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Milwaukee Announces New President & CEO

Jewish Family Service of Milwaukee announced that after an extensive nationwide search, the Board of Directors has named John A. Yopps President & CEO effective April 18th. 

Mr. Yopps brings to JFS extensive experience in behavioral health care combined with a unique blend of business acumen and passion for client care. Having begun his career in direct care, he most recently served as Co-President and Chief Compliance Officer for Phoenix Care Ssytems, Inc., a large multi-state provider serving individuals with complex development, mental health, behavioral and social needs through quality care, effective treatment and supportive services.
Collat JFS Cyber-Seniors Program Brings Internet to Older Adults
His daughter gave him the slim Nexus tablet a couple of years ago. Fred Kanter already was using a computer with ease - but somehow, that knowledge didn't translate to the handheld device. "Every once in a while, she'd ask me about it," he said - and that was a little awkward. "I'd try to play with it, but I never succeeded."

All that changed in February when Fred, 90, met 18-year-old Nathan Dahlen, co-founder of the Collat Jewish Family Service of Birmingham Cyber-Seniors program.  Five weeks into the eight-week program, Fred was using his tablet to track his investments, exchange emails, keep up with the news, play solitaire and Google whatever he pleased.

The class came about through pure serendipity:

CJFS supporters Lyons Heyman and Ricki Koslin wanted to find a way to bring the transformative power of the Internet to more older adults in Birmingham. Learn more here.
JFS Cincinnati Awarded $15,000 Nutrition Assistance Grant
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Jewish Family Service of Cincinnati was recently awarded a $15,000 grant to help low-income seniors receive nutrition assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). JFS is one of three Jewish agencies nationally selected for the initiative, called Solutions to Senior Hunger.

"We're all about social justice and making sure there's equity for all people," said Beth Schwartz, president and CEO of the family service. "If we don't speak loudly about our elders and make sure that we're raising
awareness about these issues and these barriers for them, who will? Food insecurity among seniors is a hidden but prevalent problem, JFS says. One in seven U.S. seniors over the age of 60 live in poverty, and 5.4 million seniors are food insecure, according to statistics from Mazon, a non-profit Jewish organization committed to ending hunger in the
United States and Israel. Learn more here.
Linda S. Spindel to receive the 2016 Henry B. Kaufmann Award
For more than 30 years, Ohef Sholom Temple Men's Club has bestowed the Henry B. Kaufmann Award upon a congregant for extraordinary service to the temple and the Community at large. Henry B. Kaufmann, an accountant by trade, was extremely active in Men's Club and the temple and was a devoted volunteer for civic clubs throughout the city, as well as an active fundraiser for the Heart Association, Cancer and Arthritis Foundations. The Men's Club established this memorial to him to honor his exemplary service to the community, his devotion to Ohef Sholom Temple and his love for Judaism.

This year, the Men's Club will honor Linda S. Spindel, AJFCA Board Member and former Board President of Jewish Family Service of Tidewater, VA, as the 2016 Henry B. Kaufmann Award recipient. She and her husband Ron Spindel, who is an extraordinary volunteer in his own right, are the parents of Jeff Spindel, of blessed memory, and Kevin and wife Jennifer Spindel, and the very proud grandparents of Jordan Brooke and Jacob Tyler Spindel.
March 18, 2016  
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The Voice and Vision for Stronger Communities

D'Var Torah 
Lee I. Sherman 
On Wednesday, I participated in a conference co-hosted by the Code of Support Foundation, Catholic Charities USA, and The Partnership Center of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entitled "When War Comes Home: Supporting the Behavioral Needs of Veteran Families."  About 50 representatives from nonprofit providers, foundations, caregivers, and the federal government, exchanged information and resources on the particular needs of veterans and their families stemming from the trauma and stress of active duty deployment.  There are over 11 million non-elderly veterans, with 5.6 million spouses, and over 5 million children living in those households.  Over 2 million veterans and their families are living with psychological distress.

This weekend is Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat immediately preceding Purim.  The special reading from Deuteronomy admonishes the Israelites to remember Amalek, who attacked them on their journey to the Promised Land.  And, the descendant of Amalek is Haman, the villain of the Book of Esther, which we will be reading in a few days.  Remembering these conflicts is important for the lessons of active resistance they impart, but we also must remember the participants in those conflicts.

The casualties of military conflict take many forms.  A number of our AJFCA member agencies provide counseling and other support services for veterans and their families.  There is far more to be done as we remember those who have committed their service on our behalf.

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Purim Sameach.  
April is National Volunteer Month
April is National Volunteer Month! It is important that we honor the people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in our communities.

One of the greatest aspects of volunteerism is that there are so many different ways to do it, and sometimes, we volunteer without even making conscious recognition of it.
  • Since 1989, the number of people who volunteer has increased by 60 percent.
  • Older Americans from the Baby Boom generation are 40 percent more likely to volunteer than the same age groups were in 1989.
Not only has the amount of volunteerism increased, but the impact of volunteerism is increasing as well. As corporations encourage their employees to engage in meaningful volunteer activities, long-term, skills-based volunteerism is becoming more popular. According to Deloitte, nearly two-thirds of Generation Y employees would like to use their business skills in their volunteer efforts. Learn more here.

