October 9, 2020
Jewish Organizations Strive to Support Victims and Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence During COVID

Domestic violence. Gun violence. Sexual assault. Family abuse. The statistics are staggering. Jewish Women International (JWI) has worked for decades to break the cycle of violence against women - from college campuses to faith communities to Capitol Hill. 

Network Member Agencies are working to raise awareness surrounding domestic violence during the pandemic and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, this October. Shari Bloomberg, LCSW, Clinical Director, Domestic Violence Services at Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ wrote an op-ed published in the New Jersey Patch offering advice, "How To Help NJ Domestic Violence Victims In COVID-19 Era."

"When the initial call for a statewide, if not a nationwide shutdown occurred, it was a shock. It was inconceivable to think that agencies could be closed for weeks, if not longer. As difficult a thought as that was for Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ (JFS), that was the tip of the iceberg for many of our clients who were faced with an even greater challenge. While we were told to stay at home to be "safe", such an order would have the opposite effect on those experiencing domestic violence."
Kicking Off National Disability Employment
Awareness Month 2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to recognize the often overlooked talents that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. This is a year of milestone anniversaries for the disability community as we celebrate 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act and 75 years of NDEAM. This year's NDEAM theme, "increasing access and opportunity," reflects the impact of these two milestones.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy offers a range of resources to help employers and organizations plan NDEAM observances, including a poster; social media content; activity ideas for each day of the month; and sample articles, press release, and proclamation.
New US Federal Provider Relief Funding Now Available 
Including for Behavioral Health Providers

In a busy week last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $20 billion more in provider relief funding and another extension of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for 90 more days to run until January 21st. Doing so will permit the continuation of a number of important emergency authorities, such as the broad expansion of Medicare and Medicaid-covered telehealth.
Making Headway: Assisting Families in Financial Distress Due to COVID-19
October 22nd, 29th & November 5th | 11am ET


NJHSA and Yedidut Toronto are co-hosting a 3-session introduction to the Headway model for helping families in financial distress attain self-sufficiency. Since 2012, the program has shown great success, with 67% of families reducing the gap between their income and expenses, and 55% of families increasing their income by at least 20%. It has been adapted to address the needs of families that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. This training series will provide Headway methods, tools, and case studies that will enable you to assess how it can work for your team. You will gain a clear picture of how Headway helps families achieve financial stability while improving their family synergy. After completion of these three sessions, we are offering personal mentoring in how to integrate Headway into your organizational structure. The cost is $120. Learn more here.
Capital Needs/Capacity Funding Grant Opportunity Review Sessions

NJHSA, with generous funding support from a prominent national foundation, announced an opportunity for Network U.S. member agencies in good standing to apply for funding to support capacity building and/or capital purchases/improvement to address the needs of those struggling with issues of food insecurity related to the impact of COVID-19. Executives are welcome to invite whomever they feel is appropriate from their agency to attend. The call will be recorded and shared in the Network's Resource Library. Click here to learn more about the funding opportunity

Join the Network during one of two calls to discuss the Capital Needs/Capacity Funding Grant Opportunity Addressing Food Insecurity Related to COVID-19. 
  • Review the funding opportunity. 
  • Ask questions. 
Tuesday, October 13th | 11am ET | REGISTER
Monday, October 19th | 2pm ET | REGISTER
Celebrate the New Year with Network Colleagues!
 Thursday, October 15th | 5pm ET | REGISTER

NJHSA member agency executives and senior level staff are invited to "A BYO Gathering," an offering of the 2020 Executives' Networking Forum. So, put down the pen, let down your hair and plan to meet virtually on Thursday October 15th for 90 minutes of renewal and rejuvenation as we begin the new year of 5781 together. In lieu of our past Biltmore fireside chats, we will be hopping to various break out rooms, with our BYO goodies, to mingle, share laughs, learn more about each other, and have fun. Learn more and register here.

SAVE the Date

Closing Webinar: NJHSA Scenario Planning Process
Wednesday, October 28th | 1-3pm ET | REGISTER

This year’s NJHSA Executives’ Networking Forum was repurposed to a scenario planning process led by a group of CEO’s/COO’s representing the diverse agency membership of our Network.

Join us for the Closing Webinar to learn about the results of this process. Highlighting important opportunities to build on the collective strength of our Human Service Agencies, especially in uncertain times, is the most important outcome of our scenario planning process. Register and learn more here.
TeleMental Health Training Series 2.0
Managing Risk - Managing My Two Identities: Mental Health Expert and Zoom Expert

On Thursday, October 22nd at 3pm ET NJHSA will hold the third training offered in the TeleMental Health 2.0 Training Series - Managing Risk - Managing My Two Identities: Mental Health Expert and Zoom Expert. There is no question that mental health professionals want to provide the same standard of care virtually as they do during their face-to-face sessions.  This training will explore some of the unique challenges of a virtual platform, in terms of both the client and the clinician. . Learn more about the remaining trainings here. Please contact Megan to register.
NEW Blog Commentary
Opening Space for Social Innovations

