July 31, 2020
Join Us as We Plan for 2021

At its recent meeting, the NJHSA Board of Directors approved the recommendation of its Strategic Planning Committee to transition the 2021 NJHSA Annual Conference (originally scheduled for April 18-20, 2021 in Minneapolis) from an in-person gathering to a VIRTUAL CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE. We are excited with the prospect of building a completely virtual experience with a focus on maximizing the networking opportunities that distinguish our annual conference and creating meaningful opportunities for learning, dialogue and growth, along with a few surprises to surely engage us all. To join with our planning process, please connect with Lisa Loraine Smith , Chief Program Officer at NJHSA. Looking forward to coming together in 2021 as our virtual Network continues to advance our Jewish human service sector.
Sandra Braham, CEO, Gulf Coast JFCS, Clearwater, FL
John Colborn, COO, JEVS Human Services, Philadelphia, PA
Co- Chairs, NJHSA 2021 Annual Conference
Network TeleMental Health 2.0 Training Program

The Network is pleased to offer The TeleMental Health 2.0 Training Series for our NJHSA members! We have all been practicing telemental health since this pandemic began but have we really learned all the counseling nuances, ethical dos and don'ts, compliance procedures and in-session best practices? As we all know, video counseling is here to stay and is an integral part a clinicians' daily activities. Participate in this experiential and interactive webinar to learn all these intricate competencies. 
  • This series is offered over 3 months - September - December 2020. 
  • You can attend the whole series for $145 or participate in individual trainings for $36 each. 
  • If you want to attend but do not need/want CEU's, the price is $18 per session and you will register with the code: NOCEUS to activate the discount, reducing the fee of the training(s) by half. 
  • All trainings are 90 minutes.
  • Please note that social workers are responsible for contacting their state social worker boards concerning their licenses.
Year Two of the NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge
**Application Deadline Extended: Friday, August 7th**

In Detroit, a One-Stop "Shop" to Help Families in Poverty
 Among the many challenges of living in poverty is the very act of seeking help: Just navigating the numerous agencies and government services can be confusing and time-consuming. That’s why three Detroit-area Jewish anti-poverty organizations – Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit, JVS Human Services and Yad Ezra (a kosher food bank) -- are piloting a one-stop experience, in which Jewish families can get the help they need from one specially trained coach. Learn about how three Year One Agencies are tackling Jewish Poverty in Detroit .

Reckoning with Uncertainty - Webinar #1 - Year Two Poverty Challange
Wednesday, August 5th | 1pm ET |  REGISTER
This webinar will cover assessing where the agency is considering the current environment, outlining strategies to help better navigate, and a customer and community discovery process to better inform the path ahead.
VISION 2020 Virtual Offering
Unscripted, Radically Honest Conversations About Addiction
NJHSA Pillar Collaboration Award Winner
Tuesday, August 4th | 1pm ET | REGISTER

JFCS Philadelphia’s Family Life Education Department has offered addiction programming for the community for the past two and a half years, since the opening of its Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center. The purpose of this programming is to raise awareness on topics in the field of addiction with the goal of providing education on the issues, support to family members with loved ones grappling with substance use disorder concerns, and professional development opportunities for clinicians and community leaders involved in addiction and recovery support services. The agency has primarily worked to expand its capacity for prevention work in the field. They identified the lack of capacity to be a direct service center for those in active addiction or recovery as well as identifying the fact that they did not need to replicate the quality care that exists in their geographical area - rather they could become a center of expertise, support, and resources and referrals to connect clients to appropriate care when warranted.

Access registration links for affinity groups calls and webinars and resources (including COVID) in the Members Only section of the NJHSA website.
  1. Visit the Members Only section https://www.networkjhsa.org/members-only
  2. Login. Please email Megan for logins. 
  3. Select the page Calls & Webinars for registration links or the Resource Library for materials.
#NoDenyingIt Holocaust Facebook Campaign

The Claims Conference is launching a first-ever digital campaign #NoDenyingIt to implore Mark Zuckerberg to remove Holocaust denial from Facebook. Many Holocaust deniers are going to Facebook to voice their hatred and calling into question the atrocities of the Holocaust ever happened. Each day, beginning today, the Claims Conference will post a video message from a Holocaust survivor. With everyone’s help in sharing these videos on Facebook, we can get Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to remove this hate from the company’s platforms. NJHSA will be participating in the #NoDenyingIt campaign by sharing these videos on our Facebook page and request our followers to like and share our posts.
Provide Lifelines to Nonprofits and Those in Need in Next Stimulus
Earlier this week, the Senate introduced the HEALS Act, its proposal for the next COVID-19 stimulus package. While introduction was a significant step forward, the bill itself was deeply deficient in addressing many of the critical needs of service providers and their clients. We ask for your help to ensure that these needs are addressed in the final legislation. Learn more here .
Supporting the Social Safety Net and
Advancing Racial Equity
Wednesday, August 5th |3pm EST | REGISTER

The Jewish community supports an extensive network of human service providers and JFNA and NJHSA are leading Jewish voices on Capitol Hill working to ensure that the social safety net supports all who are in need. What does it mean to advocate for healthcare, nutrition, and support for individuals with disabilities through a racial equity lens ? Join us to hear from experts as we explore how to answer the call for racial justice and equity .
Act Now: Yet Another Threat to Asylum

Under proposed new regulations, the U.S. would bar asylum seekers coming from any country where COVID-19 is present . That’s most of the world! The regulations are unnecessary: we already have health screenings for asylum seekers. And they are cruel - denying the rights and safety of people escaping torture, sexual violence, religious repression and other forms of persecution. We need your help. Use our instructions and sample language to make a comment on these new regulations . The public comment period is part of the process for considering new regulations and by law every unique comment received before the August 10th deadline must be reviewed.
NJHSA Joins LeadingAge to Demand Relief for Older Adults and Caregivers

