Community News

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

More Than a Camel Ride

 

 
 

A few days ago, I had the chance to sit down and talk with two of our JFFS staff members about their recent Birthright Israel trip. (Birthright is a free ten-day trip to Israel for young adults of Jewish heritage, sponsored in part by our …

Combating Hate, Together at the Table

 

 
 

I’ve written before about the need for civil discourse and compassionate dialogue in our community and in our nation. After last weekend’s display of hate, bigotry, racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism by white supremacists in Charlott…

With a Little Help from My Friends

 

 
 

Fifty years ago this summer, the Beatles released one of my favorite songs of all time, “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me y…

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…