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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Join a Welcome Circle 

HIAS and OCJCR are partnering to form Welcome Circles to help resettle the remaining 35,000 Afghan refugees on U.S. military bases. The U.S. government and resettlement agencies have set a deadline of February 15 to have all remaining Afghan evacuees placed in local communities. 

Welcome Circles are community sponsorship volunteer teams who will be trained to work closely with Afghan families to help them resettle, form friendships, build connections to their new community, sign up for benefits, find jobs, and work toward achieving self-sufficiency.

HIAS will provide varied support to the circles, including dedicated staff, resources on best practices in resettlement, peer-to-peer mentoring, and technical expertise.

OCJCR will help you or your congregation / organization to form teams and will support local Welcome Circle teams by providing assistance finding housing, provide furniture and household items to set up new homes, making connections to local social services providers, and help navigating the local landscape of support from additional community organizations. 

For more detailed information, please click here or call
Jackie Menter at 714-403-7251.

Register Here To Watch African Exodus
AFRICAN EXODUS FILM & CONVERSATION WITH THE DIRECTOR - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
To watch the trailer and more information about the film,
click here. On Thursday, January 13th at 1pm Pacific time, join us for a conversation with the director and producer, Brad Rothschild. Brad will be joined by Saadeldin Ibrahim, a former refugee from Sudan who sought asylum in Israel. Register here for the Zoom program. 
If you were unable to watch African Exodus during the time we streamed it, the film is available for rent for $3.99 on Vimeo
Watch this moving video from B'nai Emunah, a synagogue in Tulsa, that has become a HIAS refugee resettlement affiliate.
A Warm Welcome for Refugees In Tulsa. 
Thank you to everyone who has been purchasing items on our Amazon Wishlist! We appreciate your generosity and are distributing items on a weekly basis. Todah Rabah ~ Muchas Gracias ~ Shukran ~ Manana!
To visit our Amazon wishlist with items specifically needed by families setting up new apartments click here.  All purchases will be donated to newly arriving refugee families.
If you would like to make a gift purchase from the list we are in particular need of a toddler car seat and stroller.
Thank you!
STORIES FROM THE BORDER
Thursday, January 27th at 1pm Pacific
Register Here.

As U.S. asylum policy continues to evolve rapidly, so too does the situation for the thousands of individuals and families seeking safety along the U.S.-Mexico border. The ongoing challenges these policies cause continue to create barriers for people trying to access their basic right to seek protection from persecution and violence. People’s lives continue to be in danger because of who they are, and as a result people continue to arrive at the border. HIAS is working  in the U.S. and Mexico  to connect asylum seekers to legal services and help them meet their basic needs. 

In this program, we will discuss the state of play at the border right now; learn what HIAS Border Fellows are seeing and hearing firsthand; gain an understanding of the asylum policies currently in place; and explore how we can take action for justice.

You will hear from HIAS Border Fellows Nico Palazzo and Lindsay Schenk about their on the ground work in El Paso and Brownsville, TX. Sue Kenney Pfalzer, Director, Border and Asylum Network and Gabriela Munoz Cano, Field Coordinator will provide context about where we are now. Andrew Geibel, HIAS Policy Counsel, will provide updates on what asylum policies are currently in place and how you can advocate to change them.

IN THE NEWS
Would You Sponsor An Afghan Refugee? (New York Times)

Israel's African Asylum Seekers are Living In Limbo (Jerusalem Post)


Months later, Afghan evacuees abroad and at US bases still wait to be resettled (CNN)
 

Educate - Advocate - Volunteer - Mobilize - Organize

The Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees (OCJCR) mobilizes the Jewish community to volunteer and advocate on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers. We are a volunteer-led affiliate of HIAS. We launched in January 2018 as 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 455 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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