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

    The Grantmaker and Grantseeker Relationship: What We Know and How We Can Strengthen It
    Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM

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

    Please join us for a conversation between Jewish Theological Seminary Professor Jack Wertheimer and Deena Fuchs about "Grantees and Their Funders," Jack's report on what professionals at Jewish nonprofits experience while working with funders.

    During this session you will also have an opportunity to learn about GrantED: Stronger Relationships, Greater Impact, a joint project of JFN and UpStart launched on March 15. GrantED is a direct response to the findings and recommendations in "Grantees and Their Funders." In addition to organizing programs and facilitated conversations, GrantED offers a wide range of tools, articles, case studies, and other resources on its website (


    Jack Wertheimer
    Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History
    Jewish Theological Seminary of America

    Deena Fuchs (former Executive Vice President of JFN)
    Executive Director
    Micah Philanthropies





    Teen Engagement in the Jewish Community via Virtual Platforms
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 12:00 PM

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

    The Covid pandemic presented significant challenges to teen engagement across the US. Teen engagement organizations rose to the occasion, coming up with innovative solutions in response to these challenges. It is clear that connecting, engaging, and experiencing Jewish life online will continue to be a pivotal part of teen engagement moving forward.

    Hear from three incredible organizations who will share their expertise and learnings on online teen engagement. They will also share their perspectives on how technology and virtual spaces will continue to shape the landscape in the post-Covid world.


    Sara Allen
    Executive Director
    Jewish Teen Education Funder Collaborative

    Wayne K Green
    Executive Director
    Honeycomb (formerly known as Jewish Teen Funders Network) 

    Seth Merrin 
    Managing Member, Merrin Investors 
    Board Member, Lost Tribe Esports 

    Jeffrey M. Solomon
    Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Cowen
    Chair of the Board, Lost Tribe Esports

    Addressing Jewish Poverty: Responding to Covid and Highlighting Best Practices
    Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM

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

    The National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty will resume its bi-monthly webinar series. The series addresses the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has created for Jews living in poverty and the agencies that serve them, while also highlighting the successful responses to these challenges.

    Future sessions will occur every other Thursday. Save the following dates (all Thursdays, from 12-1 pm ET) for the next four sessions: May 6, May 20, June 3, and June 17. More dates will be announced soon.

    In this session, we'll focus on landscape analysis.


    Susan Wolf Ditkoff
    Senior Advisor
    The Bridgespan Group

    Deborah (Debby) Bielak
    The Bridgespan Group


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  • JFN News

    Amid a Lack of Support, This Funding Collaborative Backs Jewish Arts and Culture

    From Inside Philanthropy (March 26, 2021)

    It’s been almost seven years since the National Foundation for Jewish Culture ceased operations. The closure of NFJC, which had been supporting Jewish artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and scholars since 1961, signified what many in the creative community were already painfully aware of: Philanthropists were not supporting Jewish arts and culture as they had in the past.

    These developments alarmed Lou Cove, a senior advisor to the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and founder of CANVAS, a Jewish Funders Network (JFN) collaborative that aims to create a 21st-century Jewish arts and culture renaissance. CANVAS launched in September 2019 and began making its first grants in March 2020, just as COVID-19 arrived in the United States.

    Read the full article by Simone Ellin on the Inside Philanthropy site or download this PDF

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    In Beacon Hill, the Golem Rises as ‘A Protector of All People’ for Passover

    From The Boston Globe (March 23, 2021)

    “Golem v. Golem,” Los Angeles artist Julie Weitz’s photo installation on the façade of the Vilna Shul, the historic synagogue and Jewish cultural center in Beacon Hill, is inspired by Weitz’s own confrontation with modern plagues.

    “Golem v. Golem” is the centerpiece of Passover programming presented by the Jewish Arts Collaborative and Asylum Arts (other offerings are available online, in a program called “Reimagine Exodus”). It’s also part of “Dwelling in a Time of Plagues,” a host of Passover projects in nine cities sponsored by the [Jewish Funders Network-powered] funding collaborative CANVAS.

    Read the full article by Cate McQuaid in the Boston Globe

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