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    Briefing: Pittsburgh Jewish Communal Immediate Needs

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    A Tree of Life, and Light for Joy: Philanthropy After Terror

    All weekend as I watched the news, I wondered again what I’ve wondered before: why isn’t pain a zero sum game? Why can’t we spread the sadness thin by sharing it, until it almost disappears? Why is it rather that even though we all share the grief, it doesn’t diminish?

    Looking at the pictures from Pittsburgh, I wished that the sorrow I felt could ease the unspeakable burden of grief faced by the families and loved ones directly touched. I wish I could take upon myself some of the pain that congregation Tree of Life / Or L’Simcha, and the broader community of Squirrel Hill, faces. But their pain doesn’t diminish, and mine grows. The heartache expands, seemingly inextinguishable. As Jeremiah proclaimed, “Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! Then would I weep day and night for the slain of my people.”

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  • Upcoming events

    Impact Investing Virtual Meetup
    Monday, November 19, 2018 at 01:30 PM

    Join us for a one-hour, participatory video/conference call with other JFN members who are involved in impact investing.

    Funders have a full range of tools to invest capital for good. Some philanthropists use impact investing as a complementary tool with their grantmaking as a way to diversify their portfolio or to use the returns as a way to fund more giving. Either way, the attraction is the same: investing to make a difference. For funders engaged in this work, peer learning can help us achieve more.

    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 Dhaval Patel, Investment Manager at Tides, who will present the Tides approach to impact investing and will share several case studies on how their clients have used different methods to achieve social and financial objectives. Participants will then have an opportunity to ask questions of Dhaval, share their methods and approaches, and get feedback from other participants.

    Please note: This webinar is for funders who are actively working on impact investing initiatives, and is not intended to be an introductory conversation.

    Communities, Networks & Opportunities (Hong Kong): Asia, Israel, & the Jewish World 2018
    Sunday, December 02, 2018 at 08:30 AM through December 04, 2018
    Asia Society in Hong Kong, Hong Kong

    Communities, Networks & Opportunities

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    This gathering will bring together Jewish funders, lay leaders, communal activists, and entrepreneurs to workshop creative and innovative ways to design community and strengthen the rapidly growing relationship between Israel and Asia.

    Meet leading Jewish and Chinese philanthropists, hear from social change-makers, and craft exciting solutions to challenges facing regional and global Jewish communities.

    This highly interactive gathering will provide a practical toolkit to bring these innovative solutions to life, consisting of the latest skills in design thinking, lean start-up, adaptive leadership, and creativity that can be applied directly in your personal, professional, and communal life.

    David Dabscheck

    Facilitator: David Dabscheck

    David Dabscheck is the CEO of GIANT Innovation, which transforms the way organizations and people think and act to become world-class innovators. David has helped a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, global NGOs, Jewish communal organizations, and public sector agencies develop and implement sustainable innovation and creativity programs.

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