Community News

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

Choosing Jewish

The weather is finally starting to warm up, school is out, and summer is here! For me and my kids, summer brings with it a lot of fun, but also a lot of decisions. How will we spend our vacation time? Where should we go? Sleep-away camp or day camp? Soccer camp or Jewish camp? So many…

Community Update from the CEO - April 2019

An attack on any Jewish community is an attack on all Jewish communities, and on behalf of all Federations in North America, Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) responded immediately. By Saturday night, Michael Masters, the Director of the JFNA Secure Community Network (SCN) and his…

Our Food Traditions at Passover

As a child, it was my job to make the charoset for Passover—that sweet mixture of apples, walnuts, cinnamon, honey, and lots of Manischewitz wine. This was a responsibility I took very seriously. The real secret was in the chopping—my family learned this one year when my mom put the…

Short-Term Memory

I look out my window and I’m surprised to see blue skies. It’s been an unusually cold and gray winter—cold for Orange County, anyway—and spring has felt a long way off. That’s short-term memory at work; it’s been cold for so long that it seems like it will always be cold. But…

PB&J

It’s often said that those of us who are raising children and taking care of aging parents are in “The Sandwich Generation.” The “sandwich” is an interesting concept—being squeezed between two things that compete for our time and energy. But I have a different way of thinking about it...