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JFNA Grants Bulletin
March 4, 2016

Please click here to view funding opportunities. Kindly let Liz Leibowitz, Director of Government Affairs, know if you intend on applying for any of them or if you have any questions.

German Congressional Study Group Meeting in South Florida

On March 7th a group of Ruth & Norman Rales' professionals and one local Holocaust Survivor spoke to a congressional study group from Germany. Florida was their first stop on a three state tour as part of the study group meeting. Ted Deutch organized the Florida portion and that's how JFS were asked to participate. Those from the German group included many current members of the German parliament and three members of congress including Ted, Charlie Dent (PA) and a member from Nebraska.

The meeting with the Congressional Study Group from Germany was an extraordinary opportunity for JFS to have an honest and frank dialogue with members of the German Parliament about the aging Holocaust survivor populations living meeting with the Congressional Study Group from Germany was an extraordinary opportunity for JFS to have an honest and frank dialogue with members of the German Parliament about the aging Holocaust survivor populations living. The focus was to convey gratitude to the German government for the funding we as a nation receive through the claims conference but to also stress the vast unmet needs that are prevalent both here and nation wide. In addition to the presentation, the group was honored and humbled to hear the story of 88 year old Holocaust survivor, Norman Frajman, who survived the camps and lost over 120 members of his family in the Holocaust. The members expressed sincere respect and humility in hearing Norman's story and stressed their support in fighting antisemitism in Germany today as well as open to discuss increased funding for those in the most need.
JFS Western MA Joins AJFCA

Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts is AJFCA's newest member agency. Maxine Stein, MSW is the President and CEO of the agency. We're excited to welcome them to the network.
Support Your Network by Joining the Senior Resource Connect Incentive Program!


Join your AJFCA network colleagues and become a "Friend" of Senior Resource Connect!

Share 3 of AJFCA's SRC posts (posted every Wednesday starting 3/16) on your Facebook page by May 14th and notify Liz to take part in the SRC reception at the AJFCA Annual Conference


SRC supporters will be recognized on the AJFCA conference mobile app, have a special thank you package waiting for them at conference registration, are invited to a special reception at the annual conference (Allies and Partner Circle only), and will be featured in social media and online. Get the details here
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The Voice and Vision for Stronger Communities
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D'Var Torah 
Lee I. Sherman 
I haven't been able to walk into an IKEA store for years without breaking into a cold sweat.  All I can think about are all those "easy to assemble" pieces of furniture that I have brought home and end up looking nothing like the samples on the showroom floor. They wobble and list to one side, or fall apart altogether. Over and over I hear the voice of former AJFCA Board Chair Dick Blankstein: "Every Jewish male's most feared words are some assembly required."

This week's parashah, Pekudei, leaves no room for error or faulty construction. As we come to the close of Exodus, the Tabernacle is complete, along with all of the decorative accompaniments, including priestly garments. The level of detail is exhaustive in color, size, composition, and more. In constructing something so intricate, every element requires attention and clarity of design. This is how you move to perfection.

In our programs and work with clients, we also require great attention to detail. Planning and preparation, careful consideration of the proper tools, all make a difference in the work our agencies do to build stronger communities comprised of individuals who can reach their full potential.  Far better than the skeletal instructions from IKEA.

Shabbat Shalom.  
CMS Announcement on Funding LTC and Behavioral Health Providers cms
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a limited initiative to permit some Medicaid providers, such as long-term care facilities, behavioral health providers, substance abuse treatment centers, and others to connect to health information exchanges. An issue of importance to many AJFCA agencies, additional funding in this area could help some providers move forward in their efforts to coordinate patient care with physicians and hospitals in their communities through the use of health information technology. To learn more, we encourage you to read this memo created by our colleagues at JFNA's Strategic Healthcare Resource Center that provides an initial analysis of CMS' recent announcement.
Close Loopholes Surrounding Guns
The Interfaith Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, of which AJFCA is a member, is circulating a clergy sign-on letter for H.R. 3130, the Zero Tolerance for Domestic Abusers Act, and S.1520, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act. These bills would close loopholes that currently allow some convicted abusers and all convicted stalkers to buy and own guns. If you think a clergy member in your community would be interested in joining the letter, we encourage you to share this information with them. 
Appropriations Updates
Earlier this week, AJFCA sent out an action alert asking for help in two legislative efforts that AJFCA and JFNA are working on in the House of Representatives. The first is an effort to maintain funding for the Holocaust Survivor Assistance Program and the second is to increase funding for Nutrition Programs in the Older Americans Act. If you would like to learn more about these advocacy efforts, click here. Should you have questions regarding this action alert or wish to receive Legislative Updates in the future, please email AJFCA's Director of Government Affairs, Liz Leibowitz.
Project Get Smart 
The issue of get abuse, in which a husband refuses or delays giving a Jewish divorce to his spouse, is one of the unique forms of domestic abuse in our community. Educating the next generation will be key to ending this form of abuse. JWI is developing an exciting and innovative national educational and public awareness campaign, Project Get Smart, for Orthodox teens. Please complete this brief survey to help JWI learn about your current programs and your interest in participating as a direct service provider.
Why Jewish Organizations Should Rent Space to 12-Step Meetings
Imagine a situation in which thousands of Jews all over the world are sitting in churches every week. Every kind of Jew, sitting in every kind of church. Many of them are wishing they could be sitting in a synagogue instead, but they can't. It is hard to think of another situation for which the organized Jewish community wasn't actively seeking a solution so those Jews could come into synagogue instead of church.

So who are these Jews? These are Jews in recovery from addiction of every sort: alcohol and other drugs, compulsive overeating, gambling ...the list goes on. Learn more here.
AJFCA Senior Services Midwest Meeting

Last year's senior service meeting was a huge success and AJFCA is thrilled to offer another meeting for older adult services professionals this Fall! Share your knowledge and connect with other AJFCA professionals throughout the network around all things senior services. The meeting will begin with an afternoon and evening of networking on Sunday, September 25th to be followed by a day of programming on Monday, September 26th. Want to suggest a topic or present your agency's program? Let us know.
Detailed information, including hotel, schedule, and registration information coming soon. Seats will be limited, so save the date today! Contact Liz with questions.

AJFCA Senior Services Midwest Meeting
September 25th & 26th
Jewish Family & Children's Service of St. Louis, MO
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