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Please join us
Wednesday, December 16th, at 1:00 pm

for an important and timely update from HIAS
Post-Election State of Play:
Refugee, Asylum & Immigration Policies

As Vice President for HIAS’ community engagement work Merrill Zack supports a fantastic team in developing educational resources, advocacy and volunteer opportunities, and public actions and programs that energize and prepare the American Jewish community to take action in support of refugees.

With a new administration coming into office, HIAS will identify priority advocacy action items for refugees and asylum seekers. We are at the precipice of hope as President-Elect Joe Biden has promised to "reassert America’s commitment to ssylum-seekers and refugees." 

Pre-registration is required to join us and receive the Zoom link for this event.
RSVP by email to OCJewishCoalitionforRefugees@gmail.com.

OCJCR Campaign for Minority Humanitarian Foundation
A huge thank you to everyone who donated critically needed items to aid the Minority Humanitarian Foundation in supporting asylum seekers. Pictured are OCJCR volunteers with Mark Lane of MHF in front of the van filled with donated items. Additionally, OCJCR raised just under $1,500 for MHF which will be matched dollar for dollar by Go Campaign. Thank you to Congregation B'nai Israel for the use of its premises and support for the drive. We could not have done this without the dedicated volunteers who organized this drive: Cheryl Cohen, Lise Strom, Nancy Neudorf, Beth Katlen, Jeannie Stokols, Carol Singer, and Rudi Berkelheimer, Joan Kirschenbaum, and Gail Dratch.
The first recipient of our donation drive for the Minority Humanitarian Foundation was a man from Guinea, just -released from immigration detention, who received a suitcase filled with new clothing.
OCJCR Welcomes New Members To Our Advisory Council
Gail Thal Dratch holds a master's degree in Social Work. She is representing the ADL of Orange County and Long Beach on the Coalition Advisory Council. She is a recent graduate of ADL's Glass Leadership Institute, and is a Board member of University Synagogue. Her 40-year career in social work includes working for Jewish Family Services of Orange County, the County of Orange Health Care Agency, Orange County Women’s Health Project, and teaching undergraduate classes at CSUF and Chapman University.  She has traveled to the Greek island of Chios several times to volunteer with refugees, and continues to work with two organizations there providing services on the ground. 

Julie Marzouk is excited to join the Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees and engage the Jewish community in critical issues surrounding displaced persons. She is representing Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot on the Coalition Advisory Council. Between 2013 and 2018, Julie taught and co-directed the Family Protection Clinic at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law. In the clinic, Julie taught both domestic violence and immigration law while supervising students in the representation of immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and other gender based crimes.  Prior to joining the Chapman faculty, Julie was Directing Attorney at Orange County’s Public Law Center (PLC).  

Julie has worked as Immigration Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and as a private practice immigration attorney, representing individuals in removal and deportation proceedings. She was named Attorney of the Year in 2016 by the Daily Journal and CAL Lawyer for her work on transgender asylum claims.  Julie graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brandeis University.  She received her J.D. from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  

Anna Worrell has grown up in the Shir Ha-Ma’alot community for the last 18 years. Her passion and dedication to Jewish values influenced a large part of her career choices today. Having people in her life who have been directly impacted by the immigration system and wanting to utilize her skillset and dedication for social justice work, Anna was thrilled by the opportunity to join OCJCR. She hopes to provide support, empowerment, and resources to the refugee communities we serve and develop community-led sustainable programming.

Anna holds master’s degree in social work with a certificate in global human rights from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in health education with a special award in diversity education from California State University, Chico. She is also certified in organizational leadership in social work, victim-offender dialogues, and civic engagement. Recently, Anna started a new job as Program Manager for SAY San Diego where she is leading a program focused on community engagement and the prevention of youth substance use.

Educate - Advocate - Volunteer - Mobilize - Organize

The Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees (OCJCR) is a volunteer-led affiliate of HIAS. Established in January 2018, OCJCR is a group of individuals, synagogues, and Jewish communal organizations inspired by our people’s history to support refugees locally and worldwide. OCJCR is a signatory to the HIAS Welcome Campaign: a network of 400+ congregations and organizations across the United States who are responding to the largest refugee crisis in human history. Please visit our website for further information. 
The Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees (OCJCR) is a fiscally sponsored project of OneOC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All funds raised by OCJCR are received by, and become the sole property of OneOC which, for internal operating purposes, allocates the funds to OCJCR. 
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