’s
hottest interactive shows
the bar mitzvah
of harry boychick
You are cordially invited to attend the Bar
Mitzvah of Harry Boychick and join the
Now, one of the longest running one-man shows in Broadway his- Teitelbaum, Grossman and Boychick
tory comes to the J! Hundreds of thousands of people have seen families as they celebrate young Harry
this award-winning “don’t miss” evening of hilarious comedy at its Boychick becoming a man. Spend a little
very best. Spend an evening with Steve Solomon in his quest to time at the Bar Mitzvah that puts the “funk” in “dysfunctional.”
defend himself against those people whose sole purpose in life is You’ll laugh! You’ll dance! You’ll eat!
to add chaos to his life. The Boychick Affair was written, produced and directed by Amy
Lord, the co-creator of Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral, a worldwide
“Steve is Alan King, Billy Crystal, a smidgen of Don Rickles and sensation and the fifth-longest running show Off-Broadway. Amy
George Carlin all thrown in,” Variety holds the unique distinction of having starred in Tony and Tina’s
“Perfect comic timing.” New York Post Wedding and Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral, making her the only
actress to have starred in the two most successful interactive
Saturday, april 3, 8 p.m. or Sunday, april 4, 4:30 p.m. shows in theater history.
$38 Members, $49 Public Family friendly show!
Sunday, may 2, 6 p.m. or Sunday, may 9, 5 p.m.
$42 Members, $52 Public. Includes full buffet meal!
SEriES PriCE: $75 members, $95 Public
Pacific Jewish Film Festival Series presents
Committee forming “rene and i”
With guest speaker: Director Gina angelone
be a part of the Pacific This courageous documentary tells the story of Irene and her
Jewish film festival committee. twin brother René, Czech Jews sent to Auschwitz at age six. The
The Merage JCC is looking for committed siblings, who survived three years in the camp, were among the
volunteers to help run and organize the 3,000 twins experimented on by Josef Mengele and other Nazi
8th Annual Pacific Jewish Film Festival. doctors. Of those twins only 160 survived.
This true tale includes miraculous chance encounters, high-
responsibilities include: fundraising,
risk rescue, a dramatic reunion as the Iron Curtain is ringing
film selection, volunteer recruitment, and down and incredible lives forged from Auschwitz to America.
community outreach. Please call Jennifer René and I is the story of two resilient souls who triumphed
Lewis 949-435-3400 ext 305 or email over inhumane circumstances with their emotional selves intact.
Jenniferl@jccoc.org for more information. Saturday, march 13, 7:30 p.m. $7 Members, $10 Public
Register on-line at www.jccoc.org. Winter 2010 • Merage JCC Program Guide 5
JCC Social Groups
Our JCC Singles 40s & 50s
the BeSt JeWiSh DeLi iN OraNge COuNty CONteSt
Join JCC Singles at theater events!
events for two We have amazing tickets for all the best shows. See page 26 for
Sunday, Feb. 21, 10:30 a.m. Benjie’s New York Deli
age groups; 40s our J Tix listing and say you’re a part of the JCC Singles Connec-
Who says Los Angeles has the best Chicken Soup or
& 50s and 60+.
NEW! tion when booking your ticket so you will be seated with other
Chopped Liver? Every month we will sample a Jewish
members of the group.
if you would Deli in Orange County then vote on the best Deli. Our
like to receive first stop is Benjies New York Deli, 1828 N. Tustin Ave. in Santa Ana.
Along the way we will share the history of Jewish Delis and which ones
from all over the world that we have tried. Have you ever had a Hamen- Club Six o (60+)
taschen from Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan or the Matzo Brei from CLuB 60 + iN the SeNiOr LOuNge
email marciar@ Katz on the Lower East Side in New York? Thursday, Mar. 11, 7-9 p.m.
jccoc.org. Please RSVP by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we have plenty of seats. For Singles who are 60+ to meet new friends, share dessert and coffee
and spend the evening with an interesting program
For more taCO tueSDay
inFormation Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m.
Delicious tacos for $1.50 and the best margaritas in town. Come out of Singles of all ages
the cold and schmooze with your friends.
