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Young Israel of Orange County
We are a "Boutique" Modern Orthodox Jewish Congregation, based in Irvine, California. As a "Boutique" congregation, we are smaller, more intimate. Our Rav is easily accessible. Our focus is on warmth and friendship, caring and accepting without judging others. We are particularly focused on personal growth, learning together, creating communities of learning -- learning how to pray, learning how to lead prayers, learning the great texts of Judaism and the great commentaries that bring those texts to life. We pray. We study. We celebrate.
IT’S TIME FOR YIOC’S ANNUAL
PESACH COMMUNITY SEDARIM!
Two Passover Community Sedarim are being conducted by Young Israel of Orange County respectively on the nights of Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
Both Passover Community Sedarim will be conducted at the lovely Back Bay Conference Center, the floor above the “Irvine Lanes” at Harvard & Michelson where our Shul meets for Shabbat services every Shabbat morning, for High Holidays, and where we just held our wonderful Purim Megillah Night celebration. The room décor is lovely, we serve elegantly with china, and the hot multi-course meals will be catered, with waiters and waitresses serving you. The menu each night includes gefilte fish, a lovely salad, matzo ball soup, brisket of beef with three side dishes, and a great dessert. (Vegetarians may order fish instead of brisket by the deadline date.) And just for you — because you are special and deserve it — four separate cups of wine. Also, a choice between hand shmurah and machine shmurah matzoh, and really a great public Seder. The first night’s Seder will begin at 8:00 pm, and the second night also is called for 8:00 pm. You may reserve to attend either Seder or both.
Cost at each Seder is $54 per individual adult, $75 for a couple or any other pairing of two friends (or enemies) who reserve and pay together, $36 for college students and teens, and $18 per child under 13. Reservations and advance payment are required, either by credit card charge or by checks payable to “Young Israel of Orange County.” Checks may be mailed to:
The caterer insists that he must receive the final order (head count) by Monday, March 18. We would prefer sooner, of course. Any reservations or payments received after that date cannot be guaranteed and are subject solely to the caterer’s discretion whether to accept late registrants, and the limited success of our best efforts to pressure, annoy, and intimidate him into extending the deadline.
Yes! We offer fun-based
personalized Hebrew and Jewish Studies tutorials and classes
And our rav, Rabbi Dov Fischer, personally learns Torah (one-on-one) with adults, teens, and students ages 10-17 in a wide range of Jewish subjects from Talmud to Chumash-and-Rashi to Basic Hebrew Reading and Language: You pick the subjects that you or your kids want to learn
call or write
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ONGOING CLASSES AND PROGRAMS . . .
WHAT’S BOTHERING RASHI?…
ONGOING CLASSES AND PROGRAMS . . .
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from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.,
MON. NIGHT SIDDUR NAVIGATION: LEARN TO LEAD SERVICES
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
SHABBAT DAY: BASIC HEBREW READING FOR ADULT BEGINNERS
THURS. NIGHT TALMUD & TOSAFOT AND RAMBAM & SHULCHAN CLASS
Every Thursday Night, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. Rav Fischer teaches a fantastic Talmud Class with classical commentaries and Codes. There is nothing of this nature, nothing taught on this level anywhere else in all of Orange County, as we focus inside the text itself on Talmud (Mesekhet B’rakhot), Mishneh B'rurah (the authentic primary Torah text for Jewish living and life, rooted in the Shulchan Arukh) and Rambam’s Mishnah Torah. (Maariv follows.) Pre-Registration required. All classes are free.
FOR WOMEN ONLY:
"Jewish Cycling" -- The Hottest Topics in Judaism, Contemporary Issues and Life Cycle Events, Observances, Practices, and Customs of the Jewish Life Experience --
Every other Sunday Morning, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.,
SHABBAT TORAH CLASSES
Every Shabbat afternoon, before Mincha
- Seudah Shlishit - Maariv,
CONFIDENTIAL PASTORAL CARE
“SATURDAY NIGHT AT DA MOVIES --and Jewish-Themed TV Episodes” WITH OUR RAV & REBBETZIN
will meet to see either a great movie, or two Jewish-themed episodes
from American TV,
the last Sunday night of every-other month.
flick or TV shows are followed by a group discussion that
A Letter from Our Rabbi
On Purim, nearly 100 people partied with us, our fifth straight year of growing turnout. We moved Purim altogether from the Community Room to the elegance of the Back Bay Center, where we not only had a fun and silly Megillah Reading but then followed with a really fabulous sit-down dinner in the elegant surroundings of Back Bay. Our great dinner was punctuated by our First Annual Purim Garage Sale Comedy Auction where we raised more laughs than bucks, and that was the plan. The night was fabulous.
