Volunteer Services


icon_friendshipcircle.jpgFriendship Circle of Orange County
Friendship Circle gives children who are physically or mentally challenged a full range of social experiences. Professional therapists train teenage volunteers to become effective and therapeutically skilled in developing friendships with these special children. Weekly visits to the children’s home result in a special bond between the volunteer and child. Another one of the many programs is Sunday Circle where the children’s skills are enhanced through Tae Kwon Do, specialized art, and expression through music.  If you are a teen who has time for a weekly visit, or if you know of a family that could benefit from these programs, joining Friendship Circle is easy.

icon_hospital.jpgHospital Visitation
At Chabad we realize how frightening, overwhelming or simply lonesome being in the hospital can be, and that’s why we put such emphasis on visiting people in the hospital and bringing them a gift package with goodies, that show them we care. Chabad of Newport Beach and its volunteers have visited numerous hospitals and senior homes bringing joy to many patients. Most importantly the patient is given the message that they are not alone.

icon_fooddrives.jpgFood Drives
Food drives are held at various times throughout the year, in addition Chabad of Newport Beach offers help to individuals or families that are in need of food. To participate in these drives or to help hungry families please contact our office.

icon_fooddrives.jpgMaking the Holidays So Much Brighter
The Jewish Center visits Orangewood Children's Foster Home, and various community shelters and hospitals where we run Holiday programs consisting of entertainment and arts and crafts.  Additionally, each child, from abused and neglected homes, will receive a beautiful gift brimming with warmth and love.  The Center has also taken the initiative of "adopting" many of these families.  The goal of this project is to bring gifts, meals and smiles to thousands of needy children and families regardless of their race, color or ethnicity.

icon_fooddrives.jpgYou Can Make a Difference In the Life of Another
Visit with the homebound, pick up groceries, drive an elderly patient to a doctor's appointment. Bring them your warmth and smile and make their day. Volunteer once a month or more. To get started please call the Center or email [email protected]

Jewish Services:

icon_mezuzah.jpgMezuzot Checking
A Mezuzah is so much more than a piece of parchment rolled into a scroll. Since the Mezuzah acts as our own personal guardian, alert at all times, it’s important to ensure that it is always in top condition. We will check your Mezuzot at any given time to ensure that they are Kosher.

Keeping Kosher is one of the most fundamental aspects of our religion. Kashering is the process of transforming your kitchen into one that meets all the standards of Kashrut.

icon_tefillin.jpgTefillin Inspection
Wrapped around our arms in those square black boxes, it’s easy to forget how holy Tefillin are. Containing the name of Hashem, each time we wrap ourselves in those black straps we are forging a bond with our Creator. Like Mezuzot, Tefillin contain holy parchments that need to be checked from time to time to ensure they are fit for use. 
Drop your Tefillin off and we’ll check them thoroughly and return them to you good as new.

Life Cycle Events:

icon_tefillin.jpgShalom Baby, Baby Naming / Bris Circumcision Ceremony 
The Center delights in the birth of each baby in the greater Jewish community. We want to welcome each newborn with a complimentary Shalom Baby package filled with gifts and useful information on raising a Jewish baby.
We will facilitate, arrange, assist and familiarize the family with the entire process to make it the experience and the joy it is meant to be.

icon_barmitvah.jpgBar & Bat Mitzvah Celebrations
help parents think through the myriad of details that require attention when planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We help make the occasion a memorable step forward for your son or daughter in living a meaningful Jewish life.
Ages 12 through 120 - We will create the Bar or Bat Mitzvah you desire and choose, from a simple one with minimal preparation to the whole elaborate affair.
Children with Special Needs  You will be overjoyed with our approach and sensitivity to the specially geared program just for them.

Mazal Tov!  Congratulations on your engagement. We hope your happiness will continue to grow and that you will succeed in laying the foundations for a warm, loving and nurturing home. Our Rabbi is available to officiate at your wedding.  Should you have any queries; the Rabbi will be pleased to assist.

King Solomon said, "There is a time for all under the heavens - a time to love, a time to journey, a time to plant, a time to reap, a time to rejoice and a time to mourn." The Rabbi and staff are always there especially in times of need. To offer comfort, guidance and bereavement support. assistance in preparation, officiating at the funeral, the Shiva service etc. and financial aid for any aspect of the challenging journey. 

Other Services:

icon_campscholarship.jpgSummer Camp Scholarships
For many of our community’s children, summertime quickly becomes an endless cycle of unsupervised boredom, heat and monotony.  The Center gets these children off the streets and into a fun, friendly and loving environment. Our summer camp gives them a chance to laugh and play, to make new friends. Our camp scholarships make their hardships that much easier to endure.

Come visit our Judaic library with a large selection of books, audio, video and DVDs.

Crisis Counseling
We don’t anticipate it and we certainly don’t want it, but there are times when we’ll inevitably step back and say, “I need help”. In any kind of crisis, big or small, we are here to help. We will provide a listening ear and a shoulder to lean on when times get tough.

icon_residentialcenter.jpgChabad Residential Treatment Center
Primary Focus: Mix of mental health and substance abuse services
Services Provided: Substance abuse treatment
Type of Care: Residential long-term treatment (more than 30 days)
Payment Assistance: Sliding fee scale (fee is based on income and other factors), Payment assistance available

For more information or to request one or more of the above services
please call 949-721-9800 or email [email protected]