HUMAN RELATIONS IN TIMES OF SOCIAL ISOLATION

GOING BEYOND THE CRISIS - NEW TRENDS

14 EUROPEAN ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF JEWISH SOCIAL WELFARE

  • 25-28 January
  •   ONLINE
  • for the first time ever

WHY THE CONFERENCE GOING BEYOND THE COVID CRISIS

The COVID 19 crisis was, and still is, a major challenge to the Jewish Social Welfare Services.
 

At the Conference we will be addressing two of the main reasons:

 1)The need, and therefore the capacity of each organization, to react quickly and tackle the problems.

2)The flexibility to adapt to the new times created by the crisis.

Although the ECJC – JDC Social Welfare Committee rapidly facilitated a space for professionals online, we believe that the 14th Annual Conference will be the right place to discuss, learn from and exchange views on common challenges our organizations are facing.

The focus of the Conference will primarily be on what we had learnt as to how to support clients in times of social isolation, identifying the main challenges that the crisis has created in terms of services and how we are dealing with the new and unexpected situation with the goal of being ready to continue delivering services which can respond to the new trends that are here to stay.

We will also be discussing how the appearance of a major crisis affects the members of our communities, from general financial impact to families hit by lockdown and isolation and with rising cases of domestic violence.

There will also be sessions addressing the challenges of the digitalisation of the services. 
 
Addressed to lay leaders and directors of social services’ organisations from across Europe

THE CHALLENGE POST COVID AND THE SERVICES RESPONSE

POST COVID CHALLENGES

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed shortcomings in many areas including health and long-term care and support. It has exposed gaps in the way we as individuals, families, communities and societies acknowledge and address risk and inequality, as well as discrimination.

However, in the post Covid-19 world, the opportunity is to strengthen our resilience and creativity, and to promote intergenerational solidarity to save and improve lives. Covid-19 presents us with an opportunity to build a new normal.

 

Many governments around the world along with WHO and other organisations are increasingly promoting healthy ageing, and this should be a key component of a strategy for the new normal.

Clearly, health (and other) inequalities, which have been present in our communities, have been brutally highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic did not cause them, merely brought them into the open.

So let the overarching goal post Covid-19 be to ensure healthy ageing and to reduce health inequalities.

CONFERENCE DRAFT PROGRAMME

MONDAY 25 JANUARY

SERVICES POST-COVID - CONSEQUENCES

ALL TIMINGS ARE CET (PARIS TIME)

14:00

Opening of the 14 European Annual Conference of Jewish Social Welfare

With welcome and remarks from:

Gabrielle Rosenstein, Chairwoman VSJF and ECJC JDC SW Track Co-Chair

Mario Izcovich, JDC Europe Director of Pan European Programmes and ECJC JDC SW Track Co-Chair

Mariano Schlimovich, ECJC Executive Director

14:15

Inspirational presentation

Opening 

Post Covid-19 challenges

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed shortcomings in many areas including health and long-term care and support. It has exposed gaps in the way we as individuals, families, communities and societies acknowledge and address risk and inequality, as well as discrimination.

However, in the post Covid-19 world, the opportunity is to strengthen our resilience and creativity, and to promote intergenerational solidarity to save and improve lives. Covid-19 presents us with an opportunity to build a new normal.

Many governments around the world along with WHO and other organisations are increasingly promoting healthy ageing, and this should be a key component of a strategy for the new normal.

Clearly, health (and other) inequalities, which have been present in our communities, have been brutally highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic did not cause them, merely brought them into the open.

So let the overarching goal post Covid-19 be to ensure healthy ageing and to reduce health inequalities.

Keynote speaker Dr George Leeson, Oxford, UK interviewed by Aron Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany

15:15

Exchange Break

15:30 - 16:15

Crossing the Digital Divide

Beyond the pandemic:

One of the silver linings from the pandemic is the advances in technology and the ability of giving remote responses. But what was useful during the crisis, has set a new precedent which in some cases reduced expenses, improved arriving to clients further away and is enabling services to continue to deliver.

But can we learn from these new advances?
What can (and should) we keep and develop from Digitalisation of our services?

A conversation with Thomas Kamber, Daniel Casson, Care England (UK) and Ophir Ben Natan, Eshel (Israel), moderated by Mariano Schlimovich, ECJC

 

16:15-16:45

Group discussion triggered by previous presentations

How the issues we discussed affect our organisations?

16:45

Exchange Break

17:00 - 17:30

Successful responses in the field - Parallel Sessions

Services which are responding to these new trends through innovative answers

a)Remote rehabilitation - Eshel

b)Senior Virtual Community – Uniper + ECJC

c) Harnessing the power of technology for Older Adults

d) MSC Online - CASIP COJASOR-  Old Age home online

17:30 - 18:00

Successful responses in the field - Parallel Sessions

Services which are responding to these new trends through innovative answers

a)Remote rehabilitation - Eshel

b)Senior Virtual Community – Uniper + ECJC

c) Harnessing the power of technology for Older Adults

d) MSC Online - CASIP COJASOR-  Old Age home online

18:00

Time for us - Keeping Sane & balanced

The pandemic put the services to deliver non stop with a rhythm much higher than usual. A new reality brings an unusual community picture and we need to respond immediately.

