Message from Your Network
Dear Friends,

We wanted to add a personal note to this week's newsletter along with our hope that you, your families, colleagues and communities are all feeling healthy and supported.  As our world continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, the agencies of our Network find themselves operating in ways that challenge our core value of connecting with people. When the need for social distancing and providing human services through virtual technology becomes the "new normal", our Network rises to the challenge, and finds a way to provide critical and meaningful connections. It is these times, which underscore the critical importance of our Jewish human service sector. 
We, at NJHSA, are humbled to stand with you today, and always, and invite you to continue reaching out to let us know how we can strengthen your capacities to respond and to serve. 
Wishing us all continued strength,
Perry Ohren, CEO, JFS Detroit,  Board Chair, NJHSA
Reuben D. Rotman,  President & CEO, NJHSA

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Special Cancellation Announcement

As NJHSA continues to monitor the evolving dynamics regarding COVID-19, and the daily restrictions which are being placed in each of our respective communities, we have decided to officially cancel the NJHSA 2020 Annual Conference: VISION 2020: CONVENE. CONNECT. COLLABORATE, which was scheduled for May 3-5, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. In the coming days, we will provide information about our plans to offer Continuing Education Units (CEU's) as well as registration refunds, hotel cancellation, and other logistical details as they become available. Read more here
Join Your Network for Timely Dialogue and Guidance on the Rapidly Evolving COVID-19 Pandemic and Implications for 
NJHSA Member Agencies

Monday, March 23rd | 1:00 pm ET | REGISTER
A forum for agencies operating Food PantriesPolicy and Program Changes Resulting from COVID-19
Facilitator: Don Goldman, CEO, JFS Kansas City
Tuesday, March 24th | 1:00 pm ET | REGISTER
Impact on Board Leadership;  Best Practice for Non Profit Board  Governance During Times of Crisis
Presenter: Reuben Rotman, CEO, NJHSA

Wednesday, March 25th | 11:30 am ET |  REGISTER
A dialogue with the leadership team at JFS Seattle addressing the impact in Seattle and the implications for services administered by JFS Seattle
Presenters: Will Berkovitz, CEO, JFS Seattle &  Kristin Winkel, COO, JFS Seattle

Monday, March 30th | 3:00pm ET | REGISTER
Critical Issues Related to Human Resources Decision Making
Understanding implications of recently passed US Federal Families First Coronavirus Act, including changes in emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid family leave.
Presenter:  Anita Patton, Director of Human Resources, C&A Benefits Group
President Trump Expands Telehealth Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries
During COVID-19 Outbreak

On March 17th, The Trump Administration announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Beginning on March 6, 2020, Medicare-administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-will temporarily pay clinicians to provide telehealth services for beneficiaries residing across the entire country.  This does NOT include telephone only communication with clients. The service must be provided through HIPAA recognized platforms with both audio and video capacities. Continue reading here
Special Offer of Assistance for NJHSA Agencies
During COVID-19

Neshama:  National Association of Jewish Chaplains , a new member agency of our Network is prepared to have chaplains assist communities and agencies in addressing the spiritual effects and dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Chaplains are able to provide support to agency professionals as well as to community members and specific communities struggling with the impact the virus.  To obtain services for your agency/community, please contact either Rabbi Bryan Kinzbrunner, NAJC President  or Rabbi Moe Kaprow, Interim Executive Director at  (407-415-3322), or by calling the NAJC office at 305-394-8018.
Special Request for NJHSA Agencies to Support College Students
During COVID-19

KAHAL, a global organizing creating transformational Jewish experiences for thousands of study abroad students worldwide each year, has reached out to NJHSA for help during this moment of crisis. At KAHAL, they believe strongly in the power of the Global Jewish family and are committed to supporting Jewish students studying abroad even when experiences change due to unforeseen circumstances, like  COVID-19. As study abroad alumni, the KAHAL team understands how meaningful their time abroad has been and how hard it must be to have to change plans, countries, and often academic focus mid-semester. This situation has challenged students mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. To mitigate the academic effects of the coronavirus, KAHAL has created a  multi-faceted program, to accommodate students with different needs. Together with local Jewish human service agencies, KAHAL aims to offer:
  • Counseling and other mental health services
  • Vocational support and internship placement services
  • A firm sense of belonging to and value within the Jewish people
If your agency would like to participate and offer services to students and families in your area impacted by program and university closures, please reach out to KAHAL's Exeuctive Director, Alex Jakubowski by phone at 847-212-8777. 
Waldron Charitable Fund Offers $1M to Support Children

The Waldron Charitable Fund today annou nced that it will make $1 million in grant funding available to support community organizations serving the critical needs of the nation's underserved children and the 30 milli on students who receive free and reduced-price meals. As more and more schools nationwide close in response to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, this initiative will directly fund those who serve critical health needs (both physical and mental), provide nutritional assistance, and support special education for underserved school  children.  Applications are due 5 p.m. ET on Friday, March 20, 2020 Read more .
Stress Reduction:  The Institute for Jewish Spirituality is offering opportunities for anyone who is looking for some moments of calm, centeredness, and clarity. You can find more information here.
Virtual Resources for Families:  In an effort to support families with young children who are quarantined or selecting to do less socializing through playdates or community classes, UJA-Federation of NY, PJ Library, the Foundation for Jewish Camp and The Jewish Education Project of NYC have come together to aggregate a collection of high-quality Jewish activities and content that families can engage in together at home.