June 2020
Did You Know?
Since the outbreak of the pandemic in March and the subsequent wave of shutdown orders, NJHSA has provided 77 calls and webinars providing expert resources and support for 3,068 professionals and lay leaders to guide them through this crisis. Please encourage your colleagues and board members to join the NJHSA distribution list to receive invitations for ongoing COVID-19 offerings.
NJHSA Seeks Your Input
How Can Jewish Human Service Providers Help to Heal an Anguished Nation?
The past few weeks have been filled with intense and mixed emotions. While continuing to manage the impact of COVID-19, our country, and in fact, our world, has been overcome with the profound acceptance of its historic racism and its complete failure to achieve equity for all. The disparities are stark and exist in every aspect of society, from income to education, from healthcare to basic safety. The pain is real, and the trauma is lasting. As Jewish human service providers, the member agencies of NJHSA are humbled by the many roles they play in helping communities to thrive. Yet, the anguish and suffering that accompany historic racism present permanent roadblocks to those efforts.  Learn more and contribute here .
LGBTQ Awareness Month

Grab your rainbow, bi, lesbian, pan, ace, or any other flag of your preference and wave it with Pride! Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates Pride Month through a variety of activities. Keshet , a Network partner, works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and their families in Jewish life. Each week they will highlight a LGBTQ Jewish hero!

Lesléa Newman is a prolific writer, poet, and human rights activist. She is the author of over 60 books and edited collections including the groundbreaking children’s book Heather Has Two Mommies, the first children’s book to portray lesbian families in a positive way, and the award-winning short story A Letter to Harvey Milk. Newman’s writing often explores lesbian identity, Jewish identity, and the intersection and collision between the two. #KeshetLGBTQPride2020 #LesléaNewman #LGBTQJewishHeroes
PPE Consortium for US & Canadian NJHSA
Member Agencies

Purchase the personal protective equipment your agency needs for reopening through the Co-Operative Purchasing Portal via  Armour.Org. Through this portal your agency now has access to the products listed below, at discounted rates, nearly all for immediate shipment. Current pricing is listed but may fluctuate slightly with the market for both products themselves and freight. Payments can be made directly online, or you can email  Alex Jakubowski  a purchase order to pay by invoice via check, ACH, etc. Armour.org is a qualified medical supplier. For US member agencies, IRS W-9forms will be provided, when needed. Learn more here .
Participate in the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship

NJHSA is pleased to serve as a national partner of t he Jewish Changemakers Fellowship , an online leadership experience for Jewish students and recent graduates starting on July 6th. N JHSA member agencies are encouraged to promote this opportunity widely and consider creating a participant cohort of your own. Click here for details . Registration opens June 15th!
Exciting June Match Opportunity
Up to $250,000 will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to the leadership support of the Sephardic Home for the Aged Foundation.

As you may have seen, NJHSA was pleased to recently coordinate a consortium purchasing effort to secure much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) for NJHSA member agencies. As this need is of critical importance to so many agencies in our Network, we are encouraging you to join in our efforts to raise funds to help absorb as much of the mark-up agencies incurred when making these purchases. Our goal is to raise $3 million to reimburse the agencies, on a proportional basis, based on the dollars spent by each participating agency. Please help today.   CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

Poverty in the US and Implications of COVID-19 in Developing & Delivering Innovate Service Responses

Sprint or Marathon: Claims Conference Response to COVID-19 and What it Means for Today, Tomorrow & Next Year

Compassion Fatigue
Poverty in the US and Implications of COVID-19 in Developing & Delivering Innovate Service Responses
Sponsored by Mutual of America
Tuesday, June 16th | 1 - 2:30pm ET | REGISTER

Join Network colleagues for “Poverty in the US and Implications of COVID-19 in Developing & Delivering Innovative Service Responses,” an update on the efforts of three NJHSA member agency teams which are eagerly attacking the challenges of developing a successful road map for their high impact and sustainable solutions to Jewish poverty.

