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Rabbi Eli and Faygie Goorevitch just recently moved to Dana Point to establish the city’s first and only Jewish Center. Rabbi Goorevitch Jr. grew up in Laguna Beach and then relocated to New York to continue his studies. His wife Faygie is from Georgia, where her parents run a Chabad Jewish center and synagogue.

“Dana Point seemed like the perfect fit for us,” Rabbi Goorevitch said. “As a young rabbinical student, I spent many days (in Dana Point) meeting with residents and shopkeepers before the holidays; bringing Challah for Shabbat, blowing the shofar, and handing out Menorahs for Chanukah, but there was never a formal Jewish presence in town.” The young couple is thrilled to be settling in Dana Point.

“One initial focus of Chabad will be youth and teen programming, with the implementation of the highly successful worldwide CTeen program,” continued Rabbi Eli. Plans are underway for Shabbat services, holiday events and adult education. In addition, one-on-one study sessions and Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutoring are just a few of the opportunities that will be made available at Chabad. For more information regarding Chabad of Dana Point, visit or call the Rabbi at 949.290.0628.

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