CSP Logo Garamond Smaller
Epstein PR Photo 4367


Celebrating our 16th year, the mission of the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program is to share the joy of Judaism, build community, and celebrate our Jewish heritage with a rich adult education program and unique family experiences.  Whether we are picking apples for Rosh Hashana, celebrating Shabbat while camping, clapping along with Jewish Blues or Rock musicians, hosting a community-wide Shabbat Alive outdoors, learning with internationally-known scholars or making life-long Jewish friends at family and adult retreats, CSP has programs to offer for all ages. We ignite passion for Judaism! 
To be added to our mailing list, call 949.682.4040 or register at www.occsp.org.
Arie Katz
Community Scholar Program

CSP is supported by an IMPACT Grant from Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County and by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Orange County

Prof. Marc Michael Epstein
14th Annual CSP Summer Scholar

The Most Elegant Jews: The Western Sephardim
Friday, July 15, 2016 -  12:00 pm  at Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot
Who is a Jew? Sects and Parties in Jewish History and Tradition
 Saturday, July 16, 2016 -  7:00 pm  at Univeristy Park Community Center

Sermonds in Wood in the Lost Synagogues of Poland

Sunday July 17, 2016 -  2:00 pm  at Temple Beth Emet


Jews and Music: Beautiful Harmonies

Sunday July 17, 2016 -  7:00 pm  at Congregation B'nai Israel 


The Lost Tribes: A Quest

Monday July 18, 2016 -  12:00 pm  at University Synagogue




$10.00 per person for each event/$36 for all four

Free to CSP $180+ Members with RSVP by July 1, 2016
Special rates apply to CBI, US & SHM members

12th Annual CSP Summer Scholar Institute

Serious Comedy: Popular Jewish Culture of the Twentieth Century- and Beyond

July 13-16, 2014

Winner of the 2015 Jewish Book Award in Visual Arts for Skies of Parchment, Seas of Ink: Jewish Illuminated Manuscripts, Marc Michael Epstein is the product of a mixed marriage between the scions of Slonimer and Lubavitcher Hassidim and Romanian socialists, and grew up, rather confused, but happy, in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently Professor of Religion at Vassar College, where he has been teaching since 1992, and was the first Director of Jewish Studies. At Vassar, he teaches courses on medieval Christianity, religion, arts and politics, and Jewish texts and sources. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, received the PhD at Yale University, and did much of his graduate research at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has written numerous articles and three books on various topics in visual and material culture produced by, for, and about Jews. His prior book, The Medieval Haggadah: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination (Yale, 2011) was selected by the London Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2011. During the ‘80s, Epstein was Director of the Hebrew Books and Manuscripts division of Sotheby's Judaica department, and continues to serve as consultant to various libraries, auction houses, museums and private collectors throughout the world. Among them are the Herbert C. and Eileen Bernard Museum at Temple Emanu-El in New York City, for which he curated the inaugural exhibition, and currently serves as consultant for the Fowler Museum at UCLA, where he is in the process of helping plan a major exhibition on aspects of Kabbalah and its relationship to visual culture.