April 3, 2020

Reflections on the State of our Network
Reuben D. Rotman, President & CEO
As the holiday of Passover approaches, it is clear that Passover 2020 will indeed be very different. 
As we all continue to experience the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, too many have lost their lives, so many are truly suffering and affected by issues new to them, and we are all struggling with the isolation that accompanies the mandate of physical distancing. 
While the member agencies of our Network have quickly transitioned their in-person service delivery models to function virtually, there have been marked increases in requests for vocational services, mental health counseling, emergency financial assistance, case management and advocacy to navigate and access community resources. The professional staff, board leadership and volunteers of our agencies are stretched to respond to community needs, while navigating their own personal realities.
While it is certainly challenging to balance these many pressures, the holiday of Passover provides us with the opportunity to consider the true meaning of "freedom," and to acknowledge the critical, lifesaving work of our Jewish human service sector, and the many ways that our Network's member agencies strengthen and ensure the "freedoms" of their communities each day.
My hope for all of us is that we take time to appreciate the "freedom" of Passover, and the roles that we and our agencies play in serving our communities with compassion and with strength. Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and meaningful holiday.

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Join Your Network for Timely Dialogue and Guidance on the Rapidly Evolving COVID-19 Pandemic and Implications for 
NJHSA Member Agencies

Monday, April 6th 

Food Pantry Professionals Discussion Follow Up
Come connect with your peers to discuss issues the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 virus.

Tuesday, April 7th
Shop and Drop Program
Learn how the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and Samost JFCS have implemented a SHOP & DROP program, leveraging volunteers to bring groceries to the most vulnerable in their community.
Trauma-Informed Support for Jewish Victims of Violence
During COVID-19

Monday, April 6th | 3pm ET | REGISTER
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During this difficult time, rates of domestic violence are increasing, and service providers are struggling to meet victims' needs. JWI is offering a peer-to-peer support call as a forum to share challenges and strategies for providing trauma-informed spiritual, physical, and emotional support to Jewish clients during COVID-19. The conversation will be led by Naomi Tucker of Shalom Bayit, Berkeley, Calif., and Shana Frydman, ED, Shalom Task Force, New York City.
Safety & Respect in the Virtual Workplace:  
A New Ta'amod Webinar Series
Maintaining Connection in a Time of Isolation
Tuesday, April 7th | 12:30pm ET | REGISTER

We've spent the last two weeks beginning to learn how to work remotely, many of us for the first time. Even if we have always worked remotely, we are still facing a new reality. How can we bridge this unexpected disconnect?

Ta'amod is proud to offer webinars to help create healthy positive cultures within the unique dynamics of virtual workplaces. As always, we will offer these sessions with a lens of Jewish values and wisdom. Experts will bring theory and practice to help you enrich your professional experiences during this challenging time.  Learn more here
IN IT TOGETHER - Two New Wellness Programs Just Added: 
Peer Discussions & Jewish Meditation
presented in partnership with JPRO, the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and the Institute for Jewish Spirituality

Wednesdays - 8th, 22nd, 29th | 1-1:45pm ET
Complimentary Behavioral Health EHR - Web or Mobile

Credible Behavioral Health with 19 years of Behavioral Health experience, in Partnership with  Change Healthcare  is providing immediate assistance to behavioral healthcare Agencies now challenged with remote staff, telehealth documentation, and billing complexities. Learn more and sign up here.
Fighting Jewish Poverty During COVID-19

During this coronavirus pandemic, already vulnerable populations find themselves in an even more precarious spot. On March 30th, The National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty hosted a virtual discussion of funders and experts in the field of human services . These advocates shared what they are seeing firsthand, the evolving needs, what they are doing to address the growing challenges, and what needs to be done moving forward.

The Network's CEO Reuben D. Rotman represented NJHSA for this timely dialogue, with funders, advocates, service agencies, academics and media representatives all de dicated to fighting poverty in the American Jewish community.
NJHSA Agencies Invited to Support College Students
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Our colleagues at Hillel International have reached out to NJHSA to find ways to work together during this period of incredible disruption.

To address the needs of college and university students who now find themselves at home, instead of on their campuses, Hillel has established a Hillel@Home site; an online forum, updated in real time, to provide students with opportunities to connect with their local Jewish communities and to receive support services from the Jewish community as well. Sign up hereLearn more here.
Your Input is Needed to Develop a Case for Giving in Response to COVID-19

A special thank you to those agencies which have completed this important survey. To date, responses have been received from 20% of NJHSA membership. We understand the data may be difficult to obtain or to estimate but we are encouraging all agencies that have not yet completed the survey to do so by the end of this week.  Read more here. 
Personal Protection Equipment Update

During the last two weeks, NJHSA mobilized an effort Providing Critical Personal Protective Equipment for Jewish Healthcare Providers and Institutions; a timely and critical COVID-19 response facilitated by the Jewish Funders Network, the Jewish Federations of North America and the North American Volunteer Network to purchase desperately needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and distribute it to the member agencies of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies and the Association of Jewish Aging Services.
Helping the Healthcare Heroes - JFCS Philadelphia
Virtual Programs by Zoom  - JCS Baltimore

Navigating Without A Map - A JFS Webinar for Parents - JFS Seattle


Virtual community and informative resources, powered by The Jewish Federations of North America

These are difficult times. Staying apart like this isn't easy. But through it all, we can still stay together with our Jewish community - it might just need to be virtual. So, JFNA has put together this website of curated resources experiences. Whether it's for yourself, your family or as a professional, we hope you'll find what you're looking for - from virtual Jewish events ways to connect, learn, share or help. If you're looking for something that's not here, please get in touch!

Action Alert
SBA Loans Available to Nonprofits Through
COVID-19 Federal Aid Program

NJHSA and JFNA are working to assemble resources to help all Jewish nonprofit organizations access SBA Loans available to nonprofits through COVID-19 Federal Aid Program. T rack and access resources as they become available at JFNA's COVID-19 online resource hub - Please start organizing your staff and leadership to assess this opportunity and get ready to move when the application process opens.  Learn more here
Proposal Deadline Extended: National Community Care Corps


A Renewed Commitment to our Nation's Older Adults

The US affirmed the rights, dignity, independence, and well-being of older adults when President Trump signed  HR4334 , the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020 into law. The law reauthorizes critical Older Americans Act (OAA) programs through 2024. Since 1965, the OAA has provided critical services that have enabled millions of older Americans to stay in their own homes and communities. Continue reading here
April Affinity Group Calls & Webinars 

Monday, April 6th Clinical Service Professionals Affinity Group Call | 3pm ET

Tuesday, April 21stDisabilities Service Professionals Affinity Group Call | 3pm ET

Wednesday, April 22nd
  • Workforce Development Professionals Affinity Group Call | 1pm ET
Thursday, April 23rdMid-Size Agency Executives Affinity Group Call | 1:30pm ET

Tuesday, April 28thEmergency Financial Assistance & Case Management Professionals Affinity Group Call | 2pm ET

Cancel Annual Conference Travel Plans

Registered Conference attendees should be on the lookout for an email from NJHSA regarding registration refund options. 

Friendly reminder to please cancel your travel and hotel reservations for the NJHSA 2020 Conference.  

Fairmont Dallas Hotel |  800-441-1414 

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