On Waring Avenue, west of La Brea Avenue, Yeshiva Ohr Elchonon Chabad is undergoing a $5 million expansion. Under construction is 35,000 square feet of dormitories and study rooms, including a light and airy beis midrash (study hall) that will double as a synagogue.
Jews have lived in Orange County for more than 130 years, but the community has never undertaken such an intense period of expansion as the one currently underway.
In the last year alone, more than 150,000 square feet of new Jewish building space has been added to synagogues and schools around the county. And other major projects are just getting underway. Here is a look at what's going up behind the "Orange Curtain":