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    Law and Love (Shavuot 5778)

    Have you ever heard the phrase “the God of the Old Testament”? It’s generally used to distinguish between the supposedly angry, vengeful, and severe God of the Hebrew Bible and the “Loving Heavenly Father” of the New Testament.

    Even though many Christian theologians have denounced this false contrast (after all, they say, God can’t change his substance), it persists in the Western mind. It’s linked to one of the biggest misconceptions in the history of religion: the notion that Judaism is the “religion of law” while Christianity is the “religion of love”.

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    Culture, Opportunity, and Excellence in the Jewish Workforce (Webinar)

    This webinar took place April 26, 2018.

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  • Upcoming events

    Frontiers of Social Innovation (Third Party Event)
    Monday, May 21, 2018 at 08:00 AM through May 22, 2018
    Stanford University in Stanford, CA

    Every two years, Stanford Social Innovation Review brings together senior leaders from nonprofit organizations, foundations, social enterprises, philanthropists, for-profit business and government from around the world for two days, to discuss, debate and develop solutions that address the most pressing global challenges. 

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    The Exchange 2018: Scaling Impact Together
    Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 07:30 AM through May 24, 2018

    We're glad to extend an invitation to The Exchange 2018 conference on May 23-24 in New York City, presented by the Social Impact Exchange and Morgan Stanley. Thanks to our collaboration with the Social Impact Exchange, JFN is delighted to offer our members a registration discount of almost 50% (Original Price: $1695; Member Discount: $895). This offer is valid through May 22, three weeks after the early bird discount has expired!

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    The conference will address key issues of collaboration and the vital importance of working across sectors, and will combine both knowledge sessions and opportunities for taking direct action. There will be specific issue tracks in educationhealtheconomic mobility, the environment and impact investing. Featured speakers include Hilary Pennington, Executive Vice President for Program, the Ford Foundation; Don Howard, President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation; Kathleen McLaughlin, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc., and President, Walmart Foundation, Stephen Heintz, President, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund; Mandell Crawley, Head of Private Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley; Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder and former CEO, Seventh Generation; Hadi Partovi, Founder and CEO, code.orgKyle Peterson, Executive Director, Walton Family Foundation; John Kania, Global Managing Director, FSG; and Alan Alda, renowned actor, writer, and advocate for science communication.

    The 2018 Conference will bring together more than 400 high-net-worth donors, foundations, individual philanthropists, wealth advisors, and industry leaders to learn about innovative methods for achieving large-scale impact through multi-sector collaboration. 

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    Evolving Jewish Philanthropy: Breaking Down the "Giving Jewish" Report (Webinar)
    Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Prof. Jack Wertheimer's report for the AVI CHAI Foundation, Giving Jewish: How Big Funders Have Transformed American Jewish Philanthropyhas provoked spirited discussion in the Jewish philanthropic world. He has found that large donors are changing the face of Jewish philanthropy by shifting priorities toward Jewish engagement and away from legacy institutions or social service agencies. There also is a trend toward creating staffed foundations, pursuing measurable impact investing, increased collaboration, and more active participation by new groups—women, Millennials, and Orthodox donors.

    Join Prof. Jack Wertheimer and JFN President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny for a discussion of the report's findings and its implications for the Jewish community and your own philanthropic work. Deena FuchsSenior Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the AVI CHAI Foundation, will facilitate the discussion.

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