Singles and Social Mah JONgg tOurNaMeNt aND LuNCh
El Torito Grill, 1910 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614
Sunday, Feb. 28 10 am -2:30 p.m.
Join in the fun. All levels welcome: beginners and advanced tables
please contact JeWS & BreWS available. Socialize with old friends, meet new people and enjoy a
Marcia rosenberg, Thursday, Mar. 18, 5:30 p.m. Location TBD light, delicious kosher lunch. Register by Feb. 24.
Coordinator at Instructor: Joan Samson. Members $32, Public $42
the BeSt JeWiSh DeLi iN OraNge COuNty CONteSt
(949) 435-3400, POker at the JCC: texaS hOLD’eM
Sunday, Mar. 28, 6 p.m. Jerry’s Famous Deli
ext. 396 or email Wednesday, Mar. 10, 6:30 –9:30 p.m.
The search continues … who has the leanest and tastiest
Join us at the JCC for Texas Hold’em Social Poker. Prizes for the
marciar@jccoc. Corned Beef Sandwich in Orange County? Do you like NEW!
top chip leaders This fun filled event includes snacks, drinks and
org. your Corned Beef on rye or on a Kaiser Roll?
Our second stop is Jerry’s Famous Deli, 3210 Park Center Drive,
Members $20, Public $25 Door Registration $30
Costa Mesa 92626. Please RSVP by email (email@example.com) so we
plenty of seats.
24 Merage JCC Program Guide • Winter 2010 Register on-line at www.jccoc.org.
Winter PrimeTime Adult Programs Join the vibrant
of adults who
Discussion Groups, Just for Seniors enjoy sharing
Interest Groups & Clubs intellectual,
OLDer SeNiOr Day at the J recreational,
NeWS & VieWS Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. physical and
Mondays 10:30–11:30 a.m. Ongoing. Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 10
This class is for everyone who loves to discuss current events and This once-a-month program is for older adults who need assistance.
the J’s program
news. Come talk about local and world issues in an interactive class We have Jewish films, music, entertainment and holiday programs.
where participation is encouraged. Refreshments will be served. A catered Kosher lunch is available for for adult and
Facilitators: Robert & Lillian Kurtz. JCC Members only. No Charge an additional charge. No charge to JCC members. Public $6 per day. active senior men
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you or your group wish to participate. and women offers
the VieW FOr WOMeN OF aLL ageS a wide variety of
Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m ongoing (Starts at 11:30 on dates of classes, activities
Jewish Lit group)
Distinctive women, different viewpoints. Come for coffee and
Classes & Workshops and special events
conversation and share your ideas while discussing topics of interest in a friendly
geNtLe yOgaLateS & MeDitatiON
to women. Facilitator: Adeline Cohen, MA Psychology environment.
Mondays, 9-10:15 a.m.
JCC Members free, Public $5 per session Feb. 1 – Mar. 22 (8 classes) Make new friends
Join in as we take our gentle yoga class to a new level of enjoyment while pursuing
BOOkS & BageLS for mind & body. The class will integrate gentle pilates with yoga & long held interests
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. meditation providing a more complete and balanced experience. and discovering
Jan. 26 Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter by Peter Manseau Each class will end with a meditation session allowing the body and
Feb. 23 Trotsky : A biography by Robert Service new ones.
mind to reflect & relax. Minimum 6 people
Mar. 23 Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic JCC Members: $48 Sr Ambassadors $60 Registration required in
Girls in Brooklyn by Ayala Fade advance For more
Apr. 27 Day After Night by Anita Diamant
Facilitators: Dana Susson & Lillian Kurtz geNtLe yOga
Members free, Public $10 reservations
Wednesdays & Fridays, 9 -10 a.m., Ongoing
.Materials: Bring your own Yoga Mat.
PuBLiCatiONS aND PuNDitS This gentle approach to yoga helps you increase flexibility, improve Dorman,
a MONthLy reVieW OF iNSightFuL JeWiSh artiCLeS circulation and experience more energy. It’s a great way to start get- Primetime adult
Thursdays, 10 a.m. ting in shape Director at (949)
Jan. 14, Feb. 18, Mar. 11 JCC Members only. Sr. Ambassadors: Monthly fee $12 for 1 class 435-3400, ext.
