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On the Go is an award-winning program at Jewish Family Service of San Diego for adults 60 and over, providing multiple transportation opportunities to support the varied needs of older adults in the community. As JFS puts it, "On the Go is more than a ride-it's independence, community connection, mobility, and dignity."  

The program features 5 components, including On the Go Excursions, providing organized outings throughout the San Diego area and Rides & Smiles volunteer drivers for personal appointments. 

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Clients pay an enrollment fee and services range from donation-based to private pay, including a premium service offering a distinct pricing package based on distance and duration.  JFS of San Diego has also developed a software program to organize ride scheduling and volunteer hours. To learn more about On the Go, visit the JFS San Diego website or contact Meredith Morgenroth, Director of Transportation.

Older adult services are an ever growing focus of Jewish social service agencies. AJFCA's goal is to highlight exemplary programs across the U.S. and Canada to acknowledge agency expertise and share successful models with our network. Share your programming triumphs with Liz today! 


JFS Senior Services Coordinator Meets with Houston Mayor

JFS Houston
Leah Mueller, LBSW, Senior Services Coordinator at Jewish Family Service of Houston, was recently part of a meeting with Mayor Parker regarding the System Benefits Fund, known as Lite Up Texas. Also attending the meeting was Debra Danburg, Former State Representative Harris County, Carol Biedrzycki, Executive Director Texas Rose (Ratepayers' Organization to Save Energy), Laurie Glaze, Executive Director Texas One Voice and Joshua Reynolds, Director Care for Elders. The Lite Up Texas Fund provides discounts over the summer to help low-income households with electric bills to free up funds for other necessities (i.e. medicine) for our clients.

Leah requested that the Mayor's Office contact the various electric companies serving the Houston area to ask them to join a coalition to recreate the System Benefit Fund outside of the state treasury and to host a working group to draft a new System Benefit Fund statue which would ask other city's mayors and the Houston Delegation (House and State Senate) to sponsor and support this fund. Carol and Debra will go to the mayors of Dallas and Corpus Christi to request their support as these cities represent the other large deregulated markets. Mayor Parker agreed to host a meeting with the electrical companies to begin the process and she also plans to contact Representative Turner's office since he is the lead on this issue.

Philanthropist James Klinghoffer Donates $50,000 to JFS Atlantic & Cape May Counties

JFS Atlantic and Cape May
James Klinghoffer, a well-known philanthropist recent made a $50,000 donation to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties' nursing and nutrition program that bears his name. A staunch supporter of JFS since the 1970s, he is responsible for initiating the James Klinghoffer Nursing & Nutrition Program, a vital, four-year-old program that provides older adults with support for maintaining a healthy and balance diet. This support includes much-needed dietary assessments as well as help with obtaining groceries.

One important piece of the Klinghoffer Nursing & Nutrition Program involves helping seniors with grocery shopping. Many seniors cannot get to a supermarket, have strained financial resources, and/or have a limited capacity to shop for themselves. Thanks to the program, many such seniors get the assistance they need with grocery shopping and delivery. The program also helps support three nurses on the JFS staff who specialize in diabetes care, heart disease, illness education and nutrition planning. These nurses act as medical advocates, providing seniors with in-home health assessments, ongoing coordination of care, and general assistance with dietary needs. Continue reading here.
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D'Var Torah

Lee I. Sherman

As I write this week's message, we are nearing the end of a 72 hour truce between Israel and Hamas. We all hope that the hostilities will not re-escalate, resulting in more trauma and casualties for all parties. It is also a time to breathe a little, step back and reflect on the events of the past month. For me, I am not only impressed and thankful for the individual commitment of the Israeli soldiers, but also overwhelmed at the almost unanimous support and concern of the Israeli people for their fighting forces. The funerals of a number of the fallen soldiers were attended by thousands, many of whom did not personally know the deceased. The power of community to embrace each individual has never been more strongly felt.
In this week's parashah, Va-ethannan, the people of Israel continue their preparation for entering their new home and their first view of Israel. They are just east of the Jordan River and no doubt anxious for their journey to end. But, despite the years of wandering in the desert, there is still some necessary preparation before they enter the land. This week's reading contains some of the most powerful language in Torah. The words of the Shema are read this week, a prayer that resonates with all Jews and which reinforces the covenantal relationship with God. This week's parashah also repeats the Ten Commandments, ensuring that this new generation which will build a nation in the Promised Land will remember and incorporate the laws revealed many years earlier at Mt. Sinai. The message is clear. The laws of Torah are personal for all, and each individual is equally responsible for the commitment to Torah and to one another.  

There is an ongoing discussion in Jewish organizations about connecting individuals to the broader community. How are Jews across the Diaspora and in Israel, across all denominational lines, connected to one another? What is it that we share, if anything? How do we stay responsive to the individual, but continue to build community? War is the last venue in which we want to search for answers to these questions. But, this is the world in which we find ourselves. This is the situation from which we can rally as a people and support one another. Just as Moses instructs in this week's parashah, it is the mitzvot and their underlying values which were transmitted to us all at Mt. Sinai that bind us. We are all included ; we must all ensure that we forget no one.  

