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August 2017, Volume II
NJHSA Statement on Charlottesville

The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is resolute in its opposition to the openly racist, bigoted and anti-Semitic protests which took place this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia and extends its deepest condolences to the Bro-Heyer family on the tragic loss of their daughter Heather Heyer and to the families of Virginia State Police Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates. We also offer our wishes for a full and speedy recovery to the many who suffered injuries as a direct result of senseless acts of violence.  As a Network of over 140 direct service agencies which provide comprehensive human services, in a Jewish context, for refugees, Holocaust Survivors and countless others who often feel marginalized by the mainstream, we are especially distressed by the display of intolerance, deep hatred and complete lack of regard for basic civility. This behavior and these views have no place in the United States of America. 

As our nation continues to struggle and finds itself increasingly divided, the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is proud to turn to its Jewish values of embracing the stranger and of repairing the world and will continue to provide immediate, professional, comprehensive and caring support for all who are in need.

June Gutterman and Jim Kahn, Co-Chairs
Reuben D. Rotman, President & CEO
Network Updates

The NETWORK efforts continue to add value to your membership, bringing your agen cy additional benefits, networking opportunities and revenue streams.  
    We are delighted to welcome Yad Ezra to The Network! Yad Ezra opened its doors in 1990 with the purpose of providing kosher food to needy Jewish families in Southeastern Michigan. Current statistics indicate that Yad Ezra provide an average of 1,300 impoverished families (almost 3,000 individuals) with food, health care items and household goods every month. In addition, Yad Ezra distributes appropriate foods that help enhance the clients' celebration of every Jewish holiday.


    Emma Lebowitz recently joined the NJHSA staff as the Executive Assistant/Administrator. With more than 30 years of experience in managing and coordinating projects, events and campaigns and setting up systems for Jewish nonprofits , Emma will be serving as the executive assistant to the CEO, Reuben Rotman, and will provide administrative support to the full NJHSA professional staff team, while also serving as the NJHSA Office Administrator.  Originally from Omaha, NE, Emma moved to NYC to attend Stern College for Women. Upon graduation, she moved to Israel for two years  and interned at UJA Public Relations in the Jewish Agency building. That internship led to a love of Jewish communal service, and after her return to the States, Emma married and had 4 children. Today, Emma is a grandmother of 2 and in her spare time, enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing Scrabble, exercising, reading, and volunteering as a job coach and matchmaker.   
    Member agencies are eligible to receive a 20% savings on Foundation Directory Online Professional, annual single- or multi-user subscriptions (up to 10 users), directly from Foundation Center. To take advantage of Foundation Center's special discount, please contact Karen Rosen for the NJSHA member discount code.  With interactive maps and charts, RFPs, and key funder and grants insights, Foundation Directory Online Professional helps you  quickly identify funding sources,  build your prospect network, and  win the funding to support your mission. Tap into FDO's ever-growing source of 140,000+ funders, 7 million+ grants, and 500,000+ recipients today. Discount offer code expires July 31, 2018.    
  • Genie Cohen, NJHSA's CPO and member of the Board of the Heldrich Center's National Advisory Council attended WorkingNation Town Hall, "Re-skilling the Mid-Career Workforce," where a panel of business leaders and academic experts including John Colborn, COO at JEVS discussed problems stemming from long-term unemployment of middle-aged workers and solutions on getting them back to work, to a crowd of more than 200 in an effort to raises awareness of the mid-career workforce skills gap. PBS filmed the town hall which will be aired in September. Learn more here.
Canadian Member Agency News

Canadian member agencies are busy serving their communities. 
  • Pushing the Boundaries: Disability, Inclusion and Jewish Community | April 15 -17, 2018 |  Toronto, ON  | Learn more here.
    The first Canadian national conference of its kind designed for people with disabilities and their family members, self advocates, policymakers, professionals and volunteers who are dedicated to creating inclusive Jewish communities.
Network Advocacy Updates

Re-position your agency and align yourself with The
NET WORK to advance causes and policy.
  • Join NJHSA in signing on to a letter to Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) supporting legislation to allow seniors and families to use their Health Savings Accounts to cover home care expenses. The bill would include home care services as a qualified medical expense in Health Savings Accounts. Enhancing and expanding Health Savings Accounts to give individuals and their families the ability to save and spend their own money for home care is a way to ease the financial burden on many families while reducing national health care costs. Congressman Johnson intends to introduce the bill in early September.

