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2014 AJFCA & IAJVS Annual Conference
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                   May 4-6, 2014

               Montreal, Quebec
AJFCA is excited to promote some really innovative topics and cutting edge guest speakers sharing insights at the 2014  AJFCA & IAJVS Annual Conference: Inspiring Creativity in a Changing World:


Agency Operations 
Response and Reflection on Dan Pallotta's Message
Join three Jewish communal leaders for insights and a discussion of how we can change the world with our work, if we can embrace a change of how we view our sector.
Seth Cohen, AJFCA Board Member and Past President, JFCS Atlanta Board Member, Jewish Family & Career Services Atlanta
Judy Halper, CEO, Jewish Family & Children's Service Minneapolis
Linda Kislowicz, CEO, UIA Federations Canada

A Portrait of Jewish Americans and How Jewish Social Service Agencies Enhance and Embrace the Community
The recent Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews has generated a tremendous amount of response, and not a little gnashing of teeth, since its release last fall.  Three Jewish communal thought leaders will share their impressions of the survey results, and lead a discussion of the opportunities for Jewish social service agencies to play a prominent role in strengthening our Jewish communities.
Will Berkovitz, CEO, Jewish Family Service Seattle
Gail Magaliff, CEO, FEGS
Rafi Rone, Director of Jewish & Israel Initiatives, Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Family Charitable Funds

Fund Development & Marketing
Ensuring for Tomorrow Amid Today's Pressing Fundraising Needs
This session will feature two distinct models for making endowments a priority amid the ever increasing needs of today's programs and services. JFCS Philadelphia will outline the steps leading to their success in making legacy giving a priority despite limited staff, an inherent fundraising culture fixated on current needs, and other challenges.  JFS Charlotte and the Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community (FCJC) will discuss their partnership to secure bequests for permanent endowments.  Since June 2012, there have been 116 legacies created representing in excess of $6.5 million future gifts to Charlotte's Jewish community.  Presenters will share lessons learned on how to build an endowment initiative in large and small communities.
Pia Eisenberg, Vice President, Development & Communications, Jewish Family & Children's Service Greater Philadelphia
Stephanie Starr, Executive Director, Jewish Family Service Charlotte
Phil Warshauer, Executive Director, Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community
Volunteer/Young Adult Ambassadors
We Plant Seeds: Jewish Service Learning Curriculum
Since the launch of the AJFCA/Repair the World Volunteer Initiative in 2012, our agencies have been asking for an opportunity to explore how Jewish Service Learning (JSL) might look within the confines of an agency that serves a diverse community of clients & volunteers.  This session will introduce Jewish Service Learning as a methodology, demonstrate actionable JSL Curriculum from Repair the World and engage participants in a JSL session on Race, Power & Privilege.
Mordy Walfish, National Program Director, Repair the World  
Sarah Schrag, Fellow, Repair the World
Binah Malka Stinnett, Fellow, Repair the World 

Small Agencies/Senior Level Managers Luncheon: Creating a Mindful Workplace
Executives from small to medium-sized agencies and Senior Level Managers from all agencies are invited to attend this luncheon for an opportunity to network with your colleagues. In addition, you will partake in an interactive presentation of mindfulness. Learn what it is and take away practical tips of how to use mindfulness to infuse energy and creativity into your agency's workplace. A mindfulness practice will help you reduce burnout and increase productivity and positive outcomes. This luncheon requires pre-registration. If you already registered for the conference and want to add this luncheon please email Megan.
Lauren Gavshon Psy. D., Director of Clinical Services, Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County
Allison Johnson, Program Coordinator, Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County


Continuing Education Credits 

Continuing education credits (CEUs) will be offered to social workers for each conference session. At the beginning and end of each session attendees will be reminded to fill out a session evaluation form. Forms can be returned to the AJFCA table in the Delegates Lounge or to Megan Manelli via mail, fax or email following the 2014 Annual Conference. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 30 days of the conference unless requested otherwise. 


REGISTER TODAY! Conference registration will close on Monday, April 14th.

Rooms at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth are quickly filling. Book your room today to take advantage of the AJFCA group discount. The hotel cut off date is Monday, April 14th.

The conference schedule is now available. Download the conference mobile app to view a complete schedule.