July 17, 2020
Network Member Agency Programs Open to All
Crib Camp: A Disability Revolution
Thursday, July 23rd | 7pm ET | REGISTER

Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia and Jewish Learning Venture are presenting a free virtual event in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the ADA and Disability Pride Philadelphia. The event will include discussion surrounding the documentary Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution and the disability rights movement via a Q&A with disability rights activist Judith Heumann and film co-directors James Lebrecht, and Nicole Newnham. Learn more here .
Agesim During the COVID-19 Era
Thursday, August 6th | 1-4pm ET | REGISTER 

On August 6th, Jewish Family Service of Richmond will be hosting a national webinar on Ageism in the COVID-19 Era. This webinar will examine three issues that have recently surfaced in national conversations: social isolation in senior living communities, ageism, and death and dying. Three notable gerontologists will examine these thought-provoking topics, share evidenced-based research and real experiences, and fuse science and wisdom to help navigate this unparalleled time. This webinar is geared to clinical and administrative professionals working with older adults and anyone else interested in these topics. This webinar is worth 3 CEUs. Learn more and register here.
Resilience Series:
"Resistance in the Ghetto" & "Resistance in the Camps"

Discover how the Jewish people found strength in their faith in order to maintain their humanity and dignity in the face of unimaginable tragedy and suffering with a two-part virtual program of the Yeshiva University Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago. Attend one or both virtual "lunch & learn" sessions for a meaningful conversation on spiritual resistance during the Holocaust, and hear empowering stories of those who risked their lives to sustain their souls. Learn more and register here.
Coping With Our New Reality: Social Distancing Without Isolation

Fred & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service has been bringing community members together to share strategies, stay safe, and feel more empowered and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic in a myriad of virtual support groups. One, in particular, “Coping With Our New Reality: Social Distancing Without Isolation”, has become a popular exclusive presentation at non-profit and religious organizations, and residential communities.  Learn more about the weekly, virtual discussion group here .
Israel Elwyn Marks Death of Halak with Special-Needs Campaign

Israel Elwyn , launched a “Safety for All” campaign to mark the 40th day since the death of Eyad al-Halak. On May 30th, Halak, 32, a special-needs student from east Jerusalem, was  shot by Border Police officers in the Old City  on his way to Jerusalem’s Elwyn Al-Quds Employment Training Center, where he had gone every day for the last seven years. Learn more about the campaign here .
Rabbi Amy Cohen Named Shalom Austin Chief Social Services Officer, JFS Executive Director

Rabbi Amy B. Cohen is joining the Shalom Austin team to serve as the organization's chief social services officer and Shalom Austin Jewish Family Service executive director. In her role as CSSO, Cohen will focus primarily on capacity building, seeking out new funding sources and opportunities to collaborate with relevant organizations in the greater Austin community to ensure highly effective continuity of Shalom Austin JFS services while enhancing collaborations between Shalom Austin JFS and Central Texas Jewish organizations, schools and synagogues. Learn more about Rabbi Amy Cohen here .
NJHSA & ECJC Present First Transatlantic Zoom Session

More than 200 US, Canadian, European and Israeli Jewish communal professionals participated in International Jewish Human Service Responses to COVID-19, a webinar presented by representatives of Jewish human service agencies from across the globe. Presenters shared their perspectives on providing community services while managing the complex and changing dynamic of COVID-19. Participants separated into 9 virtual breakout rooms to discussion young & older adults, Holocaust survivors, those living with dementia and disabilities, unemployment, and virtual services, Click here to learn more . Recordings and slides are available in the Network's Resource Library .
NJHSA Center for Innovation and Research Announces Plans for Year Two of the NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge
**Applications Due July 24th**

Your Input is Needed for International Survey on COVID-19 and Impact on Services for Persons with Disabilities

ACCSES , the YAI Organization , and the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices are collaborating on a national survey of provider organizations to determine what you and others are facing with respect to dealing with the requirement to continue to provide safe services for individuals with disabilities under the COVID-19 situation. We are asking for your help in providing critical information related to your experience and challenges with providing services during the current COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to Access, a Network partner. We understand that this unique situation has left many of you without guidance and has raised many unanswered questions. This is a confidential survey, and responses will not be identified to any individual or organization. Learn more and please participate here by July 17th .


A Call to Action: Strategies for Jewish Human Service Agencies to Support and Strengthen Refugees and Asylum Seekers

Bringing Diversity to Your Agency's Board
A Call to Action: Strategies for Jewish Human Service Agencies to Support and Strengthen Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Wednesday, July 22nd | 1pm ET | REGISTER

The global refugee crisis is at an all time high. Public sentiment for refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers is polarized. And 2020-21 will, one way or another, present dramatic new opportunities for faith based agencies, like the members of our Network, to think globally while acting locally on this issue. Presenters will offer concrete strategies for our membership, as faith-based human service agencies, to
collaborate, mobilize and become engaged as leaders in their communities providing critical education, advocacy and service delivery.

