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This year, NJHSA invites you to share your experiences in response to COVID-19, and are asking you to strongly consider what our sector should do, moving forward, as we continue to navigate the implications of the global pandemic. We aim to chart a direction for each attendee as well as help the Jewish human service sector continue its efforts to thrive in a virtual world

Should We Further Define Case Management
Poverty Challenge - Year Two

We are all in the business of advancing our communities and doing it by means of targeting the most underserved populations who are dealing with challenges we will never truly know. We provide a variety of services addressing food insecurity, financial assistance, mental health, education and workforce, advocacy, and connection to resources that are too many to name. The case manager sits right in the middle dealing with all of this, doing a job that is rewarding but never truly appreciated fully.  
2021 Leading Edge Employee Experience Survey 

NJHSA is excited to invite North American agencies to participate in the 2021 Leading Edge Employee Experience Survey, which will be offered at the end of April 2021.

The purpose of the survey is to give you insight into your employees' experiences at work, and to provide you with information and tools to help your agency become an even better place to work. The survey focuses on a wide range of topics including employee experience with their teams, leadership, and internal communication, among others. You will receive access to detailed reports that fully protect the confidentiality of your employees while revealing important themes about your workplace culture.
2021 NJHSA Board Nominations

The NJHSA Nominating Committee is excited to announce the launch of the nominating process to identify potential candidates for the 2021 Board of Directors of the NJHSA.The Network's Board of Directors consists of thought leaders, advocates and others who are devoted to working together to advance the Jewish human service sector. Terms will begin in May 2021 and elected candidates will be asked to serve three-year terms. 

Business & Service Model
January 6th | 1pm ET

Join Start Co. for the sixth webinar in this series, Business and Service Model. Discuss mapping your service delivery map, client relationship management plans, onboarding, and efforts to engage funders and resource providers.

Please welcome JARC FL as our newest member! JARC Florida provides programs and services to educate and empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their vision is to remove barriers to independence so that each person with intellectual and developmental disabilities is better able to reach his or her potential. The Network is thrilled to have you as a new member. 

View the NJHSA December 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.
Jewish Disability Advocacy Month

This February, we come together for a month-long virtual experience to fight the stigma around people with disabilities. The month will culminate in a week of action and advocacy. Will you be there? Learn more at: #JDAM #JewishTogether..
Potential Earmark Opportunity: 117th Congress  

It is likely that the House of Representatives will reinstate earmarks (member directed spending) for fiscal year 2022. It has been 10 years since earmarks were permitted in Congress, however prior to that time Jewish agencies benefitted significantly from this program. There may be future funding opportunities in the new Congress. Learn more here.
Grant Application Announcement
Emergency Food & Shelter Program 

EFSP: Next Funding Phase Soon
Last month, our JFNA colleagues indicated that the FY 2020 Phase 38 Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) grant opportunity would commence on or about November 18th. The National Board will now officially announce this allocations ($125M total) to qualifying counties and cities the week of December 14. Read more here.

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.
Shifra Shabbat 5781
January 8th-9th

#ShifraShabbat is a national campaign to raise awareness about unplanned pregnancy crises in the Jewish community. The campaign coincides with reading Parshat Shemot, the first weekly Torah portion in the book of Exodus, on Saturday, Jan. 9th. This parsha introduces Shifra, the namesake of In Shifra’s Arms. Learn more and participate here.

During the economic and emotional stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever for the Jewish community to support women and families struggling with unplanned pregnancy crises.
Preparedness Training for Community-Based Organizations

FEMA has created a new training called Organizations Preparing for Emergency Needs (OPEN) that includes both a web-based, self-guided training, and a downloadable instructor kit that will guide participants on how to identify risks, locate resources, and take preparedness actions.
The OPEN training provides an overview of the 10 preparedness actions and creates a path forward for organizations to develop their own disaster response plan. Access the web-based, self-guided OPEN training
Call for Standards Development Panelists

The Council on Accreditation (COA) is looking for providers, agency leaders, and subject matter experts in the fields of behavioral health and child welfare to sit on two standards development panels that will be convening virtually this winter. The goal of these advisory panels is to review and revise applicable COA accreditation standards to ensure they continue to promote current trends and best practices in their respective fields. Learn more here
Paycheck Protection Program Toolbox

Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits has prepared a PPP Toolbox designed to support nonprofit organizations as they navigate the Paycheck Protection Program, from Application, through Loan Management and Reporting, and Forgiveness.
Who Gives the Rooster the Understanding to Distinguish Between Day and Night

Today we continue our gratitude journey with celebrating our ability to differentiate and distinguish. 
How does sharpening distinctions help us notice more deeply? How might the ability to differentiate cultivate our ability to recognize nuance and uniqueness. 
It is through this remarkable ability that we will be able to give gratitude to the gifts that surround us. Learn more.
AJAS Webinar - Elder Abuse Primer Makes
Establishing Shelters Easy 
Thursday, January 14th | 1pm EDT REGISTER

Shelter for older adults who experience abuse at home is a missing link in a coordinated community response to elder abuse. Discuss how to create shelters, the various models of shelters, the benefits to creating a shelter and how to become part of a diverse community of shelter services across the country.
Sabbath - Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Busy Lives
January 28th

Discover the undeniable importance of rest and renewal during this intimate, interactive keynote presentation with renowned best-selling author Wayne Muller. The United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries invite you and your leadership team to join us for this timely, relevant, and thought-provoking conversation. Learn more and register here.
 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award Opportunity 

Every year, the Helen Diller Family Foundation awards $36,000 each to up to 15 Jewish teens age 13 - 19 whose work embodies tikkun olam, or repairing the world. Nominations are due by Dec 18 and applications are due by Jan 8th for the 2021 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards. Visit the website to learn more

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.

Kahlert Foundation

The Kahlert Foundation's mission is to provide grants to non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life and well-being of the community in the areas of health care, youth programs, education, veteran organizations, and human services. Our focus is in Maryland and Utah but also includes Northern Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. Areas of focus include health care, youth programs, education, veterans, and human services. Learn more here.
CNCS Programs Support Senior Volunteerism

The AmeriCorps Seniors Foster Grandparent Program and Senior Companion Program Expansion Sponsor Competitions seek to engage older Americans in volunteer service that fosters intergenerational relationships and provides companionship to other older adults and adults with disabilities. Closing date: Feb. 3, 2021. Learn more here.
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Mental Health Awareness Training

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2021 Mental Health Awareness Training grants. Closing date: Feb. 5, 2021. Learn more here.
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