In today’s world there is even more pressure on local communities to creatively tackle their own problems. While successes have been highlighted including social innovations like microfinance, we need to look at addressing the operational challenges of bringing about meaningful change in ways that community-based organizations can increasingly create more valuable social innovations with greater frequency. Continuing reading the blog 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?
Your Jewish Workplace in a Pandemic: Safety, Respect & Equity
Presented by Ta’amod | Hosted by the Human Resources Affinity Group
Tuesday, October 13th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
With the new COVID-19 virtual and in-office landscape, our workplaces have become more challenging to navigate. Ta’amod has been established as a national response to support Jewish communal organizations with this effort. Explore workplace culture and respect through a Jewish lens, discussing the values which guide the missions of NJHSA member agencies. Learn the identifying factors of safe, respectful workplace culture, warning signs, and barriers in different working environments. Discover and engage with skills and tools we can use to become active bystanders and bring this work into our professional environments and communal spaces to help our agencies and all who work or engage with them develop cultures of safety, respect, and equity.

Agency Experiences with HOSTING Virtual Events
Wednesday, October 14th | 4pm ET | REGISTER
Open to all NJHSA C-Suite professionals
Join your colleagues to discuss virtual events. Hear from a panel of peers who will share the decisions they made and the process they went through to determine how to plan and host a you delete virtual event. See which platforms were chosen and why. Learn about the pitfalls uncovered and what to try and avoid. 

A Security Briefing: Preparing for Election Season
Thursday, October 15th | 2pm ET | REGISTER
As we enter into the final weeks of the election season, we recognize the potential for a number of events that require us to prepare in new ways. What can Jewish institutions do to be ready? Join The Jewish Federations of North America, SCN (Secure Community Network), and national security and communication experts for a threat briefing and advice.

Advancing Digital Equity During a Pandemic 
Monday, October 19th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a sudden, massive need for trustworthy digital inclusion support, while at the same time making it impossible to use shared spaces to meet that need, such as face-to-face classes and public computer labs. We need to thoughtfully expand the digital inclusion field to meet this need. Join the call and learn what digital inclusion and equity are, and how we support practitioners.

Providing Mental Health Services Virtually
Tuesday, October 20th | 11am ET | REGISTER
ECJC and NJHSA invite you to the third transatlantic zoom session with the goal of sharing expertise and best practice from both sides of the Atlantic in delivering mental health services virtually. The transition to virtual service delivery for mental health services in response to COVID has revolutionized the manner in which this traditional “face to face service” is offered. Hear from two mental health professionals leading their Jewish communities through this transition. Topics to be covered will include the technical, legal, clinical and financial implications, as well as the impact on therapists and thoughts on how this transition has affected the stigma often associated with accessing care. ​You will have the chance of joining both sessions, and to have time to discuss challenges of your services with both speakers. 

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.

Wednesday, October 21st | 2:30pm ET
VISION 2020 – Focusing on the Ability: Creating Pathways to Employment for Individuals with Disabilities –
Every Agency Can Do It!

Thursday, October 22nd | 1:30pm ET
Broke: The Game. What Would You Do?
Hosted by the Jewish Funders Network, the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty & NJHSA

Wednesday, October 28th | 1pm ET
Closing Webinar for NJHSA Scenario Planning | An Offering of the 2020 Executives’ Networking Forum

Thursday, October 29th | 1pm ET
VISION 2020 – Poverty Reduction – NJHSA Pillar Best Practice Award Winner - JFCS Toronto
Jewish Communal Statement Denouncing White Supremacy

The Network signed on to Jewish Communal Statement Denouncing White Supremacy. Jews as a people have a long history of being singled out, stigmatized, and blamed without basis during times of societal crisis. The Jewish community is not alone in experiencing these stigma. In times of great fear, uncertainty and unrest, the demonization of the other has had the capacity to encourage extreme violence fueled by bigotry, racism, hatred and antisemitism. Knowing the perilous reality of incitement compels us to call on all people and particularly all leaders to reject white supremacy and right-wing extremism.
Less Than One Month Remaining for People to File for
Federal Stimulus Payments

October 15th marks the last day that individuals can file for their federal stimulus payments (officially known as Economic Impact Payments, or EIPs) of up to $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples for this tax year. We are encouraging state and local health and human service agencies and community leaders to launch a final outreach push to eligible individuals, especially to communities that have reported issues with receiving the payments.
Jewish Disability Advocacy Month - A Virtual Month Long Event

Jewish Disability Advocacy Month (JDAM), JFNA's premier disability event for the year will be transformed into a month-long virtual experience. During JDAM, JFNA will host a series of weekly online programs and networking sessions throughout February that will culminate in a week of advocacy programming. We will feature local programming on the Jewish Together website. We hope that you and your clients will participate in this amazing new endeavor. A critical component of JDAM will be collecting stories and testimonials from clients about how your agencies have helped clients achieve goals and maximum independence. Please begin to think of clients that have a good story to tell and send their stories to Aaron by October 16th.
October News from the National Affinity Group
on Jewish Poverty

The National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty's work to end Jewish poverty and address the many hardships this pandemic has caused is a marathon, not a sprint, so self-care is critical! Click here to learn about what the Jewish Funders Network has in store for October 2020 including a webinar presented by Dana Gold, COO of JFCS Pittsburgh, who has created a powerful new tool to raise awareness about poverty.
Upcoming COA Calls, Trainings & Webinars

