2019 Consultation on Conscience

There has never been a better time to repair the world. 

For more information click here. To register for the conference click here.

Select “Unaffiliated Congregation / Non Member” for the “Congregation City” and “Congregation” drop down menus. Then be sure to email rabbimarcia@jewishcollaborativeoc.org to let us know you have registered….then we can add you to our delegation.


Use the code DelegationEarly19 through January 30 to receive the discounted registration cost of $329.
(Registration goes up to $479 on February 1st)

In May 2019, as we continue to face legislative and cultural challenges to some of our deepest-held beliefs and values, social justice leaders from across the Reform Jewish Movement will gather in Washington, DC to chart our path forward.

There has never been a better time to strengthen your congregation and community.

The Consultation on Conscience is an opportunity to deepen connections within congregations and across the Reform Movement, network with other communities facing similar social justice challenges and opportunities, build tangible organizing and advocacy skills, and make your mark on the federal as well as state landscape. 

There has never been a better time to invest in your own leadership.

We can promise you this: you will leave the Consultation on Conscience better prepared and positioned to lead your community in meaningful social justice work. Whether you attend as a member or leader of a Delegation, you have a powerful role to play in repairing the world. 

There has never been a better time for the 
Consultation on Conscience. 
Join us. 

Seaside Musical Theater

Auditions for Fantasy Fusion Follies Feb. 10th

Seaside Musical Theater auditions February 10
From 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Temple Bat Yahm, Seaside Musical Theater will hold auditions for its spring production of Fantasy Fusion Follies. All youth ages 6-13 are encouraged to participate. For more information email Rabbi Rayna Gevurtz at rabbigevurtz@tby.org

Previous Seaside Shows

SMT AAnnie
SMT Oliver


RSVP on EventBrite here.
Click here for a pdf printable flyer.

JAAN – Jewish Addiction Awareness Network

Understanding addiction from a Jewish Perspective

Addiction is a Jewish issue. JAAN is working to address it.

Visit JAAN’s comprehensive resource site at JAANetwork.org!
  • Find Jewish and general resources and recommended reading

  • Read personal Jewish perspectives on addiction and recovery

  • Explore how Jewish wisdom and traditions support healing and recovery

  • Learn more about JAAN’s services, events, and partnerships

OCJCR Programs

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.

OC Jewish Coalition for Refugees

Thank you to the Jewish Collaborative for hosting OCJCR while our website is under development.

The Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees (OCJCR) is a volunteer led affiliate of HIAS (formerly known as Hebrew Aid Immigrant Society.) Established in January 2018, OCJCR is a group of individuals, synagogues, and Jewish communal organizations inspired by our people’s history to support refugees locally and worldwide. OCJCR is the local arm of the HIAS Welcome Campaign: a network of 400+ congregations and organizations across the United States who are responding to the largest refugee crisis in human history.




To join us on Facebook click here
Click here to join our monthly email list. 

OCJCR operates under the guiding principles of HIAS, to “welcome the stranger, and protect the refugee.” We do this by concentrating our efforts on four key areas:

    • Raising awareness: learning about the global refugee crisis and building connections between the OC refugee and Jewish communities
    • Tzedakah: raising funds and supplies to support refugees
    • Direct service: encouraging volunteerism among our members to work with local agencies serving refugees
    • Advocacy: in partnership with HIAS, promoting policies and educating legislators on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers

Our accomplishments to date include:

    • Raised funds for Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and Lighthouse Peace Initiative (Lebanon)
    • Coalition members have opened their homes for temporary and long-term housing to asylum seekers
    • 2 Diaper drives for the Tiyya Foundation
    • Clothing drive for Friends of OC Detainees
    • Screening of  Exodus: a documentary about refugees and their perilous journeys to Greece
    • Educational programs introducing OC-resettled refugees to the Jewish community
    • Coalition members volunteering with OC orgs providing direct service to refugees
    • Coalition Leaders’ participation in HIAS mission to Mexico to visit detainees & deportees
    • Advocacy in support of raising the refugee cap for the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program
    • Meetings with local policy makers and legislators
    • Op-Eds published by Coalition leadership

Participating members of OCJCR and the HIAS Welcome Campaign are:

To join the HIAS Welcome Campaign click here.

Click here to find out ways to help refugees from Orange County.

Click here for a one-pager about OCJCR.

Click here for a pdf version of the infographic below, with hyperlinks.
HIAS take action