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    After the Siren: Yom Hazikaron and Gratitude

    Israel has two major memorial days: Yom Hazikaron—the remembrance day for fallen soldiers of Israel and Israeli terror victims—and Yom Hashoah Vehagevurah, Holocaust and Heroism memorial day. One is a reminder of the cost of having a Jewish State; the other is a reminder of the cost of not having it.

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    Being the Change: 12 Ways Foundations Are Transforming Themselves to Transform Their Impact

    Many foundations are adopting new approaches for creating social change—approaches that aim to influence the actions and investments of the public and private sector, as well as address the complex conditions that hold social problems in place.

    Based on interviews with 114 practitioners representing 50 foundations and 8 philanthropic services organizations, Being the Change explores how foundations are applying their assets, knowledge, skills, networks, and people in new ways in order to create impact at scale and change systems.

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  • Upcoming events

    Trustee Essentials Seminar (Third Party Event)
    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 08:00 AM

    JFN members are eligible for a 20% discount! See discount code (logged-in members only) >>

    Foundation board service can be incredibly rewarding but must be rooted in a solid understanding of essential responsibilities and decisions. This one-day seminar is designed for board members, trustees, and key staff who work with the board of leanly staffed foundations who need a crash course or refresher in the basic tenets of foundation governance, tax and legal issues, and financial oversight and investments.

    Join colleagues from across the country for a full day of learning focused specifically on your core work as a trustee. Hear from others about how they operate their foundations and make connections that will serve you into the future.

    The agenda will cover governance basics (such as duty of loyalty, care, and obedience, board policies, and bylaws), legal basics (core definitions, state and federal laws, and grantmaking), and investment basics (key investment tasks and functional guidance).

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    Culture, Opportunity, and Excellence in the Jewish Workforce (Webinar)
    Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    The most important resource deployed by Jewish communal organizations is people. Attracting and retaining the right talent means creating supportive and engaging cultures within workplaces, and creating opportunities for growth and mentorship in the field as a whole.

    Two recent surveys point the way forward:

    For the second year in a row, Leading Edge conducted a sector-wide employee engagement survey, Are Jewish Organizations Great Places to Work? Employees from 68 Jewish organizations answered questions about their experience at work, specifically relating to workplace culture, the factors that drive their engagement at work, and those elements that contribute most to their desire to stay at their organization and in the Jewish nonprofit sector.

    JPRO Network polled professionals in the Jewish nonprofit sector to learn about their networking and career development needs and is piloting programs based on their responses. One of these pilots, WellAdvised, is providing further data about the needs of early- and mid-career professionals.

    Together, these two surveys and initial learnings from the WellAdvised pilot identify ways that Jewish funders can transform their grantee organizations, their foundations, and the whole Jewish communal sector, to become a field with more appeal, more excellence, and more opportunity. Ultimately, making Jewish working life more appealing will enable Jewish workers to do their best work and achieve more of the missions that drive organizations and funders.


    • Ilana Aisen, Executive Director of JPRO Network
    • Gali Cooks, Executive Director of Leading Edge
    • Moderator: Samantha Anderson, Senior Director of Member Services, JFN
    Sikkuy Seminar: New Strategies for Arab-Jewish Equality in Israel
    Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 09:00 AM
    WeWork in New York, NY

    JFN Members and friends are invited to a Sikkuy Seminar co-sponsored by UJA-Federation of NY, The Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society, and Sikkuy.

    Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality is a shared organization of  Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. It seeks to implement full equality between Jews and Arabs in government budgets, resource allocation, hiring policy, land usage, transportation and education. It has been particularly effective, working with various government ministries, in delineating roadblocks to equal treatment.

    The day has been designed to deal with issues that often do not receive full discussion, such as:

    • Confusing signals from the Israeli Government with respect to its Arab minority

    • The possible shape and characteristics of Shared Society in Israel

    • The Role of Philanthropy

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