Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County
Since 1977, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County has been working to build a strong Jewish community that enriches people’s lives, helps those in need, and embraces all Jewish families. With member support, our recipient organizations in Orange County help thousands of people here at home and through the Jewish Federations of North America, aid Jewish communities at risk in Israel and around the world.
Our office hours are Monday - Thursday, 9AM to 5PM Reach us at 845-562-7860
LEVINE FAMILY SPEAKER SERIES
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH 2PM at Temple Sinai, Middletown
From 2009 to 2017, Sarah Hurwitz served as a White House speechwriter, first for President Barack Obama and then as the chief speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. She worked with Mrs. Obama to craft a number of widely acclaimed addresses, including her 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention speeches and her political speeches during the 2016 campaign. During the 2008 presidential primary, Hurwitz was the chief speechwriter for Senator Hillary Clinton. Hurwitz is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and is currently a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School.
RABBI SALLY J. PRIESAND
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH 7PM at Temple Beth Shalom, Florida
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH 2PM at Temple Sinai, Middletown
Celebrate Havdalah on Saturday night at TBS and hear Rabbi Priesand speak about Rabbi Regina Jonas, the world’s first female rabbi. Very few people have ever heard of her because her papers were hidden away until after the fall of the Berlin Wall when they were discovered. Rabbi Priesand traveled to Germany five years ago with a group of rabbis, scholars and lay people to follow in the footsteps of Regina Jonas and dedicate a plaque in her memory at the concentration camp Terezin.
Sunday at Temple Sinai: Rabbi Sally J. Priesand, America’s first female rabbi, was ordained in June, 1972, by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. From 1981-2006, she served as Rabbi of Monmouth Reform Temple, becoming Rabbi Emerita upon her retirement. Nationally, she has served on the Executive Board of both the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism. Locally, she is President of Interfaith Neighbors, an organization whose primary purpose is to provide rental assistance and support services for the working poor.
CONTINUES AT THE FLAGSHIP THEATER, MONROE
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH 8PM
16 year old Jewish Mina, is trying to navigate between a surreal routine dictated by the civil war in Ethiopia and her last days of youth with her Christian boyfriend Eli. When she discovers that her family is planning to immigrate to Israel and escape the war, she weaves an alternate plan in order to save Eli. But in times of war, plans tend to go wrong. Marsha's coming of age film debut film is based on her childhood memories of a civil-war-torn Ethiopia
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD 8PM
YOU ONLY DIE TWICE
Yair Lev, a Israeli documentary filmmaker turns a detective and sets on a journey to uncover the true identity behind the man who stole his grandfather's identity and later on became the president of a Jewish community in Austria.
Jewish in OC Micro-Grants
The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County is excited to announce our first ever round of Jewish in OC Micro-Grants!
Goals: The goal of this program is to bring out new ideas in the Orange County Jewish community which will bring the community together, connect people to the community, positively impact the community, and help the community learn and grow together.
Jewish Experience Scholarships
Need-based scholarships to Jewish families residing in Greater Orange County for Jewish educational programs and experiences including Religious School/Hebrew School at Federation-affiliated synagogues, youth group conventions including USY, NFTY, BBYO, Young Judea, and Hadassah, and other Jewish Experiences upon approval by the Scholarship Committee. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.