Jewish Funders Network is an international 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.


  • JFN News

    Funding Urgent Security Needs for Jewish Institutions

    In the aftermath of this weekend's horrific attack on Congregation Beth Israel in suburban Dallas, many of our members are asking how they can help protect Jewish institutions and individuals. The attack highlighted the value of proper security measures and training: Beth Israel's Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker has credited the techniques learned in multiple security trainings with helping him and the other hostages survive — and eventually escape — the hours-long standoff with an armed attacker.

    At JFN, we generally avoid steering funders to specific charities or nonprofits. However, given the urgency of this issue, we are listing several Jewish organizations and projects that are at the forefront of this work. In yesterday's newsletter, we already mentioned Jewish Federations of North America's Live Secure campaign. Other worthy programs are:

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    JFN Mourns the Passing of Aura Herzog

    Dear Friends,

    JFN mourns the passing of Aura Herzog, mother of Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Herzog, as well as Joel and Ronit Herzog.

    Mrs. Herzog, the widow of President Chaim Herzog, was part of the great generation of Israelis that built the country. She immigrated to Israel in 1946 (after growing up in Egypt and studying in South Africa) and, despite being seriously injured in a bombing attack on the Jewish Agency, went on to serve as an intelligence officer in the War of Independence.

    Mrs. Herzog’s many accomplishments on behalf of the Jewish state included helping to initiate Israel’s first International Bible contest, heading the Department of Culture in the Ministry of Education and Culture, and founding/leading the Council for a Beautiful Israel, the country’s first environmental protection organization.

    Her children are continuing the family tradition of devoting their lives to Israel and the Jewish people. At JFN, we are honored to count the Herzogs as part of our family: Isaac Herzog’s wife Michal is a longtime member of JFN, and we were fortunate to have him speak at our recent Israel Ideas Festival. The family is in our minds and hearts, and we wish them strength in this difficult time.

    Baruch dayan emet.


    Andrés Spokoiny, JFN President and CEO
    Marcia Riklis, JFN Board Chair


    (Photo by Haim Zach/Israel Government Press Office)

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  • Upcoming events

    The Protective Power of Community Connection
    Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 01:00 PM

    Who struggled the most in the Jewish community at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic? Join the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty and the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis for a data-centered conversation on the financial and material hardships experienced by members of the Jewish American community. First, we will hear from experts in the field on the pandemic's economic impact and who in Jewish communities struggled the most. Then, we will discuss the surprising and powerful effect that staying connected through Jewish community networks has in supporting both mental and financial well-being. Integrating data and theory, we’ll learn how the Jewish community has kept us feeling connected and supported through the pandemic, and learn how we can ensure others do not get left behind. 


    Michal Grinstein-Weiss
    Director, Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis

    Carol Graham
    Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

    More to be confirmed


    Susan Wolf Ditkoff
    Senior Advisor, The Bridgespan Group


    Israel’s ‘Selfie’ – The 2021 Israeli Democracy Index
    Monday, January 31, 2022 at 12:00 PM

    Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute, and Prof. Tamar Hermann, Director of Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, will discuss the exclusive data in the 2021 Israeli Democracy Index presented to President Isaac Herzog earlier this month. Published annually since 2003, the Democracy Index provides an in-depth assessment of Israeli democracy based on a comprehensive survey of public opinion. The Index’s analysis of survey findings creates a database for informed decision-making among policymakers seeking to strengthen Israeli democracy and preserve the country’s unique Jewish character.


    Yohanan Plesner
    Israel Democracy Institute

    Prof. Tamar Hermann
    Director of Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research
    Israel Democracy Institute


    Dr. Jesse Ferris
    Vice President of Strategy
    Israel Democracy Institute

    JFN IL: Think Tank hosted by Shawna Goodman
    Thursday, February 03, 2022 at 09:30 AM

    Join us in shaping the future of JFN Israel

    Times are changing; The ongoing pandemic has altered life as we knew it, generated new routines, and created considerable transformations while impacting the social field and all levels of philanthropic work. 

    Change is also an opportunity for growth and renewal. Therefore, for the second time since the founding of JFN Israel and with new management at the helm, we invite our members to come together, to listen, think and gain a deeper mutual understanding of your evolving needs.  Through your philanthropic journey, we hope to harvest insights on how the philanthropic community in Israel and globally can be meaningful to you and to the network.

    We invite you to join us for one of several meetings generously hosted by JFN members. The think tank process will provide an empowering opportunity to sound your voice, as you take part in ushering JFN Israel into its next chapter.


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