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AJFCA sees each Member Agency as a Thought Leader. You are the informed opinion leaders and the go-to people in our fields of expertise. You are trusted sources who move and inspire people with innovative ideas. You turn ideas into reality, and know and show how to replicate your success.

During the month of September AJFCA will share your reflections with the network as we work together to raise awareness surrounding National Recovery and Hunger Awareness

month. Click here to learn more about National Recovery and Hunger Awareness months from the AJFCA Network.

If your agency has a piece to share with the network please email Megan.
September is Healthy Aging Month  

Healthy aging month aims to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.

Access information on how to live happy and healthy as you age and sign up for healthy aging news 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.

Share this great news with your community.
JFS Named a Top Workplace in Delaware
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Jewish Family Services of Delaware is proud to be named one of The News Journal's 2015 Top Workplaces in Delaware - an honor bestowed on Delaware companies based on surveys of staff members. JFS ranked 10th among small companies and received the Special Award for Job Meaningfulness.

"I love the work that I do and the positive impact that it has on the clients," wrote one of the employees. 

"Counseling, youth advocacy, care management for families and older adults, and the JFS Food Pantry are all part of a holistic approach that meets our clients' needs."
Yulia Gaydayenko Named 2015 Berman Award Recipient
Yulia Gaydayenko, Director of Older Adult Services at Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit, was the 28th recipient of the prestigious Berman Award. Established in 1988 by Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman, the award honors the career achievement of an outstanding professional employed by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, its family of agencies and other Detroit-area Jewish social service organizations.

"There is nothing more sacred than helping a community's older adults to age with dignity and respect," said JFS CEO Perry Ohren. "While this is fully JFS' goal, it only happens in the exemplary way we are able to do so, because of Yulia Gaydayenko's commitment and passion."

Gaydayenko is the fourth JFS employee to receive the award. More JFS employees have received this prestigious award than any other organization.    

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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D'Var Torah 
Lee I. Sherman

I just finished reading Lev Golinkin's memoir A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka. It is Golinkin's story of his family's journey in 1989-90 from Kharkov to West Lafayette, Indiana, with an extended "stop" in Austria. Golinkin, a nine year old at the beginning of his travels, describes the challenges, the difficulties, and the triumphs along the way, with the humor that reveals the absurdities and strength of human spirit he encountered. This major exodus of the twentieth century is part of the ongoing Jewish story, a story with its roots in Torah.

In this week's parashah, Ki Tavo, the Jewish people are ever closer to entering their new home. They are instructed on the offering of the first fruits when they are settled, a passage we read each year at our Passover Seders. They are giving thanks, as the Haggadah instructs us to do, for "The Lord freed us from Egypt by a mighty hand." But, we know from our reading of Torah that there was much suffering and discontent along the way. On a human scale, isn't this understandable? The Hebrews' lives were disrupted and they had virtually no time to prepare. It is not always easy to be thankful, particularly when you are in the midst of the hardship of the journey.

And yet, we are given the words to use when we can taste the sweetness of the first fruits and recognize the value of the experience. It took Lev Golinkin until he was a college student and beyond to appreciate the efforts of those who helped to bring his family to freedom, the "thousands of individuals across the globe, praying, debating, marching, lighting candles, and holding vigils. People ...grappling with the most powerful dictatorship in history because they believed in my cause. Because they believed I was worth it." P. 371. This more recent Exodus sounds familiar. That is worth an offering of first fruits.

Shabbat Shalom and a peaceful Labor Day.  
Call for Submissions: Supported Decision-Making Tools and Best Practices
The National Resource Center for Supported Decision Making, operated by Quality Trust, an ACL grantee, is expanding its library of supported decision-making resources. Supported decision-making empowers older adults and people with disabilities by ensuring that they are the ultimate decision-makers in their  lives. In addition, the model is flexible enough to allow people to receive support from others in some areas of their lives, while still maintaining overall self-determination and control.
Supported decision-making tools can include durable powers-of-attorney, advance directives, health care proxies, representative payee regimes, direct bank deposit systems, and peer support programs. Please submit materials to Shirley Bondon, Quality Trust's Health and Aging Policy Fellow.
Aging Life Care Webinar:  Why You? Why Now?  
AJFCA is excited to partner with The Aging Life Care Association™ (ALCA) to offer a special opportunity for AJFCA member agencies serving aging adults and their families.  Learn more about the professio
n and how membership with ALCA can strengthen your agency's offerings. This live, one-hour conversation will include AJFCA's President/ CEO Lee Sherman and Liz Woodward, Director of Older Adult and Disabilities Services, as well as key ALCA staff and current members.

Aging Life Care:  Why You? Why Now?
Wednesday, October 14th, 1pm ET - 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
I've Spent A Lifetime Building a Mighty Network. Here Are My Secrets.
Networking effectively is a critical survival skill, and starts with being helpful and friendly even with people you don't know all that well, writes Karen Wickre. Don't make every interaction a transaction, and when you do ask for favors, don't forget to offer them, too. "Properly tended, this network is your currency, your brain trust, your reality check," Wickre writes. Read the entire article here.
Foundation Investment Growth Slowed Substantially Last Year, Study Says  chronicile of philanthropy
The investment portfolios of private foundations grew 6.1 percent in 2014, a slower pace than in the previous two years, when endowment officers cheered double-digit gains. Returns at community foundations slowed as well, dropping from 15.2 percent in 2013 to 4.8 percent last year, according to a study released Thursday by the Council on Foundations and the Commonfund Institute. Learn more here
2015 Midwest Older Adult Services Meeting 
Thirty older adult services professionals and agency leaders from 14 agencies throughout the Midwest and beyond came together last Monday, August 31st at JFS of Metropolitan Detroit for the 2nd Midwest Older Adult Services Meeting. The meeting kicked off with a discussion on trends in aging services followed by presentations and discussions on geriatric care management, integrated care, subsets in aging, specialized populations, psychotherapy and counseling, and community collaborations. A common theme throughout the day was the growing importance of organizational collaboration to meet the needs of older adults in a transitioning healthcare and social services environment. Gain insight into this important work by accessing the meeting presentations and notes in the older adult services section of the AJFCA Resource Library here (logins required).  
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.
Having Trouble Finding Strong Board Members?  board source
Having Trouble Finding Strong Board Members? August 28, 2015, BoardSource
Learn how to write an effective board member job posting in the Board Recruitment Center. Then use LinkedIn's Volunteer Marketplace to find the highly qualified and enthusiastic board members you need.
How to Shift Giving:  New Money for Good Research Released  network for good
By delving into the true giving motivations and habits of donors, fundraisers can create more effective strategies and stronger appeals to inspire more giving. These are exactly the kind of insights that the Money for Good research offers. Read 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
AJFCA Selects First Class of Meyerhoff Early Career Professional Fellows
AJFCA has been awarded a 3-year grant to form the Meyerhoff Early Career Professional Fellowship. For this inaugural year, AJFCA has identified 11 early career professionals in our member agencies who have exhibited strong leadership potential and will benefit from leadership development. During the year, which begins this month, the fellows will take part in skill building webinars, mentoring, and attendance at AJFCA's annual conference for a more intensive experience. Read the entire press release here.
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