We are delighted to announce the launch of our
five-part Film Series running August - May.

Advance registration required.
Midnight Traveller, is streaming through August 25th at 9:00pm 

Midnight Traveller is a gripping vérité story made by a family on the run. Hassan, his wife Fatima, and their daughters shot this autobiographical film, which began when they sought and were rejected for refugee protection, and follows them along the notorious Balkan smuggling route. As they experienced increasingly degrading circumstances, the family latched on to filmmaking as a way to not just survive, but retain their humanity. Watch the trailer here.

Escaping Afghanistan: Zoom panel presentation, Aug. 24 at 4:00pm
Join us on Zoom for an up-to-the-minute update on evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. Our panelists are Air Force veteran Phil Caruso, Board Member of No One Left Behind, and Ismail Khan, an Afghan SIV recipient and No One Left Behind Ambassador.  They will share their work to bring our Afghan allies to safety. Click here for more information.

Please email any questions for our panelists, in advance, to

REGISTER HERE for access to Midnight Traveller and the link for the Zoom panel.

We are forming volunteer support teams who will work together to help resettle refugees and Afghan SIVs (Special Immigrant Visa recipients) who have begun to arrive. Our goal is to 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. Volunteer roles include helping furnish and apartment; curating essential items like clothes, cleaning products, kitchen ware;  offering mentoring to prepare resumes and how to search for employment; driving lessons; help enrolling children in school; and more.

Please submit our volunteer form to let us know your volunteer interests and any special skills. We will be in touch with you to form a team, or you can form your own team of volunteers of 5-8 people.

Email us at with any questions.

OCJCR Volunteer Form
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

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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