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JFCS Suncoast to Highlight Operation Military Assistance Program Benefiting Veterans at Patriot Plaza Dedication

  Jewish Family & Children's Service of the Suncoast will showcase its Operation Military Assistance Program (OMAP) June 28th immediately prior to and following the dedication ceremony of Patriot Plaza, the new 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery donated by The Patterson Foundation.

Dedication attendees are encouraged to learn about nearly 30 Legacy Zone organizations with programs and services for those who have served, are serving or may serve in our nation's armed forces.
The JFCS Operation Military Assistance Program (OMAP) offers case management and financial assistance to very low-income veterans and their families in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota Counties who are homeless or who are about to become homeless to enable them to obtain or maintain stable, permanent housing.
JFS Colorado Receives $1 Million Endowment from Dresner Foundation

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Jewish Family Service of Colorado recently received a $1 million gift from the Dresner Foundation of Detroit, Michigan, to establish an endowment in support of JFS's Family Safety Net Program. The proceeds will be used to help individuals and families in crisis with food, rent assistance, utilities, and medical expenses.
The Family Safety Net Program provides food, limited emergency financial assistance, case management, and community resources to individuals and families in crisis.

The goal of the department is to enhance intervention services by creating more case management and outreach activities, and developing additional support services to promote economic self-sufficiency. 
JCFS Winnipeg Announces New Executive Director

The Jewish Child and Family Service Winnipeg Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Al Benarroch, BA, MA as Executive Director effective July 1st. Al has made valuable contributions to JCFS over the last 15 years. He has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, and has furthered his education by earning several certifications and completing numerous professional development courses.

He is well established in the community and has built and maintained effective relationships with our partners. Al is well qualified to lead and guide our agency with continued success into the future, while maintaining the highest level of services for those we support.

Al succeeds Emily Shane who will be retiring at the end of June. We wish Emily all the best in her upcoming retirement.
JSSA Announces New CEO

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Jewish Social Service Agency's Board of Directors is pleased to announce that an offer was extended and accepted by Todd Schenk, M.Ed., MBA. Todd will assume the position of JSSA's CEO as of September 1st.
Todd comes to JSSA from New York City where he was the Chief Operating Officer at the Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services (JBFCS).

Todd has been in the social service field for 25 years, including the past 20 years at JBFCS in various leadership roles ranging from oversight of program services to fiscal and budget management. Read more about Todd here.  
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D'Var Torah

Lee I. Sherman
President & CEO

As a child, did you ever receive a punishment that you believed was grossly unfair? (Perhaps a better question is did you ever receive a punishment that you believed was fair?) I can remember be swept up in a group punishment when the true guilty party was one (or both) of my younger brothers. My parents' response to my pleas for relief: "you are the oldest so you need to set an example." Guilty by an accident of birth.

In this week's parashah, Hukkat, we find the famous incident of Moses striking the rock for water. Just after Miriam dies, the community is without water and complains to Moses. God instructs Moses to "speak" to the rock to yield water. Moses addresses the people as "rebels" and then strikes the rock twice and out comes copious water. God then says "Because you did not trust Me enough to affirm My sanctity in the sight of the Israelite people, therefore you shall not lead this congregation into the land that I have given them." The same punishment befalls Aaron, presumably because he did not stop Moses from striking the rock. To deny Moses and Aaron the possibility of entering the Promised Land is indeed a harsh punishment. What was such a grave sin? Was it striking the rock instead of speaking to it? Or not giving God the proper credit before the people? Or perhaps the way that Moses addressed the people as rebels, thus demonstrating a loss of control?
Any one of these suggestions could be possible transgressions by Moses, but are they significant enough to merit such a harsh punishment? After all, think of all that Moses has sacrificed to lead the people out of captivity and into their covenantal relationship with God. The rest of the Israelites were the ones complaining about their lack of water, and many other things along the journey, and they may be allowed to enter the Promised Land. But Moses and Aaron are different. They are the leaders of the Jewish people and they are held to a higher standard. Even in times of great stress, when the masses are clamoring the loudest, it is imperative that Moses and Aaron act like leaders, that they make tough decisions, act justly, and show restraint. It is a standard that is fair to expect of all leadership.