The length of this pandemic is taking its toll on our teams, our mental health and directly on the quality of response we are able to offer.

Come and join this space for us : A non judgmental hearing space for service providers in the field of welfare.

19:00

BONUS SESSION - EXCLUSIVE

After many of the countries started to vaccinate people in different orders, some hope is started to grow that we will be shortly back to normal.

Is the vaccine the solution? Join the discussion with Zeev Friedman, CEO Melabev, Israel and Moni Beniosev, JDC Europe Country Director for the Baltic Countries and India.

14:00 - 14:15

Pandemic and domestic violence: by Viviane Teitelbaum

The Covid crisis and the lockdown have challenged our way of living together and have had a major impact on families, children, students, elderly, single mothers, etc., challenging the balance at home, at work and in social services, health and mental health care.  But it also has a problematic impact on the financial situation of persons already at the edge of poverty, or persons losing their jobs, for instance. The pandemic crisis also underscored or magnified many problems such as violence against women and family violence, but also the place of the elderly in our societies.
by Viviane Teitelbaum, Member of the Belgian Parliament.

Activist, Politician and writer, Viviane is active in social and health affairs, environment, gender equality and the fight against racism, antisemitism, homophobia

14:15

Inspirational presentation

No individual is isolated, and the pandemic has been felt in different fields in each one of the family units from our communities. The impact of lockdowns, the uncertainty of seeing a viable ending to the crisis are made worse by the impact and change of every day life.

How can we better deal with families, which had been strongly impacted by the pandemic?

Assisting families in financial distress will be the key issue on this inspiring presentation.

Key factors to take into consideration, by Adina Schwartz, Yedidut Toronto

15:00

Exchange Break

15:15 - 16:15

Parallel sessions

How did communities and services created specific services to answer arising needs.

a) Job Centers - Employment
The case of Work Avenue, UK - by Debbie Sheldon, Work Avenue CEO

b) Abuse Services - Hotlines
A discussion with Martine Mattatia, Paris and Naomi Dickson, UK moderated by Rabbi Rebecca Blade, Base Berlin

c) Teens' Mental Health
The impossibility of attending in person lessons and the lack of socialization with their own peers, in addition of being enforced to be enclosed with their own families 24/7 made a big impact on Teenagers. Come and hear Drew Fidler, from BBYO who will share with us some of their research and suggested actions.

 

16:15

Exchange Break

16:45

Group discussions

Groups Discussion - The new picture of our communities and how our services should be equipped to answer. Analysing the outcomes from lockdown for the different populations 

  • Children homeschooled.
  • Teenagers with no possibility of leaving home
  • Senior Adults with no socialisation spaces
  • Old Age Home Residents with no visitors

17:30

Tu Bishvat European Celebration

Celebrating our renewed commitment to take care of our world, we want to recognise the people taking care of our communities.

Even in the middle of the pandemic, we will take the time to celebrate together with a video-collage of clients talking about their favourite Tu B’Shevat memory, what the Holiday means to them or a short message to the rest of the communities, introduced by clients of many different services in Europe

17:45

Taking Care of our Communities

We are all facing unprecedented uncertainty, fear, panic, isolation, financial insecurity, disruption to our roles, routine and meaningful occupations. Although, the impact on people with little or no financial and/or social resources, is exponentially higher.  

How can we provide holistic support for the people we provide services to, inclusive of mental health?  

Join us to reflect together about how we all support the mental health of the community. We will explore some of the tools Jami use to provide holistic person-centred services, including initial assessments, having conversations about emotional health, and managing distress.  

By Louise Kermode, Jami, UK

14:00

Opening of the Day

With the conference supporter, Claims Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany

14:05

Lockdown & Memory

Holocaust survivors, like other elderly citizens, are confined to their homes under the lockdown and find themselves far from their usual network of support.

“Loneliness is one of their greatest sources of distress,” “Every day there is an increase in survivors turning to us for help, but now, because of the coronavirus isolation, it’s different,” 

“Even a mere word like ‘curfew’ can bring back painful memories for some,”  because of its associations with draconian wartime restrictions in the ghettos and camps.

How is the pandemic impacting Shoah Survivors?

Dr Martin Auerbach, Clinical Director AMCHA, Israel

15:00

Exchange Break

15:15 - 15:45

Parallel sessions

Remembrance of the Shoah has been continuously kept in our different communities all through the time.

Many organisations had developed rituals and activities which can be held virtual and can secure the continuity of the activities even in lock down.

Presentation of activities - Parallel Sessions

15:45

Introduction to the Ceremony of International Remembrance of the Holocaust

by Greg Schneider, CEO Claims Conference, supporter of the 14 European Annual Conference of Jewish Social Welfare

16:00

Participation to the Ceremony of Remembrance of the Holocaust

International Holocaust Memorial Day.

