Community News

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

Together We Mourn

 


Our community is in pain and grieving. We have lost one of our family. A member of our community, Blaze Bernstein, was found dead after a heart-wrenching 8-day search.

We mourn with Gideon Bernstein, Blaze’s father, Board Chair of…

Next Year in Israel

 

 

In just a few days, we will be welcoming a New Year in our secular calendars. I consider this fortuitous as it gives me the chance to consider my New Year resolutions twice. Traditionally, on Rosh Hashana, individually and collectively, we r…

Tax Planning Strategies for Year-End Giving


The end of the year is often an opportune time to consider financial and tax planning strategies, and this year it is especially true. As Congress considers what may be the most sweeping changes to the tax law in 30 years, many of the proposed changes could…

The Three Jars

 

 

I have an end-of-year tradition with my two children, ages 8 and 11, where we sit down to make some big decisions – decisions about where to give tzedakah (giving to people in need or to worthy causes). During the year, they get to put the…

All in the Family

 

 

A few weeks ago, I attended the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) General Assembly in Los Angeles along with thousands of North American Jews and 66 members of our Orange County Jewish community (our largest delegation ever). As the…