Using the City of Dallas as an example, Rabbi Nancy Kasten, community educator, volunteer, activist and Co-Chair, Faith Forward Dallas will frame our conversation by sharing the ways in which the faith community of Dallas has come together to increase their impact as refugee advocates and as service providers. Rabbi Kasten will then facilitate a conversation to highlight the NJHSA response with Mark Hetfield, Elise Herzig, and Cathy Barker.
Bringing Diversity to Your Agency's Board
Sponsored by the NJHSA Lay Leadership Affinity Group
Thursday, July 23rd | 3pm ET | REGISTER

This webinar will review key research findings related to diversity and inclusion practices on today’s boards of directors; explore what it means for a Jewish agency to diversify its board and discuss strategies for accomplishing diversification while retaining both the Jewish nature of the agency and the support of the Jewish community. The session will include a conversation with the Board Chair of JVS Boston, an NJHSA member agency that has pursued this issue within their board structure.and will share lessons learned from that process.

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.

When Sheltering in Place is Not Safe: The Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Victims

Headway - The 3-in-one Model for
Poverty Alleviation
When Sheltering in Place is Not Safe: The Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Victims
Tuesday, July 21st | 4pm ET | REGISTER

This webinar will focus on domestic abuse victims and how COVID-19 has impacted them and their children. Sheltering in place has not been easy for victims of domestic abuse as their homes are not a safe place and the additional stressors of the pandemic have increased abuse and victimization. We will explore these issues and discuss how clinicians are impacted.
Headway - The 3-in-one Model for Poverty Alleviation
Presented by Yedidut Toronto  
Hosted by the Emergency Financial Assistance & Case Management Professionals Affinity Group
Thursday, July 23rd | 1pm ET | REGISTER

In this webinar, Headway ​ leadership and trainers will share their multidimensional model that fosters financial autonomy and healthy family dynamics in impoverished families. The webinar will present the working tools and training program for Headway case managers that have proven to address the needs of 1000s of families in Israel. For any questions, contact Gila Ashkenazy
NJHSA Submits Comment Opposing Asylum Changes

On June 15th, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security jointly released a series of  proposed changes  to the asylum system that, if implemented, would essentially make it impossible for almost any asylum-seeker to find safety in the United States. NJHSA submitted a public comment urging the Administration to rescind the Proposed Rule and instead dedicate its efforts to advancing policies that affirm individuals’ legal right to seek asylum, helping to make the United States a beacon of hope to all of those who are persecuted, just as it was for many of our ancestors.
ADA Celebrates 30th Anniversary

This month, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This landmark legislation protects the rights of people with disabilities of all ages and has helped reshape our nation in ways that benefit all Americans.

Join the ADA National Network - funded by ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) - in celebrating this historic milestone by participating in  the #ThanksToTheADA social media campaign . Watch this video  for some ideas and follow  @ADANational  on Twitter for #ThanksToTheADA highlights and more ADA resources.
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 .
Reopening Our Workspaces: A Playbook 

Leading Edge is releasing a new resource Reopening Our Workspaces: A Playbook . T his playbook is not about hand sanitizer and how to move desks six feet apart. Lots of organizations have resources for that kind of thing, but the value of this playbook is that it will help your leadership teams frame decisions in ways that can help nurture those vital human factors like team culture, equity, and emotional support.  Access the Playbook here .
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
Tuesday, July 21st | 12pm ET | REGISTER

In this webinar participants will discuss the intersection of philanthropy and government and its role in combating poverty, especially during COVID-19. Speakers include Louisa Chafee, Senior Vice President and External Relations and Public Policy of the UJA- Federation of New York and Jerry Rubin, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Vocational Service-Boston .
The ADA and IPS-Supported Employment: Improving the Working Lives of People with Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
Wednesday, July 29th | 2pm ET | REGISTER

The statistics are staggering. According to the  2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health , approximately 9.2 million adults are living with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The Harvard Medical School's Harvard Health Blog notes in its article “ Working on Addiction in the Workplace " that over 22 million Americans are currently in recovery from alcohol and other drug use disorders. The article further states that more than 70% of individuals who actively use alcohol or drugs continue to function on the job. Learn more here .

Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation - National Grant

MEAF provides National Grants for innovative model projects of national scope focused on its mission of empowering youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment. MEAF supports innovative projects that help youth with disabilities develop the leadership and employment skills they need to succeed, particularly for careers in science, technology and the environment. MEAF will also consider projects to create tools that help break down barriers to employment and increase job opportunities for young people with disabilities entering the workforce, including returning veterans with disabilities. Deadline: October 15, 2020. Learn more here .

Secure, Staff Secure, Long Term Foster Care and
Therapeutic Residential Providers Funding
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Unaccompanied Alien Children Program (UACP) has posted five (5) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), on  www.Grants.Gov , to solicit applications for Secure, Staff Secure, Long Term Foster Care (LTFC) and Therapeutic residential providers. In addition, ORR is soliciting applications for Home Study and Post Release Services providers. Deadline: Monday, July 27, 2020.  Access the FOA here .

Monday, July 20th
  • Small Agency Executives Group Call | 1pm ET
Tuesday, July 21st
  • Development Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET
  • Older Adult Service Professionals Group Call | 2:30pm ET
Wednesday, July 22nd
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am ET & 4pm ET
Thursday, July 23rd
  • Emergency Financial Assistance & Case Management Professionals Group Call | 2pm ET
Monday, July 27th
  • COO Group Call | 3:30pm ET
Wednesday, July 29th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am ET & 4pm ET
  • Volunteer Professionals Group Call | 1:30pm ET
  • Programming & Educational Outreach Professionals Group Call | 3pm 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.