Then the next afternoon, we brought our
Annual Purim Day Seudat Purim
is now at hand. Our two
Communal Sedarim at
Study Hebrew Reading in Irvine at Young Israel. Hebrew Reading taught at YIOC. Learn to read Hebrew with Rabbi Dov Fischer. Study for a Bar Mitzvah at Young Israel. Study for a Bat Mitzvah at Young Israel. Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah classes and special membership discounts for Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah families with Rabbi Fischer in Irvine at Young Israel of Orange County in Irvine.
From the Writings of Rabbi Dov Fischer:
Dynamic, Wide-Ranging Youth Program with Teens Receiving Personal Attention from Our Rav and RebbetzinFun and Friendly Dynamic Women's Group, with Expanded Series of Monthly Social, Learning, and Chesed (Acts of Kindness) Activities Full-Range of Adult Education Classes, from Text-Based Torah and Talmud Study on Weekdays and Shabbat, to Hebrew Reading & Siddur Navigation, to Monthly Movies with the Rabbi and Rebbetzin
, and Private Tutoring Just for the Asking!
Weekly Robust Shabbat Services with a Wonderful Youthful Feel – Attended by Congregants Ranging the Generations including Teens and College Students, Young Singles and Marrieds, Couples with and without Kids, and Everyone from Married and Single "Baby Boomers" to Established and Energized Seniors – Sparked by Robust Participatory Group- Singing and a Continuing Variety of Wonderful Contemporary Melodies
Morning Minyan -- 9:00 a.m. in
Click here for exciting information re: our dynamic new "Jewish Focus" program for Teens in public or private high school, or who have left the "TVT" ("Tarbut v' Torah")
We are a full-service Shul, with a complete weekly schedule and full program of:
-Shabbat services and Torah classes to enrich your Shabbat experience
- Adult Jewish Study Classes all week . . . customized for you
- Sunday Morning 9:00 a.m. Minyan &Mishneh Brurah Class
- Women's Group, with a line-up of social, educational, cultural, charitable, and personal chesed (kindness) programs -- and so much more !- Great Pre-Teen Bar Mitzvah/ Bat Mitzvah Program
- Social activities and special holiday celebrations- Chesed (Kindness) programs, including our community-focus full participation in "An Act of Kindness: Simchat Shabbat" project that delivers complete Shabbat Meals every week to households in need.
Our Boutique Modern Orthodox shul in Irvine, now in our fifth year, includes more than 80 family units.
We offer the O.C.'s first-ever truly normative contemporary Orthodox experience in Observant Jewish values. (See our Mission Statement) And we begin Shabbat . . . when Shabbat begins!
For a cross selection of correspondence our Rav receives, please click here
Please click here for a broad selection of Rav Fischer's most widely circulated articles
Our rabbinical and lay leadership were among the ultimate keys to building the Irvine Eruv
We offer the most varied, comprehensive schedule for you of intellectually fun and substantive Torah classes and alternative Judaic Torah learning opportunities tailored individually to your requests -- in all of Orange County.
We conduct the most widely respected and recognized Orthodox Jewish conversion program in Orange County
We conduct the most creative, fun, sociable, chesed-centered, and culturally stimulating Orthodox shul Women's Group activities in Orange County.
Click here to read more about Chazan Baruch Erblich, our renowned High Holidays cantor.
We offer a warm, intimate shul setting where the singing is warm and emotive, the bonds of friendship are real, the Shabbat sermon touches deeply and substantively on real meaningful issues in your contemporary life, and the elegantly appointed Shabbat congregational sit-down Kiddush-Lunch is a monthly highlight, even attracting visitors who do not attend each and every week!
We Daven Every Shabbat Morning along Irvine's "Synagogue Row" at the Back Bay Confer. Center:
The Back Bay Conference Ctr: Second Floor at "Irvine Lanes" - Irvine's "Michelson Synagogue Row"
for the year 2012