In-depth articles on Judaism, Israel and contemporary Jewish life weekly or $24 for 2 classes weekly . Fitness Members: No charge
provide stimulating material for discussion and debate by this group. 303 or email
Timely and pertinent articles from varying perspectives are provided email@example.com.
to participants in advance of the scheduled discussion date. Extra
copies will be available on the discussion day.
Facilitated by Jesse Rosenblum. JCC Members only no charge
MeN’S CLuB at the J
Friday 10:30 a.m.– 12 noon. Ongoing.
The JCC Men’s Club encourages intellectual, recreational and social
bonding through a variety of programs and activities determined by
Club members. Coordinator: Howard Charlop. JCC Members only. No
MeN’S CLuB MONthLy WiNe taStiNg
Tuesdays, 7p.m. – 9 p.m. Jan. 12, Feb. 16, and Mar. 16.
Gents- if you love wine this is not to be missed. RSVP required to Sid
Field, Coordinator (949) 464-9939 or firstname.lastname@example.org. JCC
Members only. no charge
Register on-line at www.jccoc.org. Winter 2010 • Merage JCC Program Guide 25
Games Mah jongg Mania
gaMetiMe at the J Order Your 2010 Mah Jongg Card now at the JCC
Create a Class – Round up your friends and learn to play Bridge
or Mah Jongg or improve your game! We have great teachers. Mah JONgg tOurNaMeNt aND LuNCh
Minimum number required. Contact Geri Dorman to create your class. Sunday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Join in the fun. All levels welcome: beginners and advanced tables
gaMeS PLaytiMe! available. Socialize with old friends, meet new people and enjoy a
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. -12 p.m. light, delicious kosher lunch. Instructor: Joan Samson
Bring your table of friends and play at the JCC. First come first serve. Members $32, Public $42 Register by 2/24
Individuals may come to meet other game players and see if there
are any open spots. JCC Members only. No Charge Mah JONgg: JaNuary MiNi SeSSiON
WiNNiNg StrategieS FOr Mah JONgg PLayerS
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Bridge Jan. 6, 13, 27 (3 classes)
BriDge PLay: JaN. MiNi SeSSiON W/ ChriS LarSeN Sharpen your skills and learn strategies that can make or break your
iNterMeDiate/ aDVaNCeD game. Improve your play and add fun to the game.
Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Jan. 4-25 (4 classes) Instructor: Joan Samson. Members $40, Public $ 60, Card $8, Min.5
Learn card play and defense from Chris Larsen, Bridge Master and
Sr. World Champion. JCC Members $50, Public $75 Mah JONgg iN the eVeNiNg: LearN tO PLay
Mondays, 7p.m.- 9 p.m. Feb. 1 – Mar. 22 (8 classes)
BriDge iN the eVeNiNg: JaNuary MiNi SeSSiON W/ Learn to play in a small, friendly class setting.
MitCheLL gOLDMaN aDV. BegiNNer/iNterMeDiate Instructor: Joan Samson.
Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Jan. 5- 26 (4 classes) Members $100, Public $150, Card $8, Minimum 5
This class is designed for people with a basic understanding of the
game including those who have completed the beginners’ series. Mah JONgg :LearN tO PLay
Each class will have pre-arranged hands followed by analysis. Topics Wednesdays 10:30am -12:30 Feb. 3-Mar. 24 (8 classes)
include competitive and defensive bidding, how to make the right Learn to play in a small, friendly class setting.
opening lead and play techniques. JCC Members $50, Public $75 Instructor: Joan Samson.
Members $100, Public $150, Card $8, Minimum 5
information and BriDge: SuPerViSeD PLay W/ aNN CreSSMaN
Mah JONgg reFreSher
Tuesdays,12:30 -2:30 p.m. Feb. 2-Mar. 9 (6 classes)
contact geri Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m Feb. 5 –Mar. 26 (8 classes)
Improve your play through supervised instruction and analysis of
Dorman, Practice and brush up on your skills at our supervised play session.
hands. Instructor: Ann Cressman, ACBL certified instructor, Silver Life
Primetime adult Supervised by Joan Samson.
Master. JCC Members $75, Public $112 per session. Max 25.
