About CSP

Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program
Celebrating our 21st year, the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program shares the joy of Judaism, builds community, & celebrates our Jewish heritage with a rich adult education program and unique family experiences.

Video Spotlight


CSP 21st Annual One Month Scholar Series

With Hadar Faculty live on Zoom from New York City, NY
January 4 – January 30, 2022

Honoring Deborah and Ed Heyman

“The Text Demands Interpretation
The Torah of Hadar“

CSP Gift Shop

 Just in time for the Holidays! Show your support for CSP! Hats, totes, aprons, visors, jogging pants, Shirts and more!

Arie Katz on Radio SEFARAD

Listen as Arie discuss’s founding CSP, and what it has become. As well as his plans for the future!

CSP Legacy Circle

CSP participates in the community-wide, “Create a Jewish Legacy” initiative, in partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.



Upcoming CSP Events

Thursday January 20, 2022
5:00-6:00 PM CSP Patron/Legacy Event
Can We Separate (Torah) Artists From Their Art?
{Rabbi Ethan Tucker}

CSP Patrons/Legacy

Sunday January 23, 2022
5:00-6:00 PM Sunday Evening Series
Speaking Up: The Audacity of Prayer
{Rabbi Aviva Richman}

Tuesday January 25, 2022
12:30-1:30 PM Tuesday Afternoon Series
Part 3 – Dirshuni: A Taste of Israeli Women’s Midrash
{Rabbi Avi Killip}

Wednesday January 26, 2022
5:00-6:00 PM
Wednesday Evening Series
The Torah of Music
{Part 4 – Music as Midrash: A Collaborative Workshop, with Deborah Sacks Mintz}

Thursday January 27, 2022
12:30-1:30 PM
Thursday Afternoon Series
Part 4 – Praying Anew: Unlocking Meaning in the Words of the Siddur
{Rabbi Elie Kaunfer}

Sunday January 30, 2022
5:00-6:00 PM
Closing Session
Finding God in Nature and Torah: Exploring Psalm 19
{Rabbi Shai Held}

Tuesday February 1, 2022
12:30-1:30 PM
Arthur Kurzweil
The Ten Greatest Books in Jewish History

Thursday February 3, 2022
11:00-12:00 PM
Rachel Korazim
Shirim BeAshdodit
The Poetry of Sami Chetrit

Sunday February 6, 2022
4:00-5:00 PM
Eric Cline
Digging Deeper: How Archaeology Works

Tuesday February 8, 2022
10:00-11:00 AM
Shirel Horowitz Religion, Mysticism and Gender: Painting with Esther Schneider

Thursday February 10, 2022
12:30-1:30 PM
Assaf Gavron
Contemporary Israeli Literature: can you avoid politics?

Sunday February 13, 2022
NA – Superbowl Sunday

Tuesday February 15, 2022
10:00-11:00 AM Andi Arnovitz
The House Is in the Book

Thursday February 17, 2022
12:30-1:30 PM
Peter White
Jewish Ireland – A Virtual Travel Adventure

Sunday February 20, 2022
12:00-1:00 PM
Joshua Jacobson The Hidden Roots of American Synagogue Melodies

Tuesday February 22, 2022
12:30-1:30 PM
Ale Avruj
Jewish Life in Buenos Aires, a Conversation

Thursday February 24, 2022
12:30-1:30 PM
Zohar Raviv
God is Not a Religious Idea: Juxtaposing the American Declaration of Independence and the Ten Commandments

Sunday February 27, 2022
4:00-5:00 PM
Seth Rogovoy
Leonard Cohen’s Mystical Midrash