Jewish Funders Network is a global 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. Sign up for our email list.

 

  • Upcoming events

     
    US and Israeli Elections: Implications on Climate Change - a special Tu B’shvat Brienfing
    Tuesday, February 07, 2023 at 12:00 PM
    Online

    Join JFN’s Green Funders’ Forum for a critical conversation on climate change challenges and opportunities following the recent Israeli and US elections. 

    Tuesday,  Feb 7  | 12 pm - 1.30 pm ET  | 9 am - 10:30 am PT  | 7 pm - 8.30 pm IL

    This program will be held online in English.

    Speakers include: 

    Former MK Rachel Azaria, Life & Environment, Chair. Rachel will analyze the opportunities and challenges facing the new Israeli government and Knesset regarding climate and the environment.  She will begin her remarks with an inspiring message for Tu B’shvat. 

    Rabbi Jennie Rosenn, Dayenu, Founder & CEO.   Jennie will share insights on the recent US midterm elections vis-a-vis climate, recent findings on Jewish foundations and their investments in fossil fuels, and she will offer a call for action for Tu B’shvat.

    JFN members RSVP or email [email protected]

    non-JFN members are welcome; RSVP to Gil Yaacov [email protected]

    A zoom link will be sent upon RSVP

     

    We look forward to seeing you!

    Marla Stein, Sigal Yaniv Feller and Gil Yaacov

    Green Funders' Forum team 

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    Meet impala - a powerful, new platform for JFN members and their grantees
    Wednesday, February 08, 2023 at 12:00 PM
    online

    Do you ever wish you could have easier access to data on philanthropic foundations and nonprofits to make more informed decisions about your grantmaking or fundraising? 

    The Jewish Funders Network invites you to an exclusive webinar with impala, a groundbreaking new platform built by Israeli, Ukrainian, and American social entrepreneurs that provides free access to the profiles of every funder and nonprofit in the US: grants given & received, impact, people, financials and much more. 

    Why should you join this event?
    Help usher in a new era of digital transformation and collaboration across the Jewish philanthropic sector. 

    • Learn about this exciting new resource that’s free for all JFN members and their grantees.
    • See how you can use impala to transform your strategic grantmaking, support your grantees, boost fundraising, and foster collaboration.
    • Hear from leading grantmakers in JFN about their experience working with impala 

    Why is impala offering free access?
    impala is providing free, premium access to its entire platform for 24 months, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation, Glazer Foundation, DARE Foundation, and Marcia Riklis.

    This initiative is part of impala and JFN’s shared commitment to democratize access to the data, insights, and relationships that Jewish changemakers need to maximize their impact in America, Israel, and beyond. By unlocking critical social impact data that has long been stuck behind paywalls and uniting the Jewish philanthropic sector on one platform, impala is extending the frontier of innovation, equity, and impact for all. 

    What can you do on impala?
    A lot. Here are a few highlights:

    • For everyone: Explore the profiles of any nonprofit and foundation in the U.S and analyze any nonprofit ecosystem, anywhere in the country - explore who’s involved, how the grantmakers and grantseekers compare, key funding and financial trends, and more.
    • For funders: Conduct essential due diligence on potential grantees, evaluate the financial health of grantees in your portfolio, and compare your grantmaking to that of your peers.
    • For nonprofits: Build smarter prospect lists pinpointing who gives to the same nonprofits and causes as your existing funders as well as who is giving to nonprofits like you. 


    Want to learn more?
    Visit impala.digital/JFN for FAQ answers and further details. 
    Contact [email protected] with any questions. 

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    Developing a Collective Strategy on Ethiopian Aliyah
    Thursday, February 09, 2023 at 12:00 PM
    Online

    This past November, in partnership with the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Goodman Foundation, JFN brought a mission of funders to Ethiopia to visit the families of Ethiopian Israelis and other Ethiopian Jews awaiting aliyah and to accompany some of them on their journey to Israel. It was a powerful experience, and JFN is committed to providing opportunities for our members to continue to explore our unique role in addressing the challenge of Ethiopian aliyah and integration in Israel. We are creating a peer network to help you learn more about the various issues at play and the many avenues and opportunities that exist for funders to drive impact in this challenging realm.

    The first session of the new Ethiopian-Israeli Peer Network will be on Thursday, February 9, 12:00-1:00pm EST. For this session, JFN is pleased to partner with UJA-Federation of New York to discuss one such avenue of impact and action: a collective advocacy strategy in Israel around Ethiopian aliyah.  

    Background
    In November 2022, led by UJA, the Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel passed a resolution urging the Government of Israel to take action around a 2021 commitment to continue the implementation of the Tzur Israel Operation and to provide clarity for the thousands of Ethiopians living in limbo in the Addis Ababa and Gondar compounds. In this discussion, UJA will present the history and goals of the JAFI resolution passed in November, an update on engagement with the new Israeli government, and some ideas for collective action from funders. There will also be room to hear from our mission participants and for attendees to share questions and ideas around this issue. 

    Speakers: 

    • Pnina Tamano-Shata is an Israeli lawyer, journalist, and politician. She is the first Ethiopian-born woman to enter the Knesset (in 2013) and first Ethiopian-born government minister after being appointed Minister of Immigrant Absorption (2020). In June 2021, Tamanu-Shata was awarded the Magen Begin Prize for Israeli Leadership.

    • Micha Feldmann has worked for the Jewish Agency and other organizations and government entities on immigration and absorption since 1970. As Israel’s Consul to Ethiopia, he was one of the key architects of 1991’s Operation Solomon that succeeded in bringing 14,310 Ethiopian Jews out of besieged Addis Ababa in one weekend.

      He currently serves as the director of the Ethiopian department within SELAH – Israel Crisis Management Center, an organization that helps Israeli immigrants from Ethiopia and the FSU.

    • Itzik Shmuli is an Israeli politician who served as the Minister of Labor, Welfare and Social Services and as a Member of the Knesset; formerly chairman of National Union of Israeli Students, and one of the leaders of the 2011 Israeli social justice protests. He currently serves as UJA-Federation of New York's Director-General in its Israel office.
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