RSVP link coming soon.
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!
  • 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

Upcoming OC Jewish Coalition for Refugees Events:


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 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 hosing 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

Orange County iEngage

Orange County iEngage:
A Community-Wide Conversation about Israel

iEngage Cohorts throughout Orange County:

Temple Beth Emet:  Thursdays 4-6pm beginning September 27. Call 714-381-0743 to join. Next class October 25
Temple Beth Sholom: Mondays at 6:30pm beginning October 15
Rose Project, Jewish Federation & Family ServicesTuesdays at 5:30 beginning October 16
Temple Beth El of South Orange County: Tuesdays at 7:00pm beginning October 23

Congregation B’nai Israel:  Sundays at 11am beginning November 11
Jewish Collaborative of Orange County: Tuesdays at 9:30am beginning November 13
Temple Beth Tikvah: Wednesdays at 6:00pm beginning November 14
Temple Bat Yahm: Wednesdays at 7:00pm beginning January 30, 2019

For Students only:
Hillel Foundation of Orange County (OC college students only)
Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot (9th grade religious school students only)

There will be a special guest presentation by Shalom Hartmann Institute Scholar in Residence Elana Stein Hain on Sunday, Nov. 11, for the whole community.

Orange County iEngage is a partnership between the Rose Project of JFFS, the Shalom Hartman Institute, and 9 OC congregations and Jewish community organizations that seeks to develop new ways of thinking, and talking to each other about, Israel by confronting one of the issues that most divides us, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  Using Hartman’s cutting edge curriculum, this community learning initiative brings together learners from throughout the county to discover a new foundation for a relationship with Israel that is grounded in Jewish values.

Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, we will explore as a community the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape our political understandings. Together, we will elevate the discourse around Israel across denominational and generational divides while creating a context for genuine Israel engagement that has at its core a shared respect for our differences.

How iEngage Works
Nine congregations and organizations throughout Orange County will form individual cohorts of learners who will meet once every few weeks from October 2018 to May 2019 in their home institutions.  The curriculum consists of video lectures by senior Hartman Institute scholars, Jewish text study and lively group discussions.  Everyone is invited to join a learning cohort at their own congregation, or at any participating organization.  Dates, times, and fees vary by organization.

In addition, learners from all cohorts will come together several times during the year for public lectures by, and conversations with, senior Hartman Institute scholars.  Details about these community gatherings will be shared in the coming months.

For more information about the program, or to join an iEngage cohort, click on the names of the participating organizations above or contact Lisa Armony at Jewish Federation & Family Services, ext. 376.


Seaside Musical Theater


Seaside Musical Theater is a joint project of The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County and Temple Bat Yahm.

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