Connections: The e-newsletter of JFFS, September 29, 2016


Connections - the e-newsletter of Jewish Federation & Family Services

Baton Rouge Relief Fund

Last month, Baton Rouge was deluged by over 24 inches of rain in one day and the small but vibrant Jewish community of Baton Rouge has been hit hard. One out of every nine Jewish families has suffered devastating, uninsured or under-insured financial losses and untold emotional distress. Many Jewish community members are temporarily out of work as hundreds of businesses have been forced to shut down due to damage. Furthermore, there is no local Jewish Family Services organization or Jewish Community Center to help organize a community response. 

Jewish Federation of North America (JFNA) responded immediately, setting up a national fundraising campaign. Recovery costs are expected to exceed $1 million and so far JFNA has raised $300,000, far below the level of need. Therefore, JFNA has called upon each Federation to increase its support, by raising funds for the Baton Rouge relief efforts. Orange County has been asked to raise $3,600 toward the national goal.

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Lori Schwartz at LOJ Conference

Local Women's Philanthropy Leader Wins National Award


Orange County’s Lori Schwartz was honored on September 13th by The Jewish Federations of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy with its prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award. The award was announced at the 2016 International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC) in Washington, D.C. 

Lori Schwartz is the immediate Past President of Women’s Philanthropy. She started her relationship with JFFS Women’s Philanthropy in 2005 by participating in the pilot of Reading Partners, a literacy program that places volunteers in K-3 classrooms throughout Orange County. Her continued participation in the program led her to develop the School Supply Program, which supplies pencils to the students, and the OneBook Project, which supplies new, grade level books at the end of the year.  Lori was Co-Vice President of Reading Partners for four years, and, along with her Co-Vice President Marci Parejo, was a 2011 One OC Spirit of Volunteerism Honoree for their work with Reading Partners. Since 2009, Lori has also assisted knitters in making blankets at weekly meetings of JFFS Women’s Philanthropy’s Mitzvah Maven Knitting Circle. 

More than 1,300 Jewish women from the United States, Canada, Israel, Mexico and the United Kingdom attended ILOJC to discuss the influence of the individual and the collective. The Lions of Judah are philanthropic Jewish women of all ages, uniting as an international sisterhood of global advocates who care deeply about the Jewish future. Each Lion fulfills a financial commitment to their community’s annual campaign. 

The prestigious, internationally recognized Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award is given to Lions of Judah who have demonstrated the highest ideals of leadership and involvement; it was established in 2004 recognition of Norma Kipnis-Wilson and Toby Friedland (z”l), co-founders of The Jewish Federation of North America’s Lion of Judah program. Winners are chosen by their communities as extraordinary women who have set a high standard for philanthropy and volunteerism. 

Shanah Tovah

Members of our community will gather next week with friends and loved ones to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This sacred holiday is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has passed and look to the year ahead. During this period of reflection, we once again celebrate the strength of our community and recommit ourselves to work together to the extraordinary. We extend warm wishes to all for a healthy, happy and sweet New Year. L'Shanah Tovah.

Women's Philanthropy: Voices in the Night

Adopt a Family 2016

The holidays can be a painful time for struggling families who are not able to provide their children with holiday gifts or traditional holiday meals. In fact, it can be a heartbreaking season for many. That’s why we ask our community to join us every year in brightening the lives of people in need! Learn the ways you can participate.

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