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    May the Work of Your Heart Be Lasting: Intentional Giving & Ethical Wills (Third Party Event)
    Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM


    This workshop will discuss the alignment of personal passions and beliefs and philanthropic giving, and explore the process for creating ethical wills or legacy letters.  An ethical will is a centuries-old Jewish custom of formally sharing your values, blessings, life lessons, hopes, and dreams with your family, friends, and community. Learn how the writing of an ethical will can provide insight into what we want to achieve with our philanthropy, discuss issues related to creating and sharing ethical wills, and take part in structured reflection that can help us to engage in this meaningful practice.


    Amy Holmes
    Senior Philanthropic Advisor & Manager
    Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor

    Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem
    Director of the Jewish Ethical Wills Project at JCC Manhattan
    supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation

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    Lifting the Rock on Hate in America: How Do We Act Fast? (Webinar)
    Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Part 2 of an "After Charlottesville" series. See Part 1 here.

    What is our immediate role in fighting hate, as Jewish funders? How do funders act with speed, finding the right balance between due diligence and agile, relevant action?


    • Georgette Bennett, The Polonsky Foundation and JFN Board Co-Chair
    • Aaron Dorfman, President, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
    • Lisa Eisen, Vice President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
    • Isaac Luria, Director of Voice, Creativity, and Culture, the Nathan Cummings Foundation
    • Moderator: Aliza Mazor, Chief Field Building Officer, Upstart

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    Closing the Educational Gap in Israel: A Lunch & Learn (NYC & Livestreamed)
    Thursday, November 02, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    JFN Offices in New York, NY

    The most urgent challenge facing public education in Israel today is the direct correlation between socioeconomic status and school achievement levels.

    Israel has one of the most extreme income gaps in the Western world, and neighborhood income levels have become an almost perfect predictor of school academic success. The poorer you are, the more likely you are to get a low-quality education, which, in turn, limits opportunities for military service, higher education, and professional career training. Reversing this trend has become a national priority.

    Join JFN members Don Futterman, Executive Director of the Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI) and co-host of the Promised Podcast, and Mary Ann Stein, President of The Moriah Fund, for a lunch-and-learn on strategies and approaches to closing educational gaps in Israel. A kosher lunch will be served.

    This event is for JFN members only.

    Remote participation via webinar is also available. Email Shira Uriarte for details.

    The Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI), was established to turn around underachieving and failing schools serving the poorest and lowest performing Jewish population in the elementary school system: Ethiopian-Israeli children. Today, in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Education and local municipalities, ICEI’s programs are transforming schools serving thousands of Ethiopian-Israeli students, and thousands of other low income students.

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