JFFS Newsletter Nov. 21, 2014





First, there was the post-Thanksgiving sales spectacle Black Friday and then the online version, Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday jumped in there to encourage support of local businesses. Now, charitable groups around the nation have begun a new holiday tradition — it's called Giving Tuesday, in its third year this December 2.


It may seem a little surprising that no one came up with the idea before to designate a specific day to help launch the holiday charitable giving season. Indeed, the concept of Giving Tuesday is brilliant -- to just give everyone time to pause and think about what's most important at the holiday season and to get people to think about charitable giving in a different way.


This holiday season, have a conversation about charity, holiday giving, volunteerism and how you can really make a difference over the holiday season in our Orange County community. Of course, we hope you will consider supporting the remarkable programs and services of Jewish Federation & Family Services. Because, together, we do the extraordinary. #GivingTuesday










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, educations opportunities for youth; leadership on OC college campuses; a strong relationship with Israel; opportunities for community engagement and so much more. Learn More



JFFS Program Spotlight: Reading Partners

Mazel tov to the JFFS Reading Partners program for being honored recently at the Santa Ana Unified School District and Santa Ana Public Schools Foundation Annual Partnership Breakfast as an “Outstanding Business Partner". Reading Partners is a volunteer literacy program created in 2005 by JFFS’ Women’s Philanthropy. Volunteers – men as well as women – are trained to help students in OC public school classes (grades K-3) learn to read, so they can read to learn.


Our Reading Partners program was nominated for the award by the principal of Garfield Elementary School who noted at the time, “Your dedicated volunteers are so valued by our students and teachers. The training that you equip your volunteers with is priceless. Just yesterday, one of my kindergarten teachers was raving about how her Reading Partner volunteer was allowing her students to receive extra love, support, and the attention they are in need of at school. As the principal, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart!” Just another example of how, together, we do the extraordinary!   

To learn more about the Reading Partners program or to volunteer, CLICK HERE.






 Upcoming Events:



November 24

              6:30 pm



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Community Forum with UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman


The Rose Project of JFFS and University Synagogue present “UCI and the Future of Orange County,” a community forum with Dr. Howard Gillman, newly-appointed Chancellor of UC Irvine.  Join us at University Synagogue, as we welcome Dr. Gillman in his new position and hear his vision for the university and the community. Free to attend but registration required.


Contact: Lisa Armony at 949.435.3484, ext. 376 or Lisa@jffs.org





December 2

              10:30 am



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China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui


Morasha, Pomegranate and Shomer invite you to join us for this docent-led tour at Bowers Museum, Santa Ana. Lunch to follow at Tangata Restaurant. Open exclusively to Women’s Philanthropy partners at the $1,000 level and above. Couvert $45; RSVP by November 25.


Contact: Eileen Garbutt at 949.435.3484, ext. 336 or Eileen@jffs.org





December 4

              6:00 pm




Solomon Society: Fine Wine, Food & Fellowship


This is a great opportunity for members to enjoy fine Napa Valley wine and gourmet food pairings at Island Hotel. $195 per person.


Contact: Adrienne or Doris at 949.435.3484 or SolomonSociety@jffs.org





December 7

              4:00 pm



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PJ Library & Shalom Family of JFFS presents Rick Recht Live!


Join us for a Hannukah community concert featuring Rick Recht! Open to the public. All families welcome. $5/person or $20/family (immediate family only). No charge for children 2 and under.


Contact Stephanie at 949.435.3484, ext. 278 or Stephanie@jffs.org.





December 8

              6:00 pm


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The Network Hosts Year-End Gathering


This is The Network's final event of 2014 and we promise to maximize your networking time while you enjoy great food and drinks. Taking place at Andrei's Conscious Cuisine, Irvine. In support of JFFS' Adopt a Family program, we ask attendees to bring a gift card from a local grocery store, Target or gas station. Cost: $45 until 12/4, $60 after, NextGen members - $36 until 12/4, $55 after.


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





December 10

              7:00 pm




JFFS Annual Meeting


The community is invited to attend a JFFS board meeting to hear and vote on proposed changes to the JFFS by-laws. Spouses included. 7 pm - Wine and cheese reception, 7:30 pm - Annual Meeting begins.


Contact: JFFSBoard@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







ADOPT A FAMILY: Brighten the Lives of Neighbors in Crisis


You can sign up now to adopt a family, donate gift cards or gifts, or make a donation to families in need.  We also encourage havurahs, men’s clubs, social  action committees and other groups to host gift care drives.


Contact: Marcia at 949.435.3460, ext. 352 or Marcia@jffs.org





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








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A legacy gift (bequest) to JFFS allows you to continue to serve the community through your values and vision. For more information, contact Chelle Friedman, JFFS Planned Giving Director, at 949.435.3484, ext. 334.




Need Support?



Dementia Caregiver Support Group
1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10 am - 11:30 am


The stress of caring for someone with dementia can be overwhelming and isolating. Our dementia support group, led by mental health professionals, will offer education, resources, and support from others in similar circumstances. $15 per session; pre-registration required. Contact: Nadine Durbach, MSW, at 949.435.3460, ext. 356 or Nadine@jffs.org





Memory in Motion: A Support Program for Couples Coping With Memory Loss
1st & 3rd Friday of each month, 10 am - 12 pm


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 7

              7:00 pm



JFFS Installation of Officers


JFFS elects and installs its 2015 Officers and Board of Directors. Meeting will take place in a private home. Address given upon registration. Contact: JFFSBoard@jffs.org





January 18

              10:00 am



               Laguna Woods Region: Advance Gifts Brunch


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: Miriam or Chelle at 949.435.3484 or Chelle@jffs.org.





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