JFFS Updates: July 24, 2015




The Board of Jewish Federation & Family Services (JFFS) announced this week (on July 22, 2015) that it has appointed Dr. Lauren Gavshon, a proven leader and bridge builder and JFFS’ current Director of Clinical Services, as interim President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Shalom Elcott as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Elcott, a visionary leader who fundamentally transformed JFFS into the robust and diverse organization it is today, will continue to serve as Strategic Advisor to the Chair of the Board.

Click to read the full press release and statement from the JFFS Board.


LAST CHANCE! In 2014-2015, 20,000 copies of the Jewish OC: Community Directory were distributed, free of charge, to homes, congregations, communal centers, schools, nonprofits, businesses, and events year-round, across Orange County. Many more community members downloaded their free copies of the Directory via our website and took advantage of the free online search tool.

Once again, this comprehensive, community-wide resource will be distributed free of charge ahead of the High Holidays. Will your organization be included? Click here to reserve your listing or ad space!

JFFS joins with our local and national partners (including JFNA and AIPAC) in response to the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. A nuclear-capable Islamic Republic of Iran is a grave threat to U.S. national security and the world and would create an existential threat to Israel. For regular updates, click here.

If you're entering an Orange County university or community college this fall, Hillel of OC wants to connect. With chapters at Chapman, UCI and CSUF, Hillel is a gateway to Jewish life and learning, offering a wide variety of social, educational, cultural, religious, and community services, and leadership programs, to Jewish students of all backgrounds. Community college students are welcome to participate in campus programming as well. Grad and professional students also welcome. Hillel of OC is a Community Partner of JFFS and a recipient of JFFS Core Grants and Impact Grants. For more info on Hillel, contact Lisa@jffs.org.

The Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE), a Community Partner of JFFS and recipient of JFFS Core Grants and Impact Grants, works to ensure that every Jewish teen in OC finds their identity and is aware of wonderful Jewish opportunities available to them! For the first time ever, BJE has partnered with Jewish Student Connection to open up Jewish clubs in OC high schools! TALIT Nation, BJE's 8th-12th grade program, offers social, learning, and spiritual opportunities to OC teens via weekend retreats, community service, Shabbat dinners, Havdallah services, leadership opportunities and more! Join us to get the experience of a lifetime and love being Jewish! Contact becca@bjeoc.org for more information.


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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

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