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Even Small Amounts of Exercise Help Older Adults 

New research shows that adults 60 and over can reduce mortality risk by about 22% with only half the recommended 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise suggested by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more here.

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Click here to access Senior Resource Connect and stay current on the latest trends in older adult services.

AJFCA launched our new older adult services website, Senior Resource Connect this summer. 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.

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AJFCA Welcomes Year 2 VISTA Members 

On August 31st members of the AJFCA VISTA Project's second year will begin working in 7 locations across the United States to continue building the capacity of local organizations to meet the needs of Holocaust survivors in their communities and throughout the country.

AJFCA staff had the opportunity to meet with 4 of our dynamic year 2 VISTA members in Philadelphia on August 26th and were excited to hear that they have already begun thinking seriously about the work they are to tackle in the coming year. Read about all of the year 2 VISTA project sites including their year 1 successes and year 2 project goals and VISTA members here
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Adoption Connection Reaching out Via TV 
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Adoption Connection is a private non-profit adoption agency run by Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati that brings together pregnant women who are considering adoption with hopeful loving families who want to adopt an infant.  

Click here
to watch one of two spots JFS Cincinnati is running on a few TV channels to let birth parents know they are here for them.   

Will Workshop Webinar 

Join LegalShield for a Will Workshop webinar, given by Weinstock, Friedman & Friedman. The purpose of this webinar is to help you understand some basic information about estate planning and how to fill out your Will Questionnaire so you can send in your Will for preparation by an attorney.  


Will Workshop Webinar
Sept., 16th, 12pm ET   

Meeting ID: 566-184-914
Phone: 559-546-1230
Passcode: 559686

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For the past year, AJFCA has been the sponsor organization for a national VISTA program to support Holocaust survivors.  Ten VISTA members (the volunteers) have worked in nine communities across the U.S. to increase outreach to survivors, engage other volunteers in their work, and highlight the needs of those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis.  The passion and enthusiasm of each of our VISTA members have motivated many of us in our work this year and for this and all they have done, we thank them.
As our departing VISTA members go on to further their careers and educations (2 with our agencies), we know that their work is not complete. As Rabbi Tarfon taught, "It is not your responsibility to complete the work, neither are you free to desist from it." Perkei Avot 2:16.  In our broken world, the obligation to repair and perfect it is shared amongst us all.  It is the core motivating value of the work of all of our member agencies, in spite of how daunting the task often seems. 
We are fortunate that our partners at the Corporation for National and Community Service are funding our national VISTA project for a second year.  And so, this week we welcome our new cohort of VISTA members to enhance the Jewish communities work with and on behalf of Holocaust survivors. Take a look at the article in the Highlights section of this newsletter about the accomplishments of our departing champions and our welcome to the new group - those who continue the obligation to perfect our world.
Have a complete Shabbat.
Ruderman Inclusion Summit
The Ruderman Inclusion Summit will bring together all stakeholders in our community to foster strategic advocacy and awareness, peer to peer learning, best practice, networking and more. The Summit will feature internationally recognized leaders in the field, speaking and engaging with attendees on the critical issues of education, housing, employment, community and religious life. Five hundred people from around the world are expected to participate in the conference. Learn more here.
National Medicare Education Program (NMEP) Webinar cms
The focus of the NMEP meeting is to enlist organizations to support outreach and education around the Medicare program. NMEP has expanded the focus of the meeting to reflect additional CMS programs such as the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

National Medicare Education Program
Wednesday, September 9th, 1pm - REGISTER HERE
Webinar Series: The Changing Landscape of Community and Residential Supports for Persons with Disabilities
Professionals, self-advocates, and family members are invited to this 4-part webinar series hosted by AJFCA and presented by the Task Force on Jewish Residential Alternatives for Adults with Disabilities outlining the changing landscape of community and residential supports for persons with disabilities. The series is offered free of charge to all AJFCA network professionals and available to clients of AJFCA members and professionals and clients at non-member organizations for a fee. Learn more here
Join this discussion with Steven Eidelman, H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Human Services, Policy and Leadership at the University of Delaware and former Executive Director of The Arc of the United States, to learn about best practices for residential programming and the philosophy of funding residential programs in the future.

