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  • Upcoming events

    Jewish Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Why it is Key to Our Recovery
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 01:00 PM

    The Jewish Innovation sector has fueled a renaissance in Jewish life over the past 20 years, enabling millions of individuals to find new ways to connect and stay connected to Judaism, Jewish experiences, and Jewish communities by reimagining Jewish life.

    In this time of crisis, it is critical to not only preserve and advance the core system that nurtures new leaders, ideas and ventures, enabling them to help Jewish institutions of all kinds adapt to contemporary realities, but we must also embrace Jewish innovation as a core mindset of recovery and rebuilding. 

    Join Aaron Katler, Stefanie Rhodes and Mamie Kanfer Stewart for a discussion about how we can take the lessons learned from 20 years of nurturing and funding innovation to create a roadmap for the post-COVID Jewish community.  


    Aaron Katler

    Stefanie Rhodes

    Slingshot Fund

    Mamie Kanfer Stewart
    Founding Director, Vice Chair
    Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah


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    Hearts and Minds: Building Bridges Between Israel and European Muslim Communities
    Tuesday, June 02, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    In recent years, the European Leadership Network (ELNET) launched a special outreach program to Muslim communities in Europe, and in 2019 organized a first-ever delegation to Israel of 40 imams (Muslim clergy) and Muslim community leaders from France and Belgium. The purpose of the visit was to provide these leaders with a deeper understanding of Israel while fostering interreligious dialogue with the Jewish community. On this webinar you’ll hear about this extraordinary event from the head of the delegation, Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, one of the leading moderate imams in France.

    Imam Chalghoumi has been actively involved in interfaith work and combating extremism following a series of Islamist terrorist attacks in France and Belgium. During the visit, Imam Chalghoumi asserted that anti-Zionism is antisemitism, stating, "what characterizes anti-Zionism is hatred. If we were simply talking about criticism of the State of Israel, we wouldn't see the hatred and talk of the need to wipe out and destroy Israel."

    In conversation the speakers will focus on the strategy to fight antisemitism and build a broad pro-Israel consensus in Europe.


    Imam Hassen Chalghoumi
    Imam of the Drancy municipal mosque in Seine Saint-Denis, France
    Founder, Conference of Imams 

    David Siegel
    Friends of ELNET

    Dr. Arie Bensemhoun

    Larry J. Hochberg
    Hochberg Family Foundation

    Joseph Braude
    Center for Peace Communications

    Donor Retreat: Leading With Your Values
    Wednesday, June 03, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    A Three-Session Course for Donors*

    Join us on June 3, 10, and 17 for a course focused on placing values at the forefront of your conversations in strategic philanthropy. Facilitated by leading family philanthropy advisors, this seminar helps family funders identify and use core values as a framework to keep them aligned when navigating the challenges of their philanthropic work—particularly around the difficult conversations that arise within families, with grantees, or in aspects of their decision-making and grantmaking. Each session is 90 minutes, and participants should plan to attend all three.

    Over the three meetings, participants will:

    ·         Establish the values that can serve as a framework for coherent grantmaking.

    ·         Learn how to develop governance and operating policies, practices, and group norms that support decision-making and power sharing.

    ·         Learn how to better engage in conversations that take place as being part of a foundation board that may potentially be difficult or tense – with grantees, other family members, staff, other trustees, etc.

    ·         Learn how to apply the values to turn the inherent tensions that can arise in philanthropic conversations toward important and healthy deliberations about philosophy and strategy.

    * Enrollment is restricted to individual donors and family members/trustees of family foundations. 

    Free to JFN members
    $180 for eligible non-members



    Samantha Anderson
    Ceres Group Advisors

    Amy Holdsman
    Essential Leadership


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  • JFN News

    Updated Resources for Israeli Nonprofits

    A few weeks ago, we shared information about the Israeli government’s efforts to help nonprofits and social service organizations overcome the many economic challenges the coronavirus pandemic has created.


    At that time, we provided a guide outlining the different types of aid available.

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    Why 18 Israeli Funders Are Helping Purchase PPE for North American Jewish Social Service Providers

    In a profound shift from the status quo, 18 Israeli funders have come together to donate $100,000 to a project purchasing and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to North American Jewish human services agencies responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Israelis, a combination of individual philanthropists and foundations, are members of Jewish Funders Network-Israel, which has grown over the past 11 years to become a community of Israeli funders who aim to expand their impact through partnerships and strategic giving. As members of the international network of JFN they are fostering a new relationship between Israeli and Jewish funders.  

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