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D'Var Torah
NCOA Webinars for AJFCA
Board Presidents' Call
Domestic Violence
Sandy Update
2013 GAI
Food Banks Join Kaiser
Compensation Patterns
Technology and the Boardroom
Nonprofits and the Economy
Professionals in the Jewish Community
Want to Lose a Good Employee?
Inclusion on the High Seas
Ann Zeller
Director of Meetings & Conferences
A few weeks ago, my husband and I went on a fabulous transatlantic cruise. From prior experience, I knew that we would meet people from other countries, speaking different languages.  What I did not know, was that there would be 150 deaf passengers from the USA and 15 from Canada.

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Lifecycles & Laughtracks Gala
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JFCS Pittsburgh
On Saturday, November 17th, JFCS Pittsburgh held their Lifecycles & Laughtracks gala, celebrating their 75th anniversary.
Prior to the celebration JFCS was featured in several articles. In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, JFCS's programs and services, as well as several clients were featured in an article about the agency's history and social services. Click here to read the article.
In the Jewish Chronicle, JFCS President/CEO Aryeh Sherman reflected on JFCS's progress in the Pittsburgh community over the past 75 years and what the future holds for the agency. Click here to read the article
Group Home Opening in Denver
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JFS Colorado
Since 1982, Jewish Family Service of Colorado has operated a kosher Jewish group home in Denver for adults with developmental disabilities. The group home accommodates eight residents who are supported by a dedicated professional staff. The home currently has an opening. If your agency is aware of an individual with developmental disabilities who would benefit from this high-quality residential home and services, please contact Sara Leeper, coordinator of client services at Jewish Family Service of Colorado's SHALOM Denver program, at 303.623.0251. 
Collaborative Divorce:  A Respectful Approach to Divorce
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Jewish Social Service Agency
The reality is that divorce does happen, but it does not have to be an adversarial battleground. The collaborative divorce approach promotes an honest, transparent exchange of information to facilitate problem-solving with a commitment from participants not to go to court.

JSSA offers a one-time divorce consultation free of charge to help an individual or couple understand all the ways to divorce and why the collaborative model may be a good fit. Learn more.
Change in Leadership at JFS Canton
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JFS Canton
Heather Hershey-Tompkins has replaced Gail Arenstein as the director of JFS Canton. Heather can be reached on her direct line, 330-445-2402.

Gail made many friends during her employment with JFS. Feel free to connect with her via personal email.
Calls & Webinars
Visit  AJFCA's Calendar to learn more about free calls and webinars. For more information login to For Our Members on the AJFCA website, followed by Webinars. Contact Megan at 410-843-7327 with questions.

Introduction to Quality Measures in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Nov., 30th, 2pm ET

Measuring the Networked Nonprofit
Dec., 4th, 2pm ET

The Sequester: What 8% Automatic Cuts Would Mean for Aging Programs
Dec., 5th, 3pm ET REGISTER HERE

Introduction to the HHS Office for Civil Rights
Dec., 10th, 3:30pm ET

The Health Care Law 101
Dec.,  12th, 3pm ET REGISTER HERE
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November 30, 2012
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D'Var Torah
Lee I. Sherman


I don't always sleep so well. That is hardly news to all of my fellow boomers, as we confront increasing physical aging and the aches, pains, and limits that accompany that process. But, I think that the main reason I don't always sleep like a baby (I thought they get up every few hours - maybe I do sleep like a baby!), is due to the activities of my waking hours. Sometimes, I just can't seem to put aside the conversations and events of the previous few days, and the anticipation of what the immediate and distant future may hold.

In this week's parashah, Va-Yishlah, we read the ultimate example of the sleepless night. Jacob spends the entire night "wrestling" with a mysterious "man." Is this adversary truly a "man," or an angel, or, perhaps, Jacob's own conscience? What we do know is that Jacob is apprehensive about meeting his brother Esau the next day for the first time since he left his father's home. Jacob has prepared in every way he knows how, but is it enough? So, in his anxious condition, Jacob engages in the night long wrestling match, concluding as dawn breaks with an injured hip and a new name, Israel.

With all of Jacob's nocturnal struggles, the reconciliation with Esau goes far better than he ever anticipated. The brother's embrace and Jacob goes on to fulfill his role as patriarch of the nation of Israel, albeit with a few more bumps and struggles along the way. For us, we see that the internal struggles that may cause us a few sleepless nights were shared by our Biblical ancestors and like them, we can find success in the reality of the days to follow.

Have a restful and peaceful Shabbat.
Ensuring the Economic Security of Older Adults
NCOA Webinar Series
In continuation of our partnership with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), the second in a series of three webinars was presented to AJFCA member agencies this week. On the webinar entitled "Making Wise Decisions with Home Equity: New Tools for a New Retirement Reality", Barbara Stucki, Ph.D., Vice President, Home Equity Initiative, NCOA, discussed the new reality that even those seniors who ncoa logo own a home can become vulnerable. Dr. Stucki shared research on the changing motivation in securing reverse mortgages and the varying models for tapping into the equity in a home. NCOA has created a website to help navigate the various situations facing vulnerable seniors, presenting a list of viable solutions for each.
To listen to a recording of either webinar or view the PowerPoint slides, please visit the For Our Members portion of the AJFCA website and then click on Webinars.

