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. The deadline to form Welcome Circle teams is early January.

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 visit click here or call
Jackie Menter at 714-403-7251.

ENDING THIS SUNDAY Our online auction has been extended through Sunday, December 19 at 11:59pm (PST). All proceeds will be applied to assist with our Afghan Refugee Resettlement project. The 50 items up for bidding include a Super Host AirBnb in Costa Rica right on the beach at a very modest price - located near excellent restaurants, surfing, sailing, ATV excursions, zip lining, and more. Also Judaica, books, language, karate and swimming lessons, art, electronics, and more. Bid for yourself or stock up on holiday and birthday gifts. Click here to visit the Bright Futures Auction website.
We are delighted to welcome our first family from Afghanistan pictured here last week with their OCJCR-Home For Refugees volunteer team and coach. The team will accompany this family (of seven) who arrived from Kabul as part of the Operation Allies Rescue evacuation operation, and were placed in Camp Fort Bliss in Texas for over two months before coming to California. Volunteer team members are helping the family set up their new apartment this week, assisting with job searches, ESL classes, providing transportation and driving lessons, and will accompany them as they go through the asylum process, and more.

If you would like to learn more about joining a volunteer team to help resettle refugees please click here to let us know your interests, click here to learn more about HIAS Welcome Circles, or email us at
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.
Thank you!

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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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