Jewish Funders Network is an international community of private foundations and philanthropists with over 2,500 members from 11 countries around the world whose mission is to promote meaningful giving and take an active part in the processes that change the thinking and action patterns of philanthropy in the Jewish 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

    Remote Learning and Engagement: Best Practices in Online Adult Education
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 01:30 PM

    1:30-2:30pm ET/10:30-11:30am PT/8:30-9:30pm Israel

    This is the first in a three-part series on Remote Learning and Engagement. Upcoming sessions will address using online technology to facilitate Israel encounters (February 3, 1-2 pm ET) and Jewish educational experiences (February 17, 1-2 pm ET).

    Since March 2020, there have been very few educational interventions and initiatives that have not had to pivot to the virtual delivery of services and programs. While some institutions have expanded already existing capacities, others have had to radically reimagine their educational practices and business models. In some cases, this has uncovered ways of reaching never-previously-imagined audiences.

    This three-part series will explore funder considerations and expectations when supporting such adaptations, program provider aspirations, and research data about what has transpired.

    In this session on professional development, researchers will share their findings so far on the remote professional development and adult education offerings of 14 programs supported by The Jim Joseph Foundation. 


    Stacie Cherner
    Director of Learning & Evaluation
    Jim Joseph Foundation

    Mark Horowitz
    Vice President
    Program and Talent, JCCA

    Meredith Woocher
    Senior Project Leader
    Rosov Consulting

    Bias in the Schools: A Look at California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum and Its National Implications
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 02:00 PM

    California's proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) will be implemented in high school classrooms across the state and is likely to be a model used in developing curricula across the country. Initially, drafts of the curriculum excluded Jews and even included anti-Jewish content. The collective efforts of Jewish organizations and individuals in California improved matters, but there remains pressure from the BDS movement to remove Jewish identity, definitions of antisemitism and Jewish lesson plans from the curriculum. Join for a timely conversation with leading Jewish communal professionals on the role ethnic studies curiccula plays in the BDS movement’s strategies, the impact this curriculum may have on how both the Jewish-American experience and anti-Semitism are taught throughout the country, and how you can make a difference in your own community around similar issues.


    Tyler Gregory
    Executive Director
    JCRC of the San Francisco Bay Area

    Alisa Finsten
    Senior Vice President of Community Engagement
    Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    Note: prior to being approved by State Board of Education at its March meeting, there is a public comment period during which individuals may provide input into the final draft of the ESMC through January 21, 2020. If you would like to provide input prior to our scheduled program on January 20, here is a link with additional information and a place to submit comments.

    Jewish Poverty Success Factors Series: Focus on Advocacy
    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM

     12-1 pm ET/ 9-10 am PT / 7-8 pm Israel

    This is the second in a new National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty webinar series, "Key Success Factors in Addressing Jewish Poverty" in which we will highlight specific case studies and bright spots from throughout North America, with a particular focus on meeting the enormous challenges posed by the Covid pandemic and its economic effects. Future sessions will explore such issues as measurement and evaluation, advocacy and awareness building, virtual program delivery, convening for impact, and engaging people with lived experiences. Save the following dates (all Thursdays, from 12-1 pm ET) for the next three sessions: February 4, February 18, March 4. More dates will be announced soon.

    In this session, we'll learn about the role effective advocacy plays in addressing poverty and will reflect on how the new presidential administration changes the climate for enacting reforms to help vulnerable individuals. Watch previous sessions in this series here.


    Elana Broitman
    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
    Jewish Federations of North America

    Melanie Roth Gorelick
    Senior Vice President
    Jewish Council for Public Affairs

    Additional speaker TBA.


    Susan Wolf Ditkoff
    Senior Advisor
    The Bridgespan Group

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  • JFN News

    Dan Ariely: The Brain Science of Doing Good

    Episode 18 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

    Israeli-American behavioral economist, Wall Street Journal columnist and best-selling author Dan Ariely is an advisor to Keshet, the new donor-advised fund JFN and its partners brought to Israel. In this episode, he talks to JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny about strategies for promoting positive social outcomes, including getting people to be more philanthropic. They also discuss uniquely Israeli approaches to problem-solving, how Dan's personal history shaped his career, and the cookbook he wants to write.

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    Conference Registration Opening Soon

    I’m thrilled to announce that registration for our 2021 International Conference will open in just a few more days.


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