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    Small-Staff Foundations Peer Learning & Support Group - 9/29/22
    Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    JFN’s Grantmaking Professional Exchange is excited to invite you to our newest Peer Learning and Support Group (PLSG), focusing on professionals in small-staffed foundations! PLSGs provide opportunities for colleagues in the field to learn together, discuss areas of common interest, and support one another through challenges and opportunities. 

    Staff at small foundations are constantly asked to wear a variety of hats. We believe there is something to learn from peers in similar organizational structures and that building a community can provide a dynamic and valuable space for networking, professional growth, and learning.

    We hope you will join us for this introductory session. Our partner, Third Plateau, will facilitate the conversation and help develop a structure for how this group can work together in the future. For this PLSG, we loosely define “small-staffed foundations” as those with fewer than five team members. If you have questions about how you or your foundation might fit into this group, please contact Tamar Frydman at [email protected].

    Jewish Artists as Communal Leaders: The Case for Investing in This Untapped Resource
    Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 02:00 PM

    This session of CANVAS' Matters of the Art will focus on initiatives designed to support the development of artists and creatives as leaders not just in the Jewish arts and culture field, but also in the Jewish community and beyond. There are a number of initiatives under development in this area, including at the foundations and organizations represented by our speakers. We hope you'll join us for this fascinating conversation illustrating how investing in creative leaders can provide powerful opportunities to support thriving Jewish communities.


    Eva Heinstein
    Senior Research Fellow, Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation

    Rabbi Adina Allen
    Co-Founder & Creative Director, Jewish Studio Project

    Rabbi Kendell Pinkney
    Founding Artistic Director, The Workshop

    Rabbi Matt Green 
    Director, New Jewish Culture Fellowship

    About CANVAS

    CANVAS is a collaborative fund dedicated to elevating the ecosystem of Jewish arts and culture. This work is done through strategic grantmaking, field advocacy, and immersive educational opportunities for funders of the arts and those who would like to be. Matters of the Art is a CANVAS/JFN funder group dedicated to exploring trends, opportunities, and gaps in the field of Jewish arts and culture.

    Sign up here for the CANVAS Compendium, a weekly newsletter on Jewish arts and culture.

    Grantmaking Professionals Monthly Online Convening 10/19/22
    Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    Please join us for a monthly virtual convening for grantmaking professionals where we will come together for shared learning and community-building. 


    To be announced.


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

    Tamar Frydman
    Senior Director, Programs
    Jewish Funders Network

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    September 22, 2022

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    When Believing Is 'Seeing' (Rosh Hashanah 5783)

    The Anton-Babinsky Syndrome has puzzled doctors since antiquity. It’s a rare condition in which the patient has lost vision but is convinced, often quite adamantly and despite clear evidence of their blindness, that they are capable of seeing.

    Although neurologists Gabriel Anton and Jean Francois Babinsky wrote about the illness (scientifically called “anosognosia”) in the early 20th century, they were not the first ones to notice it. Seneca, for example, tells the story of an enslaved woman who had become blind but argued that she could see, often describing rooms in great imaginary detail. French Renaissance philosopher Montaigne writes about a similar situation involving a nobleman.

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