• Leave a Lasting Legacy

  • PJ Library / PJ Our Way

  • Your VIP Pass to Jewish Orange County

  • NEW! Micro Grants

  • Rosh HaShana Postcards

  • Jewish Book Council 2020-2021 Virtual Events

  • 2020 Film Festival

  • Your Jewish Roots




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.

We are back in the office, Monday to Thursday, 9-5.

Please call 845-562-7860 or email rachel@jewishorangeny.org



Shana Tova 5781

A healthy, peaceful and safe New Year from the Federation Board of Trustees and Staff.




Start Tracing Your Jewish Roots
Sunday, October 11th 1 to 3PM via Zoom





With facilitator Ellen Shindelman Kowitt. Start with yourself and work back through civil records, the same strategy for Americans of all faiths, but that’s when the meshuganah fun begins with Jewish records.  Explore online strategies and resources for tracing Jewish families in the U.S. and abroad including naming patterns, archival collections, newspapers, web resources featuring JewishGen and elsewhere, documenting victims and survivors of the Holocaust, rabbinic dynasties, and more!

Two films for the price of One!  Join us for a double feature featuring two incredible Jewish films. One $25 ticket per carload grants you and your passengers admission to both films in our back-to-back double feature. 50 cars max.  No admittance without pre-paid registration. Doors open at 5:45PM
1st film begins 6:30PM sharp.   2nd film begins  8:30PM
Order a pre-paid dinner from Allan's Falafel.  Drinks and snacks from on site concession stand.
Please consider sponsoring our Film Festival. There are several opportunities on the registration form, 
some offering free admission.


Introducing Rise, A New Initiative from Federations & JPRO Network

Approximately one in five Jewish community professionals have been laid off or furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rise is a web platform, connected to JewishTogether.org, that offers three key areas of response and support to Jewish communal professionals who have been furloughed or laid off during COVID:

  1. Financial Stability: Information about financial relief from government and Jewish community sources
  2. Emotional: Individual and group-based offerings to build emotional resilience in the face of unemployment
  3. Career Development: Programs to support job searches and resume-building professional development opportunities.

Partner with JFNA & JPRO to ensure that out of work doesn’t mean out of options.
Find out more here...

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.