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

     
    Grantmaking Professionals Virtual Meetup 10/13
    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    Online

    Please join us for a monthly virtual convening for grantmaking professionals. This event takes place on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise specified.

    Facilitators:

    Mike Berkowitz
    Co-Founder & Principal
    Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, LLC

    Tamar Frydman
    Director, Peer Programs
    Jewish Funders Network

    Save the date for our upcoming sessions:

    • Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 at 12 PM ET
    • Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at 12 PM ET

     

     

     

    JFN Grantmaking Professionals Exchange is a learning and networking initiative to strengthen relationships and enhance strategic, technical, and Jewish learning among professionals across the field of Jewish philanthropy.

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    How Not to Think About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM
    online

    12-1 pm ET/ 9 am-12 pm PT/ 19:00-20:00 IL

    In this program offered in partnership with SAPIR: A Journal of Jewish Conversations, we explore the perils of looking at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a purely Western lens, particularly in the media and on college campuses. (Current JFN members are eligible to receive a free hard copy of the upcoming issue of Sapir, which will come out in November. Fill out this form to claim your copy.)

    As leading intellectual and former Knesset member Einat Wilf wrote in a recent issue of SAPIR, critics have for decades "cast Jews, Israel, and Zionism as the evil side in the conflict through their consistent and persistent employment of the 'Placard Strategy': utilizing simple equations such as those that might appear on a placard in an anti-Israel demonstration. On one side of the equation are Israel, Zionism, and images such as the Star of David. The evil du jour is the other side, whether it is Imperialism, Colonialism, Racism, Apartheid or — for the truly determined — Genocide and Nazism. Most recently, White Supremacy was added to the list."

    Speakers

    Einat Wilf
    Author, Former Member of Knesset

     

    Leah Soibel
    Founder & CEO
    Fuente Latina

     

    Rabbi Mike Uram
    Chief Vision & Education Officer
    Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies

    Felicia Herman (Moderator)
    Chief Operating Officer
    The Maimonides Fund

     

     

     

     

    SAPIR is a journal exploring the future of the American Jewish community and its intersection with cultural, social, and political issues. It is published by Maimonides Fund with Bret Stephens serving as Editor-in-Chief and Felicia Herman as Managing Editor. 

    Current JFN members are eligible to receive a free hard copy of the upcoming issue of Sapir, which will come out in November. Fill out this form to claim your copy.

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    Opportunities and Barriers to Becoming a Jewish Educator (First in a Three-Part Series)
    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 12:30 PM
    online

    12:30 - 1:45 pm ET | 9:30 - 10:45 am PT | 19:30 - 20:45 IL

    JFN and CASJE (Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) present the three-part webinar series: "Career Trajectories of Jewish Educators: Key Findings for the Funding Community."

    Join CASJE’s Managing Director, Dr. Arielle Levites, members of the Career Trajectories research team, and funders in the space of Jewish education for a high-level presentation of key findings and a facilitated discussion foregrounding the unique questions, concerns, and opportunities of the funding community to translate research into practice and policy. These webinars will be of interest to foundations that support both Jewish and general education. You can sign up for an individual session, or register for all three. 

    Session 1: "More Paths for More People: Opportunities and Barriers to Becoming a Jewish Educator"

    Speakers:

    Menachem (Manny) Menchel
    Senior Program Officer, Jewish Life, William Davidson Foundation

    Arielle Levites, PhD
    Managing Director, CASJE- Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education

    Alex Pomson, PhD
    Principal and Managing Director, Rosov Consulting

    Upcoming Sessions 

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  • JFN News

    Eytan Stibbe: Israeli Astronaut and Philanthropist


    Episode 24 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

    JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny talks to renowned Israeli fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe about his philanthropy, impact investing, and how his friend Ilan Ramon inspired him to travel to outer space.

     

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    Embracing the Transition (Sukkot 5782)


    The novelist Milan Kundera noted that the difference between a path and a highway is that a path is “a strip of ground over which one walks,” whereas a highway “is merely a line that connects one point with another.” A highway, he wrote, has no meaning in itself; its meaning derives entirely from the two points that it connects and “is the triumphant devaluation of space, which thanks to it has been reduced to a mere obstacle to human movement and a waste of time.”

    Kundera wondered whether, in all but disappearing from the modern landscape, paths have also disappeared from the human soul. He lamented that people do not view their lives as a path, but as a highway, “a line that led from one point to another, from one role to the next … Time became a mere obstacle to life, an obstacle that had to be overcome by ever greater speed.”

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