JFFS Newsletter Dec. 5, 2014

IRA Charitable Rollover: Consider Acting Now

The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their IRA, without treating the distribution as taxable income.

The IRA Charitable Rollover is a proven charitable giving incentive and it enjoys wide bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. However, for the fourth time since it was enacted as a temporary two-year measure, it has been allowed to expire. In prior instances, Congress has reinstated it, when necessary, retroactively to the beginning of the calendar year. It is widely expected to be reinstated by congress retroactively to January 1, 2015, but for every day that Congress fails to act, some Rollover gifts are delayed and some may not take place at all.  Learn More


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 meaningful grants, programs, services and opportunities for engagement across the community and Israel, together with our Community Partners, congregations, Jewish organizations and friends like you. JFFS grants, programs and services 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; opportunities for community engagement and so much more. Learn More

Mazal Tov Eileen!

Mazel tov to Eileen Garbutt, Director of Women’s Philanthropy, on the occasion of her 15th anniversary of employment at JFFS!  In recognition of her long-term dedication and commitment to serving our community in myriad ways, both as a professional and as a lay leader, Eileen Garbutt was honored JFFS 2012 Woman of the Year at Women’s Voices.  Eileen was President of Women’s Philanthropy from 1989 to 1992 and has served on the board of her synagogue, Temple Bat Yahm. Thank you for your service, Eileen!

 Upcoming Events:

December 7
4:00 p.m.

PJ Library & Shalom Family of JFFS presents Rick Recht Live!

Join us for a Hannukah community concert featuring Rick Recht! Open to the public. All families welcome. $5/person or $20/family (immediate family only). No charge for children 2 and under.

Contact Stephanie at 949.435.3484, ext. 278 or Stephanie@jffs.org.

Register Now

December 8
6:00 p.m.

The Network Hosts Year-End Gathering

Join members of The Network for a year-end gathering, celebrating the conclusion of a very successful 1st year.  Food, drinks and networking are included. Taking place at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine, Irvine. Cost: $60, NextGen members $55.

Contact: Adrienne or Doris at 949.435.3484 or TheNetwork@jffs.org

Register Now

December 10
7:00 p.m.

JFFS Annual Meeting

The community is invited to attend a JFFS board meeting to hear and vote on proposed changes to the JFFS by-laws. Spouses included. 7:00 p.m. - Wine and cheese reception, 7:30 p.m. - Annual Meeting begins.

Contact: JFFSBoard@jffs.org

December 14
9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.

Community Phonathon

JFFS needs your support now, more than ever, as we work to close this year’s campaign. Please join us and your fellow community members at a Community Phonathon, taking place in Conference Room C & D, Samueli Jewish Campus. The success of this phonathon is reliant upon your participation and the participation of your peers.  RSVP today.  Brunch will be provided. 

Contact: Eric@jffs.org or 949.435.3484

Ways To Give:

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Drivers Needed

Silver Streak has an urgent need for volunteer drivers to drive people with vision loss and others who can no longer drive 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. Flexible schedule.

Transportation Office Assistant

There are so many people calling us for help, we can hardly keep up! Please consider volunteering in our Silver Streak office as an Office Assistant to help keep things running smoothly.

Contact: Stephanie Chappell at 949.35.3460, ext. 295 or Schappell@jffs.org

ADOPT A FAMILY: Brighten the Lives of Neighbors in Crisis

You can sign up now to adopt a family, donate gift cards or gifts, or make a donation to families in need. We also encourage havurahs, men’s clubs, social  action committees and other groups to host gift card drives.

Contact: Marcia at 949.435.3460, ext. 352 or Marcia@jffs.org

RE-ENERGIZE SENIORS: Lead a Cooking with Ease Group

We're looking for chefs and nutritionists to lead Cooking with Ease groups for seniors in Irvine. These groups are intended to demonstrate healthy and easy cooking strategies that will motivate senior participants to cook healthy meals and share meals with friends. Give us a call if you are interested in exploring how you can lend your cooking expertise.

Contact: Stephanie Chappell at, 949.435.3484, ext. 295 or Schappell@jffs.org


A legacy gift to JFFS - a planned gift through a will, living trust or other designation - ensures that your support of the Orange County Jewish community and Israel, along with your values and vision, will live on for years to come. For more information, contact Chelle Friedman, JFFS Planned Giving Director, at 949.435.3484, ext. 334.

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Community Opportunities & Support Services

Zechter Music Center – Winter Session
Winter Session begins January 21, 2015

Register now for the Winter Session of the Zechter Music Center of JFFS, where Jewish 5th-12th graders in OC receive FREE musical instrument classes as well as exciting (low-cost or no-cost) arts appreciation activities. Choose guitar, keyboard or wind/brass at the Irvine location (TVT); choose guitar, keyboard, violin or drumming at the Huntington Beach location (Hebrew Academy). Day school or congregation affiliation not required. Register at www.JewishOC.org/Music.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group
1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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. $15 per session; pre-registration required. Contact: Nadine Durbach, MSW, at 949.435.3460, ext. 356 or Nadine@jffs.org

Memory in Motion: A Support Program for Couples Coping With Memory Loss
1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

This bi-weekly group provides support, education and mental stimulation to individuals with mild to moderate stage dementia and their care partners. In this unique group, the individual with memory loss and their care partner split up into separate groups led by professional facilitators. $20 per couple per session; pre-registration required. Contact: Nadine Durbach, MSW, at 949.435.3460, ext. 356 or Nadine@jffs.org

Interest-Free Small Business Loans

The Milton and Doris Chasin Micro-Enterprise Loan Program of JFFS offers interest-free micro-loans (up to $25,000) for startups or existing small businesses. To begin the process, send your name, contact information and a short description of your business (or business idea) to assist@jffs.org. We'll send you a loan application packet right away! Open to OC residents of all faiths and ethnicities. Contact: assist@jffs.org


Counseling Services

Got the holiday blues? JFFS can help!  Counseling services for all ages provided on a sliding fee scale. Schedule an appointment with one of our professional counselor a today! Contact us at 949.435.3460.

Just Around The Corner:

January 7
7:00 p.m.

JFFS Installation of Officers

JFFS elects and installs its 2015 Officers and Board of Directors. Meeting will take place in a private home. Address given upon registration. Contact: JFFSBoard@jffs.org

January 18
9:00 a.m.

Solomon Society Hike

Join fellow Solomon Society members as they hike through Crystal Cove State Park beginning at Bommer Ridge in Newport Coast.  The hike is approx. 4 miles long and will take 1.5 to 2 hours; It is considered a beginner level hike. Contact: Stuart Friedman at stuclu@cox.net.

January 18
9:30 a.m.

 Laguna Woods Region: Advance Gifts Brunch

“Making Sense of the Senseless Middle East,” a conversation with Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D.,Political Analyst and Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University. Professor Ralph Nurnberger reflects how mid-term elections and the war in Israel last summer may change the course towards negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Open to all JFFS 2015 donors or $500 and above. Contact: Miriam or Chelle at 949.435.3484 or Chelle@jffs.org.

January 22
6:00 p.m.

The Network: Leadership & Overachievement

Jim Abbott, former Major League Baseball pitcher, and Stephen Gordon, Chairman, President and CEO or Opus Bank, discuss Leadership & Overachievement. Enjoy great food, drinks and, of course, networking! Taking place at the Myers Theatre, Samueli Jewish Campus.
Register Here
Contact: Adrienne or Doris 949.435.3484 or TheNetwork@jffs.org 

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