Please share your agency's involvement in National Volunteer Month with the AJFCA Network by emailing Jennie. We'll share your programming or event with everyone!
Federal Funding Opportunity Extended cms
A $157 million funding opportunity from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has been extended to May 18. The center will award 44 cooperative agreements to successful applicants to implement an Accountable Health Communities model. Learn more here.
VAWA and VOCA Appropriations Action
Earlier this week, AJFCA sent out an action alert to the AJFCA Legislative Updates list asking for help in gaining cosigners for two more appropriations letters that AJFCA and JFNA are helping to advance. These letters focus on protecting and progressing funding for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), two critical programs for survivors of domestic and sexual assault. 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.
Refugee Bill
On Tuesday evening, AJFCA learned about the introduction and House Judiciary Committee mark-up of a new anti-refugee bill, the Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act (H.R. 4731). This legislation would dismantle the U.S. refugee program and includes, but is not limited to, dangerous proposals such as capping the number of permitted refugees at 60,000 and taking away the President's authority to change this; requiring the prioritization of resettlement for religious minorities over those facing persecution because of race, nationality, etc.; allowing state/local government to "veto" refugee resettlement in their communities; and more.

AJFCA, as well as eight AJFCA and IAJVS agencies, joined 234 national and local organizations as cosigners of a letter (hyperlink to letter that is attached) expressing strong opposition to the bill. Unfortunately, H.R. 4731 passed out of the Committee and could now be offered for a vote to the full House of Representatives. The letter is still collecting signatures, and you can add your organization here. Should you have any questions about this bill or wish to learn about ongoing advocacy efforts against it, please contact Liz Leibowitz.
Meetings Are No Longer About Sharing Everything You Have 
The old rule that "more information is better" at meetings is no longer the case, Dean Brenner writes. Meetings are about being clear, concise and saving everyone's time, even if you have additional information. "Be ready to go deep, but allow the audience to take you there," he writes. Continue reading here.
11 Ideas for Avoiding Micromanagement 
The urge to micromanage is only natural, but it's something leaders must do their best to resist, say members of the Young Entrepreneur Council. One approach: Focus on finding the right people and training them properly. "If they can be trusted, there's no need to micromanage, which is the ideal situation," explains Shawn Porat of Fortune Cookie Advertising. Learn more here.
CEO Council Conference Call:
Benefits of Sabbatical for an Executive Leader

An executive sabbatical provides the opportunity to learn, refresh, and rejuvenate. Two executives from the AJFCA network had powerful experiences volunteering in Israel as part of their sabbaticals. Each of them stepped out of his daily responsibilities and into a completely different world. On this call, they will describe their sabbatical experiences, sharing the motivations for taking a break, the logistics of making it happen, and the benefits derived by their agencies. We will have an opportunity on the call to share information with one another about other executive benefits your agencies offer or are considering offering as part of the compensation package. Please join your colleagues throughout our network to discuss this interesting and important topic.

Don Goldman, Executive Director/CEO, JFS Kansas City
Frank Jacobson, Vice President,Marketing & Development, JFCS Phoenix

Benefits of Sabbatical for an Executive Leader
Tuesday, March 22nd - 2pm ET - REGISTER HERE

A Push for Less Expensive Hearing Aids
Despite the growing body of evidence that hearing impairments can speed up both physical and cognitive decline, hearing aids are still out of reach for the many aging adults. The New Old Age lays out recent developments to create policies and opportunities to access hearing aids at a lower cost.
2016 AJFCA Annual Conference  
Join AJFCA for a dynamic and informative conference full of networking opportunities and engaging speakers in sunny San Diego.         
  • View the final schedule, complete with dates, times, descriptions and presenters here
  • Join the Conference Facebook page here. Feel free to discuss logistics (sharing cabs and planning off-site meals), ask questions regarding sessions, and share agency materials (annual reports, marketing brochures).
  • Award winners can be viewed here.
  • Book your hotel stay here
Contact Megan with questions.     
AJFCA Network at Aging in America 2016
Attending the American Society on Aging Conference next week? Support the AJFCA Network at the following sessions:
Your Promise is Your Brand: How to Work It  nonprofit quarterly
A nonprofit brand is an agreement between an organization and its constituents - it is a promise given in good conscience and reinforced through stakeholder experience. Read the entire article here.
What's the Alternative to Giving Tuesday? Community Foundation Raises $1.3M in 30-hour Event 
Nonprofit organizations may have more to gain through randomly scheduled community foundation giving days than the social media-driven Giving Tuesday. Community foundation giving days are part of a growing trend separate from the more widely known Giving Tuesday. Learn more here.
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