We hope many of our members will join us for the third webinar in this series (see below). Please email Megan for registration details.

Savvy Saving Seniors - A Toolkit for Money Management from NCOA
Tuesday, December 18th, 3:00pm ET
Member Agency Board Presidents' Conference Call
We would like to invite AJFCA member agency board presidents/presidents-elect to participate in a group conference call.  This is the second in a series of conference calls for this group, to continue and build upon the networking and information sharing that began at our Annual Conference in Houston this May.  

Bruce Beyer, AJFCA Board Member, will facilitate a discussion on "Cultivating Members for Your Board," touching on topics such as the criteria used in seeking new members for your board, and how the board's basic responsibilities influence the way in which you seek new members.  

Please email Lisa if you would like to participate. A reminder with call-in information will be sent to all who RSVP closer to the call date.

Cultivating Members for Your Board
Thursday, December 13th, 1:00pm ET
Domestic Violence Professionals Webinar
AJFCA's domestic violence professionals webinar featured Deborah Rosenbloom, Director of Programs and Miri Cypers, Senior Policy and Advocacy Specialist  from JWI. Deborah and Miri informed our members about opportunities for staff development and community partnerships. JWI gave a snapshot of their domesJWItic violence prevention programs and offered updates on advocacy on the VAWA. AJFCA advocates for the reauthorization of VAWA and will be joining JWI on December 6th on Capitol Hill. To learn more about our advocacy efforts, please contact Shelley Rood. If you are interested in signing up for the domestic violence professionals forum, or would like view the webinar slides, please email Megan Manelli
Update on Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts
AJFCA member agencies are continuing to provide needed services in communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy. In support, JFNA's Emergency Committee, of which Lee Sherman is a member, has allocated over $610,000. Jewish federations around the country have raised close to $5 million, including over $3.3 million by UJA-Federation of New York. Continue reading updates from Jewish Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (JVOAD) here.
2013 Government Affairs Institute & AJFCA Advocacy Mission capital
Registration for the 2013 Government Affairs Institute and AJFCA Advocacy Mission (GAI) is now open. The GAI is our premier gathering of professionals and lay leaders who are interested in public policy. The GAI brings together professionals and volunteers from Jewish family and children's service agencies and Federations to advocate on policies that impact the vulnerable populations that you serve. Learn more here.

2013 Government Affairs Institute & AJFCA Advocacy Mission
Tuesday, February 5th - Thursday, February 7th - REGISTER HERE
Food Banks Join Kaiser in Program to Offer More Nutritious Fare
Nonprofit insurer Kaiser Permanente and Jewish hunger chachronicle philanthropyrity Mazon are launching an effort to stock food pantries with fresher, healthier fare, the Los Angeles Times wrote. The Healthy Options, Healthy Meals program, announced Monday, will involve 12 food banks in six states and the District of Columbia.
Do our Compensation Patterns Reflect our Values?
An Initial Analysis of the 2012 Jewish Communal Professional Compensation Survey
In the spring of 2012 a group of young professionals working in the Jejewish philanthropyewish communal sector launched a compensation survey of the field. Inspired by the Forward's annual salary survey of executives of Jewish communal organizations, this survey was a grassroots attempt to open the "black box" surrounding compensation data up and down the Jewish professional ladder. Here's a sneak peek at six key findings (the full report is scheduled to appear in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service, to be published in early 2013).
Elevating Technology on the Boardroom Agenda
Boards are starting to guide management by asking the right questions about technology.MckinseyQuarterly
Many senior-executive teams have been called upon to get involved in technology issues. Boards are also beginning to take a strategic view of how technology trends are shaping their companies' future. More boards than ever before are asking questions that ensure executives focus on the right issues. Continue reading here.
Nonprofits and the Economy, Infographic Style
The Rebecca Gordon Group has compiled information fromNPQ Forbes, the Giving USA report (which NPQ covered in detail), the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Atlas of Giving and Johns Hopkins University to create an intriguing visual guide to the complex ways nonprofits influence the economy. The infographic, titled "Nonprofits' Impact on the Economy," can be seen here
Being a Professional in the Jewish Community
Stephen Donshik has taught and worked for the Jewish community for more than 40 years. All of his experiences have been part of a quest to understand what it means to be a professional iejp full logon the Jewish community and what it means to supervise and train others to fill professional roles in Jewish communal organizations. Continue reading here
Want to Lose a Good Employee? It's as Easy as 1, 2, 3 (4, 5)secrets of success
In an economy where some people are having a hard time getting hired, there are people who are walking away from or in the process of getting ready to walk away from good paying jobs. There are, it seems, people in positions of power who are systematically demotivating and ultimately driving away successful, productive employees. Here are five easy steps to drive productive effective employees out the door.

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