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2013 AJFCA Annual Conference
2013 AJFCA Annual Conference Award Winners
AJFCA/Repair the World Volunteer Initiative
Claims Conference Agreement
Board Chair Evaluation
Raising Money
Staff Development
Strategy & Self-Deception
Cause for Change
Diveristy Award
Click Here - Or Maybe Not
CMS Webinars
COA Webinars
Agency Highlights

Building on My Abilities

You may have recently seen Preston Burger, a 27-year-old Princeton graduate, on NY1 in a television segment about Jewish Child Care Association's Compass Project. In many ways, Preston is a typical young adult. He is pursuing his Masters of Science in Special Education Teaching, dancing and singing on the side, and finding time every day to see his friends and family.

But his progress has come with challenges. Preston was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism, at the age of four. Read more here.
JFS Calgary Hires New CEO
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On May 31st Marty Hornstein took over the role of CEO of Jewish Family Service of Calgary.
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AJFCA welcomes Marty to the network.
JFCS Philadelphia Opens Therapeutic Summer Camp
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Jewish Family & Children's Service of Philadelphia, in association with Quest Therapeutic Camps, will open a therapeutic summer camp at the Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr. Quest will run from July 1, 2013 through August 9, 2013 from 9:00am-3:30pm. Campers must participate a minimum of three consecutive weeks for therapeutic benefit. Program treatment services may be reimbursed by insurance companies as an "intensive structured outpatient program" or group therapy. Continue reading here.
Introducing Home Care - We Care Like You Care
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Jewish Family & Children's Services of the East Bay is proud to team up with 24Hr HomeCare - just named one of Forbes's 2013 Most Promising Companies in America-to provide compassionate, professional, reliable, and personalized home care services.

    Help with cooking, bathing, and grooming
    Light housekeeping and laundry, transportation, companionship, respite for family members, flexible schedules available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, trusted, compassionate, experienced caregivers

Frequently asked questions about our home care program are answered here.
A Ride and A Friendly Face
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In honor of Older Americans Month Jewish Family Services of Kansas is offering a new JET Express Plus program which features the same great personal ride experience as JET Express with a few pluses!  In order to make sure members have a ride to their most critical appointments, JFS Kansas has a new service that helps guarantee rides with shorter notice and no cancellation.  Click here to learn more about the NEW JET Express Plus.
Zelda Miller Award
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It is Jewish Community of Baltimore's pleasure to announce that Tracey Paliath, Director of Economic Services is this year's recipient of the Zelda Miller Award.  Zelda Miller was an administrative assistant to two campaign directors and inspired volunteers and staff with her enthusiasm and dedication. This award honors young adult leaders for their dedication to THE ASSOCIATED's Annual Campaign.  

Tracey exemplifies the characteristics of a young leader and has gone above and beyond inspiring community members to follow their lead as philanthropists and campaigners for THE ASSOCIATED.  Tracey co-chairs the Community Professionals Campaign.
Dr. Heiman Dubin Joins SELECT Care Managers at JFCS Southern Arizona
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Pamela Heiman Dubin, M.D. has been named Care Manager for SELECT Care Managers, a service of Jewish Family and Children's Services of Southern Arizona. Previously, Dr. Dubin practiced medicine for 1.5 years and was a science officer with Weil Lifestyles for seven years. Dubin also volunteers with the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Tucson Hebrew Academy.
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"Pamela is terrific with older adults," said Pattie Martin, M.Ed., JFCS director of older adult services and SELECT. "We chose her for this position because of that and because she is dedicated to building strong relationships with her clients." Continue reading here.
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Lee I. Sherman

At last week's AJFCA Annual Conference, speakers and presenters challenged the attendees to think differently about the work of their agencies and to increase their own personal commitments to improving our communities through social justice. Among the most compelling of the messages were the words of Alan van Capelle, CEO of Be
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CEO, Bend the Arc
nd the Arc, in his remarks at the Opening Plenary session. Alan urged the attendees to respond like Abraham when God calls out and say "Hineni," " here I am," and not to hide and ignore the call like Adam and Eve did in the Garden of Eden. In the face of a world that is far from perfect, and lacking justice for all of its inhabitants, this is our moment to say, "here we are" and to raise our voices and our actions to support the voiceless and the vulnerable.

In addition to Abraham, there are many instances in the Bible, and throughout Jewish history, when individuals rejected the more popular and convenient route to make a statement for what was right. In this week's parashah, Shelach, we have an example of speaking out for the more difficult, but correct path. Moses sends twelve spies to scout the land of Israel. Ten of the spies warn that the residents of the land form an overwhelming obstacle that the people will not be able to overcome. Only Joshua and Caleb give a positive report that reflects God's promise that began with the exodus from Egypt.  The negative majority report results in 40 more years of wandering in the wilderness, with only Joshua and Caleb allowed to survive the journey so they can enter the Promised Land.

