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    JFN IL Young Funders Forum Meets Qudra's Young Funders
    Wednesday, June 07, 2023 at 06:00 PM

    JFN’s Young Funders Forum invites its members to a meeting with the young funders of Qudra – Arab Philanthropists Network, to get acquainted and to catch up.

    *The meeting will be held in Hebrew.

    Location: Tel Aviv

    Innovation Diplomacy Through Climate Tech: A Conversation With Avi Hasson, Start Up Nation Central
    Wednesday, June 07, 2023 at 06:00 PM
    New York City, Location TBA

    Please join us for cocktails and conversation with Avi Hasson, CEO of Start-Up Nation Central, on Wednesday, June 7th. Avi will explore latest developments in Israeli climate tech and its role in establishing and solidifying the Abraham Accords. Avi, a titan of Israeli high tech, will share insights on how innovations in climate and sustainability have helped advance relations with Israel’s new regional allies over the common cause of combatting climate change. Avi will be in conversation with Carly Maisel, Global CEO of the Kirsh Foundation.

    RSVP by Friday, June 2

    Location: New York City, venue to be provided after RSVPing.

    With three decades worth of tech industry leadership experience from both the private and public sectors, Avi Hasson steers Start-Up Nation Central’s strategy and day-to-day activities.  Before joining Start-Up Nation Central, Avi spent more than a decade as an early-stage investor at venture capital firms Gemini Israel Funds and Emerge, identifying promising startups and helping them scale. Between 2011 and 2017 Avi served as Chief Scientist at Israel's Ministry of Economy and Industry and as the Founding Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), a key government driver of Israel’s tech explosion over the past decade. In addition to sitting on the board of Tower Semiconductor (which Intel recently announced it would be acquiring), nowadays he shares his deep knowledge of the Israeli innovation ecosystem as a board member of organizations such as Sheba Medical Center and SpaceIL. Avi completed his B.A. in Economics and Middle Eastern Studies and his MBA at Tel Aviv University.

    Carly Maisel is the Global CEO of the Kirsh Foundation. The Foundation works to build a better society by lifting people up, helping them to be self-sufficient and building culturally rich and tolerant communities. Notable initiatives include Shine A Light, raising awareness about antisemitism in the United States and Canada; increasing access to solar power and clean water in sub-Saharan Africa; microfinance programs in Israel; and bridge-building efforts to bring together partners across cultures and geographies.

    Carly has served as a trusted senior advisor to global leaders in philanthropy, business, governance and advocacy. Prior to joining Kirsh Philanthropies, Carly served as Director of Communications and Philanthropy at the Tamares Group; Head of Communications at Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM); and Public Affairs Advisor to Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor at the Israeli Embassy in the UK.

    Carly serves on the Advisory Board of the Community Security Service (CSS) which focuses on efforts to strengthen the security of the Jewish Community in America; on the Board of Israel- based start-up Dreame; and as co-chair of the Advisors’ Committee for UJIA’s Social Impact Investment Initiative (Si3).

    Carly is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development and holds a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham.

    A Morning Reading of Ethical Tribing with Joanna Landau in New York
    Friday, June 09, 2023 at 08:30 AM

    We are proud to share a new, international best-seller by JFN member Joanna Landau: "Ethical Tribing: Connecting the Next Generation to Israel in the Digital Era." The book focuses on how to successfully counter one of the greatest threats facing the Jewish people: a younger generation that is becoming increasingly disconnected to their Jewish identity and Israel; and how to address this through social media and digital influencers.

    Joanna Landau is Chair of the Board of Vibe Israel, the nonprofit she founded that pioneered harnessing the power of digital influencers to share Israel’s story with the world. She is on a book tour throughout the US, including stops in the cities below.

    To join this event, or any of the events listed below, please contact Becca Hurowitz at [email protected].

    • June 1, 6:30 pm, Beverly Hills, CA
    • June 3, 5-7 pm, Chicago, IL
    • June 6, 5-7 pm, Toronto, ON
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    Dan Smokler: Reinventing the Old for an Innovative Future

    Episode 39 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

    Daniel Smokler, Chief Innovation Officer of the Office of Innovation, talks to JFN President and CEO Andres Spokoiny about how the philosophy of l'chadaysh et ha'yashan, renewing the old, informs his practice of innovation, how his family history of philanthropy influences his own journey, the changes in rabbinical leadership, and the delayed awakening that could come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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