JFFS Newsletter Mar 20, 2015

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.)
  • 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

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We are just beginning to come back down to earth after Monday's phenomenal Women’s Voices luncheon and we are thrilled so many of you  joined us! Inspiring words from our Woman of the Year, Debbie Margolis, and the laughter of over 750 women collectively enjoying keynote remarks by playwright, author and screenwriter Delia Ephron echo through our minds. Our hearts are simply filled with gratitude for everyone who made the day possible, especially our Voices Co-Chairs Ann Miller and Sherri Winkler and Women’s Philanthropy President Lori Schwartz. Save the date for our next Women's Voices: March 14, 2016!


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 21
9:00 p.m.

Jews On Ice

Join JewGlue for a night of Broomball and Bars! We will be meeting at 9:00 p.m. for food, drinks and schmoozing at McFadden's at Anaheim GardenWalk, and making out way over to Anaheim ICE for Broomball thereafter. McFadden's will have a private area, and 1/2 off drinks all night for JewGlue!

Don’t know what Broomball is? Don’t worry! It’s fun, easy-to-learn and you don’t need to be coordinated whatsoever!

JewGlue provides social networking, philanthropic and community service opportunities for Jewish young adults 21-35.

Location: The Rinks - Anaheim ICE, 300 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim
Tickets: Register Here.
Contact: Adam at 949.435.3484 ext. 338 or JewGlue@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

April 18

Macher’s Mark Table of 8

Get to know like-minded young Jewish professionals at a dinner party for 8 - hosted by you and your peers!

The purpose of Table of 8 is to create opportunities for NextGen OC participants to connect in a more personal, intimate setting than the typical large scale NextGen events. Dinners at various homes will be occurring simultaneously around Orange County. Participants will be matched with hosts and notified prior to the event.

Interested in being a guest or host? Register here.  
Cost: $10/guest (no additional charge to participate as a host)
Contact: NextGen@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.

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

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 1 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

Apply now for Passport to Jewish Life® grants for Jewish summer camp, Maccabi experiences, Israel programs and more. Just two more deadlines this spring: April 13th and 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 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 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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