Connections: The e-newsletter of JFFS, Feb 16, 2017



Connections the e-newsletter of JFFS

Interfaith Town Hall Addresses Hate and Strengthens PartnershipsTown Hall Meeting

Last month, we joined our Muslim and Christian brothers and sisters for a Town Hall: Coming Together to Combat Hate in Our Community. Led by the Rose Project of JFFS, this important evening brought over 200 people together to explore how to bring Orange County’s diverse communities together to counter the rise in racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic incidents. Learn more:


LA Times: Interfaith meeting in Newport draws 230 to discuss fighting 'bigoted acts' (1/30/17)


JDAIM LogoFebruary is Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM), a unified effort among Jewish organizations worldwide to raise awareness and foster inclusion of people with disabilities and those who love them. JDAIM’s mission is to unite Jewish communities worldwide to raise awareness and champion the rights of all Jews to be included and to participate in all aspects of Jewish life like anyone else. Here in Orange County, we are proud to support people with special needs with enrichment programs and services, and through Mandel House, Orange County’s first Jewish residential home for adults with special needs. A second home – Horwitz Family House – will be opening this spring. Read more about how we provide special needs services.

Join us at Women's Voices


Women's Voices was named the #2 Luncheon in the Orange County Business Journal's 2016 Charity Event Guide, designating it as one of the preeminent charity events in our community! Learn more and register


NextGen OC's Annual Party with a Passion - Poker Face

Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Santa Ana Country Club, 20382 Newport Blvd., Santa Ana
Learn more and register


Birthright Israel

Birthright Israel 2017 registration now open!
Explore Israel this summer with a free Birthright Israel trip through JFFS! Learn more 

Upcoming JFFS Events

February 19, 2:00 p.m. - Laguna Woods Region Advance Gift Society: An Afternoon Soiree
February 25, 8:00 p.m. - NextGen OC's Poker Face
February 26, 9:00 a.m. - Yom Sport (Sports Day)
March 5, 10:00 a.m. - Women Forward: Balancing Communications Among Five Generations
March 9, 7:30 a.m. - The Network: 2017 - A Financial Forecast
March 13, 10:00 a.m. - Women's Voices

View all upcoming JFFS events


Ways to Give and Volunteer Opportunities

Community Programs & Events:

  • Sunday, February 26 - Yom Sport (Sports Day) is a fun Israeli-themed field day for adults and children (ages 10+) with special needs. Presented in partnership: The Merage JCC and Jewish Federation & Family Services. More information and register
  • Thursday, March 30 - Merage JCC presents Israel: A Global Leader. From technology and biomed to humanitarian and social issues, Israel leads the world in breakthrough, patents and rapid-response. Rick Matros facilitates an exciting panel discussion featuring Gidi Grinstein, Reut Group; Yotam Politzer, IsraAID; and Jack Mayer, Save a Child's Heart. Free and open to the community. More information and register 
  • Friday, March 17 - Serenity Shabbat Service at Congregation B'nai TzedekJoin the Orange County Jewish Community in supporting those in recovery and their loved ones. Service will combine a typical Shabbat service including prayer, music, and message from the Rabbi, as well as a recovery theme and/or speakers.  More information

Programs, Grants & Loans:

Support Groups & Counseling:

The mission of Jewish Federation & Family Services is to bring together the people, the partners, and the resources to care for people in need, to build a vibrant community, and to sustain and enhance Jewish life. We do this through an array of services, grants, programs, and opportunities for engagement for people of all faiths, ethnicities and ages in Orange County, in Israel, and around the world. Together with our Community Partners, congregations, Jewish organizations, and friends like you, we help to ensure: lifesaving social services; care and connection for seniors; educational opportunities for youth; leadership on OC college campuses; a strong relationship with Israel; and so much more. 

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