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  • Upcoming events

    Antisemitism and Israel Hatred in U.K. Politics
    Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 04:00 PM
    ADL Offices in New York, NY

    Join experts and other funders for a roundtable discussion on antisemitism and Israel hatred within the U.K. Labour party, how the problem evolved, and the implications for Jewish communities worldwide.


    RSVP required. Scroll down.

    ADL & JFN

    Leading Together 2019 (Third Party Event)
    Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 09:00 AM through April 21, 2019

    LEADING TOGETHER (by Council on Foundations) is a gathering of smart and pioneering people exploring the intersection of philanthropy and driving communities forward.

    Conference website >>

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    JFN Funder Delegation to the U.S.-Mexico Border in Partnership with HIAS
    Sunday, June 02, 2019 at 07:00 PM through June 04, 2019
    San Diego and possibly Tijuana

    וְאֲהַבְתֶּ֖ם אֶת־הַגֵּ֑ר כִּֽי־גֵרִ֥ים הֱיִיתֶ֖ם בְּאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרָֽיִם׃

    You must love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

    Deuteronomy 10:19

    On the United States-Mexico border, those seeking entry to the United States face enormous challenges and complications in a rapidly-changing environment.

    Jewish Funders Network and HIAS are convening a two-day delegation for funders and foundation professionals to bear witness to the situation at our border, deepen our knowledge, sharpen our analysis of the issues, and strategize Jewish communal responses.

    The home base for this experience is San Diego, the city with the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere. HIAS resettles refugees in San Diego in partnership with Jewish Family Service of San Diego, an agency that also provides legal representation to asylum seekers.

    Potential sites that the group may visit include the shelter for asylum seekers run by Jewish Family Service; an Operation Streamline hearing; and the Consulate General of Mexico. In addition to briefings with HIAS’ leadership — including legal experts and advocates — we will also meet with local organizations that work with asylum seekers, as well as meeting with asylum seekers themselves. Depending on political and security conditions, we may or may not cross the border into Tijuana. Safety will be our top priority.

    Cost: $750 per person.

    Space is limited to 20 participants, and will be offered at a first-come-first-served basis.

    To reserve your space, contact Samantha Anderson >> 

    We would greatly appreciate all RSVPs as early as possible — and RSVPS must be in no later than May 1.


    • We will meet in San Diego on the evening of Sunday, June 2, for dinner in the Leichtag Commons, hosted by the Leichtag Foundation. We'll get acquainted and begin the learning experience.
    • The trip will take place on Monday and Tuesday, June 3 and 4, with San Diego as home base.
    • Both days will begin early and will involve travel around San Diego.
    • Travel to and from San Diego and hotel accommodations are at the expense of participants; the trip fee will cover some meals, group transportation, and some snacks and drinks, particularly during travel periods. (One or more meals may not be covered; details will be forthcoming.)
    • We have a block of rooms reserved for this delegation at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside.

    JFN & HIAS

    Delegation Co-Chairs: Sonia & James Cummings



    What I Saw with #JewsAtTheBorder: Witnessing the Crisis
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  • Blog

    From Shushan to Sarajevo (Purim 5779)

    A 19-year-old boy was arguably the most influential person in the 20th century and, most probably, you’ve never heard of him.

    His name was Gravilo Princip and by sheer luck one day in Sarajevo, he found himself in front of the Hapsburg Archduke Franz Ferdinand with a pistol in his pocket. Princip, a member of a Serbian nationalist movement that opposed the Hapsburgs’ empire, seized his moment: he pulled the trigger twice, and set in motion the hecatomb of World War I.

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    David Rittberg Wins JFN's 2019 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

    Rittberg, Director of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's U.S. Jewish grantmaking portfolio, wins award honoring young foundation professionals.

    David Rittberg

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