Community News

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

Wonder Woman & Authenticity

 

 
 

A few weeks ago, I read a story in JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) about Gal Gadot (the Israeli star of the blockbuster movie Wonder Woman) that really struck me. Gadot had recently responded on Facebook to a note from a 7-year-old girl la…

Welcome Back!

 

 

Welcome back to our 2017 Board Co-Chair Lori Schwartz and President & CEO Arlene Miller! They just returned from an inspiring Jewish Federations of North America Mission to Ukraine and Israel. Here’s what Arlene had to say about how Orange County is making a difference in t…

Jewish Renewal in Kiev

 

 
 

“Hello” from Kiev (or “Zdravstvuyte” as they say in Russian) and “Shabbat Shalom” from Jerusalem! I’m currently participating in a Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) leadership mission to Ukraine and Israel. Our Jewis…

Challenges for the Jewish People

 

 

In a little over a week, I’m leaving on a Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) leadership mission to Ukraine and Israel along with our Jewish Federation & Family Services (JFFS) Board Co-Chair Lori Schwartz. I’ll be sharing more about…

Conversion Law and Egalitarian Prayer Space at the Western Wall

American Jewry Struggles with Israeli Government Decisions on Conversion Law and Egalitarian Prayer Space at the Western Wall

 

The Israeli government’s decisions on Sunday, June 25, to (1) suspend a plan to create a platform for egalitarian and progressive Jewish practice at the We…