September 11, 2020
September is National Recovery Month

For 31 years, this month has been set aside to celebrate new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. This year's theme focuses on celebrating connections, especially during these pandemic times when we all need connection more than ever. Join in the celebration and check out the full schedule of virtual events here. Access resources and learn more from Network member agency the Jewish Addiction Awareness Network (JAAN).
NJHSA Joins National Nonprofit Racial Justice Statement

NJHSA and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee would like to thank Darcy Hirsh, NJHSA’s Washington Representative, who served as a member of the planning committee that drafted this National Nonprofit Racial Justice Statement. NJHSA is proud to be both a co-developer of and, a signer of, this Statement, along with 33 other national non-profit associations and organizations. Our committee and member agencies can use this Statement as we move forward with our own advocacy efforts and other actionable policy items. In the coming days, we will be sharing the Statement publicly and will consider it as a grounding framework for our collective efforts to address racial injustices.
Chimes Israel Joins the Network

Please join the Network in welcoming Chimes Israel as a new member. Chimes Israel's goal is to help people with disabilities use their own abilities and skills to lead a life of dignity, independence and community participation. The organization’s mission is to do all they can to improve the quality of life of people with special needs from every community, every day, through providing cutting edge professional services delivered by a well-trained and supervised, caring staff.
Bet Tzedek Joins the Network

Welcome Bet Tzedek to the Network. Bet Tzedek is a non-profit law firm that provides free, comprehensive legal assistance and representation, volunteer and court-based self-help services, and legal education to more than 40,000 people each year. Bet Tzedek’s services keep families in their homes; secure care for those with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities; protect seniors from abuse and real estate fraud; ensure access to safe housing and legal wages; and obtain guardianships for children to stay in safe, stable homes.
JCS Baltimore
Addiction During Restriction - Families Navigating Recovery in the Time of COVID-19
September 15th |7pm ET

JCS Baltimore
The Stoop Storytelling Series
September 22nd
More Than 60 Professionals Participate in NJHSA's TeleMental Health Training Series 2.0

More than 60 member agency professionals from across the Network participated in the TeleMental Health 2.0 Training Series yesterday. One and a half continuing education credit hours were made available for social workers during Unlocking the Mysteries of Telehealth: Back to the Basics of Building a HIPAA Compliant Foundation. During the training participants learned:
  • What their agency needs to have on file as far as policies and procedures, guidelines, contracts, etc.
  • How to make an informed decision when choosing a Telehealth platform that meets their agency needs and budget.
  • About the logistics of virtual therapy, from the first contact with the client through all subsequent phases of the therapeutic process.
NEW Blog Commentary – Social Envelope

Back in 2014 StartCo. began exploring the state of the digital divide in Memphis, and in that research, they came across a book called Beyond Technology’s Promise, by Joseph Giacquinta. This book used a term called The Social Envelope which describes the social set of expectations that surround a child and a computer. The book discusses the lack of or incorrect social expectations surrounding our youth and the use of technology. It provides solutions in terms of an approach to changing these expectations to better enable youth to use technology to build their lives socially, educationally, and professionally. Continuie reading here.

Wednesday, October 14th | 1pm ET
Are your pre-COVID-19 solutions still relevant and do you need new ones which could involve new technologies and client tools, efficiency models, partner and funding strategies, etc?

Assessing the Value Delivery System (webinar #2) was presented on Wednesday, September 2nd. View the presentation hereWatch the presentation here.
Transportation Programs: Operating During COVID-19
Wednesday, September 16th | 2:15pm ET | REGISTER
Join Network members as we discuss operating transportation programs. Many NJHSA agencies provide some type of transportation service for active seniors who no longer drive. Share and learn from colleagues as we discuss the successes and challenges navigating through COVID-19. Jo Ann Arnowitz, Executive Vice President of Programs & Grants at Goodman JFS Broward County will help guide the discussion.

Your Jewish Workplace in a Pandemic: Safety, Respect & Equity | Presented by Ta’amod | Hosted by the Human Resources Affinity Group  
Thursday, September 17th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
Since the rise of the #MeToo movement, research and investigative reporting have shown that there is much to be done to eliminate this painful reality in the Jewish communal world. With the new COVID-19 virtual and in-office landscape, our workplaces have become more challenging to navigate. The holistic approach to response and prevention is to proactively create safe, respectful workplace culture in our agencies. Learn more here.

Helping Parents Understand How to Support Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Wednesday, September 23rd | 1pm ET | REGISTER
Join Dr. Dan Shapiro, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, to discuss how professional staff can help parents support their children during the COVID pandemic. Dr. Dan will briefly review effects of the pandemic on children then provide a specific cognitive-behavioral therapy approach for working with parents and children during this challenging time. In the end, the pandemic can be seen as an opportunity for families to learn and practice collaborative problem-solving skills. As Dr. Dan says, “A pandemic is a terrible thing to waste.”

