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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.
Falls Prevention Awareness 

Every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Older adults can prevent falls by maintaining health and creating a safe environment. 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.

Share this great news with your community.
Statement From JIAS Toronto - Syrian Refugee Crisis 

JIAS Toronto is a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (SAH) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) with a mandate to welcome and support refugees seeking protection and refuge in Canada. With the situation in Syria at critical levels and millions of Syrians homeless, we are working with synagogues, community groups and individuals to sponsor Syrian refugees to the GTA. To date, we have signed memorandums of understanding, one with a private family and one with a local synagogue, to bring two Syrain refugee families to Toronto and reunite them with their families here. Learn more here.
On the Front Lines of Domestic Violence Prevention and Response 
jcfs chicago   
On August 10, Jewish Child & Family Services of Chicago welcomed 16 domestic violence professionals to its Skokie office for the first Association of Jewish Family & Children Agencies (AJFCA) Domestic Violence Professionals Fly-In. The participants came from all across the country, including Los Angeles, Cincinnati, West Palm Beach, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Washington D.C. and Detroit. 

As this passionate group of colleagues energetically shared ideas and described the breadth of programming that is being accomplished, I couldn't help but reflect on how much has changed. Continue reading Amy Rubin, Senior Director of Community Services reflections here.     
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D'Var Torah 
Lee I. Sherman

Lately, I've been thinking about the 1976 film Voyage of the Damned. Perhaps you have seen it. The movie is a fictionalized account of the 1939 sailing of the MS St. Louis from Hamburg to Cuba with a passenger list of over 900 Jews. Only the ship is refused entry to Cuba and, then, the U.S. also turns the ship away. Forced to head back to Germany, some European nations take some of the Jewish passengers, but only those who made it to England were able to totally escape the coming tide of Nazis across Europe. I may not remember this quote exactly, but the most chilling words of the movie are when a Nazi officer on board says: "When the whole world has refused to accept them as refugees, no country can blame Germany for the fate of the Jews."

In a few days we will begin our observance of Rosh Hashanah. Although this is a solemn occasion as we embark on the Days of Awe, it is also a time that is associated with the Creation story, a time to celebrate the place of humanity in the world. From the time of Adam and Eve we are taught that humanity has a responsibility to protect God's Creation, including those who inhabit it.

Unfortunately, our world is not a safe place for many of its citizens. People are fleeing persecution in unprecedented numbers. As Jews, we understand all too well what it means to be refugees who are unable to find a safe harbor. As we enter the year 5776, may we do all that we can to ensure that all refugees can find a place where they are welcome.

Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova Umetuka.  
Update: The National Assembly Submits Comments to the Department of Labor on Overtime Pay Requirements
The National Human Services Assembly (National Assembly) submitted public comments on the Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed rule to update the exemptions to the overtime pay requirement under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As you may know, the proposed rule, published on July 6, 2015, would increase the minimum salary threshold to approximately $50,000, below which employers would be required to pay the overtime wage rate for work in excess of forty hours per work week. Learn more here.
App Connects Refugees with Missing Family Members huffington post
Refunite, a free application under the nonprofit Refugees United, helps connect refugees around the world with their lost loved ones. The app is estimated to have helped about 1,500 families. Refunite has joined forces with the Red Cross, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other nonprofit groups to create awareness and register refugees. Read the entire article here
Increasing High Holiday Engagement  ejewish philanthropy
Rosh Hashanah is less than a week away! Are you ready to harness the energy & excitement of the High Holidays & transform it into year-round community engagement? Continue reading here.
Resource: The Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Playbook
The Emerging Leaders Playbook offers a comprehensive guide for emerging leaders and their mentors to help them make sense of the changing nature of leadership. The Playbook offers practical tools grounded in research, and accompanied by systems of support to guide reflection, growth, and organizational best practices. It is part of a project funded by the Packard Foundation that also includes an intensive peer learning program for emerging leaders and their mentors. Read more 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.
Wooing Wealthy Donors With an 'IPO Road Show' chronicile of philanthropy
Newly minted millionaires often balk at making charitable gifts - not because they're stingy but because they don't know which nonprofits to trust. That's according to Alexandre Mars, a technology entrepreneur who is turning his energy to doing good.

To inspire confidence and spur donations, Mr. Mars created a new instrument of philanthropy: a foundation that promotes vetted charities to donors in the same way a business woos investors for an initial public offering. Continue reading here.
How Social Influencers Can Help Nonprofits Boost Gift Matching
Nonprofits can take full advantage of gift matching programs by working with social influencers, getting their attention through platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Nonprofits should reach out to influencers via e-mail and by establishing reciprocal relationships. "Your nonprofit probably doesn't have the social media [cachet] of these people (that is why you're seeking them after all), but it probably does have something to offer interested parties," writes Adam Weinger. Continue reading here.
Excerpts from the Volunteer Initiative Newsletter:

The Simplest Way to Get - and Stay - Happy

"When was the last time you felt a light-hearted awareness where you had a skip in your step, care-free grin on your face, and overwhelming sense that despite what happened, everything was going to work out? In other words, when was the last time you were truly happy?" 

For Millennials Inclusion Goes Beyond Checking Traditional Boxes
"Diversity is no longer about race, gender, and ethnicity, instead millennials are demanding that leaders foster inclusive cultures by building teams made up of people with the diverse opinions, experiences, and backgrounds necessary to achieve desired outcomes."
 Click here to read the full article in EJP.  The new study they reference, "The Radical Transformation of Diversity and Inclusion: The Millennial Influence" by Deloitte and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, is also worth paging through;  there are many quick-reading infographics on the website if you want the basics, along with an opportunity to download the full report. 

Read the September 2015 Volunteer Initiative Newsletter here.
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