Overview

What We Do

Members join our Network to connect with and learn from each other. They are then able to apply these best practices at their agencies, to maximize their impact and to better serve their communities.  We have two centers that provide these valuable services: The Center for Innovation and Research and the Center for Membership and Engagement. Click the links to learn more about the work going on in each center and how it benefits our members.

Innovation & Research

Addressing Our Sector's Most Pressing Challenges

The Network’s Center for Innovation & Research forges strategic alliances with universities, government bodies, corporations, and philanthropic entities. This collaborative approach is key to creating, evaluating, and implementing solutions for current challenges. Through this framework, the Center provides ongoing training to member agencies, enhancing their ability to adopt innovative processes. This helps them integrate new strategies and planning methods to develop inventive solutions to these challenges.
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This important organizational Inventory covers a range of topics pertaining to The Network’s member organizations, including clientele and services; personnel and organizational structure; compensation and benefits; governance; financials; data collection and management; partnerships, licenses and accreditations; diversity, equity and inclusion; strengths and areas for growth. The information collected in this Inventory is incorporated into a searchable database accessible to The Network’s member organizations. In addition, each participating organization will receive a customized report displaying its own information alongside aggregated information from its fellow members, to provide additional context. 

The toolkit aims to support and strengthen the sector’s ability and capacity to respond to emergencies through pre-planning and preparedness. The goal, to provide member agencies with a roadmap that can be used to develop their own unique emergency plans to ensure the safety and security of their clients and staff along with the maintenance of their operations.  

The Network’s Emergency Preparedness Toolkit is a result of collaboration, thought leadership, expertise, resources and lessons learned from Network member agencies. More than 15 member agencies shared over 70 sample documents that would support other member agencies in their emergency planning and response endeavors. 

The Emergency Preparedness Toolkit is an offering of The Network’s Center for Innovation and Research, with funding from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The toolkit was written in collaboration with the expertise of the Joan and Stanford Alexander Jewish Family Service.

The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, an international membership association, works with 170+ member agencies and 115+ partners throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel. We work together to address non-profit business challenges and social problems such as crisis response, the needs of Holocaust survivors, poverty, refugees, unemployment, youth mental health, and more. We find solutions to sector-wide challenges by building capacity to ensure our member agencies and the sector at large can serve their communities. Our members employ 21,000 personnel. These personnel serve and impact more than 1.9 million individuals.

The Jewish community is dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of young people. With BeWell, you will find support and tools to respond to the growing mental health concerns of young people aged 12 to 26, and resources for parents, caregivers, and Jewish professionals.

In an uncertain world, young people face increasing levels of stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of an accelerating mental health crisis, with more than 4 in 10 teens reporting that they feel “persistently sad or hopeless,” and 1 in 5 saying they have contemplated suicide.

The Jewish community is mobilizing to create the support young people need as they face challenging moments.

The Academy for Education and Advancement is The Network’s center for professional development and educational opportunities, offering a wide range of highly interactive courses that can be taken 100% online. These web-based courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. All courses are affordable, informative, practical, convenient, and designed with you in mind.

In 2023, The Network, alongside 20 other major Jewish umbrella organizations joined Adamah’s Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition as a founding partner. The Coalition aims to mobilize Jewish communities everywhere in taking climate action. Together, we recognize the existential threat and moral urgency of climate change and are committed to building a sustainable future.

The Network has proudly released its 2024 Annual Climate Action Plan, outlining our strategic priorities for both reducing our organizational greenhouse gas emissions and mobilizing our broader network to engage in climate action. This year’s report includes both a reflection on our 2023 Climate Action Plan, including successes and challenges, as well as our goals for expanding our climate action work in the year ahead. 

The Network members as a whole are affected by climate change, as it has already begun impacting our work with vulnerable populations in their communities, and often find themselves on the front lines of the impacts of climate change. Additionally, The Network’s member agencies have opportunities to green their operations.

The global climate crisis is a historical inflection point for our planet, our communities, and our people. Jewish tradition compels us to respond. The Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition offers a robust structure supporting organizations to develop their own climate action plan and take action in the years ahead. We invite and encourage you to join us as Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition members. To learn more and register, visit adamah.org/coalition. There is no cost to join to Jewish Climate Leadership Coalition.

The “Best Practice” Guide

  • A snapshot of 33 programs: useful information and connections for the field
  • Populations served and services vary widely! Or to show correlation of specific services with outcomes

The Guide as a Resource

  • Analysis of survey quantitative data
  • Practical examples of work on staff development, tech accessibility, DEI, customer input and feedback processes, skill certifications, and partnerships
  • Individual summaries and contacts for programs

The Compensation Survey reports salary and related benefits data for CEO positions, as well as other senior-level professional staff, and also provides salary ranges for common staff positions held in most Network member agencies.

The Survey is compiled and reported by Rosov Consulting and is based on data for salaried and hourly positions held at the time of its dissemination.

