November 20, 2020
National Family Caregivers Month

In Honor of National Family Caregivers Month: A Note on Caring for Older Adults with a History of Trauma
By Barbara Joyce Bedney, PhD, MSW, Director of Research and Evaluation, Center on Aging and Trauma, The Jewish Federations of North America
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time when we recognize the millions of Americans who are caring for loved ones with illnesses, disabilities, and other physical, cognitive, and mental health conditions. From helping with shopping and transportation to providing complex medical care in their own homes, these family caregivers are a vital component of the health and long-term care system and a critical resource sustaining our national economy. For older adults facing the devastating toll of social isolation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, they are also a lifeline to the outside world and source of hope for better days ahead. Continue reading here.
DEADLINE: Friday, December 18th

The Network hopes this conference will help to chart a direction for each attendee as well as help the Jewish human service sector continue its efforts to thrive in a virtual world while honoring our Network’s commitment to ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice throughout.

This year, NJHSA invites you to share your experiences in response to COVID-19, and are asking you to strongly consider what our sector should do, moving forward, as we continue to navigate the implications of the global pandemic. Learn more here and access the rfps.
Respectability Joins NJHSA

RespectAbility joined NJHSA! RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with employers, entertainment leaders, governors, policy makers, educators, self-advocates, non-profits, faith-based organizations, philanthropists and the media to fight stigmas and advance opportunities. Led by diverse people with disabilities and allies, RespectAbility knows that people with disabilities and their families have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else. Please join us in welcoming them.
Robin Mencher Joins JFCS East Bay as ED

Robin Mencher will join Jewish Family & Community Services of East Bay on December 14, 2020 as the new Executive Director. Robin comes to JFCS East Bay after a distinguished tenure at KQED Public Media, where she most recently served as Executive Director of KQED Education. There, she built an educational service around the impact outcomes of equity and access, media literacy, and youth civic engagement. Prior to that, Robin worked as a Program Director at the San Francisco Education Fund and as a high school teacher in San Lorenzo. Robin is a longtime member of the East Bay community and brings expertise in nonprofit management, partnership building, fundraising, and leadership development. 
NJHSA Partners with Galaxy Digital
Wednesday, December 9th | 11:30am ET | REGISTER

The Network is pleased to announce a new partnership with Get Connected by Galaxy Digital, a volunteer management software company that's created a powerful web-based tool to simplify volunteer management and boost volunteer engagement. Learn how you can Get Connected by Galaxy Digital. You'll discover more about the 15% across the board discount and the 25% discount once there are 20 members using Get Connected! Get Connected offers powerful features including Volunteer App, Hours Tracking, Scheduling, Event Management, Volunteer Check-In, and Groups & Teams. Sign up for a personalized group webinar presented by a volunteer management technology specialist from Galaxy Digital. See how other NJHSA partners are using Get Connected and how the system can help you save time and grow your program!
Funding to Address Social Isolation of Older 
Adults with Histories of Trauma
Request for Proposals
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Wednesday, December 2nd
Target Client Numbers Reduced

NJHSA invites the participation of NJHSA US member agencies in good standing to join in a collaborative response to a Request for Proposals issued by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and its Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. The focus for this Request for Proposals is for National Networks to provide for Innovations in Person-Centered, Trauma-informed Supportive Services for Older Adults with Histories of Trauma with a program response utilizing technology to address social isolation. The JFNA and its Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care is issuing this RFP as an initiative of its grant from the US Administration for Community Living (ACL). Learn more here.
Please note: Funding Opportunity for US NJHSA Member Agencies
Creating Calm In The Storm
We’re all going through a challenging time these days. This monthly drop-in group offers the opportunity to share our stressors and get tools and strategies to help us manage them in healthier ways. Group meets the third Thursday of each month via Zoom.
Jewish Mental Wellness Workshops

Workshop participants will explore different ways Judaism speaks to mental wellness, and learn how to identify and support those suffering from mental illness in their communities.

  1. Making Mental Wellness Part of Your Community’s Culture
  2. Recognizing When Someone Needs Help

Jewish Poverty Challenge - Year Two
Sometimes Upstream Interventions Are Needed

In some of the webinars Start Co has been presenting for the Network agencies and in our individual discussions with groups across the country; we have been discussing not just how to build new programs and services, but also other interventions that may better enable those programs and services. Sometimes it is hard to pull ourselves out of the day to day work and take a macro look at the social landscape we are building in. Continue reading Andre's latest blog here.

Listen to the November 4th webinar, Risk Factors & Competitive Landscape here.

Talking Scale | Wednesday, December 9th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
Examining methods for scaling and efficiencies in operations; train the trainer, technology, scaled operations, service model, partnerships, etc.
NJHSA encourages you to participate in the following programming.
First e-summit of European
Jewish Leaders
November 21st–23rd | REGISTER
Pathways to Parenthood 101
November 22nd | 8pm ET | REGISTER
Addressing Unemployment Related to COVID-19
November 30th
11am-12:30pm ET
Mental Health Conference 2020
December 6th-7th
JDC-Israel Unlimited in Days of COVID
December 8th | 12pm ET
Sponsored by the Disabilities Services Professionals Affinity Group

Learn how people with disabilities in Israel are living through COVID and what JDC-Israel is doing to improve their quality of life.
Practical Dementia Care
December 9th | 12pm ET
Core Employment & Training Program Skills
Presented by JDC Israel-Tevet
Sponsored by the Workforce Development Professionals Affinity Group
December 17th | 12pm ET
Discuss the core skills that JDC integrates into its broad range of employment and training programs which target those most in need of skill development. Learn more here.
**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
  2. Login. Please email Megan for logins. 
  3. Select the page Calls & Webinars for registration links or the Resource Library for materials.
Approved NJHSA North American Public Policy Agendas

The NJHSA Board of Directors approved the 2021 US and Canadian Public Policy Agendas earlier this week.

