JFFS Newsletter - Oct. 8, 2014

 

Dear Friends,        

The festival of Sukkot is a rich metaphor for community building. Also known as z’man simchateinu, or the season of our rejoicing, Sukkot teaches us the importance of welcoming guests into the sukkah and the value of gathering together. To fulfill the mitzvot of this time of year, we need builders to erect the sukkah, decorators to adorn it, and guests to visit and to create with us a joyous environment. Similarly, building a vibrant Jewish community requires thought leaders to generate ideas that will enrich the community, “decorators” to bring those ideas to life, and “guests” to participate in the products of those ideas, thereby growing and deepening their Jewish identity and connection. This holiday, we celebrate everyone in our community and the unique role they play in enhancing Jewish life in Orange County. Chag sameach.
 
The JFFS Team

   

 

           

 

         

Urgently Needed! Volunteer Drivers for Senior      

Help a senior who can't get out of the house to run even the most basic errands. Most of our drivers tell us that volunteering to drive is the most rewarding thing they have ever done. For your services, you will receive 60 cents per mile reimbursement, added meaning to your life and deep appreciation from those you help. You can commit to as little or as much time as you like.     

 


 

 

           

 

         

New Women Forward Workshop

Building Financial Fitness

  • When: October 26, 10 am-12 pm
  • Where: Jewish Federation & Family Services (Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Suite 220, Irvine)
  • Speaker: Ruth Zakowski, CPA
  • Cost: Free, but pre-registration required
  • Contact: Lucy@jffs.org or phone (949) 435-3460

Whether you are married, single, divorced, widowed, employed or unemployed - we all need to empower ourselves to make better financial choices. Presenter Ruth Zakowski, CPA, will cover how you can take the reins to manage finances as you transition through different stages of life.

 


 

 

           

 

         

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

  • When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10-11:30 am
  • Where: Jewish Federation & Family Services (Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Suite 220, Irvine)
  • Cost: $15 per session, Pre-registration a Must
  • Contact: Nadine Durbach, MSW, at 949-435-3460, 356 or Nadine@jffs.org

The stress of caring for someone with dementia can be overwhelming and isolating. Our dementia support group, led by mental health professionals, will offer education, resources, and support from others in similar circumstances. Pre-Registration required.

 


 

 

           

 

         

Memory in Motion: A Support Program for Couples Coping With Memory Loss

  • When: 1st and 3rd Friday each month, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Where: Jewish Federation & Family Services (Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Suite 220, Irvine)
  • Cost: $20 per couple per session, Pre-registration a Must
  • Contact: Nadine Durbach, MSW, at 949-435-3460, x 356 or Nadine@jffs.org

This bi-weekly group provides support, education and mental stimulation to individuals with mild to moderate stage dementia and their care partners. In this unique group, the individual with memory loss and their care partner split up into separate groups led by professional facilitators.

    


  

 

           

 

         

Zechter Music Center    

There's still time to register for FREE musical instrument classes as well as exciting arts appreciation activities. The Zechter Music Center of JFFS offers guitar, keyboard and wind/brass at the Irvine location (TVT), and guitar, keyboard, violin and drumming at the Huntington Beach location (Hebrew Academy). The program is open to all Jewish 5th-12th graders across the community. Day school or congregation affiliation not required. Register at www.JewishOC.org/Music.

 


 

 

           

 

         

Sukkot PJ Library Story Hour          

  • When: October 15, 10 am
  • Where: Hebrew Academy of Huntington Beach Preschool (14401 Willow Lane, 92647)
  • RSVP Today: click here
  • Contact: Stephanie Epstein, NextGen & Shalom Family Manager, at 949-435-3484, Ext. 278 or Stephanie@jffs.org

Join PJ Library, Hebrew Academy Preschool, Shalom Family of JFFS and PJ Library of Greater Long Beach & West Orange County for a Sukkot Story Hour in the Sukkah! We will be enjoying Sukkot stories, circle time, a delicious and tasty snack, and a special Torah craft with our new friends. Appropriate for children ages 4 and under and the adults who love them. Free and open to the community.

