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Aging Without Progeny:  Who Will Care for Childless Elders

 
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 Rob Tufel, Jewish Family & Children's Service of East Bay's Director of Adult Services published Aging Without Progeny:  Who Will Care for Childless Elders? in the July-August 2013 edition of Aging Today, a bimonthly newspaper of the American Society on Aging.
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JFS New Orleans Leadership Changes

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Michael S. Steiner is the new Executive Director of Jewish Family Service of New Orleans. He replaces Deena Gerber, LCSW, who is retiring after holding the position for 19 years.
Mr. Steiner is a seasoned health care executive with 30 years of academic medicine and teaching hospital management experience.
Michael Steiner
He has held senior executive positions at health care institutions in New York, New Jersey, Texas and Mississippi and was a health care strategic planning consultant for Deloitte & Touche. Continue reading here.
JFCS Sarasota-Manatee Housing Summit Opens Doors for Collaboration to Address Homelessness

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Jewish Family & Children's Service of Sarasota-Manatee recently implemented a Board Advocacy Committee Chaired by Board member Adrea Seligsohn. Advocacy issues approved by the Board of Directors include Medicaid Expansion
and Family Homelessness.
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The Advocacy Committee hosted a Housing Summit on May 30th to bring together a diverse group of community representatives to encourage collaboration
and elevate the awareness of the issue of family homelessness in Sarasota County. Continue reading here.
JCRS Meets Matching Gift Challenge

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Jewish Children's Regional Service was able to secure more than $28,000 to provide camp scholarships for Jewish youth from outside major cities. An anonymous donor matched new and lapsed donor gifts up to $14,000 for this initiative. Originally planned to run for six months, JCRS was able to reach the maximum match in only two months time! With an average camp scholarship of $500+, JCRS is now able to provide over 50 additional opportunities for Jewish youth from small and rural communities to attend Jewish sleep-away camps.
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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.

Energize Our Families Parent Program
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An Introduction To Google Grants and $10,000 per Month in Free Advertising  
July 17th, 3pm ET
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Maximizing SNAP Benefits Through the Medical Expense Deduction

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July 12, 2013 
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D'Var Torah

Lee I. Sherman
President/CEO 

On Thursday, I spent the day on Capitol Hill with several of our colleague Jewish organizations advocating for the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In the last Congress, this treaty, which is the first international treaty to address disability rights and was inspired by the leadership of the U.S. in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act, failed by 5 votes to reach the required "super majority." We met with the offices of four Senators, who either voted against the treaty or were not present for the vote during the last session. We advocated for support for this treaty which extends the values of the ADA abroad and will improve access for Americans with disabilities, who live, work, or travel abroad. Many of you have joined us in supporting ratification of this treaty, and we hope you will do so again when it comes to the Senate for a vote.

I was also thinking about full access and inclusion for persons with disabilities when reviewing this week's parashah, D'varim, as we begin the reading of the final book of the Torah. D'varim means "words," reflecting the speeches that Moses delivers to the Israelites in preparation for their entry into the Promised Land. Moses' oration is lengthy, rich with detail and ranging from the directive to the poetic. All of this is truly remarkable, particularly considering how we were introduced to Moses when he was first instructed by God to go to Pharaoh. We understand Moses to have been a person with a speech defect, a disability that made him anxious about being the spokesperson for the Jewish people as he demanded their freedom.

What Moses demonstrated in his actions and his eloquent "words" is that given the opportunity he could fulfill his potential as a leader. Moses' "problem" with speech was not a "disability," but rather just a different means for him to showcase his true ability. Full access and inclusion for persons with disabilities is good for the U.S., Canada, and the global community, and we all benefit by having the Moses's among us emerge to contribute and lead.