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.
How Telehealth is Transforming Care for the
Most Vulnerable In Our Communities,
But Is It Here to Stay?
Wednesday, September 16th | 12pm EST | REGISTER

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, Jewish human service agencies and nursing homes around the country rapidly pivoted to providing care through telehealth. Join JFNA's Strategic Health Resource Center to hear how this transformation is impacting how we care for the people in our communities, and what policy changes are being considered to ensure its continuation beyond the current crisis. Learn more here.
HHS Has Again Extended Its Deadline for Applications for Provider Relief Funds for ALL Eligible Providers

We strongly encourage you to apply. Applications are being submitted through a single portal, entitled Provider Relief Fund Phase 2 General Distribution, for all eligible providers. If your agency billed Medicare fee-for-service in 2019 and received ANY relief monies, but you have not yet received 2% of patient care revenue, we encourage you to call the CARES Provider Relief line at (866) 569-3522 to check your application status, and to reapply to the Phase 2 Portal now. All providers must apply by Sunday, September 13th, including providers who previously submitted an application to the Medicare portal but have not yet received 2% of revenues from patient care. Contact Elizabeth Cullen with questions.
JFNA Announced Human Services Fund

JFNA recently announced the public launch of a North American Human Services Relief Fund. The premise of the Fund is to support human service needs in local Jewish communities which have increased, and are expected to continue to increase over the coming months, as a result of the lasting impact of COVID-19.  This matching fund, which was made possible in partnership with seven Jewish foundations, offers an $18 million match to the North American Jewish Federation system, which can be accessed on a 1:2 basis, creating a $54 million increase for Jewish human service agencies and programs serving primarily Jewish community members. Learn more here. Please contact Reuben Rotman with questions.
High Holiday Resources

The pandemic can change, but it can't stop our calendar. There’s a rhythm to Jewish life. The Jewish holidays offer the kickoff and the year’s peak spiritual experience. The rituals — the rabbi’s sermon, apples and honey, community — are ingrained in many of us. And this year, of course, will be different. Jewish Together is here to help you make the most of the High Holidays, despite our distancing. Spend the Jewish month of Elul preparing for reflection. Make Yom Kippur meaningful from your living room. Build a sukkah, even on your tiny balcony or in your postage-stamp backyard, because it’s the original socially-distanced holiday. Learn more here.
2020 Virtual GA: Come Together

This unprecedented time has inspired us all to look for new ways to gather, learn, and celebrate with our families and communities. Similarly, JFNA has worked to reimagine their annual gathering, the General Assembly, and they are pleased to share more information with you about this year’s first-ever virtual GA, which will take place October 25-27, 2020…online! JFNA is especially excited to invite you to join us the JEWISH TOGETHER plenary, which will take place on Monday, October 26th at 1:30 pm ET. Click here for more information, along with more details about the other events that are part of this virtual GA. Registration will open in mid-September. In the meantime, please direct questions to
FEMA on Financial Resilience Tools
Wednesday, September 16th | 1pm ET | REGISTER

Hear experts from the FDIC and CFPB give real-world examples of how to be more financially prepared for emergencies or disasters and share tools that can help individuals and communities increase economic resilience.
FDIC will focus on the financial preparation and disaster recovery information in their Money Smart for Adults curriculum, where you can find practical knowledge, skills-building opportunities, and resources. CFPB will feature its Start Small, Save Up initiative, which offers tips on building savings, including guides on starting an emergency savings account, saving at tax time, and opening a bank account. Learn more here.
COA Speaks: A Roundtable Discussion on Sustaining Telehealth & Remote Service Delivery
Thursday, September 17th | 1pm ET | REGISTER

The unprecedented public health crisis currently impacting our communities locally, nationally and globally, has required human service organizations to adapt significantly to safely meet the needs of their consumers. Join COA and providers from several accredited human service organizations across the nation for a candid discussion, as they share their experiences shifting to a virtual service delivery environment and highlight implications for sustaining remote services long-term.
Sustaining & Adapting Volunteer Engagement in
Our New Reality
Thursday, September 17th | 2pm ET | REGISTER

Facing change has been a challenging reality in 2020 – that’s why keeping volunteer engagement at the forefront can advance your organization through these challenges. Don’t miss out on this free webinar from our valued partner Sterling Volunteers on how you can adapt and engage volunteers safely and meaningfully to help achieve your mission. Beth Steinhorn, President of VQ Volunteer Strategies will provide useful tips on how to effectively manage change, explore issues to consider when restarting services, and share best practices in redesigning roles to address new needs to reconnect with volunteers through strategic communications.
Community-Based Strategies for Suicide Prevention Among Older Adults
Monday, September 28th | 2:00-3:30pm ET | REGISTER

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, join NCOA for a discussion of community-based strategies to support older adults in managing mental health. This webinar will discuss the prevalence of suicide among older adults as well as the unique risk factors present for an aging population both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers will highlight two community-based interventions, including one focused on training meal delivery providers in suicide first aid and another on implementing the evidence-based Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) in collaboration with clinical partners.
“Here for” - A New Community Resource for the Holidays

Here For is a free resource, created to help you and your community celebrate in a way that feels right to you. Think of this as a tool for organizing gatherings, (online or safely socially distanced) for your family, friends, neighbors, congregation… Here For has a collection of curated content - how tos, downloadable guides, even recipes to support you. Learn more here. #Herefor
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.


Tuesday, September 15th
  • Older Adult Services Group Call | 2:30pm ET
Wednesday, September 16th
  • Workforce Development Group Call | 1pm ET
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat | 4pm ET
Monday, September 21st
  • Small Agency Executives Group Call | 1pm ET
  • Lay Leaders Group Call | 1pm ET
Tuesday, September 22nd
  • IT Group Call | 3:30pm ET
  • Marketing & Communications Group Call – Managing & Marketing Virtual Events | 2pm ET
Wednesday, September 23rd
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat | 4pm ET
Thursday, September 24th
  • Clinical Services Group Call | 1pm ET
Wednesday, September 30th
  • Volunteer Group Call | 1:30pm ET
  • Community Programming & Educational Outreach Group Call | 3pm
  • 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.