Taking a stand for social justice is never easy or convenient. But, we know first- hand the difficulties faced by so many in our communities and we have the ability to not only help them, but to add our voices to the call for our greater society to address the issues our clients face, whether economic inequality, food security, full access to mental health counseling, and so many more. Here we are.

Shabbat Shalom.
2013 AJFCA Annual Conference
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REMINDER TO 2013 CONFERENCE ATTENDEES:  Please fill out the 2013 AJFCA Annual Conference Survey. We value your feedback.

To view photos of the Annual Conference - click here to access the album on AJFCA's Facebook page.  Be sure to tag yourself, colleagues, and friends in all photos and "Like" AJFCA's Facebook page for updates.

The 2013 AJFCA Annual Conference was a success thanks to the hospitality of the host community, Jewish Family & Children's Service of Phoenix,our talented speakers and presenters and enthusiastic attendees and supportive sponsors.

For those of you who were not able to be with us in Phoenix, here is a glimpse of the amazing content that was experienced.

We can't wait to see you next year for AJFCA's 42nd Annual Conference, May 4-6, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec in Canada.
2013 AJFCA Annual Conference Award Winners
Congratulations to all the 2013 AJFCA Annual Conference Award Winners.

Goodman Award - JFS Calgary - Turn Off the Violence 
Distinguished Service Award - JFSA Clevelend - Susan Bichsel 
Leadership Awards 
JFS San Diego - Melinda Wilkes 
JFCS Pittsburgh - Fern Grossman Schwartz 
JFS Cape May & Atlantic Counties - Anna Feldman 
JFS Houston - Mark Brookner 
JFS Dallas - Michael Kaufman 
JFCS Atlanta - Jodi Weintraub 
Joseph S. Kaplan Memorial Scholarship Award - Tampa JFS - Michael Barnett  
Chairman's Award - Larry Reader 
TrailBlazer Award - Samost JFCS - Barbara Adams

Kovod Awards 
Published Article 
A Agencies 
2nd - JFCS Minneapolis - The "Next Generation" Steps Up for JFCS 
B Agency 
1st - JCFS Winnipeg - Passover Hampers Help the Vulnerable 
D Agency 
Revenue Generating Program 
A Agencies 
1st - JFS San Diego - On the Go
On May 21st the Jewish Daily Forward published an article about the 7 best aging programs. Jewish Family Service of San Diego's On the Go:  Transportation Solutions for Older Adults was named one of the 7 best! JFS San Diego's On the Go program also won first place at AJFCA's 41st Annual Conference for Revenue Generating Programs. Continue reading here.

2nd - JFCS Atlanta - Tools for Independence 
B Agencies 
Honorable Mention - JFS Delaware - You're the One 
Honorable Mention - JFS Desert - One Night Only*
*AJFCA regrets that we mistakenly left JFS Desert off of the Awards program at the Conference.  We are pleased to announce this award and encourage you to take a look at the materials for this innovative program.

Cutting Edge Use of Technology 
A Agencies 
1st - JFS San Diego - Rides & Smiles 
Honorable Mention - JFCS Phoenix - Health Integration Collaborative 
D Agency 
Honorable Mention - JFS York - Staying Connected 
Highlights from the AJFCA/Repair the World Volunteer Initiative at the 41st Annual Conference 
  • The message from the plenary speakers was clear: service is a key tool for engaging Jews of all ages in their community and a main way for folks to connect with their faith. Our agencies can be this connector.
  • The next generation of donors want to see where their money is going and a balance of telling our story and making volunteer opportunities available to back up our words is a key way to make this happen. AJFCA member agencies are in the perfect position to utilize the excitement of this demographic for the benefit of our clients.
  • The utilization of volunteers is a core function of any successful agency, although too many boards overlook this component in drafting a strategic plan. Don't let this happen in your organization. 
David Eisner, Repair the World's new CEO and the conference's closing plenary speaker outlined 5 things your agency can do to engage with community for strategic impact: eisner-5.31.13
  1. Invest - you must invest in volunteer management - volunteers are not just "free labor" - they need a strong leader.
  2. Meaning - your interactions with the community must be meaningful.  
  3. Let inside dialogue be outside dialogue - folks connect when they are privy to successes and challenges, and are invited to be a part of the solution.  
  4. Board oversight of engagement & volunteering 
  5. Measure volunteers as visibly as donors  
Through the ongoing work of the AJFCA/Repair the World Volunteer Initiative we hope to bring our network to a new level of success in volunteer and Next Gen engagement.

