NETWORK NEWS - April 2019
April - National Volunteer Month
April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that volunteers do year-round. During National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), organizations across the country will recognize their volunteers for helping them achieve their mission.
2019 Annual Conference Update
The 2019 Network Annual Conference was successful and the Network Board, Staff and Conference Committees are grateful to the staff and volunteers at Jewish Family & Career Services of Atlanta for their help and hospitality. Many thanks to the attendees and sponsors for their participation and enthusiasm.

Please take a moment to fill out the  2019 Annual Conference Evaluation Survey if you attended the Conference and haven't already done so. Your feedback is encouraged and essential to our conference planning and continued success. Check out the photos we posted on  Facebook  and share your comments and photos there too! Don't forget to reference the  Mobile App  (also available on the NJHSA website ) for Conference session presentations and continuing education credit evaluation forms.
Jewish Poverty Challenge Launches
The Network, in conjunction with Start Co., launched the Jewish Poverty Challenge at the 2019 Annual Conference, in an effort to help member agencies rethink how they approach the issue of Jewish poverty. The goal is to teach members how to use tools of entrepreneurship to advance their social enterprises, ultimately making this a part of the day to day and identifying new solutions to poverty and ways to be more impactful in efforts to help people get and stay out of poverty. Watch the video here . Learn more here . Phase II of the Challenge will be released shortly. Stay tuned for exciting details.
Network Co-Sponsored Initiatives and Programs
Keshet Leadership Project
Join the Network and our partner, Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, for an informational webinar about the Keshet Leadership Project. By taking part in the Keshet Leadership Project, your agency will learn how to evaluate current programs, policies, and culture, and identify areas for growth in LGBTQ inclusion. Learn more here and on the April 15th webinar .
The Covenant Foundation's JFS Seattle Project Kavod Jewish Education Initiative
In an effort to engage in meaningful dialogue with US and Canadian NJHSA member agencies who are interested in adapting the successful JFS Seattle Project Kavod Jewish Education Initiative for their agency/community, the Covenant Foundation is convening a one-day consultation on June 12th in New York City. The names of your confirmed agency representatives should be sent to Elisa Hirsch by the close of business on Monday, April 15th .
Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Support Important Programs
ACTION ALERT: Nonprofit Security Grant Program, Older Americans Act & Holocaust Education and Survivor Assistance
We encourage you to contact your Senators and urge them to support funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program and the Older Americans Act and to contact your Representatives and urge them to cosponsor the Never Again (Holocaust) Education Act. Learn more here .
The Volunteer Perspective
Each year, Verified Volunteers reports on the volunteer and nonprofit industry, asking the people who run volunteer programs about their operations and the challenges they face — particularly in regard to volunteer onboarding and background checks. This year, Verified Volunteers turned the focus to volunteers themselves, offering the people who give their time an opportunity to share their perspective. Download the full report , "The Volunteer Perspective - Industry Insights 2019." Please consider participating in the NJHSA Volunteer Professionals Affinity Group . Email Lisa for details.
Findings of a National Study of Jewish Grandparents Explored at the 2019 NJHSA Conference
The Jewish Grandparents Network (JGN) embarked on the first national study of Jewish grandparents in November, in partnership with 17 national organizations and Jewish Federations. They presented their findings at the 2019 NJHSA Annual Conference. The fact that the study’s launch ended up being one of eJewish Philanthropy’s top 10 most popular posts of 2018 shows today’s Jewish grandparents are committed to their roles and excited that the Jewish community is interested in them. Learn more in " Who’s Your Bubbe Now? Some Surprising Findings from the 1st National Study of Jewish Grandparents ," published in eJP on March 25th.
Follow Up - National Convening on Jewish Poverty Videos
Videos from the National Convening on Jewish Poverty are now live! Please find links to videos of the Keynote Panel and Bright Spot Talks:

Mental Illness 101 Webinar Series 
With rising rates of youth and young adults reporting symptoms indicative of mental health disorders, it should come as no surprise that faith communities and community leaders are contending with the reality of mental illness in their congregations and neighborhoods. In fact, one in five people in the general population experience some form of mental illness each year. In light of this reality, the HHS Partnership Center is hosting the Mental Illness 101 Webinar Series aimed at educating, equipping, and engaging communities on this often unspoken epidemic. The first webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th - 12pm ET . Learn more here .
2019 Health & Long-Term Care Summit
Celebrating Health Innovation & Anticipating Challenges in a Turbulent Time
Washington, DC | May 7th-8th
During the two-day Summit, you can expect to walk away with a stronger base of knowledge in the following areas: 
  • A deep understanding of key legislative and administrative proposals that will impact Jewish communal providers and the consumers that they serve
  • A keen sense of how you, as a leader, can position your community to capitalize on fundamental changes to the healthcare landscape such as emerging social determinants of health and accountable care organizations 
  • A focus on public sector health funding opportunities for Jewish communal agencies
JPRO19 | What Connect Us  | Detroit, MI | August 12th-14th
JPRO19 is the seminal conference for hundreds of Jewish communal professionals from across North America to connect and reimagine what thriving Jewish institutions will look like, who will lead them, and what impact they will collectively have on the world in the 21st century. Here is some of what you will experience at JPRO19:
  • Valuable and enduring connections;
  • Powerful content drawing from Detroit’s rich local context and philanthropic leaders across the nation;
  • Targeted skill-building to help hone individual and collective leadership;
  • Restorative spaces for learning and reflection; 
  • Participant-driven discussions and workshops.
Register early for best pricing. Special rates available for groups and local delegations.
NJHSA is a proud sponsor of JPRO19.
Monday, April 15th 
  • Keshet Leadership Project - Information Webinar
  • Marketing and Communications Affinity Group Call 
Tuesday, April 16th – 1pm ET
  • Signature Back Office – Complete Provider of Back Office Solutions
Tuesday, April 16th – 3:30pm EST 
  • IT Professionals Affinity Group Call
Wednesday, April 17th – 4pm ET
  • Disabilities Professionals Affinity Group Call 
Monday, April 29th – 3:30pm ET
  • COO Affinity Group Call – Staff Recruitment & Retention
Tuesday, April 30th - 1pm ET
  • Bridging the Gap Between HIPAA and Technology

**Recorded calls and presentations can be found in the Members Only section in Calls & Webinars or the Resource Library, respectively. **
Learning Disabilities Foundation of America
Funds are granted for charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes for the identification, ongoing evaluation, education of and services for children and adults with learning disabilities. Examples of project areas that fall within this philosophy: Innovative research into the causes, prevention and/or alleviation of learning disabilities. Distinctive public awareness programs to advance public understanding of the needs of persons with learning disabilities. Application deadline: April 15, 2019 . Learn more here .
Strengthening Systems of Care for People Living with HIV and Opioid Use Disorder
(HRSA-19-038 HHS/HRS)
The goal of this initiative is to strengthen system-level coordination and networks of care between the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients and other federal, state and local entities funded to respond to the opioid epidemic to ensure people living with HIV and opioid use disorder have access to behavioral health care, treatment, and recovery services.  Applications Deadline: April 16, 2019. Learn more here .
Member Highlights
Interested in featuring your agency in the April edition of MEMBER HIGHLIGHTS?