Once again, they are upon us: the High Holidays. For some, the holidays are a time to reconnect with family and friends they haven't seen in a year.
Singles frustrated with superficial dating encounters can find vastly different ways to do something about it.
Whether it's a seven-minute SpeedDate, a shidduch rooted in tradition or something in between, Jewish singles are meeting and marrying in Orange County.
David and Lori Melman, former Santa Ana residents, look out their window to see a mountaintop covered with scrub oak and bay leaves that could be mistaken for coastal California foothills. The idyllic country lifestyle and its neighborhood feeling is what lured them to Har Halutz, a Galilee community established by the Reform movement, in 1985. "When I compare life in the U.S. to life in Israel, Israel always wins," Lori says.
In 1987, Teryl Zarnow, an Orange County Register editorial writer and education reporter who had opted for a more flexible schedule after starting her family, decided to write a column about what it was like to be a mother.
The welcome mat for South Africans is different - and yet somehow the same - as the one set out for the Jewish immigrants of 100 years ago.
While Orange County may not have the geographically cohesive nature of a mature Jewish community in the Northeast or Midwest -- or even in Los Angeles or San Francisco -- demographers describe it as typical of the new Jewish communities of the West.