Orange County Jewish Bar Association

OCJBA Statement Updated January 2022

The OCJBA was founded to provide a social environment that engenders comradeship among its members based on the Jewishtraditions of Torah (law), Mitzvot (good deeds), and Tzedakah (justice/kindness) while practicing law and serving the community. The OCJBA greatly appreciates Jordon Steinberg for taking the initiative to create this incredible organization, and to Ron Shwartz for hosting our monthly “Schmooze and Booze” meetings at Muldoon’s in Newport Beach (pre pandemic shut ins) for over a decade. We look forward to returning to in person meetings soon, as COVID restrictions are lifted. In the meantime, we will continue with virtual events, and our board is also available virtually.

Passover, a time of extended family gatherings and feasts, was again spent essentially isolated due to the continued coronavirus closures and guidelines: a second Passover staying home to survive a deadly pandemic while commemorating the survival from the ten plagues and exodus from slavery. This year our people’s perseverance to connect led to additional meaningful ways to unite, via “outdoor walk-through celebrations” as well as with continued appreciation for the nuclear family unit and the relationships afforded by modern technology.

OCJBA continues to connect virtually with the Orange County and Long Beach community by facilitating and participating in activities with local organizations such as Jewish Community Centers (Orange County and Long Beach), Chapman University, affiliate bars, and OCBA sections/committees, the California Lawyers Association, the Anti-Defamation League, the Museum of Tolerance, OC Jewish Collaborative, and Jewish Federation. And we look forward to continuing this tradition in person once it is safe to do so.

It is time to begin building our new “normal.” We look forward to celebrating our Mensch of the Year—the Honorable Lon Hurwitz—at the 2021 Vodkas & Latkes party later this year. Lon Hurwitz is a judge for the Superior Court of Orange County in California. Hurwitz was elected to the bench in 2010 and, later that year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Hurwitz to the bench, which allowed him to immediately assume his judicial position.

Please join our friendly Jewish group. Per our bylaws, the business aspect of the general monthly meetings lasts less than five minutes and the fun lasts all night!

For more information about OCJBA activities and to submit Mensch of the Year nominations, Board nominations, or activity ideas, please visit OCJBA.org, write OCJBA, P.O. Box 6130, Newport Beach, CA 92658, or email president Sheila-Marie Finkelstein at smf@ahavalaw.com.

Looking forward to some in-person Schmoozing with you this year; keep your eyes out for the announcements.

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For more information about upcoming events, visit www.ocjba.org.