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Welcome to the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County


Since 1977, the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County has been working to build a strong Jewish community that enriches people’s lives, helps those in need, and embraces all Jewish families. With member support, our recipient organizations in Orange County help thousands of people here at home and through the Jewish Federations of North America, aid Jewish communities at risk in Israel and around the world.

Our office is currently closed.

You may leave a message at 845-562-7860 or email rachel@jewishorangeny.org



Zoom Into Our 44th Annual Meeting - Sunday, June 14th 10AM
Please join us for a presentation from our Jewish Federation Officers on the work of the Jewish Federation and how we have adapted to the changing needs of our community. We will also be holding an Election of Trustees and will be honoring our Volunteers of the Year from around the county. 
All members in good standing may vote at our Annual Meeting. Members of the Jewish Federation include anyone over the age of 18 who has made a $36 or greater gift to the 2019 Annual Campaign. We need a minimum of 75 members to be present at the meeting. Your participation is encouraged and greatly appreciated. 
Orange County synagogues and Jewish organizations will honor special individuals who have shown outstanding service as their Volunteers of the Year. Please join us to show your support for these amazing volunteers! 
  • Congregation Beth Hillel - Carol and David Jalazo
  • Congregation Eitz Chaim - Jerome Spector, Z'l
  • Congregation Eitz Chaim Sisterhood - Entire Sisterhood board
  • Monroe Temple - Stephen Block
  • Monroe Temple Sisterhood - Vicki Kilanowski
  • Temple Beth Jacob - Ilana Lustbader 
  • Temple Beth Jacob Sisterhood - Lynne Arnold
  • Temple Beth Shalom - Shannon Pollock
  • Temple Beth Shalom Sisterhood - Janne Sommer
  • Temple Sinai - Geoff Chanin

Policies and Procedures for Zoom Annual Meeting, Sunday, June 14th 10AM.
*If you require assistance logging into the meeting or changing your Zoom settings to display your full name, please call our office at 845-562-7860. Someone will be available to answer your call beginning at 9:45AM on Sunday, June 14th.* 
In an effort to make the Annual meeting go as smoothly and securely as possible in a Zoom format we are implementing the following parameters:

  1. When you sign into Zoom please make sure you show your name and not the device you are on. To ensure the security of our meeting, you will only be admitted into the meeting if your full name is displayed. 
  2. Everyone will be placed on Mute to start the meeting by the meeting hosts
  3. When you sign in please go to the chat feature and type in your name and the name of anyone who is joining you on your zoom meeting - we need this for attendance.
  4. If you have a question please ask via the chat feature. Our monitors will be checking that chat screen for questions. 

The Zoom Sign-in Information is as follows:
Meeting ID: 862 0760 1302     Password: JFOGOC
OR call: 1-646-876-9923     Meeting ID: 862 0760 1302     Password: 420782


These are uncertain, challenging times for the world, our country, Israel, and our community.

Obviously, this is not business as usual. The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County is committed to your health and well-being and that of the entire community. We, like others, have cancelled public events. In addition, our office will be closed for the time being. But we remain very much open for business to help the hungry, the sick and others at-risk.

Our buildings are closed, but our communities are open. 

If you need to reach the Jewish Federation, please email Rabbi Rachel Rubenstein at rachel@jewishorangeny.org. You may also leave us a voicemail at (845)562-7860. We will be checking our voicemail daily and will return you call as soon as we can. 

We have been working hard to support our synagogues and religious schools as they transition to online and virtual content. If your synagogue needs a tutorial on Zoom or help in their transition, please have them reach out to rachel@jewishorangeny.org directly.

We are here to help. 

We are working closely with our partners at Jewish Family Service to meet the growing needs of our vulnerable populations. We also know that many of you are looking for opportunities to help the community at this time, through volunteering and donations. 

  • Food Drive: We are joining Jewish Family Service in collecting non-perishable food donations including paper products. Jewish Family Service will pick-up donations and prepare bags to distribute to local seniors who are in need.  
  • Volunteers: Jewish Family Service is compiling a list of volunteers to pick-up and drop off food and prescriptions by location and availability.  
  • Friendly Calls: Many of our neighbors are isolated at home at this time. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to make calls to our neighbors to offer them companionship and support.  

To sign up to help, please contact Sean Gerow at SGerow@jfsorange.org or 845-341-1173 ext. 302. 

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please call Jewish Family Service at 845-341-1173 and they will work to provide whatever assistance they can.

Jewish in OC Micro-Grants


The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County is excited to announce our first ever round of Jewish in OC Micro-Grants!


Goals: The goal of this program is to bring out new ideas in the Orange County Jewish community which will bring the community together, connect people to the community, positively impact the community, and help the community learn and grow together.


Read more and download application here.

Jewish Experience Scholarships


Need-based scholarships to Jewish families residing in Greater Orange County for Jewish educational programs and experiences including Religious School/Hebrew School at Federation-affiliated synagogues, youth group conventions including USY, NFTY, BBYO, Young Judea, and Hadassah, and other Jewish Experiences upon approval by the Scholarship Committee. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Read more and download the application here.