Join the Council On Accreditation (COA) for their highly popular Intensive Accreditation Training (IAT) and Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) trainings, now available virtually. The COA Speaks Series: Overcoming Resistance and Fostering a Culture of Evaluation will cover program evaluation and continuous quality improvement, which are essential to effective human service delivery, but achieving staff buy-in and maintaining engagement in a continuous evaluation process can be a challenge. Due to continued strong interest, COA is again hosting their live virtual Introduction to COA webinars for organizations interested in accreditation. Learn more here.
Upcoming HIAS Events

Tuesday, October 13th | 12pm ET | REGISTER
One of the main pillars of HIAS’ work is to help our refugee clients work through the psychological distress they have experienced in order to settle into their new communities. Join HIAS in marking World Mental Health Day and learn more about how HIAS and their partners build community-based mental health programming for refugees, and how this work has evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, October 15th | 1pm ET | REGISTER
The future of refugee resettlement and asylum hinge on the positions of the leaders we elect in November, and HIAS is calling on all candidates from all political parties in all parts of the country to commit to welcoming refugees. During this “action call” you’ll hear stories from refugees and activists impacted by anti-refugee policies, and map out a plan for these last few weeks before the election.
Focus on COVID-19 & Dementia: Fall Webinar Series

The National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center (NADRC) is hosting a free webinar series on COVID-19 and dementia. Each webinar will focus on organizations that have pivoted their service delivery systems to continue serving and supporting people living with dementia and their caregivers during the pandemic.

Providing In-person Services and Supports to People Living with Dementia during COVID-19
Monday, October 19th | 2pm ET | REGISTER

Two providers will discuss how their organizations used innovative approaches to ensure people living with dementia continue to receive needed services through traditional means during COVID-19. Nevada Senior Services adult day center has remained open, providing services at two locations. Ventura County Area Agency on Aging adjusted home delivered meals to include all clients who live alone with dementia and those with intellectual disabilities and dementia. Learn more here.
Jews and Race: A “Fireside” Conversation with Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and Rabbi Jonah Pesner
Monday, October 19th | 7pm EDT | REGISTER

In partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Greater Boston and the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism, the Vilna Shul is proud to present a “fireside” type conversation between two long-time colleagues, friends and racial justice leaders that promises, as Rabbi Pesner states, to go into the “hard, agitational places for deeper learning.” Learn more here.
COVID-19 and its Impact on Food Access Organizations Survey

MAZON | A Jewish Response to Hunger and WhyHunger are working with the Duke University World Food Policy Center to survey food access organizations throughout the US and the changes they have had to make due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are focusing on looking at shifting priorities, and programs as well as shifting perceptions of the food system and what it will take to end hunger in the US. If your agency manages any type of food service please consider completing this survey.
GA 2020 Virtual

At this pivotal time for our community and communities everywhere, GA 2020 will bring our entire Jewish world together–from across backgrounds, political viewpoints and even continents–to enlighten, engage and inspire. Together, we’ll celebrate our accomplishments over these past tough months, examine our current challenges and work to ensure a strong, flourishing Jewish community. Today. Tomorrow. And for generations to come. Learn more here.

This year’s GA is comprised of two main plenaries: 
  • FederationTogether - October 25th - 7pm ET/4pm PT
  • JewishTogether - October 26th - 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT
Apply Now to be an Access to Power Fellow

The Access to Power Fellowship is a new virtual seven-month organizing fellowship for Jewish young adults with disabilities (ages 20-39). Open to both professional and volunteer organizers who live anywhere, with any kind of disability, the Access to Power Fellowship will support emerging Jewish organizers with disabilities to take their leadership to the next level through training and coaching. This opportunity is brought to you by JOIN for Justice in partnership with Sins Invalid, National Council on Independent Living, and Detroit Disability Power. Jews of color with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Please spread the word! Click here to learn moresign up for the info call on October 6th, and apply by November 6th.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Awards 2020

Three awards of $20,000 each will be awarded to nonprofit organizations, government agencies or universities responding to a community need with a program or project which focuses primarily on family/informal caregivers of adults with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Only agencies operating within the continental United States are eligible to apply. One award will be granted in each of these categories: (1) Creative Expression (2) Diverse/Multicultural Communities (3) Policy and Advocacy. Deadline: October 30, 2020. Learn more here.


Tuesday, October 13th
  • Disability Services Professionals Group Call | 3pm ET 
Wednesday, October 14th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat | 4pm ET
Thursday, October 15th
  • Homecare Administrators Group Call | 1pm ET
Tuesday, October 20th
  • CEO/COO Check In Chat – Preparing for the Outcome of the US Presidential Election | 3pm ET (usually held on Wednesdays at 4pm ET)
Wednesday, October 21st
  • Workforce Development Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET
Tuesday, October 27th
  • Development Professionals Group Call | 1pm ET
  • Emergency Financial Assistance & Case Management Professionals Group Call | 2pm ET
Wednesday, October 28th
  • 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.