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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 October AJFCA will share pieces pertaining to Domestic Violence Awareness
Month. Click here to read the what our agencies are sharing with their communities as they raise awareness surrounding
 Domestic Violence Awareness Month.    

If your agency has a piece to share with the network please email Megan.
National Aging in Place Week

America's seniors and senior service providers will celebrate the Annual National Aging in Place Week from October 12th-20th. National Aging in Place Week is an annual effort to expand awareness of the Aging in Place movement and the availability of the means for seniors to remain in their homes for as long as they would like. Click here to view additional events sponsored by the National Aging in Place Council and learn about trends in aging services.

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.

How Health Coverage Providers Can Prepare for ACA Reports Due in 2016

by Rick Krueger, CliftonLarsonAllen

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that employers, insurers, and health care exchanges report certain information to the Internal Revenue Serce (IRS) in early 2016. Health coverage providers, including certain employers, will file information returns with the IRS and furnish statements to individuals in 2016 to report group health coverage information for calendar year 2015. Reporting is optional for calendar year 2014. 

The IRS requires reporting to determine whether employees have been offered affordable, minimum essential coverage, and whether the employer is subject to shared responsibility payments under the Internal Revenue Code. Continue reading here. 
Missing the Mark on Mental Illness

jfs seattle  

During the past few years I have made an effort to reconnect with former students and old friends. Many common themes arose over the course of these conversations, including a topic rarely discussed in public Jewish spaces.

I have lost track of the number of times I've sat down with a friend, a former student, or a parent of a former student, and heard about their struggles with mental illness - either their own illness or the illness of a loved one. No age is exempt, from children in grade school to grandparents. Continue reading Beth's blog here
JF&CS Toronto Appoints New Executive Director
Toronto JFCS  

Mr. Brian Prousky has been appointed Executive Director of Jewish Family and Child Service of Greater Toronto effective January 4, 2016.
Brian comes to JF&CS with significant experience as a Social Worker, manager and director having worked predominately in the area of child welfare. Brian was a Social Worker at Jewish Family & Child for five years earlier in his career. He has held progressively senior positions, leading to his current role as Director of Services with Durham Children's Aid Society. A passionate advocate of children and families, Brian brings a client centered approach to his work that is collaborative and strategic.
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The Voice and Vision for Stronger Communities
D'Var Torah

Lee I. Sherman

Last Friday, October 9, was a difficult day. Shortly after I came into the office, I received the news that Bert Goldberg had died earlier in the morning. Bert had been the CEO of AJFCA from 1986-2008, a time of dramatic growth for this organization, both in numbers and in visibility.  Prior to his leadership of AJFCA, Bert had been the executive director of the JFS in Orange County, CA, and the founding executive director of the JFS in Allentown, PA. Along with some stops at a few JCC's across the country, Bert had been a Jewish communal worker throughout his professional life. More recently he was teaching and directing a leadership program in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. Bert received many honors and awards during his career, but his greatest mark was on the people he mentored and advised along the way. 

As the news of Bert's death spread, I received many calls and emails from people who had known him during his leadership of AJFCA. Along with the shock at his untimely passing, there was an expression of gratitude for the work he had done to further the work of Jewish social service agencies throughout the United States and Canada. Bert often worked behind the scenes, but he was a strong guiding presence.

In this week's Torah reading, we read the story of Noach and the Flood, but in the context of the generations that preceded and followed his life. It is a story of strength in response to crisis and of the continuity of community. Even in the face of the ills of society or natural disaster, we find the resilience to keep moving forward. Bert Goldberg exemplified this in his life and work. May his memory be for a blessing.

