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APRIL 2021 - II

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The 2021 Virtual NJHAS & NAJC Conference was a success!

The Network welcomed nearly 1800 attendees to this year's Conference.
Many thanks to the NJHSA Conference Committee, Board, speakers, attendees and sponsors.

Get ready for next year's conference at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center from Sunday, May 15 – Tuesday, May 17, 2022. Judy Halper, NJHSA's Board Chair & CEO at JFCS Minneapolis and her team look forward to welcoming us to their wonderful city.
New FCC Telehealth Funding for US Healthcare Providers Launching This Week

This program received $249.95 million under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of FY 2021 enacted in December 2020 to provide a second round of funding to healthcare providers. Last year, in its first round, the FCC distributed $200 million to more than 500 healthcare provider organizations – including some Jewish-affiliated hospitals, nursing homes, and family service agencies -- for telecommunications and information services, as well as connected devices needed to provide telehealth to patients at their homes, mobile locations, or remotely from within the healthcare facilities. Learn more here.
NJHSA Statement in Response to the Verdict to Convict Derek Chauvin 

April 21, 2021 – The verdict to convict Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd last year, is one step toward accountability and healing. This conviction will not bring George Floyd back to his family or community, nor does it erase the discrimination and trauma that communities of color experience daily. The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies has long been committed to fighting for justice, equity and equality for all, and we at this critical moment pledge to redouble our efforts to combat racism and injustice. Read the entire statement here.
FEMA Grants for US Agencies Supporting Migrants Funding Applications Open

FEMA rolled out one of two upcoming program funding opportunities. The first is relative to responding to the humanitarian border crisis along southern border states. The second, to follow, will support the continuing economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following information pertains to the first phase: ARPA, Humanitarian Relief. This opportunity may have a narrower application for our community, but please take the time to review for relevance.
Alexander Herzog Named Executive Director of JFS Clifton-Passaic

NJHSA welcomes Ozer Herzog to the Network! Before coming to Jewish Family Service of Clifton-Passaic, Alexander “Ozer” Herzog was the Chief of Social Work Service for the Veterans Administration Health Care System New Jersey. As a senior leader in the VA, Mr. Herzog regularly wrote and implemented medical center policies and procedures, as well as responded to Congressional and White House inquiries. After earning a BA in Psychology from Emory University, Mr. Herzog lived in Israel for six years where he completed an intensive 2-year study of Gestalt Therapy. He then returned to America to attend Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Learn more about Ozer here.
NJHSA Invites Applicants for Newly Established Positions
April 2021

NJHSA is expanding its staffing and is seeking applicants for the following newly established full-time positions:
  • VP, Workforce Development Services 
  • VP, Strategy & Partnerships 

Letters of interest and resumes should be directed to
Both positions are structured as remote.
Applications will be accepted through the close of business on April 30, 2021. Learn more here.
Serving Russian-Speaking Jewish Populations:
Learning from One Another & Working Together
May 6th | 2pm ET

NJHSA and JFNA invite you to take part in a conversation about working with Russian-speaking Jewish communities, to share your experiences and learn from best practices in the field, and to engage in a discussion on how we might work together to support each other.

Please join us and share one success story and one challenge your agency has experienced in your efforts to serve this population. 
Internal Inventory of Child/Adolescent/Young Adult Mental Health Services
May 6th | 3pm ET

Tricia Stern, LCSW, MPH developed and implemented a survey, on behalf of NJHSA to learn of programs and services provided by Network agencies that are designed to serve youth and young adults. Learn more here.
Exploring the Diversity of Orthodox Communities
Presented by the Working with Orthodox Communities Education Taskforce
May 11th | 1pm ET

The purpose of this workshop is to develop knowledge of the diversity of Orthodox communities.

Through a panel discussion with NJHSA professionals, we will explore the varied needs of Orthodox people we serve, in order to increase cultural competence.
Collective Compassion Workshop
May 20th | 3pm ET

Professional burnout is well documented and has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Often ‘self-care’ is recommended, however studies have shown that those suggestions are limited and not very effective.
Member Agency Sponsored Programs
RespectAbility is Recruiting Jewish Inclusion Fellows for the Summer

RespectAbility is looking for talented people with disabilities who are passionate about inclusion in the Jewish world and who want to work to make Jewish organizations and programming more inclusive and accessible to embrace the participation of Jews with disabilities, while mobilizing the power of the Jewish world around important policy issues for Jews and non-Jews with disabilities.
Our unique National Leadership Program is an internship and training program that places people with disabilities and their allies on the fast track to careers in both professional and lay leadership in the Jewish world and beyond. Learn more here.
Creating an Environment of Change
May 13th | 7pm ET

The Career Services Department at Jewish Family and Career Services of Atlanta is virtually presenting:

Learn how to position yourself for success!
• Gain tips to align yourself with your new career goals
• Discover strategies for shifting your personal brand
• Learn how to identify role models and virtual mentors
• Find creative networking strategies

JFCS Boston Expands Access to Mental Healthcare

Mental illness is one of many major challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. A difficult challenge in its own right, mental health struggles have ripple effects on families and communities, and particularly when individuals and families are struggling with financial instability. That’s why Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston partnered with McLean Hospital and Jewish Family and Children’s Service to offer Path to Well-being, an initiative that aims to make mental health care more widely available in the Greater Boston Jewish community. Learn more here.
JFSA Vancouver Announces The Kitchen and an Innovative Approach to Fundraising

Jewish Family Service Agency of Vancouver just announced a food centre called The Kitchen that will embrace food distribution, cooking, education as well as access to case managers, housing advocates, and outreach services as well. Take a tour of The Kitchen to your right!

