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JF&CS Atlanta Offers Peer-to-Peer Fundraising Campaign to Community

The concept of peer-to-peer fundraising for a cause is nothing new. Many of us have been asked to sponsor a friend in a walk or run. Kids have raised money for charities for their mitzvah projects for years. Adults have asked friends to make donations in lieu of gifts for big birthdays and anniversaries. Is there a more worthwhile way to celebrate a milestone event?

JF&CS is leveraging technology to make it easier than ever for our supporters to help us raise additional funds. Moving beyond the traditional appeal letters, our peer-to-peer fundraising platform provides the bar mitzvah boy or birthday girl with a tool to turn his or her passion into action, complete with the ability to reach out to a network of friends through email and social media and to illustrate what their donations will support. If you want to make an upcoming milestone more meaningful, consider the power of peer-to-peer fundraising and the difference it can make. Learn more here.
JFS Dallas Announces 2015 Community Conference - When the War Comes Home:  Trauma and the Military Family

JFS Dallas  
Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas and UNT Health Sciences present When the War
Comes Home: Trauma and the Military Family, a community presentation and professional conference
featuring Dr. Harold Kudler, Chief Consultant for Mental Health in the VA Central Office, Washington D.C.

As the military downsizes, over 26,000 veterans are expected to settle in North Texas over the next 3 to 5
years. Reentry back into civilian life can be full of challenges. Many veterans find themselves unemployed and
even homeless. Trauma experienced during their service, and even preceding their enlistment, underlies mental health needs, family violence incidents and even  thoughts of suicide.

The 18th Annual Janis Ablon Professional Conference is one way that JFS is collaborating to meet the needs of
these veterans and their families. Open to the entire community, including mental health professionals,
veterans and their families, business and organizational leaders and interested community members,
professional speakers and panelists will address the difficulties adjusting to everyday life that veterans and their families may face upon returning from the military. These include challenges may include
unemployment, traumatic stress, depression, substance abuse, family conflict, and physical and emotional health.  Continue reading here.
JFS Houston Announces Neighbors 4 Neighbors Network as Community Service Program

JFS Dallas  
Jewish Family Service of Houston is pleased to announce that the Neighbors 4 Neighbors Network (N4NN) has officially been approved as a Community Service Program of JFS. N4NN is an innovative project for seniors who want to remain in their own homes. It connects neighbors; facilitates access to a variety of supportive services, cultural and social activities; creates an active caring neighborhood community; and provides volunteer opportunities.

This program is a volunteer-based, self-governing organization within a specific geographic boundary.
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D'Var Torah

Lee I. Sherman 

I remember as a young child having a book entitled something like "Jewish Heroes." The book had profiles of great Jewish men and women in history, beginning with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and going through people like Albert Einstein, Henrietta Szold, and Hank Greenberg (remember this is a book that ended around 1960 before Sandy Koufax made his mark). Each page told the story of how this particular Jew had made a significant contribution to the world and history. The book was perfect for writing those pesky Hebrew School reports. 


This week's parashah, Tol'dot, focuses on one of those Jewish heroes, Jacob. But in this account of Jacob's life, he doesn't seem much like a hero. This is the story of Jacob taking his brother's birthright and blessing. He lies to and deceives his father and, perhaps, even takes advantage of Esau at a vulnerable moment. Commentators through the ages have made attempts to sugarcoat Jacob's behavior, it was for a bigger cause, etc., but there is no denying that Jacob engaged in behavior that we would not want our own children to emulate. 


This week's portion is not the end of Jacob's story. There is much more to come. Next week we will see Jacob getting his "reward" for the lies he has told as he himself is the victim of deception when he seeks to take a wife. We also begin to see a change in Jacob. He learns from the act and consequences of his past behavior so he can truly become the leader of his people and the person, Israel, for whom all of our nation is known. Jacob's heroism resides not only in his acts, but in his ability to improve himself, to change for the better. 


Certainly, it is just such change that we all strive for. It is the basis of the work that we do with and on behalf of those who come to our agencies.  Jacob is a hero because we know his entire story, from the mistakes he made to his personal and broader accomplishments. His is a success story worthy of a "Jewish Hero." 


