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    This You Call a Miracle?

    Question: What did the first three-headed clown juggling live baby goats say to the second three-headed clown juggling live baby goats?

    Answer: I don’t know, but if I told you, you’d remember.

    We tend to remember unusual and surprising things. That’s how our brain is wired; it’s an evolutionary mechanism that helps us notice new threats and opportunities in our surroundings. From ancient times to the present, memory masters have used this principle. In his book Moonwalking with Einstein, Joshua Foer explains how competitive memory champions use strange and unusual images to memorize the order of an entire deck of card in just seconds. The 7 of diamonds alone is just a card, but a 7 of diamonds being held by Einstein as he bounces around in lunar weightlessness is something unforgettable.

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    Securing Jewish Communities

    A webinar with leaders from the Secure Community Network (SCN), an initiative of JFN member organization Jewish Federations of North America, for a briefing on the state of security in North American Jewish communities.

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  • Upcoming events

    Funders and "New Power": Philanthropy in a Hyperconnected World
    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 05:15 PM
    92nd St Y in New York, NY

    Reception begins 5:15; program begins promptly at 5:45 with a welcome from Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein, Director of Jewish Community and Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92Y.

    Henry Timms

    Andrés Spokoiny

    Join Henry Timms, President and CEO, 92Y and co-author of the bestselling book New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World—and How to Make It Work for You, speaking with JFN's President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny for a conversation on how the world of philanthropy is changing with the rise of "new power".

    Dorothy TananbaumDorothy Tananbaum, former JFN board chair, current board officer, and friend of 92Y, will facilitate the discussion.

    In New Power, Henry Timms and Jeremy Hiemans confront the biggest stories of our time—the rise of mega-platforms like Facebook and Uber; the out-of-nowhere victories of Obama and Trump; the unexpected emergence of movements like #MeToo—and reveal what's really behind them: the rise of "new power." "Old power" was out of reach for the vast majority of people. But our ubiquitous connectivity makes possible a different kind of power: open, participatory, and peer-driven, more like a current than a currency. In this conversation, Henry, Andrés, and Dorothy will discuss how funders can understand new power and use this understanding to unleash powerful change for good.

    This event is for JFN members and others by invitation only. Space is limited. RSVP (below) by November 30.

    JFN & 92Y
    Limmud UK's 2018 Festival (Third Party Event)
    Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 12:00 PM through December 27, 2018
    Hilton Metropole Birmingham in Birmingham, United Kingdom


    Led by hundreds of volunteers, Limmud Festival attracts participants of all ages and backgrounds from across the Jewish world.

    The 2018 Limmud Festival in the UK will be a unique opportunity to network and learn — as individuals and as a group — expanding our Jewish horizons together.

    JFN members are eligible for a discount! See discount code & pricing (logged-in members only) >>

    At the 2018 Limmud Festival…

    • Over 1000 educational sessions to choose from including family-oriented programming, cultural and current affairs, as well as performances, text study and social activities;

    • There will be a meeting suite available for JFN members;

    • For those interested, there are also several opportunities to present.

    Pre-booked ground transportation is available on certain dates. Participants will book their own flights to the UK.

    Go to Limmud website >>

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    Funding Interfaith Families Virtual Meetup
    Tuesday, January 08, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Join us for a one-hour, participatory video/conference call with other JFN members who fund in the area of interfaith families.

    Opening the tent of the Jewish community comes in many forms. Some philanthropists focus on the participant: families with young children, couples, or the simply "unaffiliated." Others focus on the institutions that serve the community. Either way, the attraction is the same: make a difference and be more inclusive. For funders engaged in this work, peer learning can help us achieve more.

    As we learned from the Avenues to Jewish Engagement for Intermarried Couples and Families Matching Grant Initiative in honor of 2015 Genesis Prize Laureate Michael Douglas, which contributed more than $3.3 million in matching funds to the field, there is a broad spectrum of intermarried families and couples as well as engagement factors to consider. A lot of good work has been done; what comes next? 

    This call is not a traditional webinar — it will be an interactive opportunity to learn and share with one another. We’ll begin with a 20-minute briefing by Jodi Bromberg, CEO at InterfaithFamily, who will discuss strategies and approaches for engaging interfaith families in Jewish life. Participants will then have an opportunity to ask questions of Jodi, share their methods and approaches, and get feedback from other participants. JFN member Laurie Franz, will moderate the discussion. 

    Please note: this webinar is for funders who are actively working on interfaith family initiatives, and is not intended to be an introductory conversation.

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