JFSA Vancouver has also taken a whole new approach to their annual fundraising event, called Innovators Lunch. In past, they had a speaker on Innovation but this year registration is free as they hope for 2 things: that as many people will see the work they do and at the same time inspire donations. The whole experience is 15 minutes long. The goal is 600 attendees who also help JFSA access a matching gift. Learn more here.

View the NJHSA Calendar for a complete list of calls and webinars.

Visit the Calls & Webinars page in the Members Only section for registration links.

All presentations are recorded. Video and audio recordings as well as presentations and additional resources can be found on in the Resource Library in the Members Only section.
NJHSA Joins Mental Health Liaison Group

We are pleased to announce that NJHSA was recently accepted as an affiliate member of the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) the leading coalition of 60+ national organizations representing consumers, family members, mental health and addiction providers, advocates, payers and other stakeholders committed to strengthening Americans’ access to mental health and addiction care. As new members of this coalition, we look forward elevating our efforts to advance federal policies that support prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery services.
Tell Congress: Support Uyghur Refugees

The Chinese government is holding more than a million people in re-education and forced labor camps, and actively suppressing Uyghur and other minority religious practices and languages. There are credible reports of forced sterilization, all in an effort to eliminate the Uyghur people and other religious minorities in China. 
The Biden administration recently declared the Chinese government’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic and religious minority groups in China’s Xinjiang Province a genocide. Join HIAS here.
Refugees Lives are at Stake

The Biden administration signed a memo keeping the U.S.’s refugee admissions cap at its all-time low level of 15,000. The outrage from advocates like you was strong and swift, and the White House felt the pressure.
By last Friday evening REMOVE, the administration had walked back its earlier announcement, and indicated it will raise the refugee admissions ceiling by May 15. But we need to keep up the pressure. There are thousands of refugees in need of immediate resettlement, and families awaiting their long-delayed entry to the U.S. Act Now!
Help Advance Racial and Social Equity in Employment for People with Disabilities

The federal government is committed to ensuring that disability is a key element in advancing racial and social equity for all. And the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs and the Women's Bureau invite you to share your ideas for how we can promote equity in employment by joining a national online dialogue on advancing racial and social equity in employment for people with disabilities beginning April 12th. Learn more here.
Jewish Changemakers Fellowship Application Opens April 21st

The Jewish Changemakers Fellowship is a 3-week online global leadership development experience for Jewish leaders, 20-24 years old, looking for valuable career development, networking, and ​one of the best summers of their lives. Changemakers pays a $350 stipend for those who complete the program requirements (approx.12 hours/week). Two sessions offered: June 7-24 and July 12-29. After the summer, Fellows have access to ongoing leadership opportunities and professional mentoring. To learn more, check out the FAQ’s or email

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.
Want to post your available jobs on CareerHubs too? Learn more here.

Non-members may post positions for 60 days for a fee. Contact Megan Manelli for more information.
National Survey on US Government Funding

Local Jewish communal agencies – JFCS/JVS agencies, residential providers for persons with disabilities, day schools, JCCs, nursing homes and continuum of care facilities, housing entities, synagogues and other agencies – have all been significant recipients of public funding from federal, state, and local government sources. To help ensure stability and increased government funding for the services the national Jewish communal system champions and delivers, our colleagues at the JFNA Washington Office are asking for up-to-date data to demonstrate to Capitol Hill the benefit of such funding. Learn more.
Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community: A National Needs Assessment

JWI’s groundbreaking national needs assessment of domestic abuse in the Jewish community has found U.S. Jewish communities substantially lacking in supports for domestic violence survivors, as well as the professionals who serve them. Click here for the report.
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Nonprofit Youth Services Talent Management Summit
May 4-6, 2021
2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT
3 hours HRCI and SHRM - Free!

Nonprofits that work with America’s youth have unique talent management challenges that other employers may not. From hiring teens for summer programs to professionals equipped to work with youth who may have issues from trauma or other forms of adversity, youth services-oriented nonprofits need to approach talent with the necessary strategies that result in successful missions.
Join us for three hours of free virtual education presented over three days related to the needs of nonprofits that serve America’s youth. You can attend one or all the sessions. For more information or to register click here

Join NJHSA’s Member Agency ONLY affinity groups. There are more than 20 professional groups that meet over Zoom video conferencing where participants have the opportunity to connect, learn, share and support each other. Whether it be to resolve specific agency challenges or define larger Network projects, the affinity groups bring like professionals together on a regular basis.

Contact Lisa Loraine Smith, to learn more about the groups or visit the Affinity & Facebook Groups page in the Members Only section of the NJHSA website.
Morgan Stanley - Children's Mental Health Innovation Awards

This initiative aims to identify and fund mental healthcare solutions for children and young adults across the United States. We are looking for new or piloted projects from direct-service organizations that will help address the far-reaching challenge of stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health issues in children and young adults on a national or local level in the U.S. Projects must tackle specific issues and address unmet needs, with a goal of reducing stigma, increasing access to care, improving equity in mental health, enabling early identification/prevention or enhancing intervention, especially among disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Award max.:$100,000. Deadline: 2 July 2021. Learn more.
U.S. Bank - Work Grants

We provide grant support to programs and organizations that help small businesses thrive, allow people to succeed in the workforce, provide pathways to higher education, and gain greater financial literacy.
Deadline: Open. Contact: 866-366-7072. Learn more.
NCOA Grants for New Benefits Enrollment Centers

NCOA, through an ACL cooperative agreement, is seeking grant applications from organizations interested in becoming new Benefits Enrollment Centers (BECs). One year grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded to qualified organizations to provide person-centered benefits enrollment assistance to low-income Medicare beneficiaries.
NCOA is hosting two information sessions to provide guidance on applying for the BEC grant, and answer questions from potential applicants. Both events will be recorded.

Session 1:
May 6th | 2PM ET | REGISTER

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