JFFS Newsletter Apr 17, 2015


Honoring Holocaust Survivors with Dignified Care & Support:

Yesterday, we commemorated Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) and 70 years since liberation. We reflected and remembered both the horrors and the heroes of the darkest time in modern Jewish history.

Jewish Federation & Family Services is honored to have the opportunity to care for Holocaust survivors in their senior years and we are committed to helping survivors and their families achieve and maintain the best possible quality of life. If you know a survivor in need of assistance, please contact Cally Clein, LCSW at Cally@jffs.org or 949.435.3460.

Support the JFFS Special Fund for Holocaust Survivors.


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


 Upcoming Events:

April 19
10:00 a.m

THIS SUNDAY! Myth Busters: The Myth that Life is a Straight Path

Women Forward Career Coaching: There is a common belief that success follows a straight path. The reality is that life is full of forks in the road, twist and turns, and options to be pursued as we seek fulfilment. This session will address how to let your passions and instincts drive your life. Presenter: Caron Berkley, Director of Marketing & Communications, JFFS.

Contact: RSVP to Lucy at 949.435.3460 ext. 362 or Lucy@jffs.org

April 21
7:00 p.m.

Yom Hazikaron Ceremony

Join Shevet Tapuz: Israeli Scouts of Orange County for their memorial service to commemorate the fallen soldiers of Israel and victims of terrorism. Open to the community. More Info

Location: Myers Theatre, Merage JCC, 1 Federation Way, Irvine
Contact: Alon Rozen at 949.235.6050

May 3
10:00 a.m.

Volunteer with Us at the OC Marathon

JFFS is excited to be a Charity Partner in this year's OC Marathon! Our team, Meaningful Miles, is participating in the race with runners and walkers in the 5k, half marathon and full marathon events, and we have a huge volunteer responsibility! We need your help at the 5k Water Station!

Click here to volunteer.

May 3
12:30 p.m.

Jewish War Veterans Lunch Social

The Jewish Veterans Post 680 Auxiliary, with support from the Laguna Woods Region of JFFS, invites all Jewish veterans -- Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force and  Coast Guard -- to a social luncheon.

National Jewish War Veterans is celebrating 119 years of service. Post 680 is the only active JWV Post in Orange County. It is working to coalesce all Jewish veterans into one dynamic unit.  Pass the word along to other veterans you know.

More information and to RSVP call 949.707.5351 


May 4
7:00 p.m.

 Laguna Woods Region Honorees' Night

A salute to volunteers in Laguna Woods. Each Jewish organization, in cooperation with JFFS, honors a member for their work on behalf of that program. Followed by refreshments. Free and open to the public.

More info and to register
Contact: Chelle at 949.435.3484 or Chelle@jffs.org

May 5
6:00 p.m.

 The Network: Vision for Growth in OC – Our Role & Responsibility

Join special guests Joe Walker, Vice Chairman Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan, Howard Gillman, Chancellor at UCI, and moderator Stephen Gordon, Chairman, CEO and President of Opus Bank, for an enlightening discussion about economic growth and developments in Orange County.

Cost: $60 before 5/1, $70 after, $75 at door. NextGen members - $50 before 5/1, $60 after, $75 at door.
Location: Pacific Club, Newport Beach
More info and to register
Contact: Adrienne or Doris at TheNetwork@jffs.org or 949.435.3484

May 7
5:30 p.m.

UC Irvine Author Series: Memories That Won’t Go Away – A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport with Author Michele Gold

Join Hillel Foundation of Orange County at the UC Irvine Author Series. Author Michele Gold will share some of the many experiences of rescued children, including her mother, chronicled in her new book, as well as her process for researching the history of the Kindertransport. We will also hear from Gabriella Karen, hidden child and illustrator, and Dave Lux, one of the children saved by Sir Nicholas Winton. Free and open to the community.

More info and to register
Contact: Lisa Armony at Lisa@jffs.org or 949.435.3484 ext. 376

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 949.354.3460 ext. 295 or Schappell@jffs.org


Reading Partners is a volunteer literacy program in OC public schools (K-3) sponsored by Women's Philanthropy of Jewish Federation & Family Services.  It takes just one hour a week to make a huge difference in a child’s life. Contact: Jahanna at  ReadingPartners@jffs.org or 949.435.3484 ext. 389. Learn More.


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.  Learn More.

Community Opportunities & Support Services

Passport to Jewish Life® - 2015 Winter/Spring Deadlines

Apply now for Passport to Jewish Life® grants for Jewish summer camp, Maccabi experiences, Israel programs and more. Just one more deadline this spring: May 18th. Visit our website for guidelines and eligibility info plus online application. Complete applications (online application and emailed recommendation) are due by 5pm on deadline day.

You and Your Aging Relative
1st Wednesday of each month, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

A chance to talk about caregiving concerns and issues, and get support from others going through a similar experience.  Information and resources available for various needs. $10 per session. More info.
Contact: Cally Clein, LCSW, 949-435-3460 ext. 359 or Cally@JFFS.org

Shpilkes: A Parkinson’s Support Group With a Jewish Perspective
2nd Monday of the month, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

JFFS and Congregation B’nai Israel have partnered with a community member to start the first Jewish Parkinson’s peer-to-peer support group.  Come to kibitz and build relationships with others in the community who are living, loving and still laughing with Parkinson’s. Free to attend. Location: Congregation B'nai Israel, 2111 Bryan Avenue, Tustin.

Contact: RSVP to Anita Austin at arteducatr89@yahoo.com

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

Just Around The Corner

May 14

JFFS Yom Ha'atzmaut Community Picnic Dinner & Concert

Come together for food, fun and flags at our community-wide Yom Ha'atzmaut picnic dinner and concert!

• Israeli Picnic Dinner: By Blueberry Hill Catering (kosher food available for purchase)
• FREE performance: By the Mostly Kosher klezmer band (6:00 p.m.)
• Israeli Dancing with Yoni Carr (4:30 p.m.)
• Kids Activities: Arts and crafts, games, singalongs, bounce house and more
• Israeli Artists Marketplace: Showcasing a selection of unique Israeli art for sale ALL DAY 

Free and open to the public.
Learn more and register

Contact: Sharon at 949.435.3484 or Sharon@jffs.org


May 31

Tikkun for Troops: Donate & Volunteer

NextGen Cares, in collaboration with Operation Gratitude and JCC Cares, endeavors to make a positive impact on the lives of active duty U.S. troops stationed overseas — and we need your help! Donate: We’re collecting items for consolidation into care packages. Volunteer: On May 31, help assemble care packages and write letters to the troops. Learn More.

Contact: Nitzan at 949.435.3484 or Nitzan@jffs.org for more info and a list of items to donate.



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