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  • Upcoming events

    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.

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    Who’s Your Bubbe Now? And Why Does it Matter?
    Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 06:00 PM

    Come learn about the first ever study of Jewish grandparents in the United States and how the findings can affect our work not only with this overlooked population, but with all generations in Jewish families.

    The national study of Jewish grandparents collected data on their attitudes, behaviors, needs and demographics. Two funders active in this space will discuss what the findings suggest about creating experiences that will help unleash grandparent-grandchild “magic” in the Jewish community; ways to put grandparents on the agenda for your grantees; and how your experiences with (or as!) grandparents can help to guide the organizations you feel most passionate about. Scroll down to RSVP.


    Lee M. Hendler
    Lee M. Hendler

    Winnie Sandler Grinspoon
    Winnie Sandler Grinspoon

    • Lee M. Hendler is a JFN member, a trustee of the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Charitable Funds, and the president and co-founder of the Jewish Grandparents Network, which commissioned the study. She will share results and insights.

    • Winnie Sandler Grinspoon is President of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and a JFN Board member. She will discuss how an exciting pilot program at PJ Library has started to engage grandparents.

    We’ll open the floor to questions and discussions after the presentations.

    Related article: Who’s Your Bubbe Now? Some Surprising Findings from the 1st National Study of Jewish Grandparents

    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.

    Register >>

    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.

    Register >>

    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.)
    • A block of rooms is available for this delegation at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside at a discounted group rate. Book your room at the group rate >> (The rooms are reserved by HIAS, but you will provide your own credit card to the hotel to pay for the room upon arrival.)

    JFN & HIAS

    Delegation Co-Chairs: Sonia & James Cummings



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