Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County

We are dedicated to building our Jewish Community and nurturing the quality of Jewish life in Orange County, in Israel and around the world.

We need you to make the SUPER SUNDAY PHON-A-THON, our biggest fundraiser of the year, a resounding success.

WHEN: February 26th, 9AM to 1PM - breakfast and registration begin at 8AM

WHERE: Kol Yisrael   290 North St., Newburgh

Super Sunday training available Thursday, February 23rd at 6:30PM.  A light dinner will be served. RSVP here or call 856-562-7860.

Meet Journalist Abigail Pogrebin
“My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew”

Saturday, February 25th 7:30PM at Temple Sinai, Middletown

When Jewish journalist Abigail Pogrebin heard about the much dissected Pew Study revelation that most Jews did not find a connection to Judaism, it occurred to her that perhaps they hadn’t looked deeply enough. Ms. Pogrebin will discuss her unpredictable foray into religious life, strictly observing and learning about every Jewish holiday and fast, no matter how minor. In the process she found a depth of inspiration and community that she did not expect. You will be provoked, moved and entertained.

Part of the Levine Family Speaker Series. FREE and open to the entire community. RSVP to by February 23rd.

Meet Raba Sara Hurwitz
Saturday, March 4th 8PM at Congregation Eitz Chaim, Monroe

On February 1st, the Orthodox Union released a statement, banning women from serving in Orthodox congregations. As the first Orthodox Rabbi ordained in the United States, and now the founder and head of Yeshiva Maharat,the only Orthodox Yeshiva leading to ordination for women, Rabba Hurwitz grew up in a secular/traditionally Jewish home. Come hear hear speak about what lead her down this spiritual path, the growing backlash and what keeps her going. Her story is sure to inspire you. 
Part of the Levine Family Speaker Series. FREE and open to the entire community. RSVP to by March 2nd.


"Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food"

Sunday, March 19th   2PM at Temple Sinai, Middletown

RSVP online here - $25 includes tastings of a variety of knishes. $30 at the door.

The knish is an icon of Ashkenazic Jewish cuisine. These delectable buns filled with potatoes, kasha, spinach, and other tasty stuffings delight the taste buds and thicken the waistline. When the author’s favorite knish shop, Mrs. Stahl’s in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, closed, Laura Silver embarked on a quest to track down the origin of this wonderful pastry. Her trip took her from Brooklyn to an Italian pasta maker in New Jersey and across the world.

Laura Silver is an award-winning journalist whose writing on food and culture has appeared in The New York Times and the Forward and on NPR. Laura has been a writer in residence at the Millay Colony, the Banff Centre, and the New York Public Library. She is considered the world’s leading expert on the knish.

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