Members $100, Public $150, Min. 5
Director at (949)
BriDge iN the eVeNiNg: PLay aND DeFeNSe With
435-3400, ext. Mah JONgg – DrOP iN & PLay
MitCh gOLDMaN aDV. BegiNNer /iNterMeDiate
303 or email Mondays, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Ongoing
Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Feb. 2-Mar. 23 (8 classes)
email@example.com. Learn new declarer play techniques and the basics of planning a JCC Members only no charge
successful defense. Instructor: Mitch Goldman, Bridge Professional
and Author. JCC Members $100, Public $150
BriDge: reFreSher With aNN CreSSMaN POker at the JCC: texaS hOLD’eM
BegiNNerS & aDV. BegiNNer Wednesday, Mar. 10, 6:30 –9:30 p.m.
Fridays 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Feb. 5- Mar. 26 (8 classes) Join us at the JCC for Texas Hold’em Social Poker. Prizes for the top
Improve your game and open up new social opportunities. chip leaders This fun filled event includes snacks, drinks and prizes !
Instructor: Ann Cressman, ACBL certified instructor, Silver Life Master Members $20, Public $25 Door Registration $30
JCC Members $100, Public $150 per session
SOCiaL POker – MeN’S CLuB
BriDge - DrOP iN & PLay Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (ongoing)
Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Ongoing JCC Members only. No charge.
Bring a partner or meet other Bridge players. Tables arranged by Contact Howard Charlop, firstname.lastname@example.org to join
level. JCC Members only. No charge.
26 Merage JCC Program Guide • Winter 2010 Register on-line at www.jccoc.org.
J Tix: Day Trips & Theater Events
raiN: the BeatLeS exPerieNCe at OCPaC
J Tix: Trips & Sunday, Mar. 28, 6:30 p.m.
Rain covers the Fab Four from their earliest beginnings through the
the JCC haS
Theater Events psychedelic late ‘60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop
days. Rain is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience and all the
music and vocals are performed live. Sing along with your family and
aNNie at OCPaC friends to such Beatlemania favorites as “Let It Be,” “Hey Jude,” “While ShOWS at the
Sunday, Jan. 31, 1 p.m. Register by 1/15 My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Come Together” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”. Orange County
Leapin’ lizards! The timeless tale of Little Orphan Members $65, Public $80
Annie is back, giving a whole new generation the
chance to experience this classic musical about hairSPray at OCPaC Sunday, Apr. 11, 6:30 p.m. arts Center,
never giving up hope. Boasting one of Broadway’s It’s 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad dreams the ahmanson
most memorable scores, including “It’s the Hard- of dancing on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes theater and other
Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.” and the true, a transformed Tracy uses her new power to vanquish the Teen
ever-optimistic “Tomorrow,” Annie is a delightful local venues
Queen, win her heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network - all
theatrical experience for the entire family. without denting her ‘do! Hairspray is the Broadway musical-comedy around Southern
Members $70, Public $85 Front Orchestra Seats phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight Tony California. all
Awards, including Best Musical. Members $70, Public $85 trips are open to
geOrge gerShWiN aLONe at LaguNa PLayhOuSe
Sunday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m. Register by 1/15 both members
DreaMgirLS at OCPaC
The OC premiere of George Gershwin Alone, an amazing one-man Sunday, Apr. 25, 6:30 p.m. and non-members
show, paints an intimate musical portrait of legendary composer DREAMGIRLS tells the rags-to-riches story of and some offer
George Gershwin. Internationally acclaimed Hershey Felder renders an up-and-coming, 1960s girl group, and the transportation.
an intimate portrait of the musical legend. This multi-award-winning triumphs and tribulations that come with fame
production offers an entirely new perspective of the historic composer’s advance
and fortune. Direct from Harlem’s Apollo Theater
early background, personal life and artistic genius. This international comes a sensational new stage production that registration is
musical sensation is not to be missed! Members $65, Public $80 Great re-envisions this Tony® and Academy® Award required and
Front seats with a good view of the piano keys. winning musical so it sparkles like never before! many programs
Members $78, Public $93
the MuSiC OF aNDreW LLOyD sell out early.
