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Sabbaticals in Jewish Nonprofits (NOW!)
NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS
Impact Investing Roundtable (Monthly)
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Grantmaking Professionals Convening (Monthly)
JFN Israel's Bar Mitzvah / JFN in the Headlines
Members in the Headlines / Charles Bronfman Prize Nominations / Schusterman Fellows Cohort
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Online: Thursday, May 19, 12–1 p.m. ET (9-10 a.m. PT, 19:00-20:00 IL)
Learn more about the importance of sabbaticals in the Jewish nonprofit sector, and how grantmakers and grantseekers can work together to build opportunities for rest and rejuvenation. This webinar will be led by Josh Feldman, Founder of R&R: The Rest of Our Lives, and will include a panel of speakers from The Durfee Foundation, a leader in sabbatical support.
A joint project of JFN and UpStart, GrantED works to strengthen relationships between grantmakers and grantseekers in the Jewish community.
Open to all.
Monday, May 23, 12–1:30 p.m. ET (9-10:30 a.m. PT, 19-20:30 IL)
Join JFN’s growing community of impact investors for a lively and action-oriented monthly roundtable, each featuring JFN members for shared learning and shared action. Each session is facilitated by JFN Board Member Vanessa Bartram of ZORA Ventures.
Read JFN's Guide to Jewish Impact Investing
Wednesday, June 15, 12-1:30 p.m. ET (9-10:30 a.m. PT, 19-21:30 IL)
Join us for a monthly virtual convening for grantmaking professionals where we will come together for shared learning and community-building. Facilitated by Mike Berkowitz of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies and Tamar Frydman of JFN.
More than 80 Israeli members attended a special in-person program Sunday in Tel Aviv marking JFN Israel's bar mitzvah, saying farewell to Founding Executive Director Maya Natan, who is now CEO of Keshet-DAF, Israel's first-ever vehicle for donor-advised funds, and welcoming new JFN Israel Executive Director Sigal Yaniv Feller.
JFN West's in-person regional convening, "Be the Story," (the steering committee with speaker Roberta Grossman and JFN's Tzivia Schwartz Getzug and Debra Feldstein is pictured above) was featured in eJewish Philanthropy, which described it as a "joyful reunion." Next week we will share videos and a photo gallery from this event.
Also in eJP, JFN's Tamar Frydman wrote about "Participatory Grantmaking in the Jewish Community and Beyond," the newest publication in our Guides for Intelligent Giving series (formerly called Greenbooks). "When new trends emerge in secular philanthropy we at JFN don’t just follow them as 'the new fad,' but instead we try to analyze if they are applicable and useful in a Jewish context," Tamar wrote. "How can this serve Jewish funders and the Jewish community? How does it relate to the Jewish historical perspective and the traditional forms of giving? What is it gained and what is lost by adopting this (or other) philanthropic innovation? That is the approach we’ve taken in looking at [participatory grantmaking.]"
Members in the Headlines
While many Israelis continue to be suspicious of philanthropists, Israeli philanthropy is nonetheless growing writes JFN Board Member Dafna Meitar-Nechmad in an op-ed in The Jerusalem Post. "We are seeing a steady growth in significant donations (defined as NIS 100,000 NIS and above) made by Israelis," she writes. "Moreover, the ratio between Israeli donations and overseas gifts is also improving."
JFN member The Honey Foundation's conference for Israeli rabbis, called The Torah of Relationships, was featured in eJewish Philanthropy. “When a rabbi graduates from various schools… they understand themselves as giving the drasha,” Honey Foundation President Rabbi David Hoffman told eJP's Ben Sales. “Giving a drasha is a very small part of what rabbinic work is. The fundamental part is literally building a community. To build a community you need entrepreneurial skills.”
Nominations for The 2023 Charles Bronfman Prize opened this week. The Prize celebrates individuals or teams under the age of 50 whose innovative humanitarian work, informed by their Jewish values has significantly improved the world. The Prize recipient is awarded $100,000 and will be announced in the winter of 2023. The award ceremony for this prize usually takes place at the JFN International Conference. Nominate someone and learn about past winners here.
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropies, a JFN member, announced the seventh cohort of its 18-month Schusterman Fellowship program for Jewish communal leaders. The 31 members of the new cohort hail from the U.S., Israel, the U.K., Hungary, Poland, and beyond, and span a variety of fields, including Jewish engagement, racial justice, service and volunteerism, Israeli civil society, gender equity, and LGBTQ rights.
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FROM THE FIELD
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‘Change Takes Time’: How the Tucson Area’s Jewish Federation and Foundation Came Together
Lev Gringauz, eJewish Philanthropy
Lessons from a Passover in Poland
Rebecca Kobrin & Cantor Vicky Glikin, eJewish Philanthropy