August 28, 2020
Strengthening and Advancing the Jewish Human Service Sector

NJHSA is honored to share a column, written by board member Sandy Muskovitz Danto that was featured in E-Jewish Philanthropy on August 20th.
The Network is as strong as it is today, in many ways, because of the passion and dedication of its Board of Directors. Thank you Sandy for helping to put the Network on the map and thank you all for your active partnership and support as we work together each day to advance the Jewish human service sector. The Network is needed today more than ever!
Inspiration for Navigating COVID-19 

Over the past few months, COVID-19 has forced many challenges and changes to the forefront. Our ability to meet them depends on the strength of our community. In that spirit, COA reached out to NJHSA and their other Sponsoring Organizations to ask how we all have been navigating the pandemic. The result was a wealth of information, inspiration, and lessons learned. Read about it and Reuben's contributions here.  
NEW Blog Commentary – COVID-19 Forcing Your Organization to Revisit Everything

At Start Co. we work with startups, small businesses and nonprofit organizations by taking them through an entrepreneurial building process that reinforces and sharpens business and operational performance. Our process is rooted in the fundamentals of first and foremost delivering what the customer or client needs. In these rapidly shifting times all organizations including ours are forced to revisit everything in our operation; most importantly we all must revisit clients and service areas, conducting client discovery asking our clients or potential clients about four key areas critical to success. We all must do that now and immediately. Continuing reading 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. Learn more here.
Facing Our Future Together
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. 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. Please visit the Resource Library located in the Members Only section of the NJHSA website to access the recording and slides from Scenario Planning and Strategy: Facing our Future Together, (the first webinar in the series). Please contact Megan for assistance. Stay tuned for the next strategic conversation . . .
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.”

JFNA Webinar: Providing PCTI Care to Holocaust Survivors with Dementia with Steven Thorpe (Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care)
Thursday, September 24th | 2pm ET |SAVE THE DATE

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.
How Nonprofits Can Promote Mail Voting
Thursday, September 3rd | 3pm ET | REGISTER

This fall over 75% of voters will be eligible to receive a mail ballot? The practice of voting at home has surged in popularity in the last decade with several states. In states where a majority of voters have not voted by mail in the past or where laws have changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits have a role to play in educating and preparing voters to participate in the coming election. Join Nonprofit VOTE as they walk you through the process, discussing whether your state calls it voting by mail or absentee voting, requires an excuse, or will mail requests to all voters.
Time is Running Out to Complete the 2020 U.S. Census

Due to changes by the Administration, the 2020 U.S. Census will conclude on September 30th, a month earlier than expected. As of last week, only 64% of U.S. residents had completed the questionnaire. This low participation rate could have a significantly detrimental effect on key federal funding streams for our agencies and communities, as well as Congressional apportionment.

The Census is a once-in-a-decade chance to inform the allocation of nearly $700 billion for critical public services such as hospitals, schools, roads, and emergency response teams. Hard to count such populations such as older adults, individuals with disabilities, and children often those most in need of the services provided by these funds. With a month left, we are asking you to help engage your clients, staff, and community members to complete the Census at The ten questions take less than ten minutes!

Consider getting the word out by including Census messages on your email signature or enclosed with paystubs or food packages, and asking staff to make reminder announcements during Zoom or in-person meetings or program sessions. Your participation can make a big difference!
Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Holocaust Survivors Facing the End of Life - Examining the Past to Improve Present Care
Wednesday, September 9th | 1:30-4:30pm ET | REGISTER

Join MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care for a unique and powerful program for healthcare and community professionals about the impact of trauma on Holocaust survivors and the Second Generation. This three-part virtual program will include a guided tour of the core exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, live Holocaust survivor testimony from Ms. Toby Levy, and a didactic session by Clinical Psychologist Irit Felsen, Ph.D., who will discuss the impact of trauma on Holocaust survivors, transmission of trauma to Second Generation survivors, and the prevention of retraumatization at the end of life through delivery of trauma-informed care. Up to 3.0 CEUs are available for social workers attending this live program.
Sterling Volunteers Extends Free Basic Background Checks Offer

As we adapt to the ongoing challenges brought on by COVID-19, safety remains our number one priority. Volunteer background and identity verification is critical to maintaining safe environments during remote or in-person volunteer engagement amid the pandemic. We are excited to share that our trusted partner, Sterling Volunteers, is extending their FREE Basic background checks offering to help give organizations peace of mind, and keep people safe during COVID-19. Click here for more details: STERLING VOLUNTEERS COVID-19 OFFERING
“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.
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
USA Today Network - A Community Thrives

A Community Thrives is a program that invests in organizations involved in projects related to education, arts and culture, wellness and other positive local initiatives. Past grantees include $100,000 recipient Upward Intuition in Pensacola, Florida, for its plan to build a multipurpose community skateboarding plaza to combat crime and drug abuse. Atlanta nonprofit HeartBound was awarded a $50,000 grant last year to expand a program allowing children to read with their incarcerated parents during prison visitation.
Submissions for the 2020 A Community Thrives program are open from August 18, 2020 through September 11, 2020. Deadline: September 11, 2020. Learn more here.


Wednesday, September 2nd
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am & 4pm ET
Thursday, September 3rd
  • Residential Providers Group Call | 3pm ET
Wednesday, September 9th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat | 4pm 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
  • 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
Wednesday, September 23rd
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat | 4pm ET
Thursday, September 24th
  • Clinical Service 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.