IAJVS Collaborations and Partnerships

IAJVS acknowledges & appreciates the continued support of the following

jewish federations in helping us to carry on our network wide objective of helping people become self sufficient.

      Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston

      Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland

      Jewish Community Federation, San Francisco

      Jewish Federation of St. Louis

      Minneapolis Federation for Jewish Service

      United Jewish Communities of MetroWest New Jersey


IAJVS continues to develop alliances and craft new partnerships promoting the important work of our affiliate members in enhancing employment opportunities for vulnerable populations.


IAJVS Announces Membership in The National Human Services Assembly


The National Human Services Assembly is an association of more than eighty of the nation’s leading nonprofit human service organizations, ranging from the American Red Cross to the YWCA.  As such, it is a prestigious table for an organization to be seated at.  Founded nearly nine decades ago, the National Assembly, as it is called, is the vehicle through which key leaders at the national headquarters of member organizations strive to continuously improve service delivery and organizational effectiveness, both for individual organizations and the human services field.  Members participate in learning communities and events and in collaborative efforts to achieve change.  The National Assembly also provides more concrete services, including resource rich newsletters and an extensive group discount program. 

More information can be found at www.nassembly.org


IAJVS Announces Partnership with the National Coalition for College Completion

IAJVS has partnered with NCCC, a diverse, nonpartisan group representing community-based business, civil rights, student, and youth advocacy organizations.  It's purpose is to be the voice of stakeholders outside the education sector and in support of federal and state programs, policies and funding to increase college competion.  Together, we wil work towards a common goal of helping young people reach their full potential.  Click here for the full press release with more information.


IAJVS Partners with the Rabbinical Assembly’s Joint Placement Commission

IAJVS is partnering with the Rabbinical Assembly’s Joint Placement Commission to help them develop new plans and strategies for finding employment. The Rabbinical Assembly is calling this project, “Kafatz Nachson”, reminding participants of how Nachson at the Red Sea had the courage to jump into new waters, try something completely different, and thereby create new success in his own life and in the lives of those he loved. The Assembly’s announcement stated that IAJVS member agencies have a great deal of experience teaching professionals to re-fashion themselves in a harsh economy. IAJVS member agencies will look at skill sets individuals may bring and help them to expand their vision beyond traditional rabbinic positions. This will include assessments and training to help colleagues re-think their rabbinate and perhaps their calling, providing the tools to possibly:

•  Shift from one area of the rabbinate to another

•  Explore positions in new careers in the Jewish community

•  Seek to switch to careers outside of the rabbinate

For more information, contact Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, Associate Executive Director and International Director of Placement at eschoenberg@rabbinicalassembly.org .

IAJVS Partners with Esssential Learning

IAJVS, in partnership with Essential Learning, is now offering easy access to continuing education and professional development courses for a broad range of vocational and human service workers, clinicians, supervisors, and managers. These concise, yet comprehensive, courses will help professionals meet agency, regulatory, and professional licensing requirements, as well as keep up with the latest developments in the field, from their office and home computers. And IAJVS member agencies and their staff will receive a 10% discount on all courses, simply by using the discount code IAJVSTRAIN .

Initial course offerings will come from Essential Learning’s extensive library. You can browse currently available courses by using the buttons on the left of the screen and obtain additional information on the entire process using the “Getting Started” and other buttons at the top of the screen. You can have access to these online courses from anywhere, at any time, all you need is Internet access. Select a course, read or listen to the course materials, complete the online exercises, and take your test. You do not need to complete a course in a single session. You can return to it whenever time is available. As soon as you pass the test with a score of 80 percent or higher, you will be able to print your CE credit certificate.

For more information, go to the IAJVS training site at www.cequick.com/ iajvs or access it via www.iajvs.org .


AJA Receives Important Records of the

International Association of Jewish Vocational Services

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives—located on the Cincinnati campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion— is pleased to announce the opening of records of the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS). Donated by Genie Cohen, Executive Director of IAJVS, the IAJVS records are now available in The Barrows-Loebelson Family Reading Room at the Jacob Rader Marcus Center in Cincinnati , Ohio .

A finding aid is available in the Reading Room and online at

The IAJVS records document the organization’s administrative activities, annual
conferences, and special projects from its beginnings to the current day. The IAJVS records
include constitutions and bylaws, minutes from the Board of Governors and Executive
Committee, miscellaneous reports, conference programs, project files, and photographs.
Project files include notes, correspondence, internship reports, as well as files on IAJVS’s work with émigrés, and an aging workforce. One of the highlights in the collection is a pamphlet titled, Contributions of Jews to the American Economy by Walter Duckat. Published by the JOC in 1954 in concert with the celebration of the American Jewish Tercentenary (1654-1954), Duckat briefly describes three centuries of Jewish economic and social life in the U.S. while examining the impact Jews have had on manufacturing, trade unions, commerce, transportation and communication, agriculture, entertainment, and science and technology in the United States.

The records of the IAJVS are a valuable resource for those studying the role and impact of
Jews in the workplace and the major professions, as well as for persons interested in the
larger fields of occupational and vocational services.

The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, founded in 1947 by its namesake on the Cincinnati , Ohio , campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, is committed to preserving a documentary heritage of the religious, organizational, economic, cultural, personal, social and family life of American Jewry. The Marcus Center contains over 15,000 linear feet of archives, manuscripts, nearprint materials, photographs, audio and videotapes, microfilm, and genealogical materials.


IAJVS is proud to announce its Memorandum of Understanding with CVS/pharmacy.

The MOU is a pledge that the two organizations will work together to create local partnerships to promote employment and training of mature workers. This partnership intends to increase the local capacity of IAJVS member agencies and CVS/pharmacy stores throughout the country. In partnership with CVS/pharmacy, IAJVS will work with member agencies to design and implement a customized training program for member agency's mature worker clients to prepare them for assessment, screening, career exploration, training and employment at CVS/pharmacy in positions including Pharmacist Scheduler, Pharmacist Technician, Photo Lab Technician, Greeting Card and Cosmetic Specialist.

For more details on this collaboration please view the press release.

To visit CVS/pharmacy's website click here.


IAJVS is pleased to announce a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs- Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service (VR&E) and the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS) are mutually committed to promoting and enhancing competitive employment opportunities for our nation’s veterans, enabling every individual to reach his or her life’s potential. Through this Memorandum of Understanding, these two organizations will strive to make the best use of each partner’s experience, expertise, and record of success in serving disabled veterans in their quest to become contributing members of our nation’s workforce.

IAJVS Executive Director Genie Cohen signing the MOU with Robert Roundtree, Supervisory

Employment Coordinator, US Department of Veteran Affairs.

For more information on this important partnership please read the Memorandum of Understanding.

To visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs website click here.