Jewish Funders Network is an international community of private foundations and philanthropists with over 2,500 members from 11 countries around the world whose mission is to promote meaningful giving and take an active part in the processes that change the thinking and action patterns of philanthropy in the Jewish 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.


  • Upcoming events

    Jewish Poverty Success Factors Series: Focus on Advocacy
    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM

     12-1 pm ET/ 9-10 am PT / 7-8 pm Israel

    This is the second in a new National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty webinar series, "Key Success Factors in Addressing Jewish Poverty" in which we will highlight specific case studies and bright spots from throughout North America, with a particular focus on meeting the enormous challenges posed by the Covid pandemic and its economic effects. Future sessions will explore such issues as measurement and evaluation, advocacy and awareness building, virtual program delivery, convening for impact, and engaging people with lived experiences. Save the following dates (all Thursdays, from 12-1 pm ET) for the next three sessions: February 4, February 18, March 4. More dates will be announced soon.

    In this session, we'll learn about the role effective advocacy plays in addressing poverty and will reflect on how the new presidential administration changes the climate for enacting reforms to help vulnerable individuals. Watch previous sessions in this series here.


    Elana Broitman
    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
    Jewish Federations of North America

    Melanie Roth Gorelick
    Senior Vice President
    Jewish Council for Public Affairs

    Additional speaker TBA.


    Susan Wolf Ditkoff
    Senior Advisor
    The Bridgespan Group

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    The Voice of the Next Gen on Climate Change - Jewish Funders Meet Israeli Youth Climate Leaders
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM

    19:00 - 21:00 Israel Time / 12:00-2:00 pm EST / 9:00AM-11:00 AM PST

    Climate change is expected to have an unprecedented impact on life as we know it. Future generations in Israel and the world are likely to suffer from dire consequences if no action is taken.

    Join JFN's Green Funders Forum for a live inspirational conversation with the most passionate and persistent Arab and Jewish youth leaders working to save Israel from the impact of climate change. 

    The event is for the philanthropic community. If you are a funder or a foundation professional, please request a seat and our host will approve your registration. You can RSVP by emailing Sigal Yaniv Feller:

    Following the conversation, we will hold an interactive discussion and explore our role as a philanthropic community and as human beings in fighting climate change.

    The Green Funders Forum operates under the auspices of Jewish Funders Network and aims to educate funders on the importance of environmental protection and on meaningful strategies to influence the environment.


    Marla Stein
    Green Funders Forum
    Stein Family Fund

    Sigal Yaniv Feller
    Deputy Director and Senior Director of Advisory Services
    JFN Israel


    Hila Lernau
    Researcher on youth activism on Israeli climate change at Tel Aviv University’s Porter School of Environmental Studies. Member of Teachers for Climate

    Luna Abu Yunis, Youth for Climate
    Climate activist, peacebuilder, and science enthusiast, from the Arab city of Sakhnin in northern Israel, she is one of the leaders of the students’ climate strikes in Israel.

    Odelya Robbins Morgenstern, Youth for Nature in Jerusalem Hills
    An eleventh grader at Adam High School in Jerusalem. Odelya is a youth movement counselor who plays music and creates art in her free time

    Michael Backlund
    Director of Global Community at Climate Science. Michael is an Israeli youth activist who is focused on climate education, solutions and justice.

    Yoni Neter
    Year of service volunteer in the Israeli scouts, one of the leaders of the sustainability process in the scouts will share his work with youth movements leading sustainability for future generations.




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    Our Brains, Awareness and Crisis Management: The Impact of Training the Brain on Ourselves, Our Giving and Society
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM
    zoom in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

    *The meeting will be held in Hebrew

    As we continue the dialogue with JFN members on resilience, we invite you to join us for a conversation with Dr. Nava Levit-Binnun, director of the Sagol Center for Brain and Mind, and the founding director of the Muda Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

    Dr. Levit-Binnun will impart her professional and personal experience, the neuroscientific research about mindfulness and its implementation in various aspects of the Israeli social sector.  We will invite members to share their own tools for cultivating resilience in times of crisis and practice together as set our intentions for 2021 and the constant changing reality.


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  • JFN News

    Jewish Arts Institutions Respond to Racial Injustice—and Covid-19

    From Hadassah Magazine (January 2021):

    "...As they weather the corona-virus storm, arts institutions are facing what Melissa Martens Yaverbaum, executive director of the Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM), described as “an existential upheaval.” Particularly hard hit are the centers with small endowments that depend on admissions fees and gift shop sales for the bulk of their revenue. One such place is the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Seventy-five percent of its $11.5 million operating budget comes from such income; by April of last year, the museum laid off or furloughed more than 100 full-time and part-time staffers and reduced its budget by 70 percent.

    In May, in response to the financial needs in the Jewish arts and culture field across the United States, a consortium of five Jewish foundations working with the Jewish Funders Network launched the CANVAS initiative, which funneled more than $900,000 to the Council of American Jewish Museums, the Jewish Book Council, LABA and other groups to distribute to Jewish institutions and individual artists..."

    Read full article in Hadassah Magazine.

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    Dan Ariely: The Brain Science of Doing Good

    Episode 18 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

    Israeli-American behavioral economist, Wall Street Journal columnist and best-selling author Dan Ariely is an advisor to Keshet, the new donor-advised fund JFN and its partners brought to Israel. In this episode, he talks to JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny about strategies for promoting positive social outcomes, including getting people to be more philanthropic. They also discuss uniquely Israeli approaches to problem-solving, how Dan's personal history shaped his career, and the cookbook he wants to write.

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