About Us


Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County (JFFS) is a nonprofit entity whose mission is to care for people in need and strengthen Jewish community in Orange County, Israel, and around the world.
 
JFFS offers an array of programs, services and grants, as well as opportunities for community engagement, to people of all faiths, ethnicities and ages in Orange County and in Israel.

 

 

Who We Are

 

JFFS, has been active in the Orange County community since 1965 when it was officially incorporated under its original name Jewish Community Council of Orange County

 

Today Orange County is one of the nation’s fastest-growing, most vibrant and diverse Jewish communities. It is estimated that over 100,000 Jews make Orange County their home. And as the community grows, so too has JFFS grown, working tirelessly to meet the current and future needs of Jewish Orange County.

Our History: Highlights from the Past

 

July 6, 1965

Jewish Community Council of Orange County is officially incorporated to provide needed communal services to Orange County’s budding Jewish community.

1967-1969

In the years that followed, Jewish Community Council of Orange County helps form Hillel at Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine, providing programs for Jewish university students, and the Hebrew Academy opens its doors in Huntington Beach.

1970

The First Federation Women’s Division (now known as Women's Philanthropy) is formed, with a fundraising goal of $25,000.

1971

 

Jewish Community Council of Orange County hires its first Executive Director and opens its first office in North Tustin; up until this time it has been run by volunteers.

1972 Jewish Community Council of Orange County becomes Jewish Federation Council of Orange County
1981 Jewish Federation Council of Orange County becomes Jewish Federation of Orange County (JFOC)

1987

JFOC brings together the Jewish Community Center (JCC), Jewish Family Service (JFS), and the B’nai Brith Youth Organization at the Garden Grove Jewish Community Center. The Senior Center soon follows.

The Jewish Studies Institute (later to become Tarbut V’Torah) opens.

The Baker Street Jewish Community Campus, a merging of the Laguna Beach and Garden Grove JCCs, opens in Costa Mesa. Allan Fainbarg and Arnold Feuerstein generously donate the land and the building.

2004

The Samueli Jewish Campus, including the Tarbut V’Torah middle and Upper School at 5 Federation Way, and the Community Building at 1 Federation Way, opens. The Community Building houses the offices of Jewish Federation (the second largest donor to the new Campus), the newly renamed Merage Jewish Community Center, and the offices of BBYO, the Community Foundation, Hillel and Jewish Family Service.

2011

Jewish Federation Orange County (JFOC) and Jewish Family Services (FS) officially merge, following an alliance in 2010. They are now collectively known as Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County (JFFS).

The merger allows JFFS to meld core strengths in social service delivery, financial resource development, communications and finance. This enables JFFS to provide more services to more people, more efficiently than ever before in today’s modern times.