Core One Month Scholar-in-Residence Program
Since 2002, the CSP has invited world-renown scholars to live in the community for a one-month period each year, where, in return for an honorarium and certain defined benefits (such as travel expenses, and a rental car), the scholars are offered to a variety of local synagogues, universities and institutions for low cost, high quality programming. The one month program is structured around 6-10 synagogue appearances (2-3 of which will be multi-part weekend “Shabbatonim”), and includes an opening and closing community lecture, a series of 1-2 multi unit courses co-sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education, 1-2 university lectures and private patron programs.
Summer Scholar-in-Residence Program:
Since 2003, the CSP has invited world-renown scholars to teach in Orange County for 3-4 days.
Annual Pre-High Holyday Program:
Since 2003, CSP has hosted a pre-High Holyday event in the community to prepare participants for the upcoming High Holidays.
Throughout the year, the CSP offers supporters and local synagogue and community leaders an opportunity to participate in 3-4 salon programs in a variety of venues in Orange County. The salons feature teachers from the area and speakers who are visiting the region. The CSP has also worked to develop tie-in programs with the communities in Los Angeles and San Diego to package opportunities for would-be speakers. The goal of the salons is to both offer intimate learning opportunities with top scholars and authors and bring together community leaders for a relaxed opportunity to socialize and build cross-institutional understanding and cooperation. While the intense one-month scholar program is the focal point of CSP’s yearly calendar, the salon programs act as an ongoing effort to stimulate transformative learning in the community.
Since 2005, the CSP has hosted a 24 hour Martin Luther King Day retreat for adults only. A prominent visiting scholar delivers 3 lectures to participants.
Memorial Day Weekend Retreat:
Since 2003, the CSP has hosted a family oriented Memorial Day weekend retreat, offering Shabbat services with song leader Dale Schatz, 3-4 lectures with prominent speakers, kids programming and musical evenings.
CSP Dads and Kids Camping:
Since 2005, CSP has hosted and annual Fall Dads & Kids Jewish camping program, with visits to such locations as:
CSP Family Camping:
Since 2006, CSP has hosted an annual Summer Jewish camping program for families, with visits to such locations as:
Since 2003, CSP has hosted an annual summer community Shabbat Alive program. The most recent programs have been held at Bommer Canyon in Irvine.
Travel Adventures: Touching the Soul of Israel: October 19-30, 2014
Unique Family Programs:
Over the years, CSP has hosted a variety of unique family and community oriented programs, including:
PJ Library Programs:
Partnering with Jewish Federation & Family Services, these young family events provide a welcoming environment, well-trained greeters to make new families feel connected to the community, story-time, holiday-themed crafts to take home, snacks to match the holiday, and photographs of the parents/kids shared to create family memories.