The International Association of Jewish Vocational Services (IAJVS) hosted its annual conference in Philadelphia this year, and JEVS Human Services played an important role in the international networking event.

Held at the Sofitel Hotel in Center City from Sunday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 19, 2016, the IAJVS annual conference gathered over 100 professionals to make connections, exchange ideas and plan for the future. IAJVS is a network of 32 national and international human service agencies in major metropolitan areas in the United States, Canada and Israel.

This year’s conference theme, “Today’s Youth – A Workforce for Tomorrow,” focused on investing in the important future of our nation’s young people. A number of sessions and workshops also addressed serving individuals with disabilities and the long-term unemployed. Several JEVS staff members, including those from JEVS Career Strategies, as well as our Workforce Development and Youth Services programs, presented about their services and program offerings to illustrate best practices here in Philadelphia and how they might be replicated by our sister agencies across the country and abroad. 

On Sunday evening, JEVS sponsored a Host Reception at the Barnes Foundation Museum where attendees were able to view a private collection of art, including masterpieces from Renoir, Picasso and Van Gogh. In addition, Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack spoke to the group and noted the important contributions of Jewish vocational service agencies.

At the conference’s awards ceremony, Peter C. Rothberg, vice chair of JEVS Board of Directors, accepted the Samuel S. Greenberg Leadership Award, which recognizes a lay leader who exhibits significant support of IAJVS and its work. In addition, Wells Fargo received the Corporate Award for their exemplary commitment to workforce development in partnership with JEVS Human Services.

It was a thought-provoking three days, and we were honored to participate as this year’s host city.

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