Shabbat Shalom.
Support the Voting Rights Amendment Act 
On June 24th Bend the Arc, created a powerful visual memorial in front of the Lincoln Memorial to Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Mickey Schwerner, who were murdered 50 years ago by the Ku Klux Klan. More than 3,000 yahrzeit chandles were lit. Throughout the day, more than two dozen members of Congress took photos with the yartzeit memorial candles. Click here for photos. Watch and share the powerful video. Click here to view a photo gallery created by The Washington Post. More details surrounding a recent press conference and vigil can be found here. The sharing of this information helps to build greater momentum around voting rights and the swift passage of the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA).
Attention to Refugees Ever More Important as Numbers Rise
World Refugee Day was observed last week, and it is ever more important to recognize the parameters of this issue, because they are expanding. The U.N. refugee agency announced recently that the world's population of refugees had increased by 6 million between 2012 and 2013. For last year, the 51.2 million refugees included 2.5 million new refugees from Syria and another 6.5 million people displaced within the war-torn country.
Building a Field-Specific Leadership Pipeline bridgespan
The Bridgespan Group recently helped a group of funders develop a more strategic approach to building a leadership pipeline inside the field of Jewish nonprofits. The report's findings and recommendations focus on this field, but the approaches these funders are taking to create an environment for success are worth consideration by other fields in the sector. Continue reading here.
AmeriCorps VISTA Leaders Wanted
AJFCA is recruiting a VISTA Leader to join us in our Baltimore office beginning August 30th (or earlier, if available) to work on a national project building capacity in 12 select agencies to serve Holocaust survivors (Click here to read more about the complete project.) This would be a fantastic opportunity for someone looking to gain experience on a national scale or in social services. A key requirement for VISTA Leaders is at least one previous year of VISTA service, so please let us know if you have anyone who meets this requirement. Applications will be accepted through July 14th. Please share the job descriptions widely - we're looking for a top-notch candidate to help organize our sites across the US:  CNCS Listing. Idealist Listing. Contact Jennie or Liz if you have any promising candidates.

Click here for the full list of job postings.
Annual Foundation Center Renewal foundation center
AJFCA will be renewing the annual Foundation Center subscription. If you are interested please email Zahava by Friday, July 11th. Invoices will be emailed in late 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 click here or contact Megan.
AJFCA CEO Council Conference Call
AJFCA member agency CEOs are invited to join Relationships Between Executives & Board Chairs, a CEO Council conference call. During the call we will discuss effective ways for executives to work with their board chairs, looking at the elements that lead to a good executive/board team, how the roles and balance of responsibilities are set and positive communication practices. We will also discuss what member agency executives want their board chairs to gain from the AJFCA conference and consider steps to achieving this.

Relationships Between Executives & Board Chairs
Wednesday, July 9th, 3pm ET - REGISTER HERE
Facilitator:  Paula Goldstein, President/CEO, JFCS Philadelphia and Chair, CEO Council of AJFCA
AJFCA Geriatric Care Management Call
AJFCA Older Adult Service professionals are invited to share their experiences, ideas and issues regarding the planning and delivery of Geriatric Care Management services during a group discussion that will focus on measuring outcomes and determining early access entry points to bring clients into services. This discussion group was formed during a networking opportunity at the 2014 AJFCA Annual Conference. Older Adult Services professionals from AJFCA member agencies are welcome to join this call, regardless of prior engagement.

AJFCA Geriatric Care Management Discussion Call
Wednesday, July 16th, 3pm ET - REGISTER HERE
Communications/Development/Marketing Call ajfca logo-resized
Are you looking for new ideas and programs to help raise funds and awareness for your agency? Join AJFCA member agency communications, development and marketing professionals for an updates and ideas exchange. What events, programs and projects have benefitted your agency this year? Share your successes with other AJFCA member agency professionals. To make the most of our time please send Megan 1-2 bullets for discussion. The call will conclude with a virtual tour of the new AJFCA Marketing Bank.

Updates & Ideas Exchange
Thursday, July 17th, 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE
Facilitator:  Alison Berman, Fund Development Director, Collat JFS (Birmingham)
Purchasing Point Adds Two New Vendors purchasing point logo
The PurchasingPointŪ savings program, a complimentary AJFCA member benefit, saves members an average 33% annually. The money can then be redirected from nonprofit overhead spending and into the hands of mission-realted programs. To save you more money, PurchasingPoint just added two new vendors - Pearson and Nonprofit HR Hotline. Read on to learn more about them.

Begin enrollment http://ajfca.purchasingpoint.org
Invitation Code: AJFCA620
Between the Dashboard and the Chair: The Human Side of Data for Good
Good data practice is not just about the technical skills. There is a human side to nonprofit measurement and data. It is found between the dashboard and the chair. It includes organizational culture and its influence on decision-making - from consensus building on indicators, agility in responding to data with action, and sense-making. It is the human side that helps nonprofits use  their data for learning and continuous improvement. Continue reading here.
10 Tactics for Increasing Online Form Conversion Rates social fresh
According to Gartner, by 2020 customers will manage 85% of their purchasing relationships without talking to a human. While marketers don't fully trust social as a standalone lead generator, they do trust it as a promotional tool in their funnel. How can brands capture more responses using online forms? Here are 10 quick tips.
Giving Back Now a Primary Motivation for   Millennial Talent in the Workplace
A company's involvement in social causes plays a significant role at every stage of a Millennial's career, according to the just released 2014 Millennial Impact Report. An overwhelming 92 percent of respondents felt that they were actively contributing to a company having a positive effect on the world. This desire to do good through an employer presents new opportunities for companies (and organizations) to more effectively engage next generation talent. Continue reading here.
Lifestyles, Attitudes, and Technology Are Shaping Millennials' Giving chronicile of philanthropy
Instant access to information and a migration away from institutional affiliations are shaping how members of the millennial generation engage with philanthropic causes, according to experts who spoke at the annual meeting of the Council on Foundations. Read more here.
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