WeBBer at OCPaC LiON kiNg at OCPaC register online at
Sunday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30, 1 p.m. or June 13, 1 p.m. www.jccoc.org
This grand showcase of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Experience the phenomenon of Disney’s The
music features a cast of Broadway veterans, Lion King as this Tony® Award-winning Broadway
backed by an onstage symphony, performing sensation makes its highly anticipated return to For more
his biggest and most memorable hits from The the Center. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle information and
Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, Joseph of animals brought to life by award-winning reservations
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats, director Julie Taymor and the unforgettable score
Jesus Christ Superstar, Sunset Boulevard, Evita, including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar®-
and more. Members $68, Public $83 winning song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Dorman,
Members $95, Public $110 Primetime adult
BOLShOi BaLLet at OCPaC Director at (949)
Sunday, Feb. 28, 2 p.m. PageaNt OF the MaSterS iN LaguNa BeaCh
For more than 230 years, the legendary Bolshoi Sunday, July 25, 8 p.m.
Ballet has captured the hearts and imaginations Eat, Drink and Be Merry savors the timeless masterpieces that have 303 or email
of audiences around the world as the Bolshoi captured and enhanced the exhilaration of good times and buoyed email@example.com.
dancers perform with skill and precision that The spirits when times were hard. With its surefire recipe for theatrical fun
London Times praises as “immaculate, faultless, and unforgettable “living art,” the 2010 Pageant promises a memorable
breathtaking.” The Times, London Members there are
feast for the senses. Members $54, Public $69
$140, Public $155. NO refunds for
SOuth PaCiFiC at the ahMaNSON La tickets to theatre
aLViN aiLey at OCPaC Sunday, July 11, 1 p.m. performances.
Sunday, Mar. 7, 2 p.m. The Tony Award winning musical tells the sweeping romantic story of
Few companies can electrify an two couples whose happiness is threatened by the realities of war and
audience like the Ailey dancers, their own prejudices. Considered one of the finest musical ever written,
whose captivating energy makes the score includes “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That
every performance a life-affirming Man Right Outta My Hair,” and “There is Nothing Like a Dame”. Winner
experience. The Alvin Ailey American of seven 2008 Tony Awards® including Best Musical Revival. Members
Dance Theater offers an array of Ailey classics and new works by $110, Public $125, Optional Bus to LA $20 per person
today’s most inventive choreographers. Members $90, Public $105
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Contact us at (949) 435-3400
PrimeTime Adults Or visit our website www.jccoc.org
PrimeTime Special Programs Daniel M. Bernstein, x 311 President & CEO
Arnold Raymon, 308 VP & Chief Financial Officer
tu B’SheVat: hOW tO
NE W! Marcia Clark, x 312 Executive Administrative Assistant
Aliza Sable, x 310 Development and Grant Writing
Make yOur garDeN BLOOM
Wednesday, Jan. 27 10:30 a.m.-12 FinanCe
p.m. Jeanette Lewin, x 398 Accounting Manager
On Tu B’ Shevat, the “New Year of the Tiffany Bui, x 399 Payroll Associate
Trees,” we remember the land of Israel Leslie Kaufman, x 304 Accounts Payable Associate
and our need to protect the environment. Sandy Luu, x 394 Accounting Associate
Our Tu B’Shevat guest speaker, early Childhood learning Center
Charlotte Curry, Armstrong Gardens
Pam Ranta, x 221 Preschool & Camp Yeladim Director
horticulture expert, offers tips for planting Delanie Maghen, x 213 Asst. Preschool Director/Curriculum
and growing a beautiful garden. JCC Bev Menkin, x 299 Asst. Preschool Director/ITC
Members only: FREE Lynne Haerr, x 290 Preschool Receptionist
Children, youth & Camp programming
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2 –6:30 p.m. Audra Martin, x 265 Children, Teen & Camp Haverim Director
Gents - Come with your JCC friends Roberta Deutschman, x 397 Children’s Enrichments Coordinator
and join the fun at our 5th annual party. Ariella Klein, x 300 Children and Teen Coordinator
Sari Poremba, x 306 Special Events & Camp Yofi Director
Watch the game on the Big Screen.
