HIAS Welcome Circles Information Session


The Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees (OCJCR) in partnership with HIAS, invites the community to an informational Zoom meeting for all who want to learn about welcoming and resettling Afghan refugees in SoCal. Join HIAS and OCJCR on Friday January 14 at 11am to learn about how our community can welcome Afghan evacuees through […]


Refugee Shabbat at Temple Beth El South Orange County

Refugee Shabbat with Rabbi K’vod and Cantor Young With special guest Naqib Mirzada Friday, February 25 - 7:00 pm   When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not wrong him. The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as one of your citizens; you shall love him as yourself, […]

Refugee Shabbat at Temple Beth David

Friday, March 4 at 7 pm, Beth David will celebrate HIAS Refugee Shabbat.  Rabbi Myers will share family-friendly stories about refugee challenges and triumphs. Live Stream & In Person

Refugee Shabbat Service at Shir Ha-Ma’alot

As Jews, we understand what it is like to be strangers in a strange land. Our Jewish communal story is replete with times when our people have sought refuge in foreign places. With a panel of experts, moderated by our own Julie Marzouk, join us for a meaningful discussion about refugees and asylum seekers, and […]

HIAS Welcome Circle Information Session


The United States evacuated some 76,000 Afghan during the fall of Kabul last August. 32 Afghan families from the evacuation are now being resettled throughout the country. Three families in Orange County and 7 families in Los Angeles are being resettled through HIAS Welcome Circle volunteers.  Welcome Circles for the second wave of Afghan evacuees […]

Open House


REGISTER HERE Join OCJCR leadership to learn about the myriad ways to become engaged with volunteering to help refugees and asylum seekers. You will have the opportunity to listen to short presentations about each area of OCJCR's work, meet with committee chairs, ask questions, and let us know how YOU would like to be involved. […]

Soledad: May 12 | 7pm


Join us Thursday, May 12 at 7pm PT for a screening of Soledad and conversation with the legal team. Click here to register Soledad tells the story of a young woman from Central America who was imprisoned in the Eloy Detention Facility when she sought asylum in the United States in 2017. Soledad set out on a perilous journey […]

Rebuilding Lives Anew: A Tisha b’Av Experience

Temple Beth El South Orange County 2A Liberty, Aliso Viejo, CA

Register to attend here. Please join us on Sunday, August 7 at 3 pm for our annual Tisha b’Av program at Temple Beth El in South Orange County. As we reflect on the losses Jews have suffered as a persecuted and displaced people many times over, we honor our obligation to help and connect with people […]

OCJCR Book Club – September 9

Register at https://tinyurl.com/OCJCRBookClub. (Books must be purchased separately) Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American by Wajahat Ali THE BOOK THE FACILITATOR Sam Kolodezh ABOUT THE BOOK “Go back to where you came from, you terrorist!” This is just one of the many warm, lovely, and […]

OCJCR Book Club – October 7

Register at https://tinyurl.com/OCJCRBookClub. (Books must be purchased separately) The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives by Viet Thanh Nguyen THE BOOK THE FACILITATOR Sam Kolodezh ABOUT THE BOOK “In this collection of 17 essays (one consisting of cartoons) by writers who were forced to leave their homes, Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer-winning novelist and himself […]

OCJCR Book Club – November 11

Register at https://tinyurl.com/OCJCRBookClub. (Books must be purchased separately) The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You by Dina Nayeri THE BOOK THE FACILITATOR Sam Kolodezh ABOUT THE BOOK “Dina Nayeri’s powerful writing confronts issues that are key to the refugee experience.” ―Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer and The Refugees What is it like to […]