The Intensive Incubation Program of the NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge, an initiative of the Network’s Center for Innovation & Research, is completing year one with three deserving agency teams who are eagerly attacking the challenges of developing a successful road map for their high impact and sustainable solutions to Jewish poverty. Learn more here .
Sprint or Marathon: Claims Conference Response to COVID-19 and What it Means for Today,
Tomorrow & Next Year
Sponsored by the Claims Conference
Wednesday, June 17th| 3pm ET | REGISTER

Over 150,000 Holocaust survivors, living in over 40 countries, put their faith and well-being in the hands of the Claims Conference - staff and lay leaders - and the over 300 agencies the Claims Conference partners with worldwide - to ensure continuous service delivery for Holocaust survivors - even during an unprecedented public health pandemic. Greg Schneider , Claims Conference Executive Vice President will discuss the Claims Conference response during COVID-19 and the ongoing support to agencies and survivors whose strength and tenacity continue to inspire us all as some would say “we’ve been through worse.” Questions should be sent in advance and by June 10th to SWAgencyInfo@claimscon.org
Compassion Fatigue
Sponsored by  ResCare 
Thursday, June 18th | 2:30pm ET |  REGISTER

This 75-minute webinar will include information on identifying and coping with compassion fatigue, the experience of increased stress due to exposure to traumatized individuals.
Compassion fatigue is the experience of increased stress due to exposure to traumatized individuals. Andy Huls, speaker, has served as a One-Stop Operator with ResCare Workforce Services (RWS) for the past 2 1/2 years. Prior to joining RWS, Andy worked as a practicing Clinical Psychologist at a Community Mental Health Center in Lincoln, NE. Andy holds both a Masters Degree and a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and has spent a majority of his adult life practicing psychology and teaching psychology courses at local Universities.

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.

Soaringwords' SOARING into Strength

Assessing Seniors During COVID-19

CDC’s latest ensemble of US national and State forecasts suggest that the number of newly-reported COVID-19 deaths per week will continue to decline. The collective forecasts also predict between 118,000 and 143,000 cumulative COVID-19 deaths by June 27. Also see FEMA’s COVID-19 By The Numbers.
Soaringwords' SOARING into Strength
Monday, June 22nd | 1pm ET | REGISTER

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, communities are focusing 100% of their efforts to flatten the curve. However, there will be long-term mental health issues that need to be addressed when we return to the new “normal.” NJHSA agencies will be tasked to deliver additional services to existing clients while also needing to respond to the needs of new clients clamoring for essential social services. The Soaringwords SOARING into Strength Positive Health Toolkit will fortify your professional and administrative staff members and also allow your agencies’ clients to experience more emotional, mental and physical well being. Your staff will be able to share the latest empirically-valid Positive Health learnings and exercises with your clients by accessing the easy-to-use toolkit modules (virtual workshops, videos, and immersive workbooks). 
Assessing Seniors During COVID-19
Sponsored by PFMIPro & JFCS Pittsburgh  
Wednesday, June 24th | 1pm ET | REGISTER

Seniors are more isolated than ever: not getting the same face-to-face medical care, not exercising as much, and changing eating habits based on access to food. Providers and loved-ones may not know about challenges or decline until it is too late. Experts from JFCS Pittsburgh and the web-based assessment tool, PFMIpro will discuss ways to assess needs remotely and share helpful tools on the market that can make assessing seniors easier even in today's remote environment.
Digital Voter Engagement Tools During the COVID Pandemic
Tuesday, June 16th | 2pm ET | REGISTER

Almost two thirds of all voter registrations happen in person, but for months businesses, social services, and nonprofits have moved interactions with the people we serve online as we continue with social distancing measures. Some estimates predict that over 2 million new registrations will be lost each month that DMVs, social service offices, and campaign or field activities are shut down or significantly limited. If your organization looking for digital tools to find unregistered voters, help voters with registration, and educate voters about the voting process and their ballot to fill the gap, this webinar is for you. Learn more here .
Help Get 2,000 + Organizations on the SNAP Support Letter to Senate Leaders/White House
**Deadline Extended - TODAY - Friday, June 12th**

Join Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), Feeding America, Center for American Progress (CAP), and other national, state, and community-based organizations across the country in signing a  letter urging Congress and the White House to immediately boost Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and make investments in other critical nutrition programs with proven health and economic impacts. SIGN ON HERE !
Prioritize SNAP in the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill
 Despite skyrocketing food insecurity around the country resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has failed once again to make needed improvements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that will allow millions of families to put food on the table. We encourage you to join MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, in urging Congress to prioritize critical improvements to SNAP.   ACT NOW !
Invitation to Learn About Israeli Intervention to Strengthen the Working Poor

Does your agency…..
  • Serve low income families?
  • Aspire to improve and synthesize your services? 
  • Aim to empower each member of the family to become self-sufficient?

