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NOVEMBER 3OTH - 17:00 CET / 16:00 UK / 11:00 EDT

Jewish Welfare services from the US, Europe, Canada and Israel sharing expertise on their response to COVID-19


The European Council of Jewish Communities and the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies are happy to invite you to the Fourth Transatlantic Zoom Session to be held on Wednesday, November 30th at 17.00 CET / 11.00 EDT with the goal of sharing expertise and best practise from both sides of the Atlantic in supporting community members hit by the loss of employment during COVID


You will have the chance of joining both sessions, and to have time to discuss challenges of your services with both speakers.

Sessions - scroll down to register

“Promoting Economic Mobility Amid Multiple Pandemics”


Lisa Countryman CEO
JVS San Francisco, United States

JVS San Francisco has a long track record of developing and delivering high impact workforce programs leading to self-sufficiency wage, career path jobs for their clients.


Learn how JVS has brought their history of high impact programs and innovative approaches to a period of rapid change and deep uncertainty amid the COVID pandemic, the pandemic of racial injustice and the worst economic crisis the US has seen since the Great Recession.

Lisa Countryman

Under Lisa’s leadership, JVS has continued to increase access to high impact earn and learn programs, including apprenticeships, across sectors with strong advancement potential. Her strategic initiatives have increased JVS’s service footprint regionally and they have broken down barriers for underrepresented communities to access no-cost training in tech, healthcare and skilled trades.

In 2018, Lisa was appointed to serve as Commissioner on the State of California’s Inter-agency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (IACA), under the Department of Industrial Relations, to inform the creation of apprenticeships in non-traditional sectors and occupations. In recognition of JVS’s targeted focus on economic equity and impact, Lisa serves on several committees at the state, regional and local levels including the California Workforce Development System Worker Equity Initiative, ReWork the Bay’s Equity at Work Council, the California Policy Academy, and the UCSF Anchor Institution Initiative’s Subcommittees on Workforce and Evaluation.

Lisa has over 10 years of experience developing successful strategic partner relationships, developing high impact programs, securing flexible funding, and informing policy through advocacy. Prior to JVS, Lisa worked at St. Anthony Foundation in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco securing grants to support the organization’s Free Medical Clinic Operations. Lisa received her master’s degree in Comparative Literature from SUNY Buffalo and her bachelor’s degree in German and Classics from Loyola University Chicago.

"COVID-19, Before, During and After"


Debbie Sheldon

Work Avenue

London,  United Kingdom

Work Avenue's mission is o help people become financially independent.

and aims to provide people in the community with essential lifelong skills to support themselves and their families by:

  • Providing advice and guidance to support people into or back into work

  • Placing people into suitable employment

  • Training people with contemporary and commercial skills

  • Increasing the success rate and long term sustainability of new and existing businesses

  • Providing a supportive shared workspace for entrepreneurs


Come and hear what Work Avenue was doing to help the community to earn a living before Corona became such a huge part of our lives, how they adapted and what changes they made to their services in March and how they see a future for those seeking work or to build a business.


When nothing is usual its business as usual at Work Avenue!

Debbie Sheldon


Having been involved in the development of Work Avenue from the planning stages in 2006, Debbie has worked in all areas of the charity from Careers Adviser, Head of Training, Head of Business and Chief Operating Officer.  A qualified teacher and counsellor, Debbie has worked across the entire spectrum of the Jewish community and is passionate about helping Work Avenue clients achieve their potential.


Debbie is proud of being able to create the strategy for the growth of the organisation, having the privilege to lead an amazing team, responsible for fundraising to ensure they can continue to do the valuable work they do and building relationships with individuals from the community to grow the whole network.

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