Jewish Funders Network is an international community of private foundations and philanthropists with over 2,500 members from 11 countries around the world whose mission is to promote meaningful giving and take an active part in the processes that change the thinking and action patterns of philanthropy in the Jewish 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 Session 4
    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Impact investing is an increasingly important way for individuals, foundations, federations and non-profits 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.

    Moderator for Roundtable Series

    Vanessa Bartram, Managing Director, ZORA Ventures

    Speakers for September 22 TBA

    Charlene Seidle
    Executive Vice President
    Leichtag Foundation

    Avi Deutsch
    Managing Partner
    Vodia Ventures

    Marla Stein
    Entrepreneur and supporter of the Israeli impact investing field

    This is part of a series that meets once a month. While you are welcome to join us for any of the roundtables, we encourage you to join us for the full series to maximize our shared learning and collaborations.

    Date for Future Sessions

    • Tuesday, October 20, 12-1pm Eastern (7-8 p.m. in Israel)
    JFN West: "Coffee with Deena Fuchs, JFN Executive Vice President"
    Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 09:00 AM

    This is the second installment of "Coffee with...," a new series designed to provide a unique opportunity for West Coast JFN members to engage in small group conversation with and among JFN leaders and members. Our second conversation is "Coffee with Deena Fuchs, JFN Executive Vice President."

    Save the date for the next in our series:

    • Thursday, October 22, 9 am PT: Marcia Riklis, JFN Board Chair
    Special Lecture by Dan Ariely: Harnessing the Power of Behavioral Economics
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    We are pleased to welcome back Dan Ariely, the Israeli-American bestselling author of "Predictably Irrational." 

    Dan will speak about behavioral psychology lessons that can inform how we address major social problems during Covid-19 and beyond.  He will also share case studies from his work and research.


    Dan Ariely

    Watch Dan's last lecture for JFN here.

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  • JFN News

    Nourishing Ourselves for the Year Ahead

    Entering the High Holidays isn’t easy right now, more than six months into the upheaval and loss Covid has brought and with our world literally on fire. But having just spent the past few hours with the JFN community, grappling with some of the biggest ideas of our time, I feel a bit more nourished, a bit more ready.

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    The Rosh Hashanah-Quantum Connection (Rosh Hashanah 5781)

    According to physicist Carlo Rovelli, the most radical discovery of quantum mechanics is this: Things don’t have concrete existence, but instead acquire proper entity only when they interact with other things. Like most concepts in quantum, this is mind-bending. At the most basic level, quantum says, our world is not made of “things” but of relationships.

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