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February 2018, Volume II
Did you hear that David AxelrodObama's Chief Campaign Strategist will be opening the 2018 Inaugural Conference with a fireside chat about today's political climate and its impact on the human service sector?
You don't want to miss that, or Jeff DeGraff, "The Dean of Innovation."
And you still have time to submit awards. Plus the Network is offering a discount to agencies sending more than four attendees to the Conference.

2018 NJHSA Conference |Unifying Our Human Service Voice 
Sheraton Grand Chicago | April 29- May 1, 2018 

Center for Innovation & Research

NJHSA's Center for Innovation & Research is in the development process and aims to be  an array of resources the Network could apply to help Members transform ideas and opportunities into actions through collaborations and partnerships with start-up companies, universities, foundations and corporations, philanthropists and government.
  • Thoughts on Getting Started
  • We have this great idea, but we're not sure how to test it?
  • We have this pilot going, and it looks great, but how do we transform it into a fully functioning and funded program?
  • We have this amazing program. How would we figure out if other Network member agencies are interested in doing something similar?
  • We're thinking about creating a new technology or service to extend our expertise to others. Does that make sense?
As a first step, the answer is simple - contact the Network and ask. As many of you know, we're in the process of creating a Center for Innovation & Research, and we've adopted a "learn by doing" approach. Since our kickoff meeting at the October Executives' Conference, we've taken steps to engage with a few Network member agencies. The projects include testing new software packages, replicating existing programs, validating new approaches, and, of course, securing funding to move these efforts forward.

If you're interested in determining whether the Network's Center for Innovation & Research can help advance your idea, process, program, or technology, or you just want to learn more, contact Reuben Rotman, Network CEO to explore further. 
Network Updates

The Network is interested in your agency. We want to know about your programs. Share your successes with everyone. Send 
Megan your press releases, news stories, Facebook updates, etc . . .     
  • The Network was well represented in Washington, D.C. at the National Skills Coalition Conference and Advocacy Summit. Genie Cohen, Chief Program Officer of NJHSA, along with JEVS Philadelphia, JVS Boston and JVS San Francisco leadership, had the opportunity to dialogue with and hear from congressional policy advisers and workforce organizations from around the country.  
Network Advocacy Updates

