"Beyond religious teachings, the refugee experience is a central part of Jewish history. From the Crusades to the Spanish Inquisition to the pogroms of Eastern Europe, Jews have been perpetually cast out of their homes. Our culture is defined by our experience as wanderers, and the often-perilous journeys we have made across oceans and continents in search of safety and security.

With this religious mandate and cultural history, American Jews must help lead the way in prioritizing the needs of migrants and asylum seekers. This issue is not tangential to the Jewish experience. It is the defining experience of our people."

— Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz, Founder, Arizona Jews for Justice
Read the full article here.

SUNDAY, JUNE 20th | 5:30 P.M.

Please join us on Sunday June 20th at The Mess Hall in Tustin for a fun socially-distanced, drive-in movie screening of the award-winning film "The Good Lie" starring Reese Witherspoon as a refugee resettlement worker. Watch the trailer here.

Tickets are available to the first 120 registrants on a pay-what-you-can basis. Due to capacity at the drive-in facility, space is limited. Register today.

Drive In | Dine Out: Dinner, beverages, and snacks will be available for purchase.

Reserve your 'space' at

Ticket proceeds will support OCJCR programs. Read more here.
Thank you to our World Refugee Day Sponsors:
Jewish Community Foundation Orange County
Jewish Federation Orange County
Immigration Ministry of Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano
St. Mark Presbyterian of Newport Beach
Temple Israel Long Beach
University Synagogue of Irvine
The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County

June 16 at 1:30 P.M. PDT (webinar): Join HIAS for a World Refugee Day program: Celebrating Refugees' Impacts in our Communities. 
Hear from and celebrate the impact of three former refugees who have become leaders in their fields: author, poet, and former HIAS client Roya Hakakian; mental health and trauma recovery specialist Jihan Daman; and refugee resettlement expert Thakur Mishra. HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield will offer opening remarks.
Register here.

June 22 at 2:00 P.M. PDT (webinar): Welcome for All: Supporting LGBTQ Refugees at Home and Abroad. 

Even as we celebrate hard-fought wins for LGBTQ rights here in the U.S., countless refugees and asylum seekers continue to flee their homes to escape persecution on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. 

Join HIAS and the City of West Hollywood to discuss the unique needs and vulnerabilities of this population and how HIAS and our partners have stepped up to advocate for their human rights and provide lifesaving support. Learn how we can work to help LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers around the globe and right here at home. Register here.

Learn how to welcome refugees across the United States by attending one of the Home For Refugees info sessions over Zoom! Register by emailing with which info session fits your schedule. 

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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