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Jewish Values in Action educates, advocates and engages in civil action  to advance social justice in accordance with Jewish values. 

 

 

TIKKUN OLAM WEEK OF August 1

REBUILDING LIVES ANEW:  A TISHA b’AV EXPERIENCE.

AUG. 7, 3-4 PM. At TBESOC  

This year, TBESOC is proud to co-sponsor Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugee’s annual inspiring county-wide Tisha b’Av program where we will reflect on losses Jews have suffered as a persecuted and displaced people and honor our obligation to help and connect with those suffering these losses today.  Special guest speakers include a Ukrainian refugee and Ben Naté, Community Outreach Specialist of the Office of Community Awareness, Response, and Engagement (CARE) from the office of the Attorney General of the State of California. For more information and to register please visit, https://tinyurl.com/OCJCRTBA22.

PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Participate in RAC’s Climate Tzedek Campaign to achieve a sustainable world for ourselves and the generations to come with just, science-based solutions to the climate crisis:

  • August 4, 7-8:30pm Action Event – RAC will choose a climate justice bill before the Legislature returns from its July recess to vote, and we will mobilize emails, phone calls and targeted lobbying of our legislators on this campaign.

Sign up here: rac.org/CA22act

  • September 7, 4-5:30pm Training – similar to the July 14 Training. All are welcome to one or both trainings. 

Sign up here: rac.org/CA22Train2

Call or write your Senators and urge them to support the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

HELP AFGHANS, UKRAINIANS AND OTHER REFUGEES RESETTLE IN THE U.S.

 
 

JOIN A WELCOME CIRCLE - HELP RESETTLE A FAMILY
Welcome Circles are groups of 5-8 volunteers who resettle an individual or refugee family. Each circle is supported throughout the process by a designated HIAS Welcome Liaison assisting with technical expertise, best practices, and more. Learn more and sign up to volunteer here.
Afghan Welcome Circle applications are ongoing on a rolling basis.


 

 

 
 

To coordinate a donation drop-off,
please email Nancy Neudorf at  info@OCJCR.org.

 
 
 

 
 

The Bogancha family (pictured above)  is seeking a U.S. sponsor to come to California through the Uniting for Ukraine program. They are from the village of Malaya Danylivka near Kharkiv.  At 4:55am on February 22 they were awakened by loud explosions and fled their house immediately with whatever they could gather quickly. They lived in their car until they arrived in Austria where they currently remain. Andrey Bogancha, the father, owned his own law firm in Kharkiv. Marina, the mother, is a piano teacher and taught at the Kharkiv music school. Their daughter Milana is 14 and their son Alexander is 18. Alexander would like to begin studies at Santa Monica College this fall. 

During the Holocaust their grandparents, Prokofiy and Yevdokia Bogancha (pictured above) saved two Jewish sisters and are listed among the Righteous Among the Nations at Yad VaShem. The two sisters they saved, Zhanna and Frina Arshanky are the subject of a book, Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival.

If you would like to sponsor the Bogancha family please email Jackie@OCJCR.org

  • Call on Congress to ensure that evacuated Afghans and Ukrainians have a permanent legal status.  Currently, Afghans and Ukrainians are here on humanitarian parole, a status that will expire two years from their arrival with no pathway for a green card.  

  • Donate air miles to help HIAS reunite refugees with their families

  • Click Here for Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees’ Amazon registry to purchase items most needed for refugee families who are arriving in Orange County.

Donate to help Ukrainians in need:

https://wupj.org/news/2022/02/51971/world-union-launchs-ukraine-crisis-fund/

https://www.hias.org/

https://www.jewishfederations.org/

STRENTHEN OUR DEMOCRACY, SUPPORT VOTING RIGHTS, and HELP MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES

  1. Join the Reform Movement’s Every Vote, Every Voice Campaign and Women of Reform Judaism on August 1 to encourage Kansans to protect abortion access by voting NO on the ballot initiative. We will first join together as a community on Monday, August 1 at 2:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. CDT, then join Kansans for Constitutional Freedom to phonebank at 3:00 p.m. EDT/2:00 p.m. CDT.

    Register here.

  2. Join RAC and Urge Congress to Ban Assault Weapons.  Assault weapons are weapons of war, designed to murder or maim as many people as possible in the shortest possible amount of time. The Las Vegas, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Uvalde, and the Tree of Life shootings all involved assault weapons.

  Take Action

  1. Join ADL and urge your State Senator to support CA Assembly Bill 587 (AB 587), an ADL sponsored bi-partisan bill, with support from more than 60 community organizations across the state that will require big social media platforms to be more transparent in their reporting and content moderation policies – essential actions to mitigate the spread of hate, misinformation, disinformation, racism and violence.  : Learn more about AB 587 and the Stop Hiding Hate campaign at www.adl.org/stop-hiding-hate.  

  2. Register today for Religious Action Center’s Every Voice, Every Vote: Every Week campaign calls. Each Wednesday at 4 PM PT, participants will gather on Zoom for connection, celebration, training, and action re how to help get out the vote. Register once, and you will be provided with the Zoom information for all the weekly calls.  This is a non-partisan effort to get out the vote.  Both of these conversations will follow up on RAC’s “Moving into Action” training that took place on June 15 and 16. Here is the link to the recording of that training.
     

  3. The Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 1975/H.R. 3755) would put a stop to the coordinated attacks on reproductive freedom by establishing a statutory right for health care providers to provide, and their patients to receive, abortion services free of restrictions and bans that delay or obstruct access to care. Urge your Representative to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA).

  4. Tell your Senators to pass the Equality Act today. Most states do not have laws protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination, and federal civil rights laws do not explicitly include protections for gender identity and sexual orientation. In the last year and a half, a record number of states introduced and enacted anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. The Equality Act would add explicit nondiscrimination protections for gender identity and sexual orientation to federal civil rights law in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, federally funded programs, credit, and jury service.


 

  1. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has not had a permanent director since 2015 – severely hampering its ability to enforce existing federal laws and executive actions, advocate for its needs as an agency, and respond to up-and-coming threats to American safety. Meanwhile, gun sales and gun deaths have surged to record levels.  Tell the Senate to quickly vote and fill the position of ATF director to help protect our communities from gun violence. Take Action


JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT MEETING OF 

JEWISH VALUES IN ACTION:

SUNDAY, AUGUST 28th

AT 10 A.M. VIA ZOOM

Join via zoom:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82052514200?pwd=eUZROEVIQzk2QS9ZS3QwSkQrNGo4QT09

Contact Barby Schwid at bschwid@gmail.com or Robin Ijams at family@ijams.net for more information about Jewish Values In Action or to get involved.

 

Mon, August 15 2022 18 Av 5782