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2016 AJFCA Annual Conference Presentations
Click here to view the 2016 AJFCA Annual Conference Schedule, which includes all available session presentations.


Continuing Education Credits
Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will be available at AJFCA's 2016 Annual Conference through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Credit will be given for most conference sessions. Please click here to view the schedule. A link to CEU evaluation forms can be found within the session description in the schedule.


Annual Conference Facebook Page
The 2016 AJFCA Annual Conference Facebook page is designed as a medium for discussion between conference goers, the Annual Conference Committee and AJFCA Staff. This is the first year we're trying out a conference Facebook page and therefore the content of this page will be what we make it! Enjoy this new way to connect with network. Click here to join the 2016 AJFCA Annual Conference Facebook group. You're encouraged to post photos. Please reach out to Jennie with questions.


Sunday Opening Plenary Lunch
Elena Rossini, Writer & Director, The Illusionists  
AJFCA is delighted to announce that Elena Rossini, Italian filmmaker, DP, photographer, multimedia producer and speaker will present at the Opening Plenary Lunch on Sunday, at the 2016 Annual Conference. Elena works at the intersection of creativity and social justice, highlighting issues that permeate our global culture.

Her latest film project is The Illusionists, a feature-length documentary about the marketing of unattainable beauty ideals around the world. Elena's presentation will use clips from her film to explore how being "uncomfortable in our own skin, in our own bodies" underlies the pervasive sense of unworthiness that many teens and young adults so want to mask. This often leads to negative self-assessment or less than healthy behaviors meant to take away that uncomfortable feeling.

The Illusionists was selected by Indiewire as its "Project of the Day" and won the title of "Project of the Week" by popular vote. Dozens of blogs and print publications - including Vogue, New York Magazine and Jezebel - have written about the film. Educational distribution for The Illusionists has just launched; Elena is currently finalizing plans for public release and taking the film on tour at universities and non-profits in Europe and North America.Elena is also the founder and editor-in-chief of No Country for Young Women, a website whose aim is to provide positive role models for young girls. The site features over 100 interviews of women representing five continents, seven decades, and over two dozen professions - from NASA engineers, to illustrators, architects, filmmakers and entrepreneurs.

Click here to view the trailer.  
Elena is also the founder and editor-in-chief of No Country for Young Women, a website whose aim is to provide positive role models for young girls. The site features over 100 interviews of women representing five continents, seven decades, and over two dozen professions - from NASA engineers, to illustrators, architects, filmmakers and entrepreneurs.

Many thanks to Jewish Community Services of Baltimore for introducing AJFCA to Elena. JCS held a community-wide tour of the film, with Elena, in the fall and it was a great success in raising awareness and discussion of body image.


Sunday Host Community Event
USS Midway Museum
Join AJFCA and 2016 Annual Conference host, Jewish Family Service of San Diego, as we enter a floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,000 Midway sailors who served our country.
  
Explore the USS Midway Museum, a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century as you nosh and network with colleagues on Sunday, May 15th. 

Discover 29 meticulously restored planes from World War II to Operation Desert Storm in the aircraft gallery or venture outside to the flight deck and view of the glistening San Diego Bay. 

Check out more photos of the Midway from our site visit to San Diego on AJFCA's Facebook page.


Monday Plenary Breakfast 
A Look at Social Justice Through a Jewish Lens

 As Jewish family services agencies, we believe that every person carries a divine spark within, and as such deserves dignity and respect. We believe that the path to a stronger community rests on building connections among us that promote collaboration, not isolation.

Join experts as they explore: 

  • Welcoming Immigrants & Supporting Refugees
    Mark Hetfield, President & CEO, HIAS  

Tuesday Post Conference CEO Council
Successful Collaborations in Local Communities
Don Stump, Executive Director, North County Lifeline
Increasingly today, nonprofit agencies must collaborate in order to serve the range of needs of their clients in an effective manner. How do we know which agencies to partner with, how do we structure the arrangement so it works for all agencies involved, and how can we forge trust and open communication so a collaborative effort can succeed? Don Stump, Executive Director of North County Lifeline in Vista, CA, will lead our group of member agency executives through an interactive discussion on collaborative partnerships. Don will review the spectrum of collaboration, from informal arrangements to joint programming to shared services, structures and/or missions. We will have the opportunity to discuss the benefits of these various forms of collaboration as well as some pitfalls to avoid. Don will use examples of collaborative partnerships to illustrate key lessons and will offer tools to determine when collaboration is right for your agency and how to structure the partnership with clarity of purpose and goals for optimum mutual benefit.