The results of this annual survey provide a wide range of helpful data to support member agency’s overall human resource efforts, while also providing benchmarking data among Network member agencies for compensation trends and benefits policies for CEO positions.

Membership and Engagement

Magnifying Your Influence

Membership grants your organization instant access to cost-effective resources and best-practice interventions. Our offerings are meticulously crafted to enhance your agency’s ability to assist those in need. Exclusive benefits for member agencies encompass financial savings, advocacy, networking opportunities, valuable information, and specialized organizational support.

Becoming a member of The Network provides agencies and their communities with direct access to cost-effective resources and best practice interventions. These offerings are meticulously designed to enhance an agency’s ability to effectively serve those in need.

The Network collaborates with Strategic Supporters from local, national, and international organizations that share our mission. We also engage with start-up companies, universities, foundations, corporations, philanthropists, and government entities. These Strategic Supporter opportunities, including sponsorship for our annual offerings, are also available.

Sponsor a Network offering and join an active and engaged community of changemakers, united in repairing the world. Your chance to create an impact is now at hand! The Network has had success collaborating with local, national, and global organizations that share our mission. We also engage with start-up companies, universities, foundations, corporations, philanthropists, and government entities. Becoming a member of The Network provides agencies and their communities with direct access to cost-effective resources and best practice interventions. These offerings are meticulously designed to enhance an agency’s ability to effectively serve those in need.

The Network provides over 40 NETGroups for our Network Members. These NETGroups convene over Zoom, offering participants a platform to connect, learn, exchange insights, and provide mutual support. Whether the aim is to address specific agency challenges or shape broader Network initiatives, these affinity groups unite professionals with shared interests on a regular basis. Members act as field experts, guest speakers are invited, and robust discussions abound, fostering a vibrant learning and networking environment.

The Network hosts two in-person gatherings each year: PowerNET in the spring and ExecNET in the fall. The Network community is invited to PowerNET, our annual conference, which draws over 600 attendees. ExecNET, our annual C-suite gathering, offers a more intimate opportunity for executives and their senior staff members to come together and connect and learn from and with each other.

The membership dashboard is exclusively tailored to meet the needs of our members. It serves as a dynamic virtual tracker, keeping you informed about the offerings you’ve enrolled in, those you’re interested in, and maintaining a record of past engagements. This interactive dashboard is your gateway to communicate with your NETGroup peers and one of the avenues through which you can access the Resource Library and exchange files. Our community is making a transition to a more comprehensive platform to enhance your experience.

Inside our resource library, you’ll find access to top-tier insights and best practices that you can immediately implement within your agency. Membership provides entry to a comprehensive library brimming with articles, images, templates, and policies that align with industry standards, offering valuable tools for your organization. Members will have the ability to upload documents and resources to share with their NETGroup community as well.  

Membership grants your organization instant access to cost-effective resources and best-practice interventions. Our offerings are meticulously crafted to enhance your agency’s ability to assist those in need. Exclusive benefits for member agencies encompass financial savings, advocacy, networking opportunities, valuable information, and specialized organizational support.

The Network takes pride in providing grants and specialized training and funding opportunities exclusively tailored for our members. Through our strategic collaborations with local, national, and international affiliate partners, our members gain access to exclusive grants and opportunities that are not readily available elsewhere.

Meet Our Network Of Changemakers: Explore The Membership Directory

Embark on a journey through our Membership Directory, your gateway to accessing the contact details of Network Members. Search through our diverse agencies spanning North America and Israel, empowering you to locate a facility nearby for your needs or those of your loved ones.

Grants & Opportunities

Thanks to local, national, and international Strategic Supporters, Members get access to exclusive grants and opportunities they wouldn’t find elsewhere.

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Advocacy

The Leading Voice For The Jewish Human Service Sector

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By championing the interests of North American Member agencies, the Network actively promotes the diverse requirements of the populations served by these agencies and the invaluable client services they offer. In collaboration with the Washington Office of the Jewish Federations of North America and in partnership with The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), the advocacy arm of the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA, the Network spearheads the formulation of annual Public Policy Priorities tailored to the United States and Canada. Through this collaborative endeavor, the Network empowers its Member agencies to identify, cultivate, and propel their individual advocacy initiatives involving elected officials, media outlets, and other coalition entities.

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Regular updates inform member agencies on government policies that might impact their work. Consultative guidance is available to assist member agencies with the development and implementation of a personalized advocacy plan. Learn about the most current issues the Network is supporting below.

Strategic Supporters

Powering Progress Through Collaboration

The Network actively forges collaborations with local, national, and international organizations in various sectors, including academia, government, corporations, and philanthropy. Exciting opportunities to join the Network and support conferences and initiatives are available. If you want to become a strategic supporter of The Network please fill out an interest form by clicking here. Your involvement can greatly contribute to achieving shared goals and making a collective impact.

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