JFFS Newsletter - Oct. 24, 2014

Mandel House Opens Doors to New Residents

After six years of working in partnership with the community, we are proud to announce that Mandel House is now open! This groundbreaking project of JFFS is OC’s first Jewish residential home for adults with special needs. This month, Mandel House residents were thrilled to move into their new home. Buzzing with spirit and a renewed sense of community and friendship, residents will have lots of opportunities to participate in Jewish events and cultural activities around OC. Last weekend, NextGen CaresJFFS' young adult volunteer group, took Mandel House residents on their first outing. Their smiles and laughter showed just how much they enjoyed bowling with these amazing volunteers. 




Adopt a Family 2014: 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.







Urgent Call: Volunteer Office Assistant and Drivers Needed      

A tiny bit of your time can make a world of difference to a member of our community. Volunteer as an office assistant to keep things running smoothly at our SilverStreak transportation office.  We also have an urgent need for volunteer drivers to drive seniors to appointments, social gatherings and on important errands. Help prevent loneliness and isolation. Give those who are less mobile the gift of connection to community. 60¢ per mile reimbursed. Flexible schedule. Drive as much or as little as you want. Call or email us today.







New Women Forward Workshop

Building Financial Fitness      

  • When: October 26, 10 am-12 pm
  • Where: Jewish Federation & Family Services (Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Suite 220, Irvine)
  • Speaker: Ruth Zakowski, CPA
  • Cost: Free, but pre-registration required
  • Contact: Lucy@jffs.org or phone (949) 435-3460

Whether you are married, single, divorced, widowed, employed or unemployed - we all need to empower ourselves to make better financial choices. Presenter Ruth Zakowski, CPA, will cover how you can take the reins to manage finances as you transition through different stages of life.







Dementia Caregiver Support Group

  • When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 am
  • Where: Jewish Federation & Family Services (Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Suite 220, Irvine)
  • Cost: $15 per session, Pre-registration a must
  • Contact: Nadine Durbach, MSW, at (949)435-3460, ext. 356 or Nadine@jffs.org​     

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. Pre-registration required.







Memory in Motion: A Support Program for Couples Coping With Memory Loss         

  • When: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Where: Jewish Federation & Family Services (Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Suite 220, Irvine)
  • Cost: $20 per couple per session, Pre-registration a must
  • Contact: Nadine Durbach, MSW, at (949) 435-3460, ext. 356 or Nadine@jffs.org 

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.






Solomon Society: Screening of "Pump"

  • When: October 30th, 7:30 pm
  • Where: Port Theater, Corona Del Mar
  • Cost: $18 per person
  • Register Today: Click here
  • Watch the Trailer
  • Contact: Adrienne or Doris at (949) 435-3484     

Solomon Society invites you to a screening of the film, "Pump."  This inspiring, eye-opening documentary, produced by Fuel Freedom Foundation, tells the story of America’s addiction to oil and how we can end our oil dependence.







Community Forum with UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman


  • When: November 24, 6:30 pm
  • Where: University Synagogue, 3400 Michelson Drive, Irvine
  • Cost: Free but registration required
  • Register Now: click here
  • Contact: Lisa Armony, at (949) 435-3484, ext. 376 or Lisa@jffs.org​    

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 as we welcome Dr. Gillman in his new position and hear his vision for the university and the community.




Women's Philanthropy: Accessorize Your Black

  • When: November 13, 10 am
  • Where: Temple Bat Yahm, 1011 Camelback St., Newport Beach
  • RSVP Today: click here
  • Contact: Eileen at (949) 435-3484, ext. 336 or Eileen@jffs.org     

Fashions from Mi Place Boutique in Newport Beach    

Join us for a fun morning and learn how to make the most of the black clothes in your wardrobe.







 Joys & Oys Mommy Meet-Up       

  • When: Wednesdays at 10 am - First Session October 29 (6 week series)
  • Where: Jewish Federation & Family Services (Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Suite 220, Irvine)
  • RSVP Today: click here
  • Contact: Stephanie Epstein, NextGen & Shalom Family Manager, at (949) 435-3484, ext. 278 or Stephanie@jffs.org 

New moms have a lot to kvell & kvetch about in the first few months (even year) of mommy-hood. Having a baby is an emotional experience full of joys and oys! This group, facilitated by Nadine Durbach, MSW, will provide a safe space for you to share, ask questions, and gather feedback on all of the things you and your little one are experiencing. Don't miss this opportunity to meet other new moms. Appropriate for moms with babies 6 months and under. New and "experienced" moms welcome with their babies.  







"Hava Nagila (The Movie)": The Ultimate Celebration   

  • When: November 3, 7:00 pm
  • Where: Club House 5, 24262 Punta Alta, Laguna Woods
  • RSVP by October 28 : Contact Miriam or Chelle (949) 435-3484 or Chelle@jffs.org

Laguna Woods region of JFFS presents a JFFS Donor Appreciation Double Feature. A film screening & behind-the-scenes talk with writer/producer Sophie Sartain. Enjoy an exploration of the meaning, mystery, and history of the Jewish musical classic. Hear the inside story of how Jewish stories get made into Hollywood movies.

Those who have not yet made their 2014 JFFS gift will be able to do so during the event.  Dessert will follow the presentation.  Reserved seating is available for groups of six or more.







Women's Philanthropy - Mitzvah Mavens

  • When: November 5, 8:30-11:30 am or 12:00-3:00pm
  • Where: 8014 Marine Way, Irvine
  • Contact: Eileen at (949) 435-3484, ext. 336 or email Eileen@jffs.org     

Please join us at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. We will help sort and label donated food products, check expiration dates, repack large donations into family size quantity and more.  





Hiking with Solomon Society     

  • When: November 9, 9:00 am
  • Where: Top of Ridge Route in Newport Coast
  • Level: Moderate level lasting approximately 1 ½ hrs.
  • Contact: Stuart Friedman at stuclu@cox.net

Join fellow Solomon Society members as they hike together on a beautiful route in Newport Coast.






Women's Philanthropy Cocktails & Culture: Jews of South Africa with Leora Raikin

  • When: October 28, 7:00 pm
  • Where: Private home in Irvine
  • Cost: $25
  • To RSVP: click here   

Join us for an evening of Cocktails & Culture. Artist Leora Raikin will illuminate the culture of Jews in South Africa through a presentation of her textile art and artifacts from the region.





Interest-Free Small Business Loans    

  • When: Ongoing
  • Who: Open to OC residents of all faiths and ethnicities
  • Contact: assist@jffs.org       

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!





Leave Your Legacy 

  • When: Ongoing
  • Contact: Chelle Friedman at (949) 435-3484, ext. 334           

A legacy gift (bequest) to JFFS allows you to continue to serve the community through your values and vision. For more information, please contact Chelle Friedman, JFFS Planned Giving Director, at 949-435-3484, extension 334.









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