Community News

A compilation of the latest news from around the community and the Jewish world. (Info@JFFS.org to submit news items)

Welcoming the Stranger

 

 

Passover is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. The Seder table with its silver kiddush cups brought over from Argentina and Russia before that, the hand crocheted matzah covers from my great aunts, the charoset with chopped apples, walnuts,…

52 Chances a Year

 

 

Mindfulness. It’s a buzzword for the 21st century, but Jews have been practicing mindfulness for thousands of years. We call it Shabbat.

At least that’s how I interpret Shabbat—there are about as many ways to celebrate Shabbat…

Heroes Among Us

 

 

For most of us in Orange County, living a Jewish life is a conscious decision. It’s not like living in the heart of a Jewish community in LA or NYC or in Israel. In Orange County, we have to make it happen. But everywhere, it’s the decis…

Compassion in our Community

 

 

It’s almost that time of year again—the red carpet, the paparazzi, the Oscars. For some, the Academy Awards are a reason to gather with friends, and for others it’s not even a blip on their radar. What I appreciate is the rollout of qu…

Standing Strong Together

 

 

Sun. Water. Air. Good soil. These are the essential elements needed to grow a tree. And, with care and protection, the tree flourishes. Winds may break branches, the tree may lean left or right and need staking, but with a strong trunk and d…