Shabbat Shalom
ADVOCACY
Seniors Find it Harder to Get Home-Delivered Meals sun sentinerl
South Florida seniors who are frail, disabled or living alone will find it harder to get home-delivered meals now that long-predicted federal cuts in aging service dollars have reached the local level. Continue reading here.
HHS Launches Health Insurance Marketplace Educational Tools
The Obama administration today kicked off the Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with a new, consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website and the 24-hours-a-day consumer call center to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance. The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select the coverage that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1st. Continue reading here.
AGENCY PROGRAMMING/OPERATIONS
Strategy is Culture is Strategy 
Customarily, a strategy process begins ejp full logowith spending quality time developing a "mission" and a "vision." It is a widely used methodology and comes with quite legitimate operating assumptions - if one invests heavily up-front in developing consensus on the larger direction of a business, organization, foundation, or anything else, it will provide a constructive matrix to assess what to do and what the priorities should be. Continue reading here.
The New Normal: Shifting Organizational Resources to Thrive and Survive in a Rapidly Changing World NTEN
As technology and human communication become more and more intertwined, relevance in this rapidly changing world requires organizations to become adept at adapting. Continually. This is the "New Normal" - constantly adapting to an incessant stream of change - environmental, political, social, economic, and technological. Continue reading here.
What Has Been Invested?
Leaders of high quality organizations of any type or size who are inspiring, mission driven, relevant and well trained are more likely to attract and retain the most gifted talent. Continue reading here.
AJFCA MEMBER BENEFITS
2013 AJFCA Annual Conference Sessions - Webinars
AJFCA will host two 2013 Annual Conference presentations, as webinars. Read the session/webinar descriptions here.
 
Getting the Right People on the Bus
Tuesday, July 30th - 2pm ET (60 minutes)
Presenters:  Perry Ohren, CEO - JFS Detroit
                   Nancy Glasberg, Human Resources - JFCS Philadelphia
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Innovation & Creating:  Engaging the Next Generation in Philanthropy
Thursday, August 1st - 1pm ET (60 minutes)
Presenters:  Judy Halper, CEO  - JFCS Minneapolis
                   Zoe Stern, Development Associate  - JFCS Minneapolis
                   Next Gen Board  - JFCS Minneapolis
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Annual Foundation Center Renewal foundation center
AJFCA will be renewing the annual Foundation Center subscription. If you are interested please email Megan by Friday, July 19th. Invoices will be emailed in July. We will be attempting to keep the subscription fee close to this past year's amount of $390. For more information regarding the Foundation Center please contact Megan
AJFCA Canadian Conference
Jewish Federations of Canada - UIA & The Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies (Canada) presents a natiocanadian conferencenal conference for Canadian Jewish communal professionals and lay leaders to gather and discuss the current challenges and opportunities, and share best practices from a Canadian perspective, with a focus on access, identity, and inclusion October 20-22, 2013 in Toronto, ON. Email info@jfcuia.org with any questions.
COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT
Online Giving Continues to Grow - How to Grow Along With It katya nonprofit marketing blog
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that online donations rose 14 percent from 2011, reaching $2.1-billion in 2012. The study was based on data provided by Blackbaud, Network for Good, and PayPal, and examined online giving totals from 115,000 nonprofits. Continue reading here.
The Right Way to Use Stock Images network for good
There's not much that can stand-in for beautiful images of your organization's work. But we know there are times when stock images might be your only option for adding visual interest to your nonprofit website, newsletter or fundraising appeal. Continue reading here.
10 Tips to Leveraging LinkedIn for Good    
As a nonprofit professional, you and your organization should be leveraging the connective power of LinkedIn as well to promote your career and your cause. The two main reasons your cause should be on LinkedIn? Connections and Knowledge. Here are 10 tips for nonprofits on how to make the most of LinkedIn.
VOLUNTEERS
Engaging Volunteers Through Social Media
From designing volunteer opportunities, to recruiting new volunteers, to creating risk management policies, to screening volunteers, to recognizing great supporters, there are a lot of elements to successfully engaging volunteers with your organization. Not all of these elements easily translate to the social media realm. Continue reading here.
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