NETWORK NEWS - August 2019
2020 NJHSA Annual Conference
The Fairmont Dallas Hotel | Dallas, TX | March 3-5
Request for Proposals

It’s a new decade! What are the trends and how is your agency responding to them? 

This year, at the 3rd Annual Conference, the Network envisions off ering a variety of workshops which showcase:
  • High impact solutions
  • Innovative practices and, 
  • Dynamic responses in

operational management, executive leadership, capacity building, development, advocacy, lay leadership, workforce initiatives , and programmatic best practices

Dig deep. 
Think about what our sector needs to know as we forge forward 
into the new decade . . .

The deadline for both proposals is Friday, September 27, 2019. 
Network Agencies Chosen to Participate in Intensive Incubation Program of NJHSA’s Jewish Poverty Challenge
 NJHSA recently announced that Jewish Family Service of Columbus, OH , Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, PA and a collaboration of Network member agencies from Michigan: Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit , JVS Human Services , and Yad Ezra , were chosen to participate in the Intensive Incubation Program of the NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge. Learn more here .
Funding to Address Social Isolation of Holocaust Survivors – Request for Proposals
NJHSA invites the participation of US based NJHSA member agencies in good standing to join in a collaborative response to a Request for Proposals issued by JFNA and its Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. The focus for this RFP is to provide for Innovations in Person-Centered, Trauma-informed Supportive Services for Holocaust Survivors with a program response utilizing technology to address social isolation. JFNA and its Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care is issuing this RFP as an initiative of its ongoing grant from the US Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging (ACL/AoA). Continue reading here .
Register by Friday, September 27th and take advantage of the early bird rate.
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Executives' Networking Forum
Responding to Change:
Spotlight on Financial Health & Sustainability
Arizona Biltmore | Phoenix
November 2nd-4th
Member agency executives and senior staff are invited to join the 2019 NJHSA Executives’ Networking Forum . The gathering is an opportunity for executive professional leadership to explore critical concerns affecting member agencies and to maximize opportunities for networking and peer learning. This year’s theme is Responding to Change: Spotlight on Financial Health and Sustainability . Executives of the Network will explore the significant changes impacting the Jewish human services sector.  Click here to book your hotel stay and view the tentative schedule .
Responding to New Administration Proposal on Discrimination in Health Care
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed extensive changes to the regulation implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act which would dramatically rollback protections against discrimination in health care and health insurance for vulnerable populations, particularly older adults and people with disabilities. Ultimately, these changes would lead to higher rates of uninsured adults and uncompensated care, negatively affecting safety net providers like our member agencies and undermining the health of the older adults and individuals with disabilities you serve. NJHSA submitted a formal comment to HHS opposing these proposals. We will update you with any developments.
Take Action with our Partners!
Source America: Protect Jobs for People with Disabilities & Veterans
A recent court decision and regulatory guidance regarding the “Rule of Two” could result in the loss of employment opportunities for veterans and other people with significant disabilities. Tell Your Senators to ACT NOW To Protect Jobs For People With Disabilities and Veterans! Please click here to take action .

National Association of Social Workers: Protect Child Migrants!
Urge your governor to take proactive steps to ensure the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of child migrants held in local detention facilities! Governors and state lawmakers in states where HHS and ORR facilities are located likely have the authority to order state oversight agencies to investigate these facilities. Social workers in these states are urged to contact their governors and state lawmakers to urge them to promptly follow up on reports of suspected child maltreatment at these facilities, including CPS and facility licensing agencies. Click here for a sample letter .  
Jewish Disability Advocacy Day
You are invited to join the Jewish Federations of North America and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism on Capitol Hill for the 10th Annual Jewish Disability Advocacy Day on Tuesday, February 4th
This is an important day of education and advocacy.
Registration opens September 5, 2019 . Contact Aaron Kaufman with questions and for sponsorship opportunities.
"May the dignity of your fellow be as dear to you as your own"
(Ethics of the Fathers 2:10)
Now is the Time to Do More to Fight Jewish Poverty
The number of people living in low-income Jewish households in New York has doubled over the past two decades. And many more Jewish families around the country say they are struggling to make ends meet. What can we do about it? Learn how the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation are tackling this question. Read the entire article in eJewish Philanthropy here .
The International Conference of AKIM Israel & Inclusion International - Belonging
November 24th & 25th
The David Intercontinental Hotel | Tel Aviv, Israel
You are invited to participate in The International Conference of AKIM Israel & Inclusion International co-sponsored by Israel Elwyn, an NJHSA Israeli member agency. The two-day conference will explore how to turn the Person-Centered Approach into public policy that supports people with intellectual disabilities. The principles of inclusion and the right to choose will guide the discussions. H.E. President Reuven (Rubi) Rivlin, the 10th President of the State of Israel, will honor the conference with his presence. Click here to register and learn more
Back-to-School and School-Based Outreach on Medicaid and CHIP
Before and during the school year, there are a variety of ways to let parents and caregivers know that their children and teens may be eligible for free or low-cost health insurance through the US Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). With health insurance, eligible children and teens can get the immunizations, check-ups, eye exams, dental visits and other care they may need to fully participate in classroom, after-school and summer activities. Schools are great partners to help reach and enroll families with children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP. 

The Insure Kids Now Campaign has outreach tools and materials to support school-based outreach efforts. Below are outreach materials specifically tailored for Back-to-School and other school-based outreach. The School-Based Outreach and Enrollment Toolkit can be found here . Tips and ideas, palm cards, posters, social media messages, sample newsletter articles and Public Service Announcements (PSAs) scripts can be found here .
Jewish Federation of Chicago Opens Fund for Asylum Seekers
The Jewish Federation of Chicago  has opened a Fund for Asylum Seekers as a communal response to the crisis at the nation’s southern border. The Jewish Federation Fund for Asylum Seekers was officially announced on Thursday, August 8, as part of a presentation by Jewish Family Service of San Diego Development Director Shana Hazan, who provided an eyewitness field report about conditions and operations along the nation's southern border affecting asylum seekers. She also shared information about the work of the San Diego Rapid Response Network, a group of organizations providing support services to immigrants arriving in the border region, which is run by JFS. Learn more here .
Monday, August 19th – 3pm ET 
  • Marketing & Communications Professionals Affinity Group Call – Crisis Communications
Wednesday, August 21st – 2pm ET
  • NJHSA Association Health Plan Updates with C&A Benefits
Monday, September 9th – 3:30pm ET
  • COO Affinity Group Call - Open Topic
Wednesday, September 11th
  • Joint Call – Disabilities & Workforce Development Professionals – Working with Individuals with Disabilities – EmployAble Program with JFCS Pittsburgh – 1pm ET 
  • Canadian Directors Call – 3pm ET 
Thursday, September 12th
  • Homecare Administrators Affinity Group Call – 1pm ET - Recruitment & Retention
  • NJHSA/The Gimbal Foundation Digital Marketing Campaign Contest – 2pm ET 
  • Advocacy Affinity Group Call – 3pm ET 

**Recorded calls and presentations can be found in the Members Only section in Calls & Webinars or the Resource Library, respectively. **
Affinity Groups are for designed for member agency professionals and lay leaders. Others interested are encouraged to contact Megan .
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.
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