OCJCR Programs

We Lay Down and Wept:
Sunday August 11 / Tisha’ B’Av
4:00 – 6:00pm in front of the Santa Ana I.C.E. office

Click here to download the event program.

Advocacy Training Sunday, April 7th 2019

Join us for an in-depth advocacy training at Congregation B’nai Israel on Sunday, April 7th from 12:30 – 5:00pm. Become familiar with the HIAS legislative advocacy agenda, gain the skills to become an effective advocate, and join our team of volunteers meeting with government representatives to advocate pro-refugee, pro-asylum seeker legislation. Click here for the full invitation and how to RSVP. Space is limited.

PAST OC Jewish Coalition for Refugees Events:

Join us Sunday February 10th. RSVP to SocialAction@TempleBethDavid.org

Donation drive through January 31st, to assist the San Diego Rapid Response Network shelter for asylum seekers.

Read more about the shelter here.

Click here for printable flyer.SDRR donation drive










HIAS National Refugee Shabbat  is taking place across the country October 19th and 20th. The Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees and OC Welcome Campaign organizations are celebrating National Refugee Shabbat locally this October and November.

Refugee Shabbat programs around Orange County:

Saturday, October 13th with The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County:

Minyan Am Ehad Shabbat service in Newport Beach at 9:45am. Guest speakers, Jackie Menter and Rabbi Jill Zimmerman. More

Friday, October 19th at Temple Beth David in Westminster at 7:30pm. Shabbat Alive Service with guest speaker from Home for Refugees. See flyer here.

Friday, October 19th at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach. Call TBY for more information.

Friday, October 19th at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley. Call CBT for more information.

Friday, October 19th at Temple Beth Sholom in Santa Ana at 6:30pm. During Friday evening services guest speaker Dr. Mai-Phuong T. Nguyen will share her experiences as a child fleeing Vietnam. More

Saturday, October 20th at Temple Beth Emet in Anaheim. Call TBE for more information.

Saturday, October 20th at Congregation Shir HaMa’alot in Irvine. 9:30am Torah Study. 10:15am Shabbat morning service. Guest speakers Jackie Menter and Ellen Olshansky from the OC Jewish Coalition for Refugees.

Saturday, October 27th at Congregation B’nai Israel in Tustin. 1:00 – 2:00pm after Kiddush lunch.Guest speakers: Massuma Hassan, an Afghani refugee who has settled with her family in Tustin, and Jackie Menter from the OC Jewish Coalition for Refugees. More

Friday, November 16th at University Synagogue in Irvine at 7:00pm. Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sonia Nazario will speak on “How to Welcome The Stranger And Uphold The Rule of Law?”  More

CBI Diaper Drive to benefit locally resettled refugee families: Sukkot through Thanksgiving

CBI Diaoer Drive

Congregation B’nai Israel is holding a Diaper Drive for the Tiyya Foundation Sukkot through Thanksgiving.

Donations can be dropped off at CBI. at 2111. Bryan Av., Tustin. Most needed are diapers, sizes 4-6, and wipes.

Click here for printable flyer.



Immigration & Refugees: A Deeper Look, Sunday October 21st

Immigranta nd Refugees filed Trip TBT

This program is being offered by Congregation B’nai Tzedek of Fountain Valley, and is open to the entire community. RSVP to to aprilakiva@cbtfv.org or Sarah in the Congregation B’nai Tzedek front office 714-963-4611.

On this program, we will travel to Los Angeles to gain a deeper understanding of the various perspectives on immigration and refugees in the United States. This program offers the unique opportunity to participate in a Q&A with an ICE agent, enjoy delicious lunch at a refugee or immigrant owned restaurant and hear from recipients of the DACA grant. In addition, we may meet with activists, artists and attorneys advocating for the rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles.

Click here for a printable flyer.

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