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JOIN US VIRTUALLY OR IN PERSON ON Sun. Jan. 23, 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. at the home of Barby & Howie Schwid, 22 Volar Street, Rancho Mission Viejo as we discuss creative ways to expand our reach to include the broader TBE community.  We are doing a re-set and excited to announce our new name, Jewish Values in Action and our new co-chairs, Barby Schwid and Robin Ijams.

Be assured that those who attend in person will be fully vaccinated.  Masks are optional.  Event will be outside with plenty of shade.  Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there.  PLEASE RSVP to: so that we can plan accordingly


Urge you Senators to support the Freedom to Vote Act (S. 2747) and make the promise of democracy free for us all

Urge Congress to support the John Lewis Voting Right Advancement Act (H. R. 4)


Millions of Americans experience unemployment, housing insecurity, hunger, and the consequences of climate change.  Join RAC in urging our Senators to support the Build Back Better Bill to help to help families across this country live with greater security and opportunity by investing in paid leave, public child care, health care, housing, climate, immigration solutions and more,  Click here to take action:   Take Action


Be part of a Community Sponsorship Team to help resettle Afghan refugees in Orange County.  There are still 35,000 people on military bases in the U.S. waiting to be resettled in communities across the country.  All that resettlement will take place by Feb. 15. It is a massive effort and an extraordinary moment in history.  Learn how you can help: Interested in learning more?  Go to:

  • Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees is seeking donations and a storage facility in south Orange County to store donated items that will be used to help furnish apartments of newly arriving refugees such as furniture, clothing, diapers, toiletries, household supplies, and more. If you have a storage facility (approximate space 1,200 - 3,000 square feet) that you can sublet or donate, or have a connection in the storage industry or items to donate please contact Jackie Menter at
  • Find housing: If you are able to provide short term or long term housing to an Afghan family or know someone who can, fill out this HIAS form. Be sure to indicate that you are from Orange County. Housing need not be donated; they will have funds to pay rent.
  • Stories from the Border
    January 27, 2022 | Thursday | 1:00pm PT

As U.S. asylum policy continues to evolve rapidly, so too does the situation for the thousands of individuals and families seeking safety along the U.S.-Mexico border. The ongoing challenges these policies cause continue to create barriers for people trying to access their basic right to seek protection from persecution and violence. 

In this program, HIAS will discuss the state of play at the border right now; learn what HIAS Border Fellows are seeing and hearing firsthand; gain an understanding of the asylum policies currently in place; and explore how we can take action for justice.

Advance registration required. Please click here to RSVP.

HIAS Book and Film Club
February 11, 2022 | Friday | 9:00am PT

Join HIAS for a facilitated session of the HIAS Book and Film Club on Friday, February 11, 2022 from 9am-10am ET to discuss the book The Ungrateful Refugee (2019) by Dina Nayeri. This book interweaves Nayeri’s experiences as a child refugee from Iran with the stories of other refugees and asylum seekers in recent years. Join us to discuss her book and how it continues to resonate in the current moment of mass forced displacement from Afghanistan, Haiti, Central America, and other areas.

Advance registration required. Please click here to RSVP, and here for information on how to purchase the book.

  • Contact your Senators and the President and urge them to:
    • Support and pass the Afghan Adjustment Act to allow Afghans on humanitarian parole in the U.S. to apply for and receive permanent residence status as a group rather than as individuals as they all are here under the same circumstances.  To send a message to your member of Congress about the Afghan Adjustment Act, click here.

For more information see:  : and


  • Housing First needs to find more housing so that the unhoused can use their vouchers to find housing.  If you own rental properties in Orange County, or know someone who does, please contact United to End Homelessness’s WelcomeHomeOC Property Engagement team at












JJA Meeting:

Contact Carol Singer at
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Thu, January 20 2022 18 Shevat 5782