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    Hanukkah Weekend Reading


    Happy Hanukkah!

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    The Kidnapped Goddess, The Hidden Light, and Hanukkah

    Persephone was a unique goddess in Greek mythology. She lived an idyllic and lonely life in communion with Nature, far from the other gods and the endless intrigues of Zeus’ gang. The most eligible bachelors on Mt. Olympus, Apollo and Hermes, courted and wooed her to no avail. She preferred to spend her days picking wild flowers and nurturing the Earth. Hades, however—the wicked Greek god of the underworld—didn’t waste time on courtship. Instead of spending his drachmas on fancy dinners or expensive Olympian champagne, he simply opened a wedge in the Earth’s crust, emerged from his darkness, and forcefully abducted the beautiful Persephone. With Persephone gone, the Earth plunged into cold and darkness. The trees lost their leaves, flowers withered and died, and the land become bare and desolate. Humans were hungry and the gods sad.

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  • Upcoming events

    Will Millennials & Gen Z Kill Israel Engagement?
    Thursday, January 04, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    JFN member's home in NYC

    Today's teens and young adults—Millennials and the following generation—have very different relationships to Israel than previous generations did... If they even have the relationship at all.

    Join fellow funders for a salon exploring young Jews' changing relationships to Israel, and implications for how we fund Israel education, Israel engagement, and Israel advocacy. What's changing, what's the same, and what do we—as funders—do about it? Are we willing to make changes in how we approach the upcoming generations for the sake of being effective—even if that means the programs we fund may not always sync up with our personal views about Israel?

    Dr. David Bryfman, Chief Innovation Officer at The Jewish Education Project, will facilitate the discussion.

    Drinks and light kosher appetizers will be served.

    Sexual Harassment Revelations: What Jewish Funders Need to Know and Do Now (Webinar)
    Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    It seems that every day, another story surfaces of a powerful man's pattern of sexual harassment, abuse, or assault. The Jewish community is not immune, either from this problem or from the implications of society's new willingness to take it more seriously than in the past. Jewish Funders have responsibility and power to make change. How can Jewish philanthropy use that power to address, prevent, and ultimately eradicate sexual harassment, abuse, and assault—in the organizations we fund, in our own foundations and social circles, and everywhere else?


    JFN breakfast at The Israel Exchange: Transforming Perceptions About Israel
    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM

    Jewish Funders Network will convene funders for a breakfast preceding the first annual Israel Exchange conference. Network with other funders interested in Israel engagement and  hear from Dan Schwabel of Millennial Branding about how the programs we fund can better engage today's young adults. JFN President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny will moderate a group discussion.


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