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Register Here To Watch African Exodus
AFRICAN EXODUS - REGISTRATION REQUIRED
We will be streaming African Exodus January 7-10. To watch the trailer and more information about the film,
click here. On Thursday, January 13th at 1pm Pacific time, join us for a conversation with the director and producer, Brad Rothschild. Brad will be joined by Saadeldin Ibrahim, a former refugee from Sudan who sought asylum in Israel. Register here for both the Zoom program and the video link.
OCJCR CO-FOUNDER RECEIVES GELMAN AWARD
We are thrilled to share that Jackie Menter, OCJCR Co-Founder, has been awarded this year's "Papa" Gelman Leadership Award.  Jackie is being honored for her work with refugees and OCJCR. Recipients are OC residents who have made an impact within and beyond Orange County, volunteer tirelessly for the community, and have achieved recognizable accomplishments.  Read the full article here.

URGENT CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Join a Welcome Circle 

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. 

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

Watch this moving video from B'nai Emunah, a synagogue in Tulsa, that has become a HIAS refugee resettlement affiliate.
A Warm Welcome for Refugees In Tulsa. 
BUSY WEEK SORTING AND DISTRIBUTING DONATIONS
Top photos: Before and after photo of OCJCR volunteers organizing smaller item donations of household items. 
Bottom photos: This week OCJCR volunteers visited an Afghan family of 7 in Anaheim, delivered a bunk bed so none of the children are sleeping on the floor anymore, provided dining room chairs and some other smaller household items, and are helping the children with their enrollment in high school and elementary school.
Thank you to our amazing volunteers!
Thank you to everyone who has been purchasing items on our Amazon Wishlist! We appreciate your generosity and are distributing items on a weekly basis. Todah Rabah ~ Muchas Gracias ~ Shukran ~ Manana!
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.
If you would like to make a gift purchase from the list we are in particular need of a toddler car seat and stroller.
Thank you!
IN THE NEWS
Would You Sponsor An Afghan Refugee? (New York Times)

Israel's African Asylum Seekers are Living In Limbo (Jerusalem Post)


Months later, Afghan evacuees abroad and at US bases still wait to be resettled (CNN)
 

Educate - Advocate - Volunteer - Mobilize - Organize

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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