Shabbat Shalom

Elderly Housing
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released a webinar highlighting certain provisions in the recently published Supportive Housing and Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities: Implementing Statutory Reforms Proposed Rule. Click here to learn more about the proposed rule and listen to the webinar.
Child Care Grant Overhaul Clears Final Vote
A measure to overhaul a child care grant program is headed to President Barack Obama's desk, 18 years after the program was last reauthorized. The Senate agreed 88-1 to concur in the House amendment to a bill (S 1086) that would create new health, safety and educational standards for the Child Care and Development Block Grant program, which helps low-income families pay for child care. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, cast the lone vote against the measure. Continue reading here.
Claims Conference Launches Holocaust Film Competition claims conference
Do you have a compelling story to tell about the Holocaust? Enter your screenplay or treatment and you could win $40,000 to make your short film. The Holocaust Film Competition's deadline is March 15, 2015. Click here for details.
Wexner Field Fellowship Program
The Wexner Field Fellowship Program is an opportunity for promising full-time Jewish communal professionals who are seeking professional development. In partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation, three Wexner Field Fellows will be accepted as part of incoming classes of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. Watch this video for more information on the Field Fellows program. To learn more about the eligibility requirements and awards, and to submit a pre-application for the Field Fellowship, please click here.
Nonprofit Policy Development and Operations  huffington post Management - Crossing Boundaries?
Board members and nonprofit CEOs must work together to form a culture of trust regarding the line between policy development and management, Eugene Fram writes. The best way to draw this line is to clearly state the board's responsibilities, and then allow both the CEO and board chair to determine boundaries on a situational basis. Continue reading here.
10 General Guidelines for Greater Foundation Transparency
Given the immense diversity of foundations, it is a challenge to talk about any aspect of foundation behavior that goes beyond the minimum required in law and public policy to reach prescriptions for the behavior of foundations across the board. Continue reading here.

2014 Older Adult Services Midwest Meeting   

AJFCA was delighted to partner with JFS Columbus for the 2014 Older Adult Services Midwest Meeting on November 16th and 17th. The gathering was a huge success, with over thirty Jewish Communal Professionals hailing from ten different AJFCA member agencies, including, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, and Louisville.

The meeting commenced on Sunday, November 16th with a casual networking gathering at Latitude 41's bar, located inside of the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. Despite the cold and snow, the meeting kicked off first thing on Monday, November 17th at JFS Columbus with a warm welcome from JFS Columbus's CEO June Gutterman and AJFCA's CEO Lee Sherman. AJFCA appreciated the attendants' enthusiasm as they shared information and knowledge on a range of relevant topics including but not limited to Caregiver Support, Senior Transportation, Caring for Holocaust Survivors, Geriatric Care Management, Building Community Collaborations and the impact of the recent switch to My Care Ohio. Continuing Education Credits were provided.  

Good Deeds Day Webinar 
Good Deeds Day, held on March 15th celebrates doing good for the benefit of others and the planet. All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to give of themselves, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do a good deed, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively impact the world. Good Deeds Day, held March 15, 2015. Learn how to organize a project in your own community and activate your goodness.

Good Deeds Day Webinar
Tuesday, November 25th, 12pm ET - REGISTER HERE

Addictions Practice Group Conference Call
Professionals from AJFCA member agencies are invited to join your colleagues from across North America in a discussion of current trends and key issues in addictions services in your community.

Addictions Practice Group Conference Call
Wednesday, December 10th, 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE

How to Recruit the Nonprofit Board You Really social velocity Need
A board matrix is a tool that many nonprofits use to analyze what traits their current board has and where the holes lie. But this is the wrong way to think about who your board members should be. To recruit the board you really need, you have to connect the skills, experience, and networks of your board to the specific goals of your long-term strategy. Read more here.
Nonprofits Find New Donors With Databases That  chronicile of philanthropy Track Connections
The Henry Ford, a history museum and complex in Michigan, had its eye on a company as a potential sponsor for its education program, but none of the nonprofit's executives knew anyone there to start the conversation. Enter the nonprofit's relationship-mapping database. Continue reading here.
How the Other Half Gives: Philanthropy from High Net Worth Individuals nonprofit quarterly
"High net worth" doesn't mean billionaire. In the most recent survey of high net worth givers, conducted by the U.S. Trust private banking division of Bank of America, high net worth is measured as households with $1 million in investable assets or annual income of $200,000. Read more here.
HR Compliance 2015: Are You Ready?
As 2014 comes to an end, we will visit lessons learned from legislation, litigation, and regulatory enforcement as it relates to employment screening.

HR Compliance 2015: Are You Ready?
Thursday, December 4th, 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE
The Three A's of a Successful Agency

To assist members in their transition to electronic record-keeping, AJFCA has partnered with Foothold Technology, entitling AJFCA agency members to a discount on Foothold's software and service package. Learn more about the changes facing nonprofit agencies at the webinar, The Three A's of a Foothold TechnologySuccessful Agency: Accountability, Accessibility, Affordability.This online session offers specific strategies for using technology and metrics to help agencies operate more efficiently and economically while improving their quality of care.

The Three A's of a Successful Agency
Tuesday, December 9th, 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE
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