May 8, 2020
Case for Giving on Impact of COVID-19

The Network is pleased to share a  document  which has been developed in an effort to capture the impact of COVID-19 on the member agencies of our Network, and the communities they serve, and to elevate our Network’s Case for Giving among the many “asks” that are out there. This document can serve as a resource for agencies to use locally. Please feel free to edit and adapt to meet your needs and insert your own agency data to reflect the impact you are seeing locally and the services your agency is providing in response. We will also post the document on the home page of the NJHSA website and will be sharing with funders and with the membership of the  Jewish Communal Emergency Pandemic Coalition . Learn more here .
2020 Virtual Plenary - Diversity, Equity, and Belonging in
the Age of COVID-19
Sponsored by Sage Intacct
Thursday, May 21st | 1 - 2:30pm ET | REGISTER

As organizational consultants poised at the intersection of talent and strategy,  The Diversity Institute  is uniquely positioned to help others look at this COVID-19 pandemic differently and reconsider ways of working for the modern era. Together we will take a 360° view of how to lead through and beyond the Virus with a focus on the timely and challenging topics of diversity, equity, and belonging. Learn more about the plenary presentation here .
Together, we are striving to raise $3 million from 100,000 donors to go towards the cost of purchasing personal protective equipment for Jewish human service providers and others on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

NJHSA is proudly participating in  Pledge to Protect , a crowdfunding effort powered by Jewish Together to raise funds that will directly support Jewish human service agencies serving our communities. Please consider participating and learn more here .
NJHSA Installs 2020-21 Board

On May 4th, NJHSA installed its new board of directors. The announcement was made during the organization’s VISION 2020 - Annual Meeting, which was attended via a virtual online platform by more than 200 agency executives, professionals, project managers and community lay leaders. CEO of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Minneapolis Judy Halper has been named chair. She will lead NJHSA’s board as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Read Judy's remarks here . The 2020-2021 slate of officers and board members can be viewed here The five Pillars of Excellence award winners were acknowledged and Michael Hopkins, CEO of JFS San Deigo was awarded Extraordinary Leadership. Reuben Rotman, NJHSA's CEO shared an impact report as well. View the presentation here and visit the Resource Library to view a video of the meeting. (Judy Halper, CEO, JFCS Minneapolis pictured.)
Uniper – Bringing Community to the At Risk Who Are at Home

For NJHSA member agencies that took part in the webinar last week hosted in partnership with Uniper care , we thank you for taking part and thank the agencies that contacted NJHSA or Uniper directly. Due to the high demand, Uniper has extended the agency enrollment period by five days – agencies that are considering to offer their clients a FREE 60 day trial MUST connect with Uniper (or NJHSA) by Monday, May 11th . For additional information -- here is a link to the deck Avi Price presented during the webinar. 

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
  2. Login. Please email Megan for logins. 
  3. Select the page Calls & Webinars for registration links or the Resource Library for materials.
May Network Sponsored Webinars

Wednesday, May 13th| 2pm ET
VISION 2020 – Better Data, Less Work: Rethinking How We Use Technology to Engage with Clients and Generate Reports
Sponsored by Athena Software
Athena will discuss how agencies are using technology to connect with the people they serve and empower clients to participate in their care. Discussions will include an analysis of how this can improve the client experience and reduce the documentation burden on case workers.

Thursday, May 14th | 3pm ET
Working Remotely: How to Manage Yourself and Your Team
Sponsored by Sageview Consulting
Hosted by the HR Professionals Affinity Group
The session, p resented by Carin Maher, Vice President, Talent Acquisition with Sageview Consulting will provide tips on your own work/life balance as you manage a remote workforce. This will include how to manage your team in the uncertain days ahead.

Monday, May 18th | 2pm ET
Contemplating and Planning for the Re-entry Process: A Dialogue on Factors to Consider Post COVID-19 Shut Down
Join Your Network Colleagues for a Conversation on Planning for Re-Entry
• Health and Safety Considerations for Staff, Clients and Volunteers
• Impact on Client Services
• Thoughts on physical office/workspace design
• Templates will be shared to help with your planning efforts

Wednesday, May 20th | 3pm ET
Controlling the Chaos in Healthcare with C&A Benefits Group
Join Christina King, President of C&A Benefits Group, for an update and overview of the NJHSA sponsored Association Health Plan. The call will include insights on:
• Trends in US Healthcare Plans
• Update on NEW offerings available for NJHSA member agencies through the NJHSA Association Health Plan
• Strategies on ways to control rising healthcare costs.
New Changes in Medicare’s Telehealth Policy: Phone-Only Mental Health Coverage Approved
On April 30th, CMS announced a sweeping policy change to telehealth: Medicare will now allow coverage for audio-only telephone services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including psychotherapy, health behavioral assessment and intervention services, and other health services. This change is crucial for the Network's member agencies, particularly those that provide behavioral health care. Learn more here and read NJHSA's statement.
Jewish Organizational Letter on Refugee and Asylum Priorities During COVID-19

