Winter 2010 Program Guide by hedongchenchen


									Winter 2010
Program Guide
February 1 - March 26, 2010
17 Shevat - 11 Nissan 5770

Be Active, Be Creative,
          Be Inspired…

   Winter Class registration
   In person or online at     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 •
                                                                                                     Contents and Hours of Operation

So Nu?
                                                      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.
    Dear friends,
                                                         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
                                                                                                                                   9 a.m.
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
                                                                                                                                   HourS oF
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
                                                                                                                                   1-5 p.m.
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
                                                                                                                                   building closure.
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

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                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.

                                                                                                   Financial Adjustments
              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
  Samueli Jewish
                      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.
                      Sponsoring Memberships:
 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.

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                         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
        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
                                                                       compositions...For more about the artist, visit

                                                                         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
            Feb. 15
                            .                                                                        to express themselves using different professional artist techniques.
                                                                                                     Learn how to paint on canvas, use watercolors and pastels, and build
                                                                                                     with clay.
    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,
                                                                             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
              9 a.m.
                            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
                                                                                                     Thursdays, 3:45-4:30
                            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

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                                                                                                                          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
                 Film Festival
                 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. for more information.                          Saturday, march 13, 7:30 p.m. $7 Members, $10 Public

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                       JCC Social Groups

  Our JCC Singles      40s & 50s
Connection offers
                       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
      our monthly
                       from all over the world that we have tried. Have you ever had a Hamen-    Club Six o (60+)
Newsletter please
                       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.     Please RSVP by email ( 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.
       about JCC
                        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?
                                                                                                 prizes !
                       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 ( so we
                       plenty of seats.

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                                                                                                                   PrimeTime Adults

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
                                                                                                                                                    spiritual pursuits.
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 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
                                                                                                                                                    information and
Facilitators: Dana Susson & Lillian Kurtz                                 geNtLe yOga
Members free, Public $10                                                                                                                            reservations
                                                                          Wednesdays & Fridays, 9 -10 a.m., Ongoing
                                                                                                                                                    contact geri
                                                                          .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                                                                      
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 JCC
Members only. no charge

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                      PrimeTime Adults

                     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.
       For more
                                                                                                Members $100, Public $150, Card $8, Minimum 5
information and      BriDge: SuPerViSeD PLay W/ aNN CreSSMaN
    reservations     iNterMeDiate
                                                                                                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)     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, to join
                     level. JCC Members only. No charge.

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                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                         gOt PriOrity

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
                                                                                                                                                         SeatS tO
                                                                                                                                                         the LateSt
                                                                            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.        
                      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
                                                                                                                                                         contact geri
                      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
                                                                                                                                                         435-3400, ext.
                      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    
                      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
Register on-line at                                         Winter 2010          • Merage JCC Program Guide                              27
                                                                                                      Contact us at (949) 435-3400
                              PrimeTime Adults                                                        Or visit our website
                     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
                                                      SuPerBOWL Party
                                                      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
Primetime adult
                                                                                                          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     $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
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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.

ParticiPant 1

Participant Name                                                                                         JCC Member? Y____ N____              JCC Office Use Only
                                                                                                                                              Rec’d by___________ Date__________
Email                                                                                                    DOB          /              /

Address                                                                                                  City                                 State          Zip

Home Phone                                                                                               Cell Phone

Program Name                                                                                             Day/Time                                            Fee $

Program Name                                                                                             Day/Time                                            Fee $

Program Name                                                                                             Day/Time                                            Fee $

ParticiPant 2

Participant Name                                                                                         JCC Member? Y____ N_____             Address if different than
Email                                                                                                    DOB          /              /

Program Name                                                                                             Day/Time                                            Fee $

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Program Name                                                                                             Day/Time                                            Fee $

Parents registering children, Please comPlete this section

Parent Name 1                                                                                            Home Phone                           Cell Phone
Parent Name 2                                                                                            Home Phone                           Cell Phone
Participant 1 School                   Participant 2 School             After school Pick-Up?            TVT Class for after school pickup (if applicable)   Grades
                                                                        Y_____ N_____                                                                                   /

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I hereby give permission to the Merage JCC to take photographs of me for marketing and fundraising purposes unless otherwise indicated in writing. As a parent of guardian of the
minor named above, I consent to photographs being taken of the minor and used in Merage JCCOC materials unless otherwise indicated in writing. I understand that there is no
financial compensation for the photographs. Signature ________________________________________________________________________________________________

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