October 23, 2020
Organizational Commitment to Closing on Election Day

NJHSA is participating in making November 3rd a Day of Democracy! Grounded in the belief that it is our duty to make voting accessible to all and to remove all barriers that might stand in the way, we are calling on all American Jewish organizations to commit to offering paid time off to all employees on Election Day.

In 2020, given social-distancing restrictions related to COVID-19, exceptionally long lines, and expected poll-worker shortages, this commitment is more important now than ever.

We draw inspiration from the movement over the past decade to position Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a day of service. With offices closed, employees of Jewish institutions are free to embrace and support the democratic process happening all around the country — including but not limited to standing in line to vote, volunteering or working at polling locations, conducting “poll watching” or election protection, and supporting nonpartisan GOTV efforts. Learn more here.

Join us in making November 3 a Day of Democracy.
Jewish Family Service Agencies in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio Join with NJHSA in Opposition to Texas’ Decision to Limit Access to Social Work Services for Persons with Disabilities and LGBTQI

JFS Austin, JFS Dallas, JFS Houston and JFS San Antonio joined together with the full membership of NJHSA in strong opposition to the recent unanimous decision of the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners to change a section of their Code of Conduct that establishes when a social worker may refuse to provide service. The change to the code allows a Texas licensed social worker to refuse to provide mental health or other support services to clients on the basis of the client’s disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. This change, recommended by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office, is in keeping with a Texas State law passed last year which gave the governor’s office more control over rules governing state-licensed professions. Continue reading here.
Capital Needs/Capacity Funding Grant Opportunity Addressing Food Insecurity Related to COVID-19 
Due Date: Friday, November 6, 2020

NJHSA, with generous funding support from a prominent national foundation, announced an opportunity for Network U.S. member agencies in good standing to apply for funding to support capacity building and/or capital purchases/improvement to address the needs of those struggling with issues of food insecurity related to the impact of COVID-19. Executives are welcome to invite whomever they feel is appropriate from their agency to attend. The call will be recorded and shared in the Network's Resource Library. Click here to learn more about the funding opportunity. (US Members Only)
NJHSA and HIAS Survey Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Racial Justice

Member agencies are encouraged to participate in a network-wide survey on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice (DEIJ). Jewish human service agencies have become increasingly diverse in terms of our clients, our staff, and/or our boards. All of our agencies, like the larger communities in which we work, have been wrestling with these challenges, and we have a great deal that we can learn from each other. Toward this end, the Network's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has joined with our colleagues at HIAS to develop a survey for NJHSA member agencies. Deadline: Wednesday, October 28th. Learn more and participate here.
Closing Webinar: NJHSA Scenario Planning Process
Wednesday, October 28th | 1-3pm ET | REGISTER

This year’s NJHSA Executives’ Networking Forum was repurposed to a scenario planning process led by a group of CEO’s/COO’s representing the diverse agency membership of our Network.

Join us for the Closing Webinar to learn about the results of this process. Highlighting important opportunities to build on the collective strength of our Human Service Agencies, especially in uncertain times, is the most important outcome of our scenario planning process. (Members Only)
Headay Model Training
Making Headway: Assisting Families in Financial Distress Due to COVID-19

This first Headway Training introduced 16 member agencies to the Headway Model which is a uniquely holistic and extremely proactive approach to working with families in financial distress.
Next week the agencies will be looking at their unique intake forms and compare it with the Headway model to see what can be adapted and what we can learn from each other.
TeleMental Health Training Series 2.0
Managing Risk - Managing My Two Identities: Mental Health Expert and Zoom Expert

On Thursday, October 22nd Dr Elaine Rotenberg led a very lively and engaging discussion on managing the risks inherent in being a tele mental health clinician – now going on for 7 months. What is so unique, is that we are all learning how to do this telemental health work and together we are coming up with informed best practices. Learn more about the remaining trainings here. Please contact Megan to register.
Virtual Wellness Summit: Resilience in 2020

Join Jewish Family Service of Delaware for their award-winning Wellness Summit. The 4th Wellness Summit, focusing on resilience, will be held virtually October 27-29. Participate and hear about important mental health topics such as coping with uncertainty, stress & self-care, suicide prevention during challenging times, and loneliness. In addition to these sessions from local professionals and community partners, participants will also have opportunities to join wellness activities such as yoga, pilates, and meditation; teen participants will also have a special opportunity to join a group discussion led by JFS licensed therapists. This event is completely FREE and open to all, but pre-registration is required.
NEW Blog Commentary
Operating Model Canvas
An exercise for organizing and assessing your
value delivery system

