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Collat JFS CARES - Expanding Space



Thanks to Brenda and Fred Friedman, Collat Jewish Family Service's Caring for Adults through Respite, Enrichment & Socialization's space has almost doubled in size!

, launched in January at the Friedman Center for Jewish Life, has been meeting the needs of families facing memory and movement disorders. Don't miss this opportunity to have your loved one socialize with friends and be stimulated in our newly expanded space. 
Contact Program Director, Pam Leonard at for more information.
LGBT Refugees Visit the Pride Parade



On Sunday, June 28th, a contingent from Jewish Family & Children's Services of East Bay's LGBT Refugee Services program marched in the San Francisco Pride Parade. It was a truly amazing experience for the LGBT refugee and asylee clients--who have fled from every kind of persecution and trauma in Africa, the Middle East, and Russia--to march openly and proudly just days after the Supreme Court decision bringing full marriage equality to the United States. 

Some pictures from Pride are here.

HIAS:  For the Refugees



There are places where being who you are is a punishable offense. Find out why HIAS has been helping refugees for 130 years. Click here to view HIAS's video.
JFFS Announces CEO Transition



The Board of Jewish Federation & Family Services (JFFS) announced today (July 22, 2015) that it has appointed Dr. Lauren Gavshon, a proven leader and bridge builder and JFFS' current Director of Clinical Services, as interim President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Shalom Elcott as President and Chief Executive Officer.  

Read the full press release here.
Senior Resource Connect - AJFCA's New Older Adult Services Website

AJFCA recently launched our new older adult services website, Senior Resource Connect. The website aims to leverage the expertise of Jewish family services agencies assisting older adults in the community, increase referrals to member agency programs, streamline referrals between agencies, and act as an information hub on all matters of senior services.

Has your agency gotten involved? Don't miss the chance to be listed as a member on this new platform. Make sure we have your information and contribute your resources for older adults and their caregivers to the site by emailing Liz.

Click here to access the Senior Resource Connect Toolkit. Share this great news with your community. 
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D'Var Torah 
Lee I. Sherman

Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush.  This civil rights law which prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in all areas of public life has been a "game changer" for all of us, regardless of our abilities.  In the 25 years since the ADA became law, the United States has become a more inclusive and sensitive society.  Better?  Yes.  Done?  No.

"These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel on the other side of the Jordan."  (Deut. 1:1).  These are the opening words of this week's parashah, the beginning of our final book of Torah.  In these final chapters, Moses issues reminders, encouragement, and sometimes blame.  He demonstrates his own strengths and weaknesses, a range of human qualities.  And, this most remarkable of orations is delivered by a self-professed "man of impeded speech."  (Exodus 6:12).  At this pivotal moment in the history of the Jews and the world, no person is excluded, none are separated for being "different."


The passage of the ADA was an important milestone in the history of civil rights in the U.S.  But, while the law guarantees equal access, the implementation continues to be a challenge.  And, there are others on the margins of our society who continue to face discrimination.  The ADA should be a model for what is possible for all.  Like the Israelites on the brink of entering the Promised Land, we are all in this together and there is much work yet to be done.  As President Bush said 25 years ago:  "Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down."


Shabbat Shalom 


Planning & Delivery of Older Adult Services: Supporting Holocaust Survivors


Join us for this conversation on supporting Holocaust survivors to age with health and dignity in our communities. Masha Pearl, Executive Director of The Blue Card, will present on the work of this national organization and AJFCA member professionals will come together to share their knowledge and experience on innovative or best practices for funding services for Holocaust survivors, the emerging needs and growing requests for services, and utilizing volunteers in implementing programs.


Supporting Holocaust Survivors

Thursday, August 6 - 2pm EDT - REGISTER HERE
External Influences on Nonprofit Management: a Wide-Angle View  NPQ
All organizations are affected by the cultures and social structures from which they emerge. Dominant paradigms, shared belief systems, and personal politics create mental models about the way we want-and are sometimes blindly driven-to structure and manage our work. Read the entire article here.
How to Nurture Accountability with Employees 
Organizations are made up of teams and individuals who execute specific tasks to drive a greater, overarching business goal. However, the link between individual actions and broader organizational goals is often unclear. Most employees, including leaders, do not realize the impact that their actions (or lack of) can have on business operations. Read the entire article here.
Improving Health through Trauma-Informed Care


People who experience physically or 
emotionally harmful or life threatening events can have lasting adverse mental and physical health effects. Trauma-informed care can improve 
patient engagement with their providers and support health outcomes. In addition, a 
clinic environment that realizes the widespread impact of trauma can actively resist re-traumatization of the people you serve. 