   


 

 

           

 

         

After-Baby Planning with Lisa de Jong       

  • When: October 20, 6:30 pm
  • Where: Location provided upon RSVP
  • RSVP Today: click here
  • Contact: Stephanie Epstein, NextGen & Shalom Family Manager, at 949-435-3484, Ext. 278 or Stephanie@jffs.org

Calling all expectant moms! Join the JFFS Shalom Family Bump Group to discuss After-Baby Planning with Lisa de Jong, owner of Neatly Nestled Consulting. Come with your questions about: newborn care products, setting boundaries with family, physical recovery, baby blues, Pediatrician visits and anything else you want to discuss! Session is also open to moms who recently gave birth. Share with your friends who are expecting!

   


     

 

           

 

         

Joys & Oys Mommy Meet-Up        

  • When: Wednesdays at 10 am - First Session October 29 (6 week series)
  • Where: Jewish Federation & Family Services (Samueli Jewish Campus, 1 Federation Way, Suite 220, Irvine)
  • RSVP Today: click here
  • Contact: Stephanie Epstein, NextGen & Shalom Family Manager, at 949-435-3484, Ext. 278 or Stephanie@jffs.org       

New moms have a lot to kvell & kvetch about in the first few months (even year) of mommy-hood. Having a baby is an emotional experience full of joys and oys! This group, facilitated by Nadine Durbach, MSW, will provide a safe space for you to share, ask questions, and gather feedback on all of the things you and your little one are experiencing. Don't miss this opportunity to meet other new moms. Appropriate for moms with little ones 6 months and under. Not only limited to first time moms. Bring your babies.       

 


   

 

           

JewGlue Presents: Mediterranean Nights      

  • When: October 11, 7:30pm
  • Where: Private Venue in Irvine, disclosed upon RSVP
  • Cost: "Last Call" ($25)- Includes 2 Drinks; "VIP" ($30)- Includes Open Bar
  • Purchase Tickets: click here     

Join JewGlue of JFFS (ages 21-35) in celebrating Sukkot...Mediterranean style! Relax in a chill atmosphere filled with drinks, Mediterranean food (falafel bar), hookah under the stars, live music, henna tattoo artists, and more! Did we mention Falafel...?

 


 

 

           

  

Supper Club with Solomon Society         

  • When: October 23, 6:30 pm
  • Where: Mozambique in Laguna Beach
  • Cost: $100, advance reservation required
  • Contact: Adrienne or Doris at 949-435-3484 or email SolomonSociety@jffs.org

Join fellow Solomon Society members for a wonderful meal at a great restaurant in Laguna Beach. Open to members only please. 

 


 

 

           

          

Hiking with Solomon Society   

  • When: November 9, 9 am
  • Where: Top of Ridge Route in Newport Coast
  • Level: Moderate level lasting approximately 1 ½ hrs.
  • Contact: Stuart Friedman at stuclu@cox.net       

Join fellow Solomon Society members as they hike together on a beautiful route in Newport Coast.

        


 

 

           

Women's Philanthropy Trendsetters: Culinary Trends of 2014       

  • When: October 21, 11:30 am
  • Where: Center Club, 650 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
  • Cost: $55, RSVP by October 13
  • To RSVP: click here     

Luncheon and conversation with celebrity Chef Jamie Gwen. This event is open exclusively to Women's Philanthropy partners at the $500 level and above.      

   


 

 

           

Women's Philanthropy Cocktails & Culture: Jews of South Africa with Leora Raikin    

  • When: October 28, 7 pm
  • Where: Private home in Irvine
  • Cost: $25
  • To RSVP: click here 

Join us for an evening of Cocktails & Culture. Artist Leora Raikin will illuminate the culture of Jews in South Africa through a presentation of her textile art and artifacts from the region.

 


 

 

           

Interest-Free Small Business Loans 

  • When: Ongoing
  • Who: Open to OC residents of all faiths and ethnicities
  • Contact: assist@jffs.org     

The Milton and Doris Chasin Micro-Enterprise Loan Program of JFFS offers interest-free micro-loans (up to $25,000) for startups or existing small businesses. To begin the process, send your name, contact information and a short description of your business (or business idea) to assist@jffs.org. We'll send you a loan application packet right away!  

 


        

 

           

      

Leave Your Legacy       

  • When: Ongoing
  • Contact: Chelle Friedman at 949-435-3484, ext. 334

A legacy gift (bequest) to JFFS allows your values and visions to continue serving the community whenever help is needed in the future. For more information, please contact Chelle Friedman, JFFS Planned Giving Director, at 949-435-3484, extension 334.

   

 

   

 

 

 

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