August 14, 2020
Scenario Planning & Strategy:
Facing Our Future Together
A Planning Process for NJHSA Member Agency CEO's and other C-suite leadership staff and agency board leadership.

The Network’s Executives’ Networking Forum, typically a two-day conference held each fall for CEO’s and COO’s, is being repurposed this year, in light of the travel and other restrictions associated with COVID-19. In an effort to provide C-suite leadership with the tools they need to guide their agencies through the pandemic, the Network will be sponsoring a series of strategic conversations to help NJHSA member agencies and NJHSA itself chart a path through the COVID-19 crisis and into the post-crisis horizon.

You’re invited to participate in the first of two webinars in this series . . . the second will be scheduled later in the fall and in the interim, a small, diverse group of C-suite leadership from NJHSA member agencies will be meeting to develop scenarios that can help to inform local and international Jewish human service sector planning. The final product from that effort will be shared with all agencies for your use.

Scenario Planning and Strategy: Facing our Future Together
Thursday, August 20th | 3 – 5pm ET | REGISTER
The NJHSA Scenario Planning Initiative has been developed in partnership with Jewish Federations of North America and with a grant to JFNA from the Mandel Foundation.
Over the last number of months a set of broad scenarios were developed collaboratively across the Jewish world, which will become the basis for understanding the possible futures that we will all be navigating over the coming years. In this webinar we will provide an overview of scenario planning, then engage in discussions to generate insights that will ultimately help us go even deeper into insights for Jewish Human Services Agencies. Click here to learn more about the presenter, David Kaplan.
Agencies Selected for Year Two of
Jewish Poverty Challenge

NJHSA recently chose eleven agencies to participate in Year Two of the NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge. Start Co., a venture development consultancy firm with an expertise in launching startup, entrepreneurial initiatives and engaging municipalities, corporations and nonprofits in poverty reduction responses to work with Jewish Community Service Baltimore, Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, Jewish Family Service Cincinnati, Jewish Family Service Colorado, Jewish Family Services Northeastern New York, Jewish Family Service Orange County, NY, Jewish Family Service San Diego, Jewish Family Service Vancouver, BC, and Jewish Family Service Western MA. The team at Start Co will provide expert consultation assistance as these agencies rethink and redesign products and services, adjusting assumptions and organization models, while paying special attention to the impact of COVID-19 on service delivery methods. Learn more here.

Reckoning with Uncertainty

Andre Fowlkes, President of Start Co., shares his blog post, Reckoning with Uncertainty. Check back for updated blog posts and learn more about the Year II Jewish Poverty Challenge here.

Assessing the Value Delivery System (webinar #2)
Wednesday, September 2nd | 1pm ET | REGISTER
Has anything changed with how you deliver your service? Should we be bringing more structure to these shifts such as understanding the client journey, data mining, operational shifts, and much more.
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 $140 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. (Please note that social workers are responsible for contacting their state social worker boards concerning their licenses.)
  • All trainings are 90 minutes.
  • Recorded trainings will be made available for $18 and are not eligible for CEUs.
Learn more here. Please register by Friday, September 4th.
Raleigh-Cary JFS Invites You to the 2020 Senior Resource Fair
After several successful Fairs, Raleigh-Cary Jewish Family Service is excited to present this year’s Senior Resource Fair in a virtual format. During their September 13th event, community members will meet representatives from a variety of services and businesses serving older adults in Wake County, NC. This popular annual event provides a wealth of information for active adults, older adults, family members, caregivers- and Raleigh-Cary JFS would love if you joined us! Learn more and register here
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

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.
Engaging Candidates Virtually During COVID-19
Thursday, August 13th | 2pm ET | REGISTER

While the news may be focused on the presidential race this November, communities across the country are also electing state and local officials. Such elections bring with them candidate debates, forums, and other events are prevalent in the summer and fall months to help voters learn more about candidates and their campaigns. Yet, not knowing who is on the ballot is a common reason cited by potential voters for why they didn't participate in an election. Therefore, as a nonpartisan voter education activity, candidate engagement is a key strategy for nonprofits encouraging the people they serve to vote!
#NoDenyingIt Holocaust Facebook Campaign

The Claims Conference launched 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, for the last two weeks, the Claims Conference has posted 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.

JFNA Receives New ACL Grant to Continue and Expand PCTI Care for
Older Adults with a History of Trauma

JFNA has been awarded a second five-year grant to continue and expand groundbreaking advances in Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed (PCTI) care for Holocaust survivors, other older adults with a history of trauma, and their family caregivers. This grant has been awarded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL) and secures $5 million for the first year of programming and technical assistance. It is a continuing honor for JFNA to partner with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and NJHSA on this incredibly important journey and this award is a testament to ACL’s confidence in our shared work in implementing PCTI care. 
A Guide Toward Diversity Equity and Inclusion for Data Collection

Data collection is about more than just numbers. How organizations ask about the demographics of the people they serve matters: surveys and evaluations can either unintentionally perpetuate inequity and bias, or promote inclusion and equity.
This guide includes recommendations for equity-focused demographic questions on program applications, surveys, evaluations, event invitations and the like, as well as best practices and examples of how to ensure that historically marginalized communities are appropriately represented. It is meant to spark conversations and ultimately strengthen your data collection practices. Because data collection done with a DEI lens does more than promote equity and inclusion—it also enables planning and decision-making that aligns with your values.
RISE Created to Assist Furloughed Jewish Professionals

We’re ready to give you support where you need it most. #Rise is a brand-new initiative from the Jewish Federations and JPRO created for out-of-work Jewish community professionals. Find out how to get back on track. #JewishTogether
Serve the Moment Offers Stipended Fellowship for Young Adults

The Jewish Service Alliance presents Serve the Moment, a new project to mobilize Jewish young adults and college students (ages 18-29) through a part-time stipended fellowship program from September 30th-December 11th. Corps Members will serve across twelve cities in-person and through virtual volunteering. Through 100,000 acts of service and learning, we'll address racial injustice, food insecurity, educational needs, unemployment, and social isolation relating to COVID-19, and other pressing needs. Will you join us? Apply today or nominate a changemaker in your community.
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
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.

Wednesday, August 19th
  • CEO/COO Check In ChatS | 11am & 4PM ET
  • Workforce Development Group Call | 1pm ET

Thursday, August 20th
  • Home Care Administrators Group Call | 1pm ET

Tuesday, August 25th
  • Emergency Financial Assistance & Case Management Group Call | 2pm ET

Wednesday, August 26th 
  • CEO/COO Check In ChatS | 11am & 4PM ET
  • Marketing & Communications Group Call – Working through COVID | 1pm ET
Wednesday, September 2nd
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am & 4pm ET

Thursday, September 3rd
  • Residential Providers Group Call | 3pm ET

Thursday, September 10th
  • Mid-Size Agency Executives Group Call | 1:30pm ET

Monday, September 14th
  • COO Group Call | 3:30pm ET

Tuesday, September 15th
  • Development Group Call | 1pm ET
  • Older Adult Services Group Call | 2:30pm 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.