JFFS Newsletter Jan 23, 2015

Legacy Project


JFFS received a commendation and a $9,000 incentive grant in recognition of the success of our Legacy Project. The Jewish Community Foundation and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation are working with JFFS and nine other local Jewish organizations to encourage support of Jewish life through individual estate planning.  Forty-six new Letters of Intent were presented to JFFS during 2014 which will bring several million dollars of support to important services in the future.

For a confidential discussion on how you can establish your legacy plan, more information on including JFFS in your estate plans, or to let us know that you have already done so, contact Chelle Friedman, Director, JFFS Planned Giving,. 949-435-3484 or Chelle@jffs.org.

Left to right: Wendy Aronson, CEO Jewish Community Foundation; Lori Schwartz, President JFFS Women’s Philanthropy and member of the Legacy Project Committee; Jane Brenner, member of JFFS Legacy Project Committee; Arlene Schiff, Executive Director, Harold Grinspoon Foundation

 JFFS celebrates our 50th anniversary

Join us as we reflect on an extraordinary half century of community-building, service, and Jewish life and as we rededicate ourselves to ensuring a vibrant and strong community in the next half century. Stay tuned for exciting events and opportunities in the months ahead! More 
Join Team JFFS at the OC Marathon


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:

January 31
8:00 p.m.


IGNITE - NextGen's Annual Fundraiser

Spark your philanthropy at NextGen’s 2015 Campaign Kickoff and Annual Fundraiser! Help build our community for generations to come. DO NOT miss the premier Jewish young professional event of the year!

Cost: $65 (ages 21-25), $75 (26+). Register Here
Contact: NextGen@jffs.org
Location: Myers Theatre, Samueli Jewish Campus, Irvine


February 2
7:00 p.m.

Laguna Woods Campaign Reception

Join us for the Laguna Woods Region's 2015 Community Campaign Reception and "Jewish Story Through Song" performed by singer, Andra London.

Location: Clubhouse 5, 24061 Algarrobo, Laguna Woods
Contact: Chelle at 949.435.3484, ext.334 or Chelle@jffs.orgRegister Here

February 4
3:30 p.m.

Tu B’Shvat Story Hour

All families are welcome to join us for an interactive story hour for Tu B’Shvat. Children will listen to a PJ Library story, plant their own sustainable seedling, sample treats from the Tu B’Shvat seder plate, and make their own birdhouse. Appropriate for children 6 and under and the adults who love them!

Location: Irvine Hebrew Day School, Irvine
Contact: ShalomFamily@jffs.org.  RSVP by February 2. Register Here

February 8
12:00 p.m.

NextGen Pairs Couples Sunday Brunch

NextGen OC is excited to launch NextGen Pairs, bringing Orange County Jewish couples together for social programming. Join us for our first brunch event, where all types of couples are welcome to participate! Please note that this is for couples only.

Location: Paul Martin’s American Grill, Irvine Spectrum
Contact: NextGen@jffs.org. RSVP by February 4. Register Here

February 12
6:30 p.m.

Solomon Society 7th Annual Guys’ Night Out

Members are encouraged to bring friends, colleagues, etc. to this annual recruiting event. It’s a great way to meet many members all at once and hear about Solomon Society’s activities, both past and future.  Cost: $65. Price includes delicious meal, drinks, and, of course, camaraderie!

Location: Muldoon’s Irish Pub, Newport Beach
Contact: Adrienne or Doris at 949.435.3484 or SolomonSociety@jffs.org or Register Here

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 Jewish Federation & Family Services Women’s Philanthropy.  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

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

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 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:

February 15
2:00 p.m.

NextGen Cares Volunteer Afternoon with Café Europa

Join NextGen Cares as we spend an afternoon enjoying live music, food, stories and laughter with Café Europa, the Holocaust survivor program of JFFS. Each volunteer will bring a food item to share with our 40-50 Holocaust survivors.

Contact: RSVP to NextGen@jffs.org

February 28


JewGlue Purim Party

Save the date! JewGlue is hosting the hottest Purim party in Orange County. Time and location to be announced soon!

Contact: JewGlue@jffs.org

March 16
10:00 a.m.

 Women's Voices

The Largest Annual Gathering of Jewish Women in Orange County and your link to community, lasting friendships, and the opportunity to do the extraordinary. Keynote Speaker, Delia Ephron; Woman of the Year, Debbie Margolis.

Couvert: $75
Location: Hilton Orange County, Costa Mesa
Contact: Eileen at 949.435.3484 ext. 336 or email women@jffs.org

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