Connections: The e-Newsletter of JFFS - Feb 4, 2016


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

Our Jewish Community is only as strong as its ability to include and honor people with an array of diverse strengths and abilities

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. Established in 2009 by the Jewish Special Education International Consortium, 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 disabilities through Mandel House, Orange County’s first and only Jewish residential home for adults with special needs, and Silver Streak Transportation, amongst other services we provide. Inclusion elevates us all. Together, we do the extraordinary! 

On Sunday, the Israeli Cabinet approved the creation of a permanent egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall. The historic decision is a dramatic, unprecedented and critical acknowledgement by the State of Israel that Judaism’s holiest site — the Kotel — should incorporate the traditions of the Masorti (Conservative) and Reform streams, in which men and women pray together. It also sends a powerful message to Israelis and Jews across the Diaspora about the permanent value of Jewish pluralism and about what we can do when we work together. We are grateful to the many partners who worked over the past 27 years toward this moment in our collective history, including the Jewish Agency and the Jewish Federations of North America. Read More

From left: Arlene Schiff, Bernie Labowitz, 
Chelle Friedman, Dr. Lauren Gavshon,
Jay Epstein, Wendy Arenson.

Celebrating the Successful Completion of
Create a Jewish Legacy - Year Two

Over 100 people have joined the JFFS Legacy Circle since its inception in 2013. The JFFS Legacy Circle honors individuals and families who have made a gift to JFFS through their wills and estate plans. Members enjoy the satisfaction of knowing their legacy will sustain a vibrant Jewish community for generations to come. 
If you have listed Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County, as a beneficiary in your estate plan, contact Chelle Friedman at to be included in special events designed for JFFS Legacy Circle members. 

Give a gift of gratitude

Thank those who have helped you by giving back to JFFS to support services to others in need of assistance. Honor a person or program that has helped you every step of the way. More Information

Democracy and Human Rights in Israel - Lecture 2

Join Us at Women's Voices - Monday, March 14, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

Birthright Israel 2016

Birthright Israel - Registration now open

Are you or do you know an 18-26 year old who has not been to Israel? Perhaps a child, grandchild, niece or nephew? Help our Jewish future explore Israel this summer with a free Birthright Israel trip through JFFS!
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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, to people of all faiths, ethnicities and ages across the community, 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. Learn More

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