June 26, 2020
Did You Know?

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in March and the subsequent wave of shutdown orders, NJHSA has provided 99 calls and webinars providing expert resources and support for 3,766 professionals and lay leaders to guide them through this crisis. Please encourage your colleagues and board members to join the NJHSA distribution list to receive invitations for ongoing COVID-19 offerings.
LGBTQ Awareness Month

Grab your rainbow, bi, lesbian, pan, ace, or any other flag of your preference and wave it with Pride! Every year, during the month of June, the LGBT community celebrates Pride Month through a variety of activities. Keshet , a Network partner, works for the full equality of all LGBTQ Jews and their families in Jewish life. Each week they will highlight a LGBTQ Jewish hero!

Michael Twitty is Jewish, Black, and gay, and this “makes my soul’s recipe unique and powerful.” The award-winning author of 2018’s The Cooking Gene, Michael gave a popular TED talk, wrote the viral Open Letter to Paula Deen in response to her racism, and organized the Southern Discomfort Tour, which focused on food security, culinary justice, and activism. “I’m about cultural awareness, the interconnectedness of human beings, about how Americans are more related than they think they are, and about knowing what oppression does to people generationally. If you say love wins over all – then do it, mean it, live it.” #KeshetLGBTQPride2020 #MichaelTwitty #LGBTQJewishHeroes 
NJHSA Center for Innovation and Research Announces Plans for Year Two of the NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge

To accommodate the rapid pace of service responses developed by NJHSA member agencies in a short amount of time and the critical need to innovate, the Network’s Center for Innovation and Research has modified the NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Having administered an Intensive Incubation Program in Year One with support provided to three member agency teams (JFS Columbus, JFCS of Greater Philadelphia and JFS Detroit, JVS Human Services Detroit and Yad Ezra), the Jewish Poverty Challenge will be restructured in Year Two to provide assistance to a much larger number of NJHSA member agencies. Learn more including how you can participate here .

COVID-19 Agency Highlights & Intro to Year Two of the
NJHSA Jewish Poverty Challenge
Wednesday, July 8th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
The Israel Trauma Coalition Webinar Series
Co-Sponsored By: The Israel Trauma Coalition & NJHSA

Coping with COVID Trauma: Helping our Helpers
Tuesday, June 30th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
Join Dr. Ruvie Rogel from The Israel Trauma Coalition. Dr. Rogel lectures, runs workshops and develops content and programs in the field of personal, community and national resilience for the public and private sectors. In this session we will discuss approaches to ensure the well-being and safety of care providers , we’ll develop tools for coping, prevention, identification and mitigation of burnout and compassion fatigue.
Coping with COVID Trauma: Practical Tools for the Clinicians
Tuesday, July 7th | 1pm ET | REGISTER

Coping with COVID Trauma: Supporting the Elderly
Tuesday, July 14th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
Jewish Changemakers Fellowship Offer Second Session

There has been tremendous interest in the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship , an online leadership experience for Jewish students and recent graduates starting on July 6th. Due to the high demand a second session will be offered August 3rd-21st. Registration for the second session is open now through June 28th. As a national partner, NJHSA encourages member agencies to promote this opportunity widely and consider creating a participant cohort of your own. Click here for details .
Cummings Centre Offers its Virtual Learning Library for Older Adults Affiliated with NJHSA

The Cummings Centre , an NJHSA member agency based in Montreal, operates a virtual learning library and platform for live events such as fitness and/or other speakers, which they have offered to extend to Network member agencies and their communities at no cost. Visit the library here . Once you, or your agency clients, register an access code will be received via email. The library is open to older adults in any country - including US, Canada and Israel.
Central Amazon Business Account Launches for PPE

Jewish Together, via JFNA, and Amazon Business are launched a new purchasing program. All agencies registered via JFNA/Jewish Together should make all Amazon purchases through this new, central Amazon Business account, which will provide access to a range of benefits, including:
  • Protected access to COVID-19 supplies;
  • Special invoicing and payment terms;
  • Additional flexibility on purchasing chains and bulk orders
  • Tax-exempt shopping for qualifying agencies
  • And more!
Please reserve time on your calendar for one of the two webinars listed below for an introduction to Amazon Business, as well as details about the COVID-19 protected supply portal. These webinars will be recorded, as well, for your convenience.·  

