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JANUARY 2021 - I
**APRIL 19th-22nd**

NJHSA 2021 Virtual Conference

The Network is offering a virtual event unlike any other. We have put a premium on designing an interactive virtual experience that provides lots of opportunities for attendees to connect with each other in small break out rooms, in chats, and throughout the conference, around topics of importance to the Jewish human service sector
  • Thriving in a Virtual World
  • Preparing for an Uncertain Future
  • Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Racial Justice
  • Executive Leadership, Capacity Building, Operational Management, Lay Leadership
  • COVID-19 Programmatic Best Practices
  • Workforce Initiatives
  • International Responses

We are certain this conference will help chart a direction for each attendee and will help our sector to continue its efforts to thrive in a virtual world while honoring our Network’s commitment to ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion and racial justice throughout.
Poverty Challenge

Know Before You Launch

By Andre Fowlkes of Start Co.

Before launching your new intervention, it is important to reflect on what you have been doing to inform the launch. Taking the time to talk to clients, funders, and partners about the problem set that matches a client segment is important for the opportunity for success. And at the same time, we hope that you took some time to think through current delivery systems and the necessary steps in building new ones; this eventually led to you mapping and organizing the steps into a system. It is also critical that you think through the business case and its viability which will inform any materials you are creating to talk to resource providers. If you have done this over a period that has allowed your intervention to evolve based on feedback and designing, you are probably thinking of launching at some point soon.

The year 2020 has presented many challenges for our agencies, their staff and the communities they serve.
 AND, the Network's 19 affinity groups have been audaciously led by dedicated chairs who have made these professional gatherings not only a priority but a foundation of comfort and support.
On behalf of the NJHSA Staff and affinity group members, we

Thank you for helping to select appropriate topics, engage experts, communicate with members, facilitate the zoom calls, share resources, and connect on Facebook.
Nonprofit Technology Readiness (NTR) Cohort Launching

Last year presented many challenges for our communities and Network member agencies. Technology has taken center stage as both an area of necessary investment and a pivotal tool in navigating service and program delivery in new ways.

Nonprofit Technology Readiness (NTR) is a six-month cohort program from NTEN, a nonprofit focused on the strategic and racially equitable use of technology made available to member agencies at no charge.

January 19th | 1 pm EST 
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.
NJHSA Chief Financial Officers Affinity Group Launches
With a strong commitment to bringing together and supporting all the NJHSA professionals who work as Chief Financial Officers, we are establishing the NJHSA CFO Affinity Group
The NJHSA CFO Affinity Group will create an opportunity for NJHSA members working in the finance field to share information, discuss challenges, brainstorm about relevant topics and lend support to one another.

January 20th | 12:30pm EST 
A Framework for Working With Orthodox Communities

Jewish human service organizations serve the full spectrum of the Jewish community, including Orthodox individuals and families. This webinar will address the intentional ways agencies can differently engage with their local Orthodox communities to successfully provide culturally appropriate services. Discussion will focus on strategies for increasing accessibility within the organization and building strong, trusting relationships within the community. The presentation will also include a tool for agencies to assess their readiness and commitment to growth in this area. 

January 14th | 12pm EST
2020: A YEAR in REVIEW

We are sure you will all agree that 2020 has been a year like no other in recent history. 

As we gear up for 2021, we will continue efforts to ensure that our Network receives the support needed to thrive, as we all continue to navigate the implications of the pandemic. We welcome your thoughts, your engagement and your input throughout. This Network is your Network and the initiatives that are developed are in direct response to your organizational and community needs.   
Aging Well: Adapting to the New Reality

The Cummings Centre presents Aging Well: Adapting to the New Reality, a ground-breaking interactive, virtual conference. Don’t miss this opportunity to join the conversation! Explore new and exciting possibilities for navigating the challenges stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic and generate concrete plans to address the current and emerging needs of the senior population.
Designed for adults aged 50+, professionals and leaders who engage with seniors, this conference will feature an inspirational keynote address and four interactive workshops, all with simultaneous translation.