One hundred and ninety-two Jewish organizations from around the US, including many NJHSA agencies, signed the HIAS-led letter on refugee and asylum priorities, recognizing that our country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic should include resettled refugees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients, asylum seekers, and asylees.  As Congress considers the next COVID-19 legislative package, we urge them to include provisions that will ensure that resettled refugees, especially recent arrivals, as well as SIV recipients and others who receive resettlement and integration services, also have access to the safety nets and literal life-saving services that so many of us need right now.  Read the letter 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 !
Sign-On Opportunity: Invest in Workforce in the Next Stimulus Package

Join the Campaign to Invest in America’s Workforce to urge Congress to invest at least $15.6 billion in the nation's workforce development system in the next COVID-19 stimulus package. Workers and businesses desperately need Congress to include vital investments in skills workers need to fill in-demand jobs today and to return to the workforce once our economy reopens. Click here to sign the letter.
Census 2020 Update

The Census Bureau has proposed extending the window for field data collection and self-response to October 31, 2020, which will allow for apportionment counts to be delivered to the President by April 30, 2021, and redistricting data to be delivered to the states no later than July 31, 2021. This proposal has not yet been approved by Congress. Click here for the press release .
In It Together: Peer Discussion Groups for Jewish Community Professionals Who Have Been Laid Off or Furloughed
Tuesdays, May 12th | 4pm ET | REGISTER
(6 Tuesdays)

NJHSA and JPRO Network invite anyone who has been laid off or furloughed from a Jewish organizations to take part in weekly peer-to-peer processing sessions. Participants will be placed in groups of up to ten, which will meet six times (and more if wanted). Groups will be moderated by a licensed social worker with expertise in group work, as well as a career counselor from a Jewish Human Services Agency.
Self-Employment Possibilities and Resources for People with Mental Health Challenges
Wednesday, May 13th | 3pm ET  | REGISTER

This session will focus on three primary factors to contemplate when people receiving behavioral support services are considering self-employment, including the match between the business idea with the prospective business owner’s conditions of employment, feasibility of the business concept and availability of needed supports. Several possible resources for funding business start-ups will also be explored as well as strategies for braiding and blending funding.
Using Remote Patient Monitoring 
To Identify Changes in Condition 
Thursday, May 14th | 1pm EST | REGISTER
Stay Smart Care Technology is an Israeli-inspired expertise that creates an aging-in-place solution providing a complete picture of your loved one's health. Stay Smart Care HEALTHY analyzes health, medical and cognitive data for predictive purposes to detect and identify problems earlier--before they become an emergency. This cost-effective and comprehensive solution enables an aging parent to Stay HEALTHY and independent in their home while caregivers safely and effectively monitor critical health criteria. Learn more here .
Leading Edge's Pulse Survey

Leading Edge has released a new  Pulse Survey  to empower nonprofit leaders to get frequent and ongoing feedback from their employees about how they are experiencing work in the current environment. The Pulse Survey is designed to help organizations better understand and improve their employees’ work experience over time, empowering them to do their best work. Participate and learn more here .
Call Line Launches to Create Safer Jewish Workplaces

As many professionals continue to transition to online workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, gender abuse, discrimination and harassment continue and may be increasing.  Ta'amod: Stand Up! , an initiative dedicated to helping Jewish communal organizations and institutions create safe, respectful, and equitable workplaces and communal spaces, is launching a  new call line  to support individuals who have experienced or witnessed such behavior - online or in person. NJHSA is a partner of Ta'amod. NJHSA member agencies are encouraged to share this new resource with all staff. Learn more here .

Monday, May 11th
  • Neshama – Managing the Stress of the COVID-19 Pandemic | 12pm ET | REGISTER
  • COO Group Call | 3:30pm ET

Tuesday, May 12th
  • Communications & Marketing Professionals Group Call | 12pm ET
  • Small Agency Executives Group Call | 1pm ET
  • COVID-19: Remapping the Healthcare Privacy Landscape | 4pm ET | REGISTER

Wednesday, May 13th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat - Fundraising Planning for 2021 & PPP Loan Updates| 11am ET & 4pm ET
  • Workforce Development Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET

Thursday, May 14th
  • Clinical Service Professionals Group Call | 1pm 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.