Re-position your agency and align yourself with The
NET WORK to advance causes and policy.
  • February - Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month
    February has been designated by Jewish communities around the world as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Over 200 advocates from across the United States came to Capitol Hill for Jewish Disability Advocacy Day (JDAD) 2018. This was the largest JDAD to date. Advocacy was felt through the halls of Congress with over 50 lobby meetings, representing more than 20 states.  S tay connected and join the conversation on inclusion with the hashtags #JDAD (Jewish Disability Advocacy Day) and #JDAIM.
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 .  
    NJHSA Sponsored Association Health Insurance Plan for U.S. Member Agencies | Wednesday, February 21st, 3pm ET | REGISTER
    Interested in reducing rising costs associated with health insurance premiums, while providing strong and attractive benefits to your employees? Consider NJHSA's sponsored health insurance plan, launched in 2018 and going strong with four participating agencies. Join Christina King, President of C&A Benefits Group, for a webinar designed to introduce your agency to the NJHSA sponsored Association Health Insurance Plan, a new member benefit for U.S. member agencies. The plan is intended to bring meaningful savings to your agency's employee healthcare expenses. L earn more about this exciting benefit, now open for new agencies to join. 
  • Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed Care for Family Caregivers of Older Adults with a History of Trauma: Needs, Challenges, and Emerging Approaches | Claims Conference & JFNA | Thursday, February 22nd, 2pm ET | Learn more and register here.
  • Social Solutions | Wednesday, February 28th, 2pm ET | REGISTER
    Social Solutions Global, the provider of Efforts to Outcomes (ETO®) and Apricot Software™, is the leader in outcomes management software for human service agencies and organizations, making data useful at all levels, from front line staff to executive leaders.
  • Breaking Down Work Barriers for People with Disabilities: Opportunities for Employers | Mathematica's Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) | Thursday, March 1st, 1pm ET | Learn more and register here.
  • MAX Interpersonal Career Coaching - Transition Support, Moving Young Adults into Self-Sufficiency Wednesday, March 14th, 2pm ET |  Learn more and register here .
    MAX is a transition support service focused on Young Adults working toward self-sufficiency. Through the use of 5 modules, MAXers develop skills in the areas of communication, problem solving, emotional regulation, empathy/ friendship and character flexibility all associated with gaining and retaining  employment and independent living. MAX began as a program serving young adults within the Columbus Jewish Community; and has recently expanded to include serving youth emancipating foster care from Franklin County Children's  Services.  
  • Kavod | Monday, March 19th, 2pm ET |  REGISTER
    KAVOD's mission is to provide aid to Holocaust Survivors who have emergency day to day needs for food, medicine and/or household goods. Serving Holocaust Survivors living at or below the poverty line in the United States, KAVOD is designed to make sure these men and women live out their remaining years with dignity and respect by issuing aid in the form of gift cards to grocery stores and pharmacies near where they live.
Network Events
NJHSA is actively planning NETWORK events! SAVE THE DATES so you don't miss out on networking opportunities.
  • Pushing the Boundaries:  Disability, Inclusion and Jewish Community | April 15-17, 2018 | Toronto, ON | Learn more and register here.
    The first national Canadian conference of its kind designed for people with disabilities and their family members, self advocates, policy makers, professionals and volunteers who are dedicated to creating inclusive Jewish communities. 
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.
  • Jewish Family & Children's Services of Pittsburgh announced the impending retirement of JoAnn White, Director of the agency's adoption division known as JFCS Family Hope and formerly known as Family Hope Connection. As of February 2018, JFCS Pittsburgh will cease adoption services for new clients. White and her staff will be working to see current open cases through to conclusion, no matter how long that takes. Learn more here.  
  • Jewish Family Service of San Diego is the recipient of a $20 million gift in support of a $37 million campaign to celebrate their centential year. The campaign includes up to $17 million available in one-to-one matching funds. The Rady Family Foundation's gift is the largest known commitment to a Jewish community organization in San Diego and one of the most significant nationally! Learn more here.  
  • Jewish Family Service of MetroWest announced that Diane K. Squadron, PsyD, has assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer.  Diane brings along nine years of experience from New Jersey's Youth Consultation Services where she managed the child services division.  She is also a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years in private and group practice. NJHSA welcomes he to the Network. Learn more here.
  • Lise Watier an iconic Quebec entrepreneur, was the special guest at the 25th Cocktails & Conversation recruiting event, presented by Agence Ometz on January 31st. Read more about Lise's advice in The Canadian Jewish News' " Cosmetics Mogul Lise Watier Headlines Recruiting Event."   
  • Jewish Family Service of Colorado will welcome Barbara Corcoran, real estate mogul, business expert, and investor/shark on ABC's Shark Tank, for its 14th annual JFS Executive Luncheon fundraiser on Wednesday, April 18th. Learn more here
  • Jewish Family Service of Detroit is celebrating their 90th anniversary in May. During their annual event, JFS will highlight the agency's longstanding history of serving the community through vital services in the areas of mental health and wellness, safety net, and older adults. Learn more here.  
Network Resources

Share practical tools and resources you find helpful with the NETWORK through our Facebook groups.
  • Tax Reform Implications for Exempt Organization Employers and Employees
    Now is the time to understand what tax reform means to your organization. There are significant implications for most nonprofit employers, employees, and financial supporters that need attention and planning now. Thanks to CliftonLarsonAllen, one of NJHSA's partners and an 2018 Conference sponsor, you can l earn more here.
  • Keshet's East Coast LGBTQ and Ally Teen Shabbaton registration deadline has been extendedJoin Keshet for a weekend of fun, community and learning for and by Jewish LGBTQ and ally teens! Five Shabbatons will take place in various regions across the country! Meet new friends, learn about LGBTQ organizing and identities, and celebrate Shabbat with a warm, vibrant community of LGBTQ and ally teens and adults.
  • On February 13th the Jewish Federation of Broward County's Jewish Community Center received a suspicious envelope via the United States Postal Service. Learn more hear including a checklist of actions to take from DHS if you suspect suspicious mail.
Network Career Opportunities

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