Have a peaceful Shabbat.
August Recess Action Items
Congressional recesses provide an excellent opportunity for you to visit your legislators and their staff in their home offices (or invite them to your own agencies) and talk about your agency's priorities. In addition to your own priorities, we encourage you to ask your Members of Congress to support the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Holocaust Survivors, the ABLE (Achieving a Better Experience) Act, and funding for the Office of Refugee Resettlement to address unaccompanied children at our border. Please click here for a full explanation of these items including background materials and sample letters. Contact Shelley Rood if you have any questions and let us know about the outcome of your meetings!
Changes to the ZRBG "Ghetto Pension" Law
Bet Tzedek's Holocaust Survivors Justice Network is hosting a webinar for social service professionals to discuss the recent amendment to the ZRBG "ghetto pension" law, which expands the number of eligible ghettos and allows pension recipients to elect to receive a pension recalculated (and paid retroactively to) July 1, 1997. Click here to learn more about the webinar.

Changes to the ZRBG "Ghetto Pension" Law
Thursday, August 14th, 12:30pm ET - REGISTER HERE
How Can I Help Unaccompanied Immigrant  Children?
An estimated 80-90,000 Central American children are expected to cross the southern border of the U.S. this year and as many as 140,000 may come next year. During the dangerous journey north, these children are at serious risk of violence, rape, exploitation, and even death. In most cases, the children have fled relentless violence and hopelessness in search of a safe place and a better life. Click here to learn how you can help
Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and  Jewish leadership institute Inclusion
The mission of the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion (JLIDI) is to provide leadership training and support to prepare participants to promote and support inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community and Jewish life. This four day intensive leadership development retreat prepares participants to return to their own organizations with strategies to support people with disabilities in new ways and develop organizational inclusion initiatives. Applications are being accepted through September 4th. Click her for more information.

Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion
Pearlstone Center - Baltimore, MD
November 16-20, 2014
In Praise of Operations: Making "What Works" bridgespan Actually Work
The fundamental value proposition of the "what works" movement is that the lives of many people in need can be materially improved by expanding the reach of programs and organizations that reliably yield strong results for those they serve. Click here to read more about why the social sector give so little attention to operations.
Average Nonprofit Spends 3.2% of Budget on  chronicile of philanthropy Technology, Report Says
The average nonprofit technology budget accounted for 3.2 percent of total annual organizational spending, according to a new report. Click here to learn more about the roles of information technology and technology support staff in overall operations.
Cultivation Across the Generations
Join professionals from four AJFCA agencies as they recreate a popular 2014 AJFCA Annual Conference workshop. Presenters will relay their experiences in working with programs at their agencies aimed at teens, families and young adults. Listen to what works to attract and retain young donors to support your agency. The webinar will focus on:
  • using an agency program to promote community outreach and engagement,
  • creating hands-on experiences to engage younger donors on a deeper level, 
  • messaging the value of engaging with the agency in a way that resonate with younger donors, and 
  • creating opportunities to link the donor's engagement with their Jewish values.
Cultivation Across the Generations
Tuesday, August 26th, 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE

2015 Annual Conference Workshop RFP Guidelines for the 2015 AJFCA Annual Conference Workshop RFP will be available next week. ajfca logo-resized



Boards and the Onboarding Process for New Nonprofit Executives
Your nonprofit is going through an executive transition. The new executive director is finally in place. Now it's time for the Board of Directors to back out of the way and let the new ED find his or her own way. According to a recent article in Associations Now, this is the time when the board is most eager to hand things off to the new CEO and, yet, it is the time when an onboarding process is most helpful and necessary. Read the five recommendations for the board here.
Boards:  A Historic Relic? NPQ
An effective board both creates and reflects an effective organization. An effective organization is one that sees all of its parts (staff, volunteers, consultants, board members) as part of an ecosystem, and when each person plays their part and does their share, the system works. Click here to learn how a board of directors can be most effective.
So Fast Google Can't Ignore You: Donations NTEN Optimized For SEO
So much rides on our search engine rankings. In Canada, 3 to 6 percent of donated dollars go to international charities. It's a very competitive marketplace for all nonprofits and extremely competitive for international charities. Advertising can be effective, but it's also costly. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) allows us to capture the attention of the niche market of people who may want to make an overseas donation. Click here to learn how to put your website back on the map, without adding any new content.
Charities Like Facebook for Rallying Support but  Not Much for Fundraising
Facebook, with its audience of 1.2 billion worldwide and 128 million daily users in America, has long been touted as a great way to help nonprofits find supporters. But, only 2 percent of nonprofits in the United States raised $10,000 to $25,000 through Facebook in a 12-month period, and 1 percent raised $25,000 to $100,000, according to a repLearn why thechronicle philanthropy social network is lousy for fundraising hereort released last year by Blackbaud, a fundraising-software company..
Use Virtual Volunteers to Improve Your Organization
Online volunteering allows people to help nonprofits in a variety of ways, from web design and social media strategy, to translation, accounting, research, data entry and a host of other needs. This kind of skills-based volunteering allows virtual volunteers to contribute as much or as little time as they can, all from the convenience of their computers or smartphones. Click here to learn about the range of virtual volunteer opportunities.
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