How can you embed trauma-informed approaches into the practice of your integrated primary care clinic?

Join this webinar to walk through what a trauma-informed clinic looks like and simple steps you can take to ensure your services and clinic environment are trauma-informed.

Before you join us for the webinar, get a primer on trauma-informed care on SAMHSA's web page  and review some of the resources available on CHIS' trauma web page.


After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify characteristics of a trauma-informed primary care clinic
  • Recognize specific steps to educate staff and patients on trauma's effects and to modify daily clinic routines to become trauma-informed
  • Obtain practical resources for implementing trauma-informed care in a primary care clinic

Wednesday, Jul 28th, 2:00-3:30 pm EST/11:00 am-12:30 pm PST 


Advocacy Day  capital
The 2015 AJFCA Advocacy Day will take place on Tuesday, October 27th in Washington, DC. Join AJFCA for a day on Capitol Hill followed by meetings at the White House (lunch included). More details to come.

Reserve your room at the Renaissance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel (via the link) by calling 888-803-1298. Please identify yourself as part of the AJFCA group when making your reservation. The group rate is $219.00 per night, plus tax. Reservations must be made by October 3rd. Please contact Zahava at 410-843-7487 with questions.
Addictions' Professionals Call
Addictions' Professionals are invited to join Daniel Krasner, National Clinical Solutions Provider & ARISE Interventionist Intern from 2015 AJFCA Annual Conference sponsor, Ranch at Dove Tree for a discussion surrounding young adult addiction and recovery trends including collegiate recovery communities and programs. 

Addictions' Professionals Call
Thursday, August 20th - 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE
2015 AJFCA Regional Meetings
Join professionals for AJFCA's Domestic Violence Professionals Fly In
and Midwest Older Adult Services Meeting this summer. Click here to learn more and register today!
Should You Join a Non-Profit Board?   linkedin logo
Community service should be a regular activity for all of us. But serving on a board and helping guide a nonprofit can be a fantastic experience:
  • You will meet intelligent and committed people from different backgrounds;
  • You become more involved with the cause which makes you better able to effect change;
  • You will learn about board process; 
  • You will witness the fruits of your labor over a long period of time.
  • You should be devoted to the cause, since the job is not easy. It takes time, effort, and patience, so unless you're passionate about the cause, you may get discouraged.
Continue reading here.
3 Musts for Better Stories  network for good
Everyone knows that storytelling is a win for nonprofits, but not all stories are created equal. To truly resonate with your readers, your story needs to have three essential ingredients:
  1. A strong emotional pull
  2. A singular focus
  3. A clear tie to the reader
Read about the three ingredients in detail here.
Peer Pressure for Good  
After Liz Ragland, Senior Content and Marketing Associate at Network for Good read articles in Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Huffington Post, she couldn't get the song out of her head,"Under pressure..." Queen's lyrics aren't really describing the type of pressure featured in either of those articles, but the main theme is clear: Pressure changes things-it makes action happen. Learn more here.

Do You Have A Successful Holiday Gift Giving Program?


One of our network agencies is looking
 for fresh ideas (specifically for marketing materials/display boards) for their holiday gift giving program.  This JFS has collected gifts for many years using up to 20 display boards like the one pictured here, mounted on easels throughout the community.  Individuals take a tag, purchase the gift listed, and bring the unwrapped gift to the JFS office to be gifted to clients in need.  They have also begun to use Amazon to maintain a list of gifts, allowing donors to make their purchase online and ship directly to the JFS office.  Their volunteer committee wants to look at other options for making the display board more professional looking. Do you have a program with new ideas for this community?  Email AJFCA'sDirector of Volunteer Strategy & Repair the World Programming Jennie Gates Beckman at jbeckman@ajfca.org so she can connect you with this agency.
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