JFFS Newsletter Feb 20, 2015


Register now for Women's Voices 2015, the largest annual gathering of Jewish women in Orange County and
named one of the Top 5 Luncheons by the OC Business Journal Charity Event Guide.

Monday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. at the Hilton Orange County. 
Learn more 
Contact: Eileen at 949.435.3484 or Eileen@jffs.org


 Smiles of Success

Thank you to everyone who attended the Laguna Woods Campaign Reception on February 2 and contributed to its success. Guests enjoyed an uplifiting performance by seasoned entertainer and speaker Andra London who brought her passion for Jewish life to the stage. Funds raised will support the many JFFS programs that serve residents in Laguna Woods Village and south Orange County communities.

From left to right: Beverly Genereux, Event Co-Chair; Andra London, Songstress; Sharon Beck, Event Co-Chair.


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:

February 21
6:30 p.m


Eat. Pray. Experience the Galaxy.

It’s a Cosmic Havdalah family event for the whole community, supported by an Impact Grant from JFFS!  Exit the earthly world to an indoor planetarium where you’ll be guided through the Milky Way. Explore the night sky outdoors with telescopes, iPads and tablets (bring your own!). Eat heavenly delicacies and celebrate an awesome musical Havdalah led by teens.  $10/pp age 13+, FREE for kids 12 and under.

Location: Congregation B'nai Israel, 2111 Bryan Ave., Tustin
Contact: 714.730.9693

February 22
7:00 p.m.


Uprising In The Arab World: A Symposium

Explore the current situation in the Arab world and reverberations felt throughout the world. The Rose Project of JFFS sponsored 2014-15 Schusterman Visiting Israel Professor, Professor Mohammed Wattad, will speak along with Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Professor Scott Spitzer, Associate Professor of Political Science at California State University, Fullerton. This is a non-sectarian symposium offered to the community as an educational opportunity. Each speaker will present their views followed by questions from the audience.

VIP Reception with speakers at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Temple Beth Tikvah, 1600 N. Acacia Ave., Fullerton
Cost: $20 General admission / $50 VIP Reception & Admission / No charge for students
RSVP to info@tbtoc.org or 714.871.3535 

February 25
7:00 p.m.

Beyond The Falafel: A Conversation on Modern Day Israel

Women's Philanthropy invites you to join us for our next Cocktails & Culture event as we discuss Israeli culture.

Location: Private home in Shady Canyon (address given upon registration)
Couvert: $25. Register

Contact: Eileen at 949.435.3484 ext. 336 or email women@jffs.org

March 11
6:00 p.m.

The Network Hosts Merage Fellows

Join The Network as we welcome the Merage Fellows. This group of Merage Fellows has expertise in areas such as marketing/branding, market trends and technologies, mobile app development, data harvesting, cloud technology and more. Price: $55 through March 8 / $70 after; NextGen members $36 through March 8 / $50 after. Price includes program, dinner, wine, beer and dessert. Register

Location: Andrei's Conscious Cuisine, 2607 Main St., Irvine
Contact: Adrienne or Doris at 949.435.3484 or TheNetwork@jffs.org


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


Reading Partners is a volunteer literacy program in OC public schools (K-3) sponsored by Women's Philanthropy of Jewish Federation & Family Services.  All it takes is 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

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.  Learn More

Community Opportunities & Support Services


Scholarships Available for UC Irvine Freshman

Rabbi Allen Krause Memorial Scholarships are available to Jewish high school seniors entering UC Irvine in Fall 2015.  Ideal candidates have leadership experience in their communities. Learn more and apply.

Contact: Lisa Armony at 949.435.3484 or Lisa@jffs.org

Registration for Summer 2015 Taglit-Birthright Israel trips is now open!

Created for young adults ages 18-26, Birthright Israel shows you the best of Israel and keeps the excitement going when you come home. You’ll fly from L.A. for free and spend 10 days discovering Israel’s rich history, landmarks, people and culture with peers from Orange County. Discover new meaning in your personal Jewish identity and build your connection to Jewish history and culture.

Choose from one of 2 OC trips departing this summer:

1. The OC Way trip is for participants ages 22-26 from Orange County. The trip, departing from LAX, is from June 21 to July 1 and includes Israeli soldiers as participants on the trip for all 10 days! Click HERE for more info.


2. The Hillel trip is for students ages 18-26 from UCI, CSUF, Chapman, and surrounding community colleges. Click HERE for more info.


Zechter Music Center

Register now for FREE musical instrument classes and exciting arts appreciation activities through the Zechter Music Center of JFFS!  The program is open to all Jewish 5th-12th graders across the community. Day school or congregation affiliation not required. Spring Session begins April 15 and concludes June 3rd. Click here for more info and to register. 

Passport to Jewish Life® - 2015 Winter/Spring Deadlines

The 2015 application process for Passport to Jewish Life® grants is now open! Apply now for grants for Jewish summer camp (day or overnight), Maccabi experiences, Israel programs and more. Application deadlines are: February 9th, March 9th, April 13th and May 18th. Complete application must be received by 5pm on deadline day.  Visit our website for guidelines and eligibility info plus online application.

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

Bereavement Support Group
Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For those individuals who have recently lost a loved one, these 1.5 hour groups offer heartfelt support and guidance with feelings of loneliness, loss and isolation, learning how to live with grief, and moving forward. $10 per session. More Info
Contact: Cally Clein, LCSW, 949-435-3460 ext. 359 or Cally@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 blues? JFFS can help!  Counseling services for all ages provided on a sliding fee scale. Schedule an appointment with one of our professional counselor, today! Contact us at 949.435.3460.

Just Around The Corner:


March 18
5:30 p.m.

Doing What's Best For Your Children

Join us for a real conversation about educational planning for your children. Sue Penn, Director of Congregational Learning at University Synagogue, will discuss learning styles that may best fit your children’s individual needs in order for them to thrive educationally. Jason Starkman, State Farm Agent, will discuss planning financially for your children’s educational future. Free to attend.

Contact: Stephanie at 949.435.3484 or ShalomFamily@jffs.org

March 22
10:00 a.m.

The Myth that Stress Is Always Unhealthy
Women Forward Career Coaching

The first session in the Myth Busters Series: We’ve all heard the messages that stress is deterimental to our health. In this session, you will learn that a lot of what you think you know about stress is not the whole picture. Presenter: Lauren Gavshon, PsyD, Director of Clinical Services, JFFS.

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


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