In a past webinar we reviewed the Business Model Canvas which addressed the nine building blocks of an early stage concept or strategy. The left-hand side of the canvas was about outlining the key activities, key resources, and key partnerships needed to deliver your value proposition to your identified client segments. The Operating Model Canvas brings more structure by forcing you to outline and think through operations in terms of your relationship with suppliers, locations, information systems, management systems, your organization of people, and how all of this contributes or detracts from your process for building and delivering your agency’s program or service. Operatingmodelcanvas.com does a great job of outlining all of this, and we have conjoined the business model canvas and the operating model canvas for easier canvassing and thinking. Read the rest of the blog here.

Risk Factors & Competitive Landscape
Wednesday, November 4th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
Assessing and planning around factors that can derail agency efforts; understanding better partner alignments or misalignments, bargaining power with clients, and threats of other solutions and competing interests.
VISION 2020 – Poverty Reduction 
NJHSA Pillar Best Practice Award Winner
Thursday, October 29th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
JF&CS Toronto is taking the lead in developing The Centre of Service and Program Excellence for Poverty, which seeks to promote and strengthen poverty-related programs, services, and their community of systems, through partnerships, utilizing emerging and evidence-informed practices, and knowledge exchange. This transformative journey has strengthened SFAP, placing it in a strong position to continue its much needed work of addressing poverty within Toronto’s Jewish community.

JDC-Israel Unlimited in Days of COVID 
Monday, November 2nd | 11am ET | REGISTER
Participate in this webinar to learn how people with disabilities in Israel are living through this period and what JDC-Israel is doing to improve their quality of life.

Post-Election Analysis: Implications for the Jewish Community
Friday, November 6th | 11am ET | REGISTER
Join CNN Analyst Bakari Sellers, JTA Washington Bureau Chief Ron Kampeas, other guest speakers and a team of Jewish communal experts offering insights into how the election will impact our public policy agenda.

JDC Israel-Tevet Webinar 
Monday, November 9th | 11am ET

**Non-Members are encouraged to contact Karen Rosen, Director of Membership,
to learn more about getting involved.**

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.
U.S. Domestic Violence Needs Assessment

Domestic violence. Gun violence. Sexual assault. Family abuse. The statistics are staggering. Jewish Women International (JWI) has worked for decades to break the cycle of violence against women - from college campuses to faith communities to Capitol Hill. 

JWI is conducting a needs assessment of U.S. domestic violence providers to determine what gaps may exist in service provision. The results of the survey will be used as a road map to encourage funders to help ensure clients' increasing needs are met and to encourage cross-agency collaborations. Please complete the survey by October 31st. Learn more here. Kindly contact Darcy Hirsh with any questions.
Join JDAIM as a Local Partner

Building on the success of the annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, NJHSA has partnered with JFNA to bring you Jewish Disability Advocacy Month (JDAM) in February, a monthlong virtual educational and community-building experience culminating in a week of action and advocacy. The programming will be designed to fight societal stigma surrounding individuals with disabilities and promote opportunities for full inclusion in the Jewish community and beyond. JFNA needs your help! Key to JDAM’s success is support of local partner agencies like you. There is no cost to being a Local Partner and the event is free for participants. Learn more here.
Important Guidance Regarding New Diversity Training Executive Order

Last month, the White House issued an Executive Order (EO) on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping that may have a negative impact on racial and gender diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings for federal contractors and grantees.
Here is an in-depth piece by the National Council of Nonprofits for more analysis. NJHSA is working with other national partners on tracking implementation and response and will keep you posted with any developments. Learn more here.
Impact of the Money Follows the Person Medicaid Demonstration Program

JFNA is seeking information and stories about the impact of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Medicaid Demonstration program in the United States, which funds state programs that help older adults and people with disabilities make the move from living in a nursing home or other institution to living on their own in their own residence or in community-based settings. Through MFP (it may be called something else in your state), the program may provide access to a housing coordinator, funding to secure appropriate housing, basic furnishings, and more. The program, which has garnered strong bipartisan and bicameral support, requires reauthorization by Congress by December 11th to continue. Learn more here.
Join NJHSA at the Virtual GA 2020

The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies is featured prominently throughout the GA. Participate in this free virtual gathering. Learn more and register here.