Marijuana Legalization Policy Resources

This past Election Day, voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota approved measures to regulate cannabis for adult recreational use, bringing the total to 15 states and 3 territories, while 34 states and two territories allow medical marijuana. Visit the sites below for state-by-state regulations and federal guidance.

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.
Introducing JFNA's Center on Aging and Trauma

As JFNA proudly advances care for Holocaust survivors through their Holocaust Survivor Initiative, they are also excited to announce the JFNA Center on Aging and Trauma! A new grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living builds on the lessons learned from serving Holocaust survivors to develop innovations in person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) care for Holocaust survivors and other populations with a history of trauma and their family caregivers as well. JFNA's site,, offers resources on the PCTI approach, including summaries of JFNA-funded programs, inspiring blog posts from subgrantees, publications, webinars, and brand new infographics. Learn more here.
Food Insecurity Campaign

From November 12th-30th, @ServetheMoment will mobilize Jewish young adults and college students (ages 18-29) to complete acts of service and learning targeted towards combating the food insecurity crisis exacerbated by COVID-19. The US is facing the most severe food insecurity crisis since the Great Depression. Food insecurity has increased by 70% since the start of the pandemic, with Black, Latinx, and Indigenous families disproportionately affected by both food insecurity and COVID-19. Join @RepairtheWorld and the #JewishServiceAlliance to #ServetheMoment through volunteering with organizations providing critical assistance this fall. This month, join us to #VolunteerVirtually, serve in person following CDC guidelines, learn about food insecurity, and mobilize our communities to join us:
Applications for the Jewish Service Corps Are Open

As the pandemic exacerbates the many injustices in our country, we know that the work of our placements is incredibly urgent, and that the demand for their services has only increased during Covid-19. Similarly, we know that right now, many young people are facing an uncertain job market and the question of how they can jumpstart meaningful careers, plug into justice work, and find community during times of isolation. Click here to learn more about joining the Jewish Service Corps.
Jewish Communal Women's Leadership Project

With 75% of Jewish organizations scheduled to be looking for new top leadership in the next five years as baby boomer CEOs retire, JWI’s Jewish Communal Women’s Leadership Project is clearing the path for women to ascend to these executive positions. A select group of senior-level women seeking C-suite positions piloted the project in fall 2019; in 2020, JWI is taking the project national. Learn more here.
Days of Gratitude

NJHSA is partnering with Days of Gratitude to help us lift our blessings and build our resilience in the face of the pandemic and current challenges.
Days of Gratitude is a free, six-month-long journey to notice — and give gratitude for — the unnoticed blessings in our lives, increasing resilience and hope at a time when we need them most.

Every month between December 2020 and April 2021, you will receive a set of activities, prompts, and inspiration to guide you through a three-day gratitude journey, helping you notice and celebrate the blessings in your life.
Days of Gratitude will culminate in May with a worldwide celebration of gratitude, in the seven days leading up to Shavuot. Join the global gratitude journey and explore Days of Gratitude activities. Sign up to join Days of Gratitude today.
Walmart - Community Grants

These local grants are designed to address the unique needs of the communities where Walmart operates. They include a variety of organizations, such as animal shelters, elder services and community clean-up projects. Deadline: Open. Learn more information here.
AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program (FGP)
Expansion Sponsor Competition

The AmeriCorps Seniors program is committed, in this grant competition, to focus on programs that actively engage in removing structural racial inequities, advancing racial equality, and increasing opportunity in order to achieve sustainable change in communities. AmeriCorps Seniors encourages grant applications to include work plans that advance justice and equality in areas such as education. Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Learn more here.
Connected Care Pilot Program

The Connected Care Pilot Program will provide up to $100 million from the Universal Service Fund (USF) over a three-year period to selected applicants to support the provision of connected care services. The Commission adopted final rules for the Connected Care Pilot Program on April 2, 2020 (see FCC 20-44). The Pilot Program will provide funding for selected pilot projects to cover 85% of the eligible costs of broadband connectivity, network equipment, and information services necessary to provide connected care services to the intended patient population. The Pilot Program will not fund end-user devices or medical equipment. Deadline: December 7th. Learn more here.


Monday, November 23rd
  • Small Agency Executives’ Call | 1pm ET
Tuesday, November 24th
  • Development Professionals Call | 1pm ET
Wednesday, November 25th
  • CEO/COO Check-In Chat | 4pm ET
Wednesday, December 2nd
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat | 4pm ET
Tuesday, December 8th
  • Emergency Financial Assistance & Case Management Professionals Call | 2pm ET
  • Disabilities Services Professionals Call | 3pm ET
Wednesday, December 9th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat | 4pm ET
Thursday, December 10th
  • Holocaust Survivor Services Professionals Call | 2:30pm ET
Monday, December 14th
  • COO Call | 3:30pm ET
Tuesday, December 15th
  • IT Professionals Call | 3:30pm ET
Wednesday, December 16th
  • Workforce Development Professionals Call | 1pm ET
  • Food Pantry Professionals Call | 3pm ET
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat | 4pm 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.