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Persephone was a unique goddess in Greek mythology. She lived an idyllic and lonely life in communion with Nature, far from the other gods and the endless intrigues of Zeus’ gang. The most eligible bachelors on Mt. Olympus, Apollo and Hermes, courted and wooed her to no avail. She preferred to spend her days picking wild flowers and nurturing the Earth. Hades, however—the wicked Greek god of the underworld—didn’t waste time on courtship. Instead of spending his drachmas on fancy dinners or expensive Olympian champagne, he simply opened a wedge in the Earth’s crust, emerged from his darkness, and forcefully abducted the beautiful Persephone. With Persephone gone, the Earth plunged into cold and darkness. The trees lost their leaves, flowers withered and died, and the land become bare and desolate. Humans were hungry and the gods sad.
Thursday, January 04, 2018 at 06:00 PMJFN member's home in NYC
Today's teens and young adults—Millennials and the following generation—have very different relationships to Israel than previous generations did... If they even have the relationship at all.
Join fellow funders for a salon exploring young Jews' changing relationships to Israel, and implications for how we fund Israel education, Israel engagement, and Israel advocacy. What's changing, what's the same, and what do we—as funders—do about it? Are we willing to make changes in how we approach the upcoming generations for the sake of being effective—even if that means the programs we fund may not always sync up with our personal views about Israel?
Dr. David Bryfman, Chief Innovation Officer at The Jewish Education Project, will facilitate the discussion.
Drinks and light kosher appetizers will be served.Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 12:00 PMWeb
It seems that every day, another story surfaces of a powerful man's pattern of sexual harassment, abuse, or assault. The Jewish community is not immune, either from this problem or from the implications of society's new willingness to take it more seriously than in the past. Jewish Funders have responsibility and power to make change. How can Jewish philanthropy use that power to address, prevent, and ultimately eradicate sexual harassment, abuse, and assault—in the organizations we fund, in our own foundations and social circles, and everywhere else?
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM
- Jamie Allen Black, Executive Director, Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York and co-author of Sexual Harassment is Not a Jewish Value
- Lisa Eisen, Vice President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
- Sara Miller, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Richard Levin & Associates and co-author of It’s Time to Act: Ending Sexual Harassment in the Jewish Communal Space
- Moderator: Samantha Anderson, Senior Director of Member Services, Jewish Funders Network
Jewish Funders Network will convene funders for a breakfast preceding the first annual Israel Exchange conference. Network with other funders interested in Israel engagement and hear from Dan Schwabel of Millennial Branding about how the programs we fund can better engage today's young adults. JFN President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny will moderate a group discussion.