The OC Jewish Coalition for Refugees is partnering with Home for Refugees in forming volunteer support teams to help welcome and resettle refugees and Afghan SIVs (Special Immigrant Visa recipients) who have begun to arrive.

We will provide a warm welcome to newly arriving families, help them acclimate to a new country and culture, and provide a support network to attain self-sufficiency. 

RSVP to with the date for the session you would like to attend this week. 
URGENT: We are currently seeking a storage facility in south Orange County to store donated items that will be used to help furnish apartments of newly arriving refugees such as furniture, clothing, diapers, toiletries, household supplies, and more. If you have a storage facility (approximate space 1,200 - 3,000 square feet) that you can sublet or donate, or have a connection in the storage industry please contact Jackie Menter at

Today the U.S. military ended its emergency evacuation efforts for vulnerable Afghans. Many did not make it on to evacuation flights and we do not know what will happen to them. OCJCR volunteers have worked with an SIV family here in Orange County for the past year. One month ago, they traveled back to Afghanistan for a visit with their extended family. They were not able to get out. OCJCR and Home for Refugee volunteers continue to reach out to key government officials to help find a solution.

Support Organizations Helping Afghans: Our panelists at last week's program, Phil Caruso and Omar Aziz, represent No One Left Behind and Oasis Rescue respectively. No One Left Behind is committed to ensuring that America keeps its promise to our allies and their families who risked their lives for our freedom. They also help provide aid to SIV families resettling in the United States. Oasis Rescue 
furthers the education and advancement of women in Afghanistan to help them overcome physical, emotional and financial issues.

Provide temporary housing: If you are able to provide short term or long term housing to an Afghan family, fill out this HIAS form. Be sure to indicate that you are from Orange County.

Take action: One way you can help through individual advocacy is to call or email your elected officials.

Thank you to everyone who attended our "Escaping Afghanistan" Zoom panel program last week. If you missed it and would like to watch the recording, click here.  


Unsettled: Zoom panel presentation, October, 21 at 4:00pm
The second program and Zoom panel presentation in our Film Series will feature the film Unsettled. This feature-length documentary revealing the untold stories of LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers who have fled intense persecution from their home countries and who are resettling in the U.S. Tom Shephard, the film's Director and Producer, will join us for the panel program on 10/21. The film will stream October 12-22. Click here for more information. Registration will open soon.

Click here to learn more about each film, and watch the trailers.
This program is partially funded by a grant from the Albert and Rhoda Weissman Arts Endowment Fund, a joint program of Jewish Community Foundation Orange County and Jewish Federation Orange County.

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 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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