English for Advancement Program: A New Way of Delivering ESOL

Mobile Food Pantry

A Call to Action: Strategies for Jewish Human Service Agencies to Support and Strengthen Refugees and Asylum Seekers
English for Advancement Program: A New Way of Delivering ESOL
NJHSA Pillar Innovation Award Winner
Presented by JVS Boston
Tuesday, July 7th | 1pm ET | REGISTER

JVS Boston developed and implemented an innovative way of delivering and measuring adult education classes that moves English Language learners into the labor market. English for Advancement (EFA) differs from traditional adult education in almost every way possible: model, implementation, assessment, curriculum, staffing, metrics, financing, employer relationships, and outcomes measurement. This new approach aligns with what adult learners want and what employers need, with the added bonus of improving the economy by increasing the tax base. JVS Boston successfully used an innovative financing tool, Pay for Success, to implement this approach to adult education. This successful model can now serve as a pilot for embedding outcomes based contracting into core adult education funding and utilizing adult education to give students exactly what they want: increased access to the labor market.
Mobile Food Pantry
NJHSA Pillar Innovation Award Winner  
Presented by JFCS Mercer County
Wednesday, July 15th | 1pm ET | REGISTER

JFCS Mercer County has offered a "Healthy Choice" Kosher brick and mortar food pantry at their location on Alexander Road for the past twenty years, allowing economically disenfranchised, food insecure clients to shop and select their food. In 2018, JFCS expanded the reach of their food pantry by taking it "on the road" and creating Healthy@Home, a program for low-income, homebound seniors. Healthy@Home supplements hot Kosher meals delivered by volunteers to the homes of isolated, homebound, low-income seniors, with fresh produce, refrigerated fresh and frozen foods, and specialty food items based on dietary needs and allergies. Several of these clients had previously been food pantry clients and as they have aged in place, are now homebound. The program was developed in response to those survey comments that spoke of limited mobility to walk grocery aisles, carry bags up several flights of stairs, and an inability to prepare and cook foods.
A Call to Action: Strategies for Jewish Human Service Agencies to Support and Strengthen Refugees and Asylum Seekers
Wednesday, July 22nd | 1pm ET | REGISTER

The global refugee crisis is at an all time high. Public sentiment for refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers is polarized. And 2020-21 will, one way or another, present dramatic new opportunities for faith based agencies, like the members of our Network, to think globally while acting locally on this issue. Presenters will offer concrete strategies for our membership, as faith-based human service agencies, to
collaborate, mobilize and become engaged as leaders in their communities providing critical education, advocacy and service delivery.

Using the City of Dallas as an example, Rabbi Nancy Kasten, community educator, volunteer, activist and Co-Chair, Faith Forward Dallas will frame our conversation by sharing the ways in which the faith community of Dallas has come together to increase their impact as refugee advocates and as service providers. Rabbi Kasten will then facilitate a conversation to highlight the NJHSA response with Mark Hetfield, Elise Herzig, and Cathy Barker.

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.
The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives Offers Face Masks to Partners

The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at HHS is offering  face coverings widely that are available to faith and community partners in order to limit the spread of COVID-19 . The face coverings, produced and delivered in partnership with USPS and the National Council of Textile Organizations, are being made available to community-based organizations at no cost (and while supplies last). Please click here for information on the face coverings and how to order.
Caring from Afar: Family Resilience in COVID-19

International Jewish Human Service Responses to COVID-19 

When Sheltering in Place is Not Safe: The Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Victims

Israeli Intervention to Strengthen the Working Poor
Caring from Afar: Family Resilience in COVID-19
Presented by JDC- Ashalim  
Monday, June 29th | 1pm ET |  REGISTER

The COVID-10 pandemic has thrown vulnerable families into deeper distress, and has challenged our professionals who are responsible for ensuring a safety net of social services. JDC-Israel Ashalim and NHJSA are both innovating in real-time to address many of the same challenges facing families and children in poverty during the COVID-19 crisis. In this webinar, lead JDC-Israel Ashalim staff will share about our COVID-19 experience in a number of areas: from responses during Phase I, through learning/data collection in real-time to plan for the day after, to the re-opening process. The webinar will relate to the needs of both families and professionals, and how JDC-Ashalim is addressing these needs in our programs. Special focus will be given to the challenges of maintaining client relationships remotely, and successful practices employed in Israel and in North America.
International Jewish Human Service Responses to COVID-19 
Wednesday, July 15th | 11am ET |  SAVE THE DATE

