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National Refugee Shabbat takes place this weekend, March 5-7.  Orange County programs and services are listed below in chronological order. Detailed descriptions for each program can be found HERE.  Click through for more information, links, and to register for the programs you wish to attend.
FRIDAY
  • Friday, March 5 at 6:00 PM — Services with HaNefesh OC
  • Friday, March 5 at 6:00 PM — Services with Temple Beth El South Orange County
  • Friday, March 5 at 7:00 PM — Services with Temple Beth Sholom
  • Friday, March 5 at 7:00 PM — Services with University Synagogue and guest speaker, immigration attorney, and Dreamer, Dulce Garcia, Executive Director of Border Angels
SATURDAY
  • Saturday, March 6 at 9:30 AM — Services with Temple Beth Emet & The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County
  • Saturday, March 6 at 8:00 PM — Panel Program with the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County, "Seeking Refuge in 2021: Complexities and Solutions" featuring speakers from OCJCR, Refugee Action Fund, HIAS, OC Justice Fund, and Home for Refugees.
SUNDAY
Sunday, March 7 at 3:00 PM — National Council of Jewish Women of Greater Long Beach & West Orange County panel program, "Welcome the Stranger", with panelists from World Relief SoCal, HIAS, and the Long Beach Immigration Forum.

MONDAY
Monday, March 8 at 9:30 AM —The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County Advanced Learning Institute class with guest Julie Gersten of Refugee Action Fund. Topic: "Everybody Counts: Welcoming Refugees and Asylum Seekers Into Our Community".


FRIDAY

March 26 at 7:30 PM — Temple Beth David services with guest speaker Chris Olsen, Director of Public Policy & External Affairs at Jewish Family Service of San Diego.
Visit https://www.ocjcr.org/events/ for more information about each program listed, with links to attend. HIAS programs taking place on March 6 and 7 are also listed.
PARTNERING WITH HOME FOR REFUGEES
Last week OCJCR and Home for Refugees volunteers welcomed Orange County's newest refugee family: A family of 6, soon to be 7, who arrived from Afghanistan. They are living in a one-bedroom apartment, and the children arrived with just the clothes on their backs. 
To help this family to feel at home, and to ensure they the most basic necessities, we will be sharing an Amazon wish list in the coming weeks. If you would like to contribute, Walmart gift cards can be mailed to Home For Refugees, 1 Butler Street, Irvine, CA 92612.
Sign the HIAS Welcome Letter to Congress and ask your fellow Congregants, friends and family to do the same.  Be sure to select OCJCR from the drop down menu.  This letter introduces us as part of a network of Jewish organizations and congregations deeply committed to making the U.S. a welcoming place for refugees and asylum seekers, and urges our representatives to uphold the rights and safety of vulnerable people. Please try to gather signatures in the next few weeks. OCJCR will be setting up meetings with our representatives in April to convey our advocacy asks. 
Our February 11th panel program on Refugee & Asylum Policy was extremely informative. Each of the panelists shared in-depth summaries about recent immigration policy changes and what steps to take next. To listen to the recording click here and use passcode:
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Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees Is Seeking Volunteers to Help Resettle Refugee Families
Welcoming the stranger is an important value in Jewish life, and as Jews we are well aware of the humanitarian costs of shutting down borders. The Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees partners with Home for Refugees (an Orange County based organization) to assist newly admitted refugee families during their first year in the United States. We are seeking volunteers to form or join a team that will partner with a newly resettled family to welcome and assist them in adjusting to life in the U.S.  With the Biden administration's commitment to increasing the number of refugees admitted to be resettled here, we are expecting an increase in new arrivals.  If you would like to learn more about partnering with Home for Refugees, please contact Jeanne Stokols at jstokols@gmail.com.

 
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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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