Jewish Funders Network is an international community of private foundations and philanthropists whose mission is to promote meaningful giving and to improve philanthropy in the Jewish world. We have more than 2,500 members from 11 countries around the world. JFN Israel, established in 2008, enables Israeli funders to exchange ideas about their philanthropic involvement and expand their giving circles, both in Israel and overseas.


  • Upcoming events

    Exclusive Briefing: Pew’s 2020 Portrait of Jewish Americans
    Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Jewish Americans in 2020: Cultural Engagement, Diversity, Politics, and Antisemitism

    Jewish Funders Network and The Harold Grinspoon Foundation invite you to join an exclusive conversation with Becka Alper and Alan Cooperman about findings from the Pew Center’s 2020 survey of Jewish Americans (to be released May 11, 2021). We will unpack the Jewish American experience by examining religious beliefs and practices, cultural engagement, diversity, views of Jewish identity, and experiences with antisemitism among Jewish Americans. With introductory remarks by Winnie Sandler Grinspoon, President of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

    The new survey is Pew Research Center’s second major nationwide study of U.S. Jews. The first, A Portrait of Jewish Americans, came out in 2013.

    Please note that JFN is also offering a webinar focused on the Pew Report's implications for addressing Jewish poverty on June 17.



    Becka A. Alper
    Senior Researcher
    Pew Research Center

    Alan Cooperman
    Director, Religion Research
    Pew Research Center

    New Philanthropic Models for Social Change
    Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:30 AM
    zoom in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

    What can we learn from new philanthropic models for social change that emerged during Covid?

    During the global Covid health crisis we saw new philanthropic models emerge reflecting the agility, creativity, and dire needs that philanthropy has come to address.

    Please join us as we will focus on two models where philanthropy stepped in beyond its traditional roles to provide direct support and funding for small businesses and for the arts and culture community.

    The first model is led by Inbar Shashua Bar-Nir and Adi Atun from WE19, which is part of the Shashua Family's “House for Social Solidarity” initiative. They will illustrate how WE19 gave hope to small businesses amid the Covid-19 outbreak. WE19 provided financial grants that helped entrepreneurs to expand their business, without financial strain.

    The second model, led by Nachman Rosenberg, CEO of Nacht Philanthropic Ventures, will demonstrate the lessons learned while supporting industry professionals in the Israeli arts and culture field, directly benefiting 700 musicians, lighting professionals, sound technicians, and production workers, through generous stipends.

    *The event will be held in Hebrew

    JFN West: Coffee with JFN Israel's Maya Natan
    Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    This is the sixth installment of "Coffee with...," a series designed to provide a unique opportunity for JFN West members to engage in small-group conversation with and among JFN leaders and members. 

    Maya Natan is Executive Director of JFN Israel and CEO of Keshet DAF-IL, Israel's first donor-advised fund.

    JFN Israel, established in 2008, brings together Israeli funders — who make up one-quarter of JFN's total membership — to exchange ideas about their philanthropic involvement and expand their giving circles.

    JFN Israel’s staff offers consulting and expertise to all JFN members – regardless of nationality – who are interested in funding in Israel. All JFN members get one free session of Israel advisory services.

    Through Keshet DAF-IL, Israelis and others interested in funding in Israel can open donor-advised funds, an easy and cost-effective alternative to starting a private foundation. Keshet also provides various services to American foundations funding in Israel.

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  • JFN News

    What Really Happened at Mount Sinai? (Shavuot 5781)

    According to Midrash, all the souls of the future generations were present at Mount Sinai the moment the Torah was given. As a child, I believed this to be literally true, which posed some challenges to my young mind. First, was I among those that built the golden calf? And if I was there, why didn’t I remember any of it? I did try to picture myself there, imagining myself as an extra in “The 10 Commandments” looking at Charlton Heston from afar.

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    JFN Stands With And In Israel

    Jewish Funders Network stands with the people of Israel — including our hundreds of Israeli members and six members of our staff — as they face a barrage of attacks from Hamas and a surge of violence in Jerusalem. We mourn all the victims and pray for all the wounded. 
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