Hear from representatives of Jewish human service agencies from the US, Canada, Israel and several European nations as they share their perspectives on providing community services while managing the complex and changing dynamic of COVID-19.
When Sheltering in Place is Not Safe: The Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Victims
Tuesday, July 21st | 4pm ET | REGISTER

This webinar will focus on domestic abuse victims and how COVID-19 has impacted them and their children. Sheltering in place has not been easy for victims of domestic abuse as their homes are not a safe place and the additional stressors of the pandemic have increased abuse and victimization. We will explore these issues and discuss how clinicians are impacted.
Israeli Intervention to Strengthen the Working Poor
Presented by Yedidut Toronto  
Thursday, July 23rd | 1pm ET | REGISTER

In this webinar, Headway ​ leadership and trainers will share their multidimensional model that fosters financial autonomy and healthy family dynamics in impoverished families. The webinar will present the working tools and training program for Headway case managers that have proven to address the needs of 1000s of families in Israel. For any questions, contact Gila Ashkenazy
Prioritize SNAP in the Next COVID-19 Relief Bill

Despite skyrocketing food insecurity around the country resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress has failed once again to make needed improvements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that will allow millions of families to put food on the table. We encourage you to join MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, in urging Congress to prioritize critical improvements to SNAP.  ACT NOW !
Nathan Cummings Fellowship Now Accepting Fellows

The Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship has opened. NCF Fellows are bold leaders with visionary ideas to create a more just, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. Each fellow will receive up to $150,000 and 18 months to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a reality. Learn about the Fellowship and apply .
Serve the Moment

Want to spend a summer putting your passions into action? The Jewish Service Alliance presents Serve the Moment . Serve the Moment Corps Members will spend 32 hours/week elevating their professional skills and accelerating their personal growth through virtual and in-person service with trusted partners. Serve the Moment Corps Members will volunteer while learning and reflecting with their peers through trainings led by national leaders in the field. There will be an intentional focus on social inequities, systemic injustices (racial, food, and education), and addressing urgent needs through meaningful service rooted in Jewish values. Apply today or nominate an individual in your community. Serve the Moment’s Summer Service Corps will take place from July 8th to August 7th.
Introduction to COA Webinars

Join the Council on Accreditation (COA) for a 30-minute overview of its process and standards. The webinars are helpful for organizations who are considering accreditation for the first time or for staff that are new to an accredited organization and want a brief overview. The upcoming dates for the free webinar are:
JPRO Online: In It Together
Peer Discussion Groups for Jewish Community Professionals Who Have Been Laid Off or Furloughed

Cultivate resilience and tend to your mental and emotional well being with weekly wellness programs presented by NJHSA, JPRO Network, and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. Jewish communities in the US and Canada are powered by 80,000 or so incredible people who are leading the way through this challenging and uncertain time. We’re not going to make it through on adrenaline alone so let’s be in it together, for the long haul, (however long the haul is). ALL those who consider themselves Jewish community professionals are encouraged to participate, regardless of your religion and your job title. Learn more here .

Tuesday, June 30th
  • Emergency Financial Assistance and Case Management Professionals Group Call | 2pm ET
Wednesday, July 1st
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am ET & 4pm ET
Wednesday, July 8th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am ET & 4pm ET
Monday, July 13th
  • COO Affinity Group Call | 3:30pm ET | REGISTER
Tuesday, July 14th 
  • Human Resource Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET
Wednesday, July 15th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am ET & 4pm ET
Thursday, July 16th
  • Clinical Service Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET
Monday, July 20th
  • Small Agency Executives Group Call | 1pm ET
Tuesday, July 21st
  • Development Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET
  • Older Adult Service Professionals Group Call | 2:30pm ET
Wednesday, July 22nd
  • CEO/COO Check In Chats | 11am ET & 4pm ET
Thursday, July 23rd
  • Emergency Financial Assistance & Case Management Professionals Group Call | 2pm ET
Wednesday, July 29th
  • Volunteer Professionals Group Call | 1:30pm ET
  • Programming and Educational Outreach Professionals Group Calls | 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.