Sheri Galante, x 162 Camp Yofi Assistant Director
Snacks provided. JCC Members only $5
Register by 2/5 JCC maCCabi experienCe® For teenS
NEW! Dan Berzansky, x 313 JCC Maccabi Experience/J Create Workshop
WritiNg WOrkShOP: Aliza Sable, x 310 JCC Maccabi ArtsFest
hOW tO teLL yOur StOry Cultural artS
Sunday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jennifer Lewis, ext. 305 Cultural Arts Director
Author and journalist David Wilk leads Elizabeth Kent JStage Director
this entertaining seminar on writing an Lynne Kaplan JCC School of Art
autobiography, family history or the Yael Brudner, ext. 161 Cultural Arts Administrative Assistant
biography of a loved one. The story
of any person’s life is interesting and adult programming and SpeCial eventS
compelling, but it needs to be told or it Sari Poremba, x 306 Special Events & Camp Yofi Director
fades away. A book provides something Geri Dorman, x 303 PrimeTime Adult Program Director
for the family to cherish and enjoy for Hilary Hadad, x 309 Special Events Associate
Marcia Rosenberg, x 396 Singles Coordinator
countless future generations. Learn how
Deborah Sevett, ext. 385 Adult Dept. Administrative Assistant
to capture the events and experiences
your parents, grandparents or beloved ancestors lived through. health, phySiCal eduCation and reCreation
For more David Wilk offers an easy, step-by-step process, including: Jason Meyers, x 266 Athletic/Health and Phys. Ed Director
information and ● How to get started and keep moving forward Chris Duncan, x 144 Aquatics Director
reservations ● Organizing the “chapters of your life;” Gina Duncan x 160 Asst. Aquatics Director
● Integrating photos and other art into your book; Shane Johnston, x 262 Fitness Supervisor
contact geri ● Interviewing friends and family; Eddie Priesand, x 104 Sports & Recreation Coordinator
Dorman, ● Completing your story and publishing a handsome bound book that Jocelyn Baum, x 283 Fitness Desk Supervisor
will make you proud and endure over time. Fitness Desk, x 283
Personal Training: Debbie Fox, Tammi Litke, Angel Luna,
● Doing all this in a no-stress method that is FUN.
Director at (949) Josh Malpass, Vince Ortiz, Karen Stokes
For more than 30 years, David Wilk has written for newspapers and
435-3400, ext. Pilates & Personal Training: Viveka Fruth, Cheryl Oden-Martinez
magazines, NPR news and features and produced both fiction and non-
303 or email fiction books. His second biography will be published in March. Members memberShip and marketing
firstname.lastname@example.org. $75, Public $90 Sheila Witzling, x 237 Membership & Marketing Director
Roberta Zeve, x 236 Director of New Memberships
Mah JONgg tOurNaMeNt Cathy Call, x 307 Associate Marketing Director
aND LuNCh Maura Malloy, x 301 Marketing Associate
Janis Moisan, x 285 Front Desk Manager
Sunday, Feb. 28 10 am -2:30 p.m.
Marcie Sholkoff, x 388 Front Desk Asst. Manager
Join in the fun. All levels welcome: Jamie Fitzhugh, x 285 Membership Supervisor
beginners and advanced tables Elana Samson, x 287 Rentals and Special Events
available. Socialize with old friends, Karen Gerber, x 100 Receptionist
meet new people and enjoy a light,
delicious kosher lunch. Register by
Feb. 24.Instructor: Joan Samson. Blueberry Hill, x 281 Café J
building & maintenanCe
28 Winter 2010 register on-line at www.jccoc.org
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Bill Clark, x 226 Facilities Manager
Merage JCC Program WiNtEr SEmEStEr
Registration Form rEgiStratioN
• RETURN completed registration form with payment to: • Member Priority Registration: Monday, Jan. 18, 3-6 p.m.
Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County,
In-person or on-line
One Federation Way, Ste. 200, Irvine, CA 92603
• Registration Open to Public: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m.
• or FAX to: (949) 435-3401
TheRe aRe NO Refunds fOR MeMbeRshiP, caMP, OR PReschOOl.
fOR classes The fOllOwing schedule aPPlies: A full refund if the JCC cancels a class; a full refund minus a $10 administrative fee for withdrawals before class begins; a
50% refund for withdrawal at the end of the first class; no refunds are given after the second class begins. There is a $25 charge for returned checks.
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