JFFS Newsletter Jan 9, 2015



TONIGHT: Special Prayers for Paris Terror Victims with Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel David Lau

The Chief Asheknazi Rabbi of Israel is with us in Orange County. In light of the recent tragic events in France, the Rabbi will begin this evening's event with special prayers honoring the victims of the terror attacks in Paris last week and in support of Jewish communities worldwide.

Please join us TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Meir HaCohen/Chabad

  • Location: 19045 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA
  • Cost: $22 in advance / $25 at door
  • More information and register at OCJewish.com

 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!


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 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: Chelle at 949.435.3484 or Chelle@jffs.org.


January 20
6:30 p.m.

OC Marathon: Free Training Sessions

JFFS is a Charity Partner for the OC Marathon! One of our newest Solomon Society members, Thomas Miller, is spearheading a FREE training program to prepare people interested in running/walking any of the events, taking place on Sunday, May 3. This group is geared towards collaboration and support over competition. Thomas has been coaching runners and triathletes for the past 20 years and is offering his wealth of experience to us at no charge! 

Join us at the first “meeting of the laces” to discuss all the details.
Where:  Blossom Siegel Conference Room, JFFS, Samueli Jewish Campus, Irvine
More information: www.JewishOC.org/ocmarathon
Contact: Cindy Jacobs at CJacobs@jffs.org for more information and to join Team JFFS Meaningful Miles.

January 22
6:00 p.m.


The Network: An Evening with Jim Abbott & Stephen Gordon

Join Jim Abbott (former MLB pitcher, Olympic gold medalist, and All-American) and Stephen Gordon (Chairman, President and CEO, Opus Bank) for a discussion on “Leadership & Overachievement,” plus great food, drinks and networking!

Cost: $45 until 01/18, $60 after. NextGen members: $36 until 01/18, $55 after. Register Here
Location: Myers Theatre, Samueli Jewish Campus, Irvine

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

January 28
11:30 a.m.

Trendsetters Luncheon

Women's Philanthropy Trendsetters invite you to a luncheon and conversation with Jonathan KIrsch, best-selling author of "The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan: A Boy Avenger, a Nazi Diplomat, and a Murder in Paris."

Couvert: $55
Location: Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa

Contact: RSVP by January 21 at JewishOC.org/women

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

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.

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 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 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 Laguna Woods Region 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.org. Register Here

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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