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2022 Hybrid Virtual Joint NJHSA & NAJC Conference

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.
2020 Compensation Survey - Executive Report

NJHSA has recently completed the 2020 Compensation Survey Report. The 2020 survey, administered in 2021 in the midst of a pandemic, inquired about agencies’ COVID-related policies including their plans going forward and also the extent to which agencies have either reduced or expanded their staff during the past year, in addition to a host of other questions. The full detailed report was sent to the 100 agencies that submitted data for the Survey. This Executive Summary is available for all agencies and can be found in the Resource Library by name of the filter reports.
Jewish Americans in 2020 - Pew Research Study 

What does it mean to be Jewish in America? A new Pew Research Center survey finds that many Jewish Americans participate, at least occasionally, both in some traditional religious practices – like going to a synagogue, or attending a Passover Seder – and in some contemporary Jewish cultural activities, like baking challah, watching Israeli movies or reading Jewish news online. Among young Jewish adults, however, two sharply divergent expressions of Jewishness appear to be gaining ground – one involving religion deeply enmeshed in every aspect of life, and the other involving little or no religion at all. Learn more here.
Mental Health Awareness Resources Resources from
The Blue Dove Foundation

Mental Health Awareness Month has begun, and The Blue Dove Foundation is excited to invite you to join us in our fight against stigma and shame surrounding mental health by participating in these powerful and informative events. We also hope you will complete the Blue Dove Foundation MHAM workbook, which we think you will find useful.
Collective Compassion Workshop
Presented by Tricia Stern, LCSW, MPH, NJHSA Consultant, Child/Adolescent Mental Health Services
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.
Meaningful Conversation with
Dr Betsy Stone
A space for Board Members and Volunteers to Discuss Challenges
May 26th | 2:30pm ET

ECJC and NJHSA are inviting member agency board members to join this exclusive conversation. Hear from others and learn that your agency is not alone in needing to navigate the challenges of professional burnout and work overload. Please join with lay leaders from the European Council of Jewish Communities, which supports Jewish social service organizations throughout Western and Eastern Europe and Israel and let's share Betsy's wisdom on how we can alleviate the stressors that often come with leading Jewish non-profits today, while supporting professionals working in our agencies and guaranteeing their future and wellbeing.

Member Agency Sponsored Programs
Moral Injury and Soul Repair Educational Event
June 2nd & 3rd

Join The Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling for a two-day conference to help professionals interacting with Jewish clients, patients, or congregants to:
  • Understand how moral injury develops and manifests
  • Delve into the core Jewish values deeply challenged by these contemporary sources of moral injury
  • Study the Jewish teachings and traditions that can promote soul repair
Contribute to the development and enhancement of clinical practice. Click here for more information.
Relationships, Boundaries and Online Safety
June 9th | 2pm ET

Ferd & Gladys Alpert Jewish Family Service invites parents, siblings and caregivers of someone with a developmental disability to attend “Relationships, Boundaries and Online Safety,” a free virtual workshop featuring from the Melvin J. & Claire Levine LifePlanning® program
The Melvin J. & Claire Levine LifePlanning® program offers education, advocacy, confidential consultation, and emotional support to people of all faiths and ethnicities who are caring for a loved one with a disability. Free workshops encourage and assist with planning for the future, providing information on education, recreation, building independence skills and vocational opportunities. Learn more and register 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.
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Mental health is essential to our overall health, and the importance of attending to mental health has become even more pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has not only negatively impacted many people's mental health but has also created barriers to treatment. Continue reading here.
Tell Congress: Support Workforce Investments for a People-Centered Infrastructure Plan

When we think of infrastructure, we often think of investments in physical things – strong bridges, new roads, a resilient electrical grid, safe water systems, and broadband networks – but we also need to think about training and supporting the people and businesses who will build and maintain that physical infrastructure for decades to come. If we really want to build back better, we must invest in job training as well as job creation.

The American Jobs Plan calls for $100 billion in workforce investments that will train displaced workers for these in-demand careers. Tell Congress that this funding is critical to the economic recovery of America's workers AND small and mid-sized businesses. ACT NOW.
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.
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 Is Open Now

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.
JFNA Center on Aging and Trauma: Call for Applications from US Member Agencies
The Jewish Federations of North America's Center on Aging and Trauma (Center), a project of the Holocaust Survivor Initiative, seeks applications to expand person-centered, trauma-informed (PCTI) services for Holocaust survivors, older adults with a history of trauma, and/or their family caregivers. PCTI care is a holistic approach to service provision developed by the Center on Aging and Trauma that infuses knowledge about trauma into agency programs and procedures to promote the well-being and empowerment of trauma survivors. Learn more here.
A Special Note About Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month from The JFNA Center on Aging and Trauma,
​a project of the Holocaust Survivor Initiative

Every May, the nation celebrates Older Americans Month, a time to honor the contributions older Americans make to our country through their strength, wisdom, compassion, volunteerism, and resilience. This year’s theme, “Communities of Strength,” highlights the importance and power of engagement and connection in the lives of older adults, and the ability of that power to reach out across generations. May is also Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to recognize the prevalence of mental illness, add our support to those with mental health conditions, and commit to fighting the stigma that keeps so many of our friends, family members, and neighbors from living the full lives they deserve. Continue reading here.
The Finale: Gratitude Collections

NJHSA is partnering with Days of Gratitude to share the Gratitude Finale, a 7-day celebration of gratitude before Shavuot, and Gratitude Collections.
Fill your everyday experiences with gratitude and engage your mind, heart, hands, and spirit.
COA Updates

COA is excited to announce they have scheduled additional three-day workshops Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for a More Perfect Union. As a result of incredibly high demand for the February offering. There are three more 2021 opportunities. Click here for more information.

Call for Presentations – Alliance-COA SPARK 2021 Learning Series
Alliance-COA is accepting proposals for our upcoming virtual learning experience, Alliance-COA SPARK 2021, to be held Sept. 14-Oct. 8.
The deadline to submit proposals online is May 7. 
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BGE Payments for Holocaust Survivors

The Claims Conference wishes to inform all that following successful negotiations with the German government, on March 31st, the German government issued guidelines stating that some widowers or widows of a Jewish Nazi victims who were receiving pension directly from the German government (e.g. BEG) might be eligible for transitional payments (also known as spouse payments).
To be eligible the widowers or widows of the Jewish Nazi victim must have been married to the victim at the time of his/her death. The widowers or widows may apply if the victim died after January 1st, 2020, and the widow/er fulfils the other technical requirements. If found eligible, the widowers or widows will be eligible for
up to 9 monthly payments. Learn more here.
FCC Launches Emergency Broadband Benefit Program on May 12

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more.
The FCC has announced that eligible households can apply for the program starting May 12, 2021. Learn more 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.
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