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

    Impact Investing Roundtable 12/7
    Tuesday, December 07, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Time: 12-1:30 pm ET/9-10:30 am PT/7-8:30 pm ISR

    Impact investing is an increasingly important way for individuals, foundations, Federations, and nonprofits to powerfully expand their capacity for social and environmental change, all while providing a framework to live their values through how they spend and invest.

    Join JFN’s growing community of impact investors for a lively and action-oriented monthly roundtable, each featuring a master class and two investment roundups, all led by JFN members and designed to encourage shared learning and shared action along our impact investing journeys.

    Whether you are new to impact investing or a seasoned veteran, the roundtables will help you to build skills, deepen your collaborations and deal access, and add meaning to how you're managing your money.

    Read JFN's Guide to Jewish Impact Investing

    Enroll in JFN's Certificate Course in Jewish Impact Investing



    Vanessa Kacherginsky
    Israel Forum for Impact Economy

    More speakers to be confirmed.


    Vanessa Bartram
    Managing Director
    ZORA Ventures



    The Ethics of Power: A Four-Part Series for Funders
    Wednesday, December 08, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    Jewish communal leadership aspires to the highest ethical standards, and yet, not infrequently, these aspirations go unmet. In part, this is because the Jewish community mirrors the same inequities around gender, race and class, and the scandal and misuse of power. The gaps between our values and our actions challenge the moral integrity of our communities. Yet at the same time, for some, the fear of yielding power bravely and responsibility – to set out a vision or to make commitments to values and actions – can often lead to inertia and paralysis.

    This four-part seminar, which is cohort-based and open to principle funders and their families, will explore the ethics of power, what it means to have power and wield it ethically, and how, as a community, we navigate the way change and loss emerges when power relationships change.

    These key questions will be explored throughout this four-part series:

    • What are different currencies of power?
    • How do we navigate change and loss?
    • How do we navigate between moral imperatives and moral concerns?
    • What is the relationship between charisma and corruption?

    This series is open to principal funders and their families.
    Please note that this series is a cohort-based learning experience and full participation in all four sessions is encouraged in order to ensure the highest-quality experience for all participants. The first three sessions will be held via Zoom, and the fourth will take place in person at the JFN International Conference in Palm Beach, Fla.

    Session Dates & Speakers:

    Session 1 (Virtual): 

    Wednesday, December 8, 2021 from 12-1:30pm ET / 9-10:30am PT / 19:00-20:30 Israel

    Mijal Bitton

    Scholar in Residence

    Session 2 (Virtual): 

    Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 12-1:30pm ET / 9-10:30am PT / 19:00-20:30 Israel

    Elana Stein Hain
    Director of Faculty and Senior Fellow

    Session 3 (Virtual):

    Wednesday, February 2, 2022 from 12-1:30pm ET / 9-10:30am PT / 19:00-20:30 Israel

    Mishael Zion

    Faculty in Residence, Bay Area

    Session 4 (In-Person): 

    March 2022 at JFN Conference (March 27-29, 2022 in Florida)

    Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer 

    President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

    Giving through a Gender Lens
    Friday, December 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    Home of Dafna Meitar Nechmad in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

    We're sorry, but this event is sold out!

    How can we as funders increase gender equality in Israel’s social sector?

    Join us as we explore power, identity and learn the impact of giving through a gender lens

    Hosted by Dafna Meitar-Nechmad

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  • JFN News

    Z3 Project Presents: Andrés Spokoiny

    From Jewish Telegraphic Agency (December 1, 2021)

    This Z3 2021 Futures Workshop-sponsored article is a Q&A with JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny. Responding to a question on where funders’ priorities should lie both in the diaspora and in Israel he says:

    You won’t have a single answer to that. One of the hallmarks of the philanthropic community today is it’s very atomized. It’s very fragmented. We joke at JFN that we have 2,500 members and 2,500 interests. So I tell you what I think, in my view, should be the focus of the philanthropic community. There should be an emphasis on Jewish content and meaning. The pandemic is going to shine a light on questions of meaning. And this is something that we don’t do in the Jewish community. We invest more in frameworks of identity and not necessarily in content.

    Antisemitism is going to be a big priority for funders. That does not mean money will be well spent or that we’re going to be effective in fighting antisemitism. But I think it’s going to be a focus of many funders. What I do hope is the funders understand that fighting antisemitism is much more complicated than they think in the age of social media. The funders will need to really reflect on what works and what doesn’t.

    And two more things are going to be important. One is Jewish poverty. In the pandemic, we realize that a lot of Jews are extremely vulnerable. We tend to believe that it was all taken care of, and it is not. And last but not least, I think that there’s going to be a focus on specific social issues in Israel. We’re going to really abandon the notion of giving money “to Israel.” What we’re going to be seeing are partnerships with Israeli funders and with the Israeli government to address specific issues in Israel.

    Read the full article on JTA.

    The Z3 Futures Workshop is a hybrid event on December 5, with components online and in Palo Alto, Calif. Andres Spokoiny will be one of the speakers there.



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    Meet JFN's New Vice President of Programs

    JFN is delighted to welcome Mara Silvers, our new Vice President of Programs, who will help us shape and improve our programming and conferences.

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