This event, jointly hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Social Equality, will begin with an address by H.E the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Reuven Ruvi Rivlin and will be concluded with a live broadcast from the Terezin Concentration Camp.

Seventy six years have passed since the liberation of the Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz - Birkenau. As the years go by the number of Holocaust survivors declines, and those with us are elderly and in many cases in poor health. The COVID-19 pandemic has made them more isolated, and in many cases forced them to relive their fears and trauma associated with persecution during the war. This event will provide a platform for survivors and their families, those who support them, and are involved in remembrance as well as Jewish communities worldwide, to come together, remember, and send a clear message of "never again".

17:00

Session

Is it only the trauma being transmitted  or does it come with embedded resilience?
Programmes for Second and Third Generation, individualities.

by Dr Yonit Hoffman

14:00

Building caring Communities

One of the functions and even an obligation of a Jewish Community is to care for its members.

Historically, social welfare organisations and departments have been the tool communities created to deal with this, but it used to be only a concern of few with involvement of a small part of the community. For different reasons like social stigmas, caring was not at the core.
Probably because it was only about the elderly. The COVID-19 crisis had brought Care to a central place.

Suddenly in several communities many people have realised its importance, with the arrival of new community members volunteering to help.

After the Pandemic, are we going back to the past? or should we consider that Care is a matter for everyone?.
By creating caring communities, we can build a stronger Jewish life. For that probably the care services should be core to the Communities and not relegated as a second choice. What are the main challenges? And what are the opportunities?

With presentations from Neil Taylor, CEO Langdon, UK, Richard Odier, CEO FSJU, France and Taly Shaul, Director Masz Foundation, Hungary

15:00-15:30

Group Discussion

Caring services as a main tool to build communities.

How to work in partnership with other community areas?

How to educate for caring?

Whose responsibility is to guarantee the future of the services?

What are organisations doing to guarantee their sustainability beyond the crisis?

With the pandemic still felt in the different communities and without a clear end to the crisis, even if vaccination seems to be bringing a more clear picture of the ending, many sources of funding had disappeared or had their funds diminished. Is clear that services will still be required and even enlarged. 
What are potential new sources of funding or new techniques to enable us to continue?

 

15:30

Exchange Break

15:45 - 16:45

Presentation of Experiences

Engaging the Community on Social Welfare issues

  1. Inclusion and Social Enterprise
    A presentation by Alan Weinstock, Sharron Mc Indoe and Courtney Wright, from Langdon, UK
  2. Inclusive Camps
    Camps had been historically one of the most impactful events in the formation of Jewish identity for their participants. How do we guarantee that the experience is able to include EVERYONE in our communities? by Eva Okuna, Yevegnia Freifeld & Simon Beckmann, ZWST, Frankfurt
  3. Holistic Community Approach in responding to Crisis, by Oleksandra (Sasha) Nazarova, Tallinn, Estonia
  4. MY NEIGHBOR by CASIP COJASOR (France)
    The various findings on isolation, reinforced by the current context, have led CASIP to build a project around the social bond of proximity and mutual aid between neighbors. A project to develop mutual aid through local helpers, home visits, and/or to support seniors with IT tools at home. By Rachel Guez & Julie Chemama, CASIP COJASOR.
  5. Self-isolation in families with a person with dementia and the importance
    of continuous support, by Tatiana Romashova, HESED St Petersburg

16:45

Exchange Break

17:00

Closure of the Conference

With participation of Taly Mair, Executive Director, Jewish Community of Athens, Greece and Valerie Davis-Allouche, CASIP COJASOR, Paris, France

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS

Prof. Dr George Leeson

Oxford, United Kingdom

Dr Martin Auerbach

Jerusalem, Israel

Viviane Teitelbaum

Brussels, Belgium

Dr Adina Schwartz

Jerusalem, Israel

Ofir Ben Natan

Jerusalem, Israel

Daniel Casson

London, UK

Dr Yonit Hoffman

Chicago, US

Rami Kirshblum

Tel Aviv, Israel

Aron Schuster

Frankfurt, Germany

Debbie Sheldon

London, UK

Richard Odier

Paris, France

Neil Taylor

London, UK

Alan Weinstock

London, UK

Philippa Carr

London, UK

Drew Fidler

Washington DC, US

Taly Shaul

Budapest, Hungary

Rachel Guez

Paris, France

Moni Beniosev

Riga, Latvia

Zeev Friedman

Jerusalem, Israel

Rebecca Blady

Berlin, Germany

Louise Kermode

London, UK

Monis Chalegoua 

Athens, Greece

Oleksandra Nazarova

Tallinn, Estonia

Naomi Dickson

London, UK

Martine Mattatia

Paris, France

Tatiana Romashova

St Petersbug, Russia

Gilad Hadas

Tel Aviv, Israel

Eva Okuna

Frankfurt, Germany

Yevegnia Freifeld

Frankfurt, Germany

Simon Beckmann

Frankfurt, Germany

Julie Chemama

Paris, France

Amanda Klahr

Jerusalem, Israel

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