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*Updated Thursday, September 17
CJP continues to expand our communal resources, including financial and legal pro-bono expertise, which you can find on this page. If you have ideas of additional ways that CJP can support you and your organizations during these challenging times, as always, please let us know.
Knowing that many of us would crave fresh, creative, and virtual friendly ways to feel connected during the High Holidays, JArts has partnered up with our talented friends at Asylum Arts to give microgrants to five top artists from around the world. Their charge? To make something virtually accessible that excites, inspire, and steeps us all in the essence of the Days of Awe. To learn more, visit JewishBoston.com.
CJP is pleased to invite synagogues to take advantage of three adult learning curricular options this year. We know that the demands on you are many. Hopefully, access to high quality curricula will help to ease this burden.
All of these are offered to you at no charge to your institution. If you are interested, or are looking for further details, please email Rabbi Elyse Winick, CJP Senior Director of Learning and Education.
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) successfully advocated for the passage of a bill that gives all eligible voters in Massachusetts the opportunity to vote early in the primary and general election, allows residents to vote-by-mail, and expands absentee ballot access. Help them get out the vote by sharing this information on safely voting during COVID in the general election on Tuesday, November 3.
CJP’s Women's Philanthropy (WP) is here to help! We have a group of dedicated women looking to donate their time to help your organization. Post your upcoming volunteer opportunities, and WP will signal boost those opportunities to our networks. Email Jillian if you have any questions.
Looking for talented staff? CJP encourages all our partner organizations to post their job opportunities on cjp.org’s career center. This webpage is a FREE way for you to advertise your open positions.
JVS has many programs and services available that we want to highlight for you. JVS strongly encourages individuals to sign up to be a member of JVS's MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center to access all their available services.
If synagogues or Jewish organizations have questions about individualized or group services for members, they can reach out to Jake Sugerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Paycheck Protection Program Funding Update
The Federal Government is issuing new guidance and rules regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans. Below are resources, updates, and other resources to help you manage your PPP loan.
Based on ongoing feedback from you and other synagogue leaders, CJP is pleased to provide a new, year-long professional development opportunity for synagogue leaders intended to help you increase and sustain the health and vibrancy of your organizations. Our FY21 program is called “Recipes for Strong Synagogues: Seminar Series on Governance, Ambassadorship, Fundraising, and More!”
We are pleased to offer this interactive seminar series facilitated by Nanette Fridman of Fridman Strategies. Nanette Fridman, MPP, JD, is a strategist and coach for values-driven organizations and leaders. She is the President of Fridman Strategies, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in governance, fundraising, strategic planning, and leadership development. Nanette speaks and trains across North America and is the author of On Board: What Current and Aspiring Board Members Must Know About Nonprofits & Board Service and Holding the Gavel: What Nonprofit Board Chairs Need to Know.
Come together to learn how to tackle critical topics including governance, creating a culture of ambassadorship for your synagogue amongst board members, and asking people to invest in your congregation.
Join other Synagogue leaders for the first of these interactive online sessions on Governance for Impact, on Wednesday October 14 at 10:30 a.m. Register Here
CJP and the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project (RSIP), are providing resources to help synagogues create the most inclusive virtual services possible for the High Holidays and beyond.
The Baker-Polito Administration has developed a comprehensive plan to safely reopen the Massachusetts economy, get people back to work, and ease social restrictions while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. Learn more here .
The guidelines for child and youth serving program have been posted. They require providers to create detailed reopening plans that must be approved by the Department of Early Education and Care.
The Small Business Administration announced that its Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant and loan program is open. This program offers long-term, low interest loans that can be used to cover payroll and inventory, pay debt or fund other expenses. Additionally, the EIDL Advance will provide up to $10,000 ($1,000 per employee) of emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties, and these emergency grants do not have to be repaid.
Nonprofit Governance Bylaws and COVID-19
Massachusetts has issued new guidance to help nonprofit organizations manage their boards of directors and governance processes during COVID-19. Among other guidelines that provide flexibility, new legislation allows boards to meet virtually, even if an organization’s bylaws require in-person meetings. More information can be found here.
Virtual Development Convenings
Hosted by Jennifer Weinstock,
Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at CJP
Mondays: September 21, October 19, November 16, December 14, January 11, February 15, March 22, April 19, May 17, June 21 | 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Please join Jennifer on these open Zoom video calls to ask questions and discuss how we are fundraising during these unpredictable and challenging times.
CJP Communal Security Initiative Webinar: De-escalation – The H.A.R.M Approach
Tuesday, September 22 | 12:00-1:30pm
De-escalation skills are essential for anyone serving in frontline or public contact roles, whether in a professional or volunteer capacity, as well as for their supervisors. Crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, are emotionally-charged events that can result in increased anger and aggressive behaviors from individuals and groups. Hostility, Aggression, Anger & Rage Management (HARM) is a dynamic, 90-minute awareness and skill-building program for anyone likely to encounter emotionally agitated, hostile and/or aggressive behavior in the course of their professional or volunteer work. The HARM program introduces early warning signs for the detection of potentially hostile individuals, strategies for verbal de-escalation and personal safety skills for escaping and surviving violent encounters. During this webinar Steven Crimando will address some of the situations that staff and volunteers may face in a synagogue, cultural organization, and other communal settings, highlighting critical skills that professional staff, rabbis, cantors, executive directors, board members, professional staff and others can use to help defuse difficult situations.
To register for this webinar, please visit our registration page.
Engagement Organizations and Overall questions: Beth Tauro, email@example.com
Basic needs, social services, and support for the vulnerable:
Amanda Hadad, firstname.lastname@example.org
Day schools: Ariella Hellman, email@example.com
Early Childhood: Jodi Jarvis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Synagogues: Zachary Kogen, email@example.com
Other services: Dara Freedman-Weiss, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know in our community needs financial assistance during these difficult days, please visit the CJP Warmline or call the Warmline at 1-800-CJP-9500.