    If you organization would like to sign the letter, please email John Schall, CEO, Caregiver Action Network the name of your organization as you would like it to appear, by Friday, September 1st.
  • Congressional recess is here and this month is an excellent opportunity to engage in grassroots advocacy. Your representatives and senators are home in their districts through Labor Day weekend and we encourage you to visit your legislators and their staff in their home offices or invite them to visit your Federation or agency to see firsthand the important work you are providing to the community.  Learn more here.
Network Calls & Webinars

Calls and webinars are designed for NJHSA member agency professionals and lay leaders
. Please direct questions to Karen, Director of Membership Services.
  • Integrate Behavioral & Medical Services  | Wednesday, August 23rd, 1pm ET | Learn more and register here .
    Learn more about t
    he Ambulatory Integration of the Medical and Social (AIMS) model, which aligns well with the services that many community-based social service organizations already provide, creating the opportunity to develop partnerships with local clinics to better integrate care, and opens the door to future contracts with partner clinics.  
  • Evidence-Based Strategies for Serving Jobseekers and Workers with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions | Thursday, August 24th, 3pm ET | Learn more and register here.
    Human services and workforce development programs have a critical role to play in supporting work for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Fortunately, there are many evidence-based strategies for helping these clients prepare for, attain, and retain employment. This webinar will highlight three such strategies being implemented in Washington and North Carolina.
  • Home Care Program Marketing Call | ´╗┐Tuesday, September 5th, 4pm ET | Learn more and register here.
    NJHSA presents an opportunity to share intelligence with member agencies on Home Care Program Marketing. Get to know your colleagues throughout the network by sharing information on your agency's work with home care and your marketing practices while hearing the same from others.  
  • NJHSA Town Hall Webinars for Partners & Sponsors |  Wednesday, September 13th, 3pm ET | Register here.
    Join fellow partners and sponsors for a webinar facilitated by NJHSA's CEO, Reuben Rotman, designed to educate you and your agency, our partners and sponsors, on NJHSA's goals, efforts underway, new initiatives and plans for the future. Time has been set aside for Q&A. Learn about the 2018 NJHSA Launch Conference in Chicago and how your organization can participate. Partner with our expanded network of 140 agencies.  
Network Events

NJHSA is actively planning NETWORK events! SAVE THE DATES so you don't miss out on networking opp ortunities.
    - Executive Conference | 
    October 28th-30th | Arizona Biltmore | Learn more and register here.
    Member agency executives and senior staff will convene for NJHSA's first formal gathering to network, discuss key topics facing the Network and its member agencies, and create a bridge to the 2018 Launch Conference. 
    Speakers include Laurel O'Sullivan, J.D. Principal and Founder of The Advocacy Collaborative, who will present on advocacy as a strategy for greater impact and effectiveness on Sunday and Michael Mozenter, Founder of Bizlogx LLC, who will moderate a facilitated discussion on the creation of the NETWORK's Center for Innovation and Research on Monday. Learn more about the guest speakers and view the agenda here.
  • 2017 Inclusion Summit | Ruderman Family Foundation | November 19th & 20th | Boston, MA | Learn more and register here.
  • 2018 NJHSA Launch Conference | April 29-May 1 | Grand Sheraton | Chicago, IL
    Guest speakers have been secured and will be announced after the Executive Conference.
Network Partners

NJHSA partners are a valuable resource to your agency. Contact Megan, Director of Marketing & Communications to connect and learn more.
  • CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), an NJHSA partner has has a lengthy history of working with AJFCA and IAJVS, providing auditing services as well as thought leadership at conferences, webinars, and in their network communications. CLA delivers integrated wealth advisory, outsourcing, and public accounting capabilities to over 6,000 nonprofits across the country.  
    FASB Draft May Require Nonprofits to Change Mindset on Grants and Contracts
    FASB's new exposure draft raises fundamental questions about how grants and contracts are currently classified, and how that might change in the future. Read more about the exposure draft that was issued earlier this month.
  • Quality Background Checks - A Recommended Best Practice for NJHSA Members 
    Verified Volunteers is a valued national partner of NJHSA and delivers high quality background checks that will help NJHSA members save time, money, recruit good people for volunteer/staff positions and help mitigate risk.  Through our partnership, NJHSA members will continue to receive free educational resources, training and heavily discounted pricing on quality background checks and other screening a la carte search products (i.e. Motor Vehicle Record checks). The same discounted search package pricing will also be honored for employment screening needs, if desired.  We are confident Verified Volunteers will continue to help safeguard the assets, reputation, people and overall safety of your program. You can click  here   to view a few short videos that give you a nice glimpse into Verified Volunteers and their screening platform.  To find out how screening through Verified Volunteers can help save you time and money,  please contact,   Kim Chochon , VP, Partnerships at 206-300-6315.
  • This Shabbat, join NJHSA and  Together at the Table  in opposing bigotry and celebrating diversity by creating welcoming, inclusive Shabbat dinners. Be a host. Be a guest. Take your seat at the table. Shabbat has the power to unite, to elevate conversations, to deepen community. Together at the Table is a celebration of unity and diversity in the face of fear and division. T he Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, OneTable and Repair the World have made it as easy as possible for you to get started.
Network Member Highlights

The best part of our NETWORK is sharing successes. We want to promote your organizations. Let your fellow member agencies know what's going on in your community! Share updates with Megan, Director of Marketing & Communica tions.
Network Resources

Share practical tools and resources you find helpful with the NETWORK through our Facebook groups. 
  • Click here to view the Disability Download, a compilation of disability-related news, special announcements, events, and updates from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). 
Network Career Opportunities

Interested in viewing other open NETWORK positions?  Click here to see what career opportunities member agencies are looking to fill . Email Megan to add or remove postings.
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