As Congress negotiates the next COVID relief package, NJHSA joined nine other faith-based human service associations to sign onto a LeadingAge letter demanding that lawmakers deliver life-saving COVID relief for vulnerable older adults and their caregivers. The letter outlines the crucial resources needed for all providers and staff who care for older adults, based on LeadingAge’s Five Essential Actions
A Note from The Blue Card Regarding Cash Assistance for Holocaust Survivors

We know these past few months have been tough. We want to remind you that The Blue Card is here to help Holocaust survivors, during this difficult time, and also has programs available for all agencies. If your agency does NOT receive its own Claims Conference funding, you are eligible to apply for emergency assistance if there is need, in several areas. If approved, checks will be made payable to the service provider. The Blue Card is unable to provide reimbursement. If your agency DOES receive its own Claims Conference funding, you are eligible to apply for several programs. Learn more here .
Rethinking Employment Services and Supports in the
COVID-19 Era
Wednesday, August 5th | 2pm ET | REGISTER

While the COVID-19 pandemic poses many challenges, it is also an opportunity to reimagine many aspects of home- and community-based services (HCBS). In partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Mission Analytics is conducting a three-part webinar series to explore how the pandemic offers opportunities to rethink and redesign HCBS. The first webinar in the series will cover Supported Employment Services. Learn more here .
COA Announces 2020 Innovative Practices Award 
COA is seeking competitive submissions for its 2020 Innovative Practices Award (IPA) and seeking innovations in promoting social justice and/or navigating COVID-19. Every year with the IPA, COA spotlights the inspirational efforts of accredited organizations that bring lasting change to lives of vulnerable individuals. Now these innovations are more important than ever. Share your successful strategies and serve as a resource for direct service providers, leaders, researchers, and advocates across the full spectrum of human and social services. The first round of submissions will be open from August 3rd-September 4th. Learn more here .
Elana Broitman to Lead the
Jewish Communities' Public Affairs Work
Elana Broitman will lead JFNA as the Jewish communities’ top advocate and head of public affairs. As Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Broitman will spearhead the Jewish Federations’ work to engage all the elements of our civil society in helping to support vibrant and healthy Jewish life, and strong and engaged civic communities. Learn more about Broitman here .

Contribute to Girl Rising's a new “citizen storytelling” campaign Girl Rising has launched: My Story: The Girl Rising 2020 Storytelling Challenge . Your agency, particularly Israeli agencies , are encouraged to share stories about how people are working towards gender justice, access to education, social justice or simply helping their communities in this difficult time of COVID-19 – stories of courage, leadership, creativity and solutions. The stories can be submitted in almost any form and 15 will be showcased in connection with International Day of the Girl Celebration in October.   The deadline for submissions is September 1st. 
Ongoing Summer Opportunities
#Summer5780 is a digital platform for people to discover virtual opportunities for all ages and life stages, offered by all types of Jewish organizations, all curated by JewishTogether . The marketplace is easily searchable to show both free and paid opportunities across the entire spectrum of Jewish organizations this summer. It will be updated every few days, all summer.

Are you looking for a meaningful summer program that aligns with your interests? Check out the #Summer5780 Marketplace and find the program that's perfect for you. JewishTogether.org/Summer5780 #JewishTogether

FY 2021 RSVP Competition Notice of Funding Opportunity
For decades, Senior Corps RSVP has engaged older Americans in volunteer service that meets national and community needs and delivers lasting, meaningful results. CNCS intends to fund successful applicants that increase the impact of volunteers age 55 and older who provide volunteer service in response to local community needs. Application Deadline: Tuesday, September 1st, 5 PM ET. View complete competition information .

Entergy Corporation
Charitable Foundation
The focus areas for foundation funding are education/workforce development, poverty solutions and environmental programs. The Foundation seeks to support programs that provide innovative and measurable poverty solutions and tools that help break the bonds of intergenerational poverty. Such programs may include, but are not limited to: sustaining families and self-sufficiency; technical assistance and training for non-profits; housing; home-ownership preparation; energy management and awareness; and innovative use and promotion of alternative sources of energy. Deadline: Open. Feb. 1 and Aug. 1. Learn more here .

Open Grants
The Open Grants Program focuses on improving communities as a whole. We look for giving opportunities in the areas of arts and culture, community improvement/enrichment, the environment and healthy families.
Deadline: Open. Open Grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Learn more here .

Wednesday, August 5th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am & 4pm ET
Tuesday, August 11th
  • Development Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET
  • Disabilities Professionals Group Call | 3pm ET
Wednesday, August 12th 
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am & 4pm ET
Thursday, August 13th
  • Holocaust Survivor Service Professionals Group Call | 2:30pm ET
Wednesday, August 19th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am & 4pm ET
  • Workforce Development Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET
Thursday, August 20th
  • Home Care Administrators Group Call | 1pm ET
Tuesday, August 25th
  • Emergency Financial Assistance & Case Management Professionals Group Call | 2pm ET
Wednesday, August 26th 
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am & 4pm ET
** Recorded calls and presentations can be found
in the Members Only section of the NJHSA website
in the Resource Library. **
Affinity Groups are for designed for member agency professionals and lay leaders. Others interested are encouraged to contact Megan .
Working for a Jewish human service agency is a highly rewarding career.
A listing of open positions at member agencies can be found here .
Member agencies are welcome to post career opportunities with the Network
as a benefit of membership. Positions will be posted for 90 days.
Non-members may post positions for 60 days for a fee. Email Megan to learn more.