Shabbat Shalom.
Medicare Open Enrollment cms
Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15th  - December 7th. A patient's health needs change from year to year and their health plans may change benefits and costs each year too. That's why it's important for all Medicare beneficiaries to evaluate their coverage choices each fall. Encourage your patients to compare their current plan to new options so that they can see if they can lower their costs or find a plan that better suits their needs. Open Enrollment is the one time of year when ALL Medicare beneficiaries can see what new benefits options Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage. Learn more here.
Iowa Governor's Conference on Aging & Disabilities- Call for Sessions Ends Next Month
The Iowa Governor's Conference on Aging & Disabilities in May 2016 will shine a regional and national spotlight on the actions the aging and disability community is taking to meet the current challenges and embrace new opportunities. Presenting at the Iowa Governor's Conference on Aging and Disabilities provides you with opportunity to share new ideas or highlight noteworthy programs and practices with other professionals in the field. Do you have a new program you think your colleagues could learn from? Are you delivering services in a noteworthy way? Learn more here.
Trans is the New Gay: Acknowledging the "T" in LGBT
Laverne Cox in Orange is the New Black, Caitlyn Jenner in Vanity Fair magazine, British boxing legend Kellie Maloney on tabloid covers - the "T" word has certainly found its way into mainstream media. Big time. Read the entire article here
September a Record-Setting Month for Donations for Refugee Crisis chronicile of philanthropy
September was a record-setting month for charitable donations in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, according to officials at several aid organizations, the result of heavy media coverage. Still, the scale of the Syrian conflict and others, which have created a record 60-million displaced persons worldwide, coupled with years of donor silence, means resources are insufficient. Learn more here.
AJFCA Member Benefit: ALCA Membership Discounts
AJFCA is proud to support the work of Aging Life Care Association (formerly NAPGCM), which works to bring together professionals working to support older adults and caregivers through a holistic, client-centered approach. Kaaren Boothroyd, ALCA CEO, and her team recently shared information about their association and this new benefit to AJFCA members on the webinar "Aging Life Care: Why you? Why now?". Access a recording of the webinar here and download the webinar slides here to learn more about ALCA. 

Professionals from AJFCA member agencies with at least one full dues-paying ALCA member at the Advanced Professional or Professional level are eligible for a 50% discount on new membership for 2016. Applications and supported documents must be submitted to ALCA by November 13, 2015. Download the membership application here and email Liz with questions. 
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, 1pm EST - REGISTER HERE
AJFCA Agencies Have Success with Unique, No-Risk Fundraising Program
Author and entrepreneur John Shuchart has created a no-risk fundraising opportunity for Jewish Family & Children's Services Agencies. John and his team, The Shuchart Group, are offering his book, "You are not the brightest of my four sons"...and other depressing things that have been said to me, as a unique fundraising tool, and are providing comprehensive marketing communications support to agencies to promote book sales.
Learn more here. Both JFS Kansas and JFCS St. Louis have experienced success with this program.
Why Boards Are Integral to Success of the Nonprofit Sector huffington post
The nonprofit sector would eventually cease to exist without boards because they are responsible for instilling public trust, ensuring strong leadership and enabling staff and CEO transitions, writes BoardSource President and CEO Anne Wallestad. "The nonprofit sector is too critical to our society and our communities to have a cavalier attitude about its sustainability and survival," she writes. "And it's too critical to abandon the very good idea requirement that each organization have a group of people who are bound and committed to the organization's success in such a real way that they are willing to put their own financial, reputational, and social capital on the line." Read the entire article here.
Who Brands Your Nonprofit? Who Tells Its Story and How? NPQ
Dr. David Denborough, a pioneer in narrative therapy, says "who we are and what we do" is influenced by the stories we tell about ourselves. "We take certain events and link them together into a plot or theme. And this plot or theme about our lives then shapes our identities." Read the entire article here.
5 Reasons Why Every Nonprofit CEO/ED Should Blog
There's no arguing that a nonprofit CEO or Executive Director is the most influential member of your organization. After all, why else would the cover letter for the annual report or your gift acknowledgements be penned by them? Just like those donor communications pieces, a blog can be a great place to let the leader of your nonprofit shine. Read more here.
2015 STAR Awards
The 2015 STAR Awards will celebrate excellence in providing volunteer transportation. The STAR Award Program for volunteer transportation services is organized by the National Volunteer Transportation Center (NVTC), an initiative of the Community Transportation Association of America. It is sponsored by Toyota. Applications will be accepted through October 25th. Click here for more information on STAR Awards, including the application.

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