Wishing you and your family good health, happiness, and all of life's blessings in the coming year.
From all of us at The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County.
Please note our office will close at 3PM on Wednesday, 9/20 and reopen 9AM on Monday, 9/25.
The Jewish Federation is pleased to announce it has received a major gift of $50,000 to create a new Fund to Combat Local Antisemitism in Orange County. The Zachor Fund, named in remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, has been established in response to a disturbing and growing trend in antisemitic incidences in Orange County since the fall 2016. Since then, there have been multiple incidents involving students across the county from harassment, intimidation and bullying at schools, to distribution of hate propaganda using school listserves and the desecration of Jewish burial grounds. These trends mirror increases nationwide and represent a real threat to our civil liberties and Jewish communal life generally.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County has developed a multi-pronged strategy to combat antisemitism and is working closely with the Warwick School District to roll out a series of programs and initiatives in 2017/18 that will raise awareness of these issues, promote discussion and understanding, and transform school cultures. The activities will include but are not limited to, professional development trainings for educators, school assemblies and the creation of a Stop Hate media campaign. Our goal is to create a model program in Warwick that can be shared with other school districts in the county.
In addition, under the direction of the Jewish Federation’s Community Relations Council, we are pleased to announce a special community lecture by Mark Potok who is a nationally recognized expert on Hate groups and a former senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. This program will take place on Sunday, November 5th at 3:00pm at the Newburgh Free Academy, North Hills Campus. It is suitable for ages 10 and up. There is no admission charge, though for security reasons, reservations are required at jewishorangeny.org. This event is made possible with a grant from the Kaplan Family Foundation.
Finally, on the evening of Yom Hashoah April 11, 2018, the Jewish Federation is planning a county-wide Day of Holocaust Education, that will be open to all public, private and parochial school faculties and families. This event will feature lectures and workshops on the Holocaust and related themes. The event will take place from 4pm-8pm. The program is free. Reservations will be required for all participants in advance. Please check our website for future updates.
For more information or to contribute to the Jewish Federation’s Zachor Fund, please contact Suzanne Leon, Executive Director at 845-562-7860 or Suzanne@jewishorangeny.org.
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 hours are Monday - Thursday, 9AM to 5PM
ITS FINALLY HERE! YOUR ALL ACCESS PASS TO JEWISH ORANGE COUNTY
Do you or does someone you know desire a meaningful connection to Judaism and the Jewish community? Are your children nearing Bar or Bat Mitzvah age? Are you interested in furthering your own Jewish education?
Wait no more! The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County has developed the All Access Pass, your VIP pass to explore Judaism on your terms. Together with Jewish synagogues and organizations across the county, the All Access Pass gives you and your family access to a wide variety of Jewish cultural, social and educational programs across Orange County for only $100.
The All Access Pass, which expires one year after registration, will be mailed to you. Then simply present it at whatever events you choose to participate in for the entire year.
Don’t sit on the sidelines. The future of the Orange County Jewish community is in our hands. Get connected. Enroll today to maximize your benefits!
Details of benefits can be found here or call 845-562-7860.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County and the Orange County Human Rights Commission are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Stop Hate Contest. The award presentation will be Sunday, April 23rd at 2PM at the Annual Yom Hashoah program at Mount St. Mary College.
Grades 7-9, $200 Award: Naa Dedei Aryeetey, Warwick Valley Central School District, History Repeats
Grades 10-12, $300 Award: Olivia Perez, Cornwall Central High School, Humanity at Its Finest
Congratulations to the 2017 Stop Hate Contest winners!