If you have any questions about how to be included in this important work, please contact Jennie Gates Beckman.
Claims Conference Reaches $1 Billion Agreement with German Government for Holocaust Survivor Homecare
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) today announced that an agreement has been reached under which the German government has committed to provide approximately $1 billion over a four-year period for homecare for Jewish Holocaust victims, with the annual amount increasing every year through 2017. Continue reading here.
Board Chair Evaluation board source
Are there delicate and reasonable ways to evaluate the performance of a board chair? No one seems willing to take the first step. A BoardSource senior governance consultant provides an answer.

Board Recruitment Center
Nothing is more important to the health and sustainability of your organization than getting highly qualified and enthusiastic people to serve on your board, yet many of us struggle to identify the right leaders. Visit the recruitment center for some tips and tools on how to find the board members you need to succeed.
5 Reasons Your Nonprofit Isn't Raising Enough social freshMoney 
Here are the top 5 reasons a nonprofit struggles financially:
  1. Too Many Programs Drain Money From Your Organization.
  2. You're Leaving Money Up to One Person.
  3. You're Not Effectively Telling Your Story.
  4. You're Doing What Everyone Else Does.
  5. You're Not Investing In Your Money Rasing Function. 
What Matters Most? 2 Pros from 2 Generations Reflect on Staff Development
Marci Mayer Eisen spends a great deal of time learning how staff members view their jobs and the culture of their organizations through her role as Director of the Millstone Institute, a community-wide initiative of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Emilie Docter is completing her MSW internship with the Millstone Institute. As supervisor and supervisee, they see the issue of supervision as vital for professional growth, and one that they have been discussing in depth with each other for the past 10 months. Continue reading here.
Engagement: The Big Word That Means Very Little
You can't get through a communications think tank, social presentation or even a press release without seeing the word "engagement." And while the word has been firmly fixed in the communications lexicon since the mid-2000s, if you ask a professional in the industry what everyone means by "engagement," you get quite a surprising answer. Continue reading here.
Strategy and Self-Deception  
It should come as no surprise that, so far at least, no federation has demonstrated that a change in allocations process markedly improves fundraising results. ejewish philanthropy
We are infatuated with Strategy. We are convinced that, if we operate our organizations strategically, the funders will flock to us and our enterprises will achieve impact - or perhaps that we will achieve impact because the funders will flock to us. And so, there is a rush to the strategic exit - to exit presumably inertia-mired processes of the non-strategic past to enter the paradisial Garden of Strategy. In the Jewish federation world, we see this trend manifested in at both the local and national levels in a quest for more "strategic" modes of allocation. Continue reading here.
Book Review:  Cause for Change cause for change
Cause for Change:  The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement is based on many years of research, convening, and consulting with nonprofits on how to engage with this younger generation. The book is a must-read if you want the latest thinking about strategy to engage younger people in the sector, both inside and outside of your nonprofit's walls.
The book is a great read for nonprofit leaders of all generations. It takes one through why it is important for nonprofits to connect with Millennials based on a good synthesis of recent research and follows through with informative chapters that will help your nonprofit build a solid strategy for connecting with the connected generation in your organization's communication's strategy. Continue reading here.
Diversity Award Seeking Nominees
Grantmakers in Aging is seeking nominees for its Diversity Award, which recognizes individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging. The deadline is July 2nd. Learn more here.
Click Here - Or Maybe Not
Oh how I hate to see 'click here' it is so unimaginative, screams potential scam or worse - malware. So why oh why are marketers still relying on 'click here' as a call to action? Read on.
CMS Health Insurance Marketplace Webinars
CMS is happy to announce the availability of Health Insurance Marketplace webinars throughout the months of June and July. These training opportunities are broken into two levels: cms
  • Level 1: Health Insurance Marketplace 101 (basic) -  A one-hour high-level webinar overview of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the Marketplace (Exchanges) highlighting who is eligible and how the Marketplace will work.
  • Level 2: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace (advanced) - A two-hour detailed review of the Marketplace (Exchanges), including eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, Medicaid expansion, and the streamlined application. 
COA's PQI Webinar Series
COA will be hosting a three-part PQI webinar series starting in early June. Click here for registration information.
COA's PQI Webinar Series $75.00
Part One: An Introduction to COA's PQI Standards
Tuesday, June 4th, 3:00-4:30pm EST

Part Two: Outcomes and Measures
Tuesday, June 18th, 3:00-4:30pm EST

Part Three: Closing the Loop
Tuesday, June 25th, 3:00-4:30pm EST

Also, please note that this webinar series is approved for 4.5 CEU Credits for licensed social workers. They can request a CEU certificate after completing the series by emailing dcook@coanet.org.
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