JFFS Newsletter Mar 6. 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


  Remembering Allan Fainbarg, z"l

A generous philanthropist and visionary leader who touched each and every Jewish institution in Orange County; a true role model of Jewish values and ethics; and an impassioned guardian of our Jewish community’s heritage and continuity. More

His legacy will live on in our hearts and our community always.

OC Register article


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:

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

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 ext. 278 or ShalomFamily@jffs.org

March 22
10:00 a.m.

Myth Busters: 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 detrimental 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 ext. 362 or Lucy@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 949.354.3460 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.  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

Registration closing soon for Summer 2015 Taglit-Birthright Israel trips!

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

Registration deadline is March 31 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 3. Click here for more info and to register by March 31. 

Passport to Jewish Life® - 2015 Winter/Spring Deadlines

This coming Monday, March 9 at 5pm is the next deadline for Passport to Jewish Life® applications and recommendations, for Jewish summer camp (day or overnight), Maccabi experiences, Israel programs and more. Additional deadlines this spring are April 13 and May 18. 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

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 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: 50 Years of JFFS Celebrations


May 3

OC Marathon: Join Team JFFS

2015 is a big year for JFFS and it’s our pleasure to announce our Charity Partnership with the 2015 OC Marathon, taking place on Sunday, May 3! Let’s kick off the celebration of 50 years of Jewish Federation & Family Services in Orange County. As a Charity Partner, we have the opportunity to show our community exactly what JFFS spirit is all about. Click here for more info.

Contact: Cindy at 949.435.3484 ext.297 or CJacobs@jffs.org

 May 14

Yom Haatzmaut Family Picnic Dinner & Concert

SAVE THE DATE! Come together for food, fun and flags at our community-wide Yom-Haatzmaut picnic dinner and concert. One of a series of events celebrating 50 Years of Jewish Federation & Family Services.

Open All Day: The Israeli Artist Market showcasing a fine selection of creative, Israeli artists with unique exhibits. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase original, handmade fine Israeli art. More info coming soon!

Contact: Sharon at 949.435.3484 ext. 269 or Sharon@jffs.org







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