Residential Programming
Wednesday, October 21st, 1 pm EST - REGISTER HERE
Now You See It, Now You Don't: Conflict of Interest Demands More Than Just a Policy
Conflicts of interest are a normal part of organizational life, but dealing with them is anything but simple. Learn why here.
2016 AJFCA Annual Conference - Request for Proposals 
AJFCA is seeking workshop proposals that present new and innovative information directly related to the operation of a Jewish human service agency. Successful proposals will be interactive, clear, and well-organized, with concrete take-aways for attendees. Sessions should examine challenges and present lessons learned measurable positive impact, and strategies for excellence. Replicable and engaging program ideas are preferred in the follow tracks.
  • Executive Team Leadership
  • Agency Services 
  • Fund Development & Marketing
  • Board Leadership
  • Volunteer/Young Adult Engagement
Prior to submitting, please carefully review the RFP Guidelines. This document contains important information on the Conference and detailed guidelines for each of the areas of focus. WORKSHOP PROPOSAL FORM. PROPOSAL DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 18, 2015. Please email Zahava with questions. 
Advocacy Day  capital
The 2015 AJFCA Advocacy Day will take place on Tuesday, October 27th in Washington, DC. Learn about public policies affecting your work, and advocate for your priorities at meetings at the White House and on Capitol Hill (lunch included). Register here.

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.
Our Boards in Our Brands: An Aspiration NPQ
There is a lot of talk about board members as ambassadors for nonprofits but how do you mobilize this if it does not exist? Here, Jeanne Bell explores the power of brand as an organizing principle for boards, providing three core concepts that can help to structure your consideration of this strategy. Continue reading here.
Facebook Launches 'Donate Now' Button for Nonprofits facebook logo
Facebook is about to get a whole lot more useful for nonprofits. On Monday, August 24th the social giant launched a "Donate Now" button organizations can plug directly into their Pages and ads to aid fundraising efforts. Learn more here.
Small Agency Development/Marketing Professionals  Conference Call 
Take an intentional look at your fundraising efforts. AJFCA Annual Conference closing plenary presenter, Alina Spaulding, a speaker and consultant on development strategy will lead us through a process of looking at our development efforts and give us some ideas about creating a stewardship plan for the year ahead. This is specifically geared toward  development/marketing professionals from agencies in small communities (operating revenues less than $1 million).

Small Agency Development/Marketing Professionals Call
Tuesday, September 8th, 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE 
Webinar: SafeLink - A Lifeline for Your Clients   safelink
Join the SafeLink team for a webinar during which you will learn more about the program including how you can enroll your clients. Along with providing background information this webinar will be an opportunity to ask questions. SafeLink Wireless provides your eligible clients the opportunity to apply for a free cell phone with free monthly minutes through the Federal Lifeline program.  
Webinar: SafeLink - A Lifeline for Your Clients 
Tuesday, October 13th, 2pm ET
Link:  https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/285970813 
Phone:  1-888-453-4221, Passcode: 2022632971# 
Insurance Needs Webinar
AJFCA has partnered with Brown & Brown Insurance Agency. Brown & Brown understands the diverse insurance needs of family and social service organizations and offers one of the most comprehensive product selections available in the marketplace. Join Shari Pataky for a webinar discussing your insurance needs as family service agency including your own property insurance, errors & omissions, abuse and molestation, workers compensation to your own employee benefits / health insurance needs.

Insurance Needs
Tuesday, October 13th, 3pm ET - REGISTER HERE
New Interactive Guide Aims to Activate Alumni NetWORKS
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation has released the Alumni Playbook - an online compendium of strategies, best practices and case studies designed to connect with and activate the hundreds of thousands of young Jews who have participated in Jewish experiences and programs. Read more here.
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