The Yedidut Toronto Foundation has developed the Headway Model that has proven to help families overcome their challenges. It is a multidisciplinary program tailored to the needs of each family, and includes financial literacy mentoring, family counseling, and vocational guidance. Our ultimate goal is to enable families to attain independence.
Would you like to learn more?
Staff of Jewish human service agencies are invited to register here to join the Yedidut Toronto Foundation for a free introductory webinar about the Headway Model on Thursday, July 23rd at 1pm ET For any questions, contact Gila Ashkenazy .
Jewish Funders Network Webinars
Featuring Reuben D. Rotman, CEO, NJHSA

National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty Presents:
A Series of Briefings on Poverty and the Impact of Covid-19 
Tuesday, June 23rd | 12pm ET | REGISTER
Over the past two months, the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty has been hosting a series of webinars and virtual meetups to discuss the many challenges the coronavirus pandemic has created for Jews facing poverty and the agencies that serve them. We have been hearing the needs from the service providers on the ground supporting our front lines, sharing best practices and information, and strategizing on ways to respond collectively.

Jewish Communal Professional Workforce and COVID-19 
Thursday, June 25th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
The Jewish communal workforce has seen serious hardship during the COVID-19 period. With over 20,000 jobs lost, the crisis has created a severe impact on many communal institutions and families. This program brings together speakers who offer a big-picture view of the effects on the workforce, outline what is happening, and suggest ways to support professionals who have been laid off or furloughed from their jobs.
The Digital Divide
Providing Practical Solutions for
Workforce Development
Thursday, June 25th | 12:00 - 1:30pm EST | REGISTER

As COVID-19 shut down in-person services, many of us transitioned to working from home and delivering services online. But this crisis has brought into stark relief the nation's digital divide, the unequal distribution of digital access by income and by race. Join JVS Boston and the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School for a panel discussion sharing practical solutions for remote learning and service delivery. 
An Introduction to COA & the Accreditation Process
Friday, June 26th | 1pm ET | REGISTER

This webinar provides an introduction to the Council on Accreditation (COA) and their accreditation process. It is perfect for anyone seeking accreditation for the first time, interested in what is required to become accredited, or mandated to become accredited by state or federal legislation (such as the Family First Prevention Services Act). Participants will gain an understanding of the key concepts that define COA, the steps toward becoming accredited, and the benefits of accreditation. There will also be a Q&A portion for us to answer any questions you might have.
JPRO Online: In It Together
Peer Discussion Groups for Jewish Community Professionals Who Have Been Laid Off or Furloughed

Cultivate resilience and tend to your mental and emotional well being with weekly wellness programs presented by NJHSA, JPRO Network, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Jewish communities in the US and Canada are powered by 80,000 or so incredible people who are leading the way through this challenging and uncertain time. We’re not going to make it through on adrenaline alone so let’s be in it together, for the long haul, (however long the haul is). ALL those who consider themselves Jewish community professionals are encouraged to participate, regardless of your religion and your job title. Learn more here .

Monday, June 15th
  • Programming & Educational Outreach Professionals Group Call | 3pm ET

Wednesday, June 17th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am ET & 4pm ET
  • Volunteer Professionals Group Call | 1:30pm ET 

Tuesday, June 23rd
  • Development Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET 
  • IT Professionals Group Call | 3:30pm ET 

Wednesday, June 24th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am ET & 4pm ET

Thursday, June 25th
  • Clinical Services Professionals Group Call – Focussing on Telemental Health | 1pm ET
  • Residential Providers Group Call | 3pm ET 
Affinity Groups are for designed for member agency professionals and lay leaders. Others interested are encouraged to contact Megan .
** Recorded calls and presentations can be found
in the Members Only section of the NJHSA website
in the Resource Library. **
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.