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UPDATE: Operation Protective Edge

August 15, 2014

Despite a brief flurry of rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, a five-day extension to the truce between Israel and Hamas was agreed upon Wednesday night. The talks are aimed at brokering a longer-term ceasefire agreement. One of the main disagreements between the two sides stems from Hamas' demand for an airport and seaport, which Israel rejects without the complete demilitarization of the terrorist organization

The United Nations Human Rights Council's appointment of a commission of inquiry to probe incidents during Operation Protective Edge was met with incredulity by Israel and Jewish communities worldwide, particularly after the announcement that Canadian international law expert Prof. William Schabas would head the panel. An outspoken critic of Israel, Schabas has said that he would like to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former President Shimon Peres stand trial for war crimes. Already hostile to Israel, the commission's selection of Schabas has raised concerns that the panel's findings will go the way of the now discredited Goldstone Report. That investigation, which followed the 2008-09 Gaza war, found evidence of potential war crimes and crimes against humanity. Israel has said that it will not cooperate with the UN investigation.

In a strong statement this week, The Foreign Press Association (FPA) protested the "blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox" intimidation of journalists in the Gaza Strip by Hamas. "In several cases," they complained, "foreign reporters working in Gaza have been harassed, threatened or questioned over stories." The condemnation gives evidence to the fact that Hamas consistently manipulates media coverage in order to delegitimize Israel and garner international sympathy for Palestinians and casts doubt on all reporting from Gaza.

Israel Needs Our Help

While the latest truce and efforts toward a longer-term cease fire have greatly reduced the barrage of rockets aimed at Israel, the trauma, fear and uncertainty still hang over our family in Israel. Over 75% of the Israeli population is currently exhibiting symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress taking a severe toll on the entire population. Click here to read about the impact of this hidden wound and how NATAL, a JFFS partner on the ground, is working to bring treatment and services to a traumatized country.

We need more funds to provide the critical aid so desperately needed for our family in Israel to help those affected and to rebuild and continue to be prepared and alert. Let's set a goal for everyone in our community to show their support for Israel by giving what you can to JFFS' Israel Emergency Campaign.

Click here to make your donation.

100% of your gift goes directly to Israel as JFFS is absorbing all administrative costs.

Women Forward

Friends of Women Forward Celebrated

Friends of Women Forward - the affinity group of Women's Philanthropy of JFFS dedicated to supporting the JFFS Women Forward program - invites all Friends of Women Forward who make (or have made) a minimum investment of $118 in the Women Forward program this year to a celebratory cocktail party. Become a Friend of Women Forward and get your invitation to meet clients of the program who have opened their own businesses, including dessert catered by a Women Forward client. Women Forward is JFFS' flagship career coaching program helping women of all faiths, age 40+, to enter (or re-enter) the job market. Click on the links below to learn more and become a Friend of Women Forward today!

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The Network

Don't Miss The Network Event

  • When: August 20
  • Where: Andrei's Conscious Cuisine
  • Cost: $45 in advance, $55 at door, $36 for JFFS NextGen members
  • Contact: Adrienne or Doris, 949-435-3484
  • Join Orange County's new, exclusive Jewish networking group for executives and business leaders. Spend the evening expanding your professional network while enjoying great food and drinks. Take your networking to the next level with The Network.

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JewGlue Cruise

Jew Glue Jews Cruise!

  • When: August 23, 7:30pm
  • Where: Newport Beach Harbor
  • Cost: 1st Wave $20; 2nd Wave $25; Final Wave $30
  • Contact: Adam at 949-435-3484, Ext. 330 or

JewGlue, a cluster of NextGen of JFFS for young professionals ages 21-35 is going to sea! Sail away with us on the Tiki Boat in Newport Beach Harbor. Event ticket includes: 3 drink tickets, appetizers, music, and dancing. After Party Pub Crawl upon arrival of dry land. Register today!

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Solomon Newport Hike

Solomon Society Hike

  • When: August 28, 5-6 pm
  • Where: Top of Ridge Route in Newport Coast
  • Level: Moderate to Moderate plus (some hills)
  • Contact: Stuart Friedman at

This is a great opportunity to meet some old and new friends in Solomon Society of JFFS while getting some exercise too. This hike will take approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes and will get your heart pumping.

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Late Night with Solomon Society

6th Annual Late Night with Solomon Society!

  • When: September 18
  • Where: City National Grove of Anaheim
  • Comedian: Howie Mandel
  • Mensch of the Year: Gideon Bernstein
  • Contact: Doris or Adrienne at 949-435-3484, or

Don't miss our 6th annual Late Night with Solomon Society comedy night. September 18th at the City National Grove of Anaheim. Comedy headliner is Howie Mandel and Mensch of the Year is Gideon Bernstein. Register Today!

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Women Forward

New Women Forward Workshop

Overcoming Adversity

  • When: August 24, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Where: Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, Suite 220
  • Cost: Free, but pre-registration required
  • Contact: Lucy at or 949-435-3460

In an inspirational talk for those facing adversity of any kind, Holocaust survivor Marta Lightner will share how her Holocaust experience influenced her when facing other life challenges. RSVP required to Lucy.

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Women's Support Group

Women's Support Group

  • When: Tuesdays, August 26-September 30, 6-7:30 pm
  • Where: Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, Suite 220
  • Cost: $100
  • Contact: Allison Johnson, LMFT at or 949-435-3460

Having better relationships starts with understanding yourself and patterns that no longer serve you. Learn how to have healthier boundaries, patterns and emotions. Sessions will include meditation and mindfulness exercises. Open to women of all ages and faiths.

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Dementia Caregivers

New Dementia Caregiver Support Group

  • When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30am, starting September 3rd
  • Where: Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, Suite 220
  • Cost: $20 per session
  • Contact: Nadine Durbach, MSW at or 949-435-3460

The stress of caring for someone with dementia can be overwhelming and isolating. Our dementia support group, led by mental health professionals, will offer education, resources, and support from others in similar circumstances. Registration required.

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Volunteer to Drive

URGENT CALL: Volunteer Drivers Needed!

  • When: Ongoing
  • Contact: Cindy Jacobs, Volunteer Coordinator, at 949-435-3484, Ext. 269 or

A tiny bit of your time can make a world of difference for a member of our community. Volunteer to drive seniors to vital appointments, the store and social gatherings. Help prevent loneliness and isolation. Give those who are less mobile the gift of connection to community. 60¢ per mile reimbursed. Drive as much or as little as you want. Call us today!

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Make a Difference - Leave A Legacy

  • When: Ongoing
  • Contact: Chelle Friedman at 949-435-3484, ext. 334

Through your care and commitment, you can help ensure that JFFS has a secure future and continues to address the most urgent needs in our community. A legacy gift (bequest) to JFFS allows your values and visions to continue serving the community whenever help is needed in the future. For more information contact Chelle Friedman, JFFS Planned Giving Director.

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