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  • Upcoming events

    Rethinking Our Resistance To Intermarriage (Webinar)
    Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Intermarriage, how communities can reach out to interfaith families, and whether or not rabbis will officiate at such weddings, remains a hot topic in Jewish discourse. Recent publications by Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie and by Rabbi Avram Mlotek have sparked passionate debate in the Jewish media. 

    Join these two rabbis to discuss their personal perspectives, why they’ve each chosen to discuss the issue of intermarriage publicly, and next steps for their denominations and the wider community. They will be joined by a representative of the Genesis Prize Foundation, which awarded their 2015 Prize to Michael Douglas, whose signature initiative was a JFN matching grant initiative for engaging intermarried couples and families in Jewish life. 


    • Rabbi Amichai Lau-Lavie, Lab/Shul 
    • Rabbi Avram Mlotek, BASE Hillel


    • Ali Rose, Genesis Prize Foundation
    How is the Trump Presidency Changing American Jewry? (Webinar)
    Tuesday, October 03, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    President Trump

    An upturn in antisemitism; an activist revival; political mobilization and polarization; shifts in philanthropic focus; a cultural renaissance. All these, and more, are waves of change buffeting the U.S. Jewish community during the first year of President Trump's administration. These strong currents exacerbate pre-existing tensions, such as the split between "Jacksonian" and "Jeffersonian" models of political behavior among Jewish leaders and institutions.

    Funders addressing a wide spectrum of issues related to the American Jewish community need to understand these changes—and respond to them.

    Join JFN member Dr. Steven Windmueller for a discussion of American Jewry's ongoing sociopolitical upheavals during this extraordinary period in U.S. history.

    The discussion will draw on articles by Dr. Windmueller:

    WindmuellerDr. Steven F. Windmueller is the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor in Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, CA. A specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs, Dr. Windmueller holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has held academic appointments at several major institutions of higher learning. He has appeared nationally syndicated media offering commentaries on Jewish public affairs matters. Dr. Windmueller has served as a consultant and program resource specialist to a wide array of institutions including the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and the Jewish Federations of North America.

    Exponent Philanthropy CONNECT Conference 2017 (Third Party Event)
    Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 09:00 AM through October 17, 2017
    Hilton Denver Inverness in Denver, CO

    2017 CONNECT Conference


    Designed specifically for funders who practice philanthropy with few or no staff, Exponent Philanthropy's CONNECT is your opportunity to challenge your assumptions, build community, and learn about strategies that will help you achieve your philanthropic goals.

    Jewish Funders Network members are eligible to attend at the Exponent Philanthropy member rate. Members: click here to see the discount code (you must be logged in as a member)

    CONNECT Conference information > >

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    Growth & Innovation in Israeli Philanthropy
    Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 01:30 PM
    Address provided upon RSVP in New York, NY

    Israel has some of the most innovative and hands-on philanthropists in the world. Over the past decade, the Israeli philanthropic community has grown significantly and a culture of giving has taken off.

    Join Sigal Yaniv Feller, JFN Israel's Director of Advisory Services, for a discussion on the state of Israeli philanthropy. We'll explore the growth of Israel's philanthropic sector and address how to do effective grant-making in Israel from abroad.

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  • Blog

    Jewish EdTech in a World of Cognitive Surplus

    In an age where everyone has ready access to what would have recently been considered to be a supercomputer, how can an industrial-age educational system adapt to an abundance of knowledge and tools?

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    The New Year for Globalists & Nationalists

    Cross-posted on eJewish Philanthropy

    Georg Friedrich Hegel was to modern thought what Plato was to Greek philosophy. Most of the ideological movements of the 19th and 20th century see themselves as his heirs: from Marxists to nationalists and from existentialists to psychoanalysts, they all imbibed Hegel’s philosophy and methodology, especially the “dialectic”: thesis, antithesis, synthesis.

    But we Jews were, as usual, a thorn in Hegel’s side.

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