View the NJHSA January 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

Take action to put the needs and rights of people with disabilities squarely on the policy agenda of our leaders. Join us this February for Jewish Disability Advocacy Month, a virtual experience to fight the stigma against people with disabilities. JOIN US: #JDAM #JewishTogether
Virtual Mission to Washington

Join JFNA for the first-ever national Jewish Virtual Mission to Washington. Communities across the US will virtually meet with members of the new administration and bi-partisan Congressional leaders to advocate for the priorities of the Jewish community. Participants will have the opportunity to fight antisemitism, ensure a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, make the case for government resources to keep communal institutions flourishing and provide for the vulnerable, such as Holocaust survivors. #JewishTogether and #VirtualMissionDC

The mission is free.
COVID-19 Relief Updates

Last month, Congress passed comprehensive year-end legislation that included targeted, short-term COVID-19 relief, full-year appropriations to fund the Federal Government through September 31, 2021, and a series of tax and healthcare provisions. Many of the items are relevant to our Network, including:

  • $284 billion for a new round of PPP loans and other provisions to support nonprofits and small businesses.
  • 100% increase for nonprofit security funding, care for Holocaust survivors, and other appropriations.
  • Stimulus checks and an extension of (and increase in) unemployment benefits.
  • Extension and expansion of important tax provisions.
  • A number of anti-poverty, food insecurity, and healthcare measures.

JFNA’s full analysis of the legislation can be found here.
Navigating the Nonprofit Security Grant Program

The Secure Community Network (SCN), in partnership with The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will be hosting a series of webinars to provide an update on the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), to include: its status, a review of recent application guidance, and considerations for planning efforts that can be undertaken now, in advance of any grant announcement. Learn more and register here.
January 14th | 3pm EST
Join the National Day of Service for the Presidential Inauguration

On Monday, January 18th, the Presidential Inaugural Committee will host a National Day of Service for the Inauguration of President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, partnering with organizations across the country to host service events that focus on COVID-19 relief and address challenges that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, such as poverty, hunger, racial injustice, homelessness, mental health, and educational disparities. Sign up as a Day of Service partner organization here.
Emergency Food & Shelter Program Update

EFSP Phase 38 award notifications totaling $125 million were sent to Local Boards on Tuesday, December 22nd. The 10-day window for Local Boards to accept applications begins once each Local Board advertises the funding opportunity. Interested agencies should reach out to their Local Boards to find out the timing and status of the Phase 38 funding opportunity for their community. If an agency requires assistance in locating their Local Board point of contact they may search for it here or contact the national program staff at 703-706-9660. As time is of the essence, interested agencies should not delay in following up.

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

#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.

January 8th-9th
The Jewish Funders Network has released an important new report documenting JFN members’ generous philanthropy during the first six months of the Covid pandemic.
The study finds that faced with unprecedented needs, Jewish philanthropists and foundations significantly increased their giving, broadened their giving to include more grantees in areas they had not previously funded, and loosened their reporting and application requirements. Learn more here.
A New Year and New Beginning for COA & the Alliance

At the end of 2020 the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance) merged. The vote capped a year-long exploration and four-month due diligence process overseen by both organizations. More information will be coming soon about the offerings and pathways to engagement the new organization will provide for human and social service organizations, foundations, state associations, government entities, and all of those who make up the human and social service field and sector. Learn more here.
Take the Count Me In Survey to Have Your Voice Heard!

Jews of Color commissioned a major research study to understand the lived experiences and perspectives of Jews of Color nationwide. Their multi-racial research team at Stanford University has created a thoughtful survey, and want 1,000 Jews of Color to participate!
This survey is an opportunity for Jews of Color to share how they think about Jewish identity, how systemic racism has shaped our experiences, how we want the Jewish community to better reflect the diversity of U.S. Jews, and more.
If you identify as a Jew of Color, click here and take the survey today!
Strategies to Support Staff Teams During COVID

In response to Covid fatigue, JFNA has organized some tips and strategies to help leaders and supervisors better understand, support and recognize their staff during the next period of this pandemic. JFNA staff is also available to work with leaders to help customize any of these ideas as well as other professional development offerings that you would like to provide for your staff. Learn more here.
Success Factors Series Session 2: Focus on Advocacy

This is the second in a new National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty webinar series, "Key Success Factors in Addressing Jewish Poverty" in which we will highlight specific case studies and bright spots from throughout North America, with a particular focus on meeting the enormous challenges posed by the Covid pandemic and its economic effects. Learn more about future sessions here.

January 21st | 12pm EST
AJAS Webinar - Elder Abuse Primer Makes
Establishing Shelters Easy 

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. REGISTER

January 14th | 1pm EST

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.
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