Sunday, October 25th
  • Delivering Human Services Around the World: Federation/Agency Partnership Models | 1pm – 2:30pm ET

Monday, October 26th
  • Ingenuity, Innovation and Inspiration: Tools for Meeting the Needs of Holocaust Survivors | 11am – 12:30pm ET
  • Planning Ahead When We Can’t Know What’s Coming | 3:30pm – 5pm ET
  • Disability Support and Inclusion in the Age of Social Distancing | 3:30pm – 5pm ET
Facebook Yields to Survivors

Holocaust survivors have made history. In July of this year, the Claims Conference launched the #NoDenyingIt campaign, inviting survivors from around the world to post video messages to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to remove Holocaust denial and distortion from his platform. As of Monday, October 12, we are pleased to announce that Facebook has agreed to remove Holocaust denial and distortion posts. We applaud Facebook for taking this step and look forward to continuing working with them in educating about the Shoah as well as the dissemination of its lessons. Continue reading here.
claims conference
Claims Conference Negotiates with German Government; Significant Increases in Compensation
for Survivors

On October 14th the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference), announced the results of the organization’s most recent negotiations with the German Government on behalf of Holocaust survivors. The most recent negotiations resulted in two supplemental payments, each of 1,200 (approximately $1,400), for Jewish Nazi victims eligible for the Hardship fund. The payments will be made in each of the next two years for a total of €2,400 ($2,800) and the payments will become effective as of December 1, 2020. Learn more here.
Free & Fair: Our Duty to Democracy

Trying to navigate this unprecedented election season? Free&Fair: Our Duty to Democracy, a new initiative powered by Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah in partnership with ignite: action, is offering resources to help educate and prepare the Jewish community for the weeks and months ahead. Sign up here to receive their emails and access to their website.
Leading Even Better Virtual Meetings
Wednesday, October 28th | 2:00-3:30pm ET | REGISTER

Amy Born, Leading Edge Chief Strategy Officer, and her colleagues David Goott and Melissa Walters, will lead this interactive workshop on learning how to meet better. We hope you'll be able to bring new skills back to your organization to get more out of your meetings and out of your colleagues.
Participate in the First e-Summit of
European Jewish Leaders

The Network encourages member agency professionals and lay leaders to participate in the First e-Summit of European Jewish Leaders, a virtual conference. During the e-Summit, ECJC and JDC will offer the most innovative and relevant program, including plenary sessions, parallel sessions, group discussions, guided tours to European cities, presentation of innovative solutions, and supporting communities’ challenges. Learn more here.
Peer Discussion Groups - New sessions!

These programs are presented as part of Rise, an initiative of JPRO and JFNA to provide resources for professionals from Jewish organizations who are facing job losses or reductions. From mindfulness meditation to facilitated peer discussions – and a great deal in between – you’ll find experiences that empower the inner you, enabling you to shine.

If you've been laid off or furloughed from a Jewish organization, you're invited to take part in weekly peer-to-peer processing sessions, facilitated by an NJHSA licensed social worker with expertise in group work and a career counselor. Learn more here.
Dominion Foundation - Social Justice Grants Initiative

Intended to address the fundamental causes of systemic racism as it has taken root in American society, culture, education and economy. Deadline: Open. Learn more here.


Tuesday, October 27th
  • Development Professionals Affinity Call | 1pm ET
  • Emergency Financial Assistance & Case Management Professionals Affinity Call | 2pm ET
Wednesday, October 28th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat | 4pm ET
Wednesday, November 4th
  • CEO/COO Check-In Chat | 4pm ET
Thursday, November 5th
  • Clinical Service Professionals Affinity Call | 1pm ET
Tuesday, November 10th
  • Human Resource Professionals Affinity Call | 1pm ET
Wednesday, November 11th
  • Volunteer Professionals Affinity Call | 1:30pm ET
  • CEO/COO Check-In Chat | 4pm ET
Thursday, November 12th
  • Residential Service Providers Affinity 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.