September 1, 2022

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Grantmaking Pros Convening / Reboot Studios Launch

Israel's Never-Ending Election Cycle / Aspire: JFN's High Holiday Program / Reproductive Health After Roe

Green Funders Forum Gathering / Impact Investing Roundtable / Youth Philanthropy Facilitator Training / Mission to Ethiopia & Israel

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Unless otherwise indicated, events listed are limited to JFN members and those eligible for JFN membership. Eligible non-members must request permission and can attend a limited number of member events.

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Grantmaking Professionals Monthly Online Convening

Online: Wednesday, September 7, 12-1:30 p.m. ET
(9-10:30 a.m. PT, 19-20:30 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 and Jaré Akchin of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies and Tamar Frydman of JFN.

The Launch of Reboot Studios: A CANVAS Conversation

Online: Thursday, September 8, 2-3 p.m. ET
(11 a.m.-12 p.m. PT, 21-22:00 IL)

Reboot, a grantee of Jewish arts and culture funding collaborative CANVAS, has recently taken a bold step forward by launching Reboot Studios — an initiative that made headlines in Hollywood a few weeks ago. Join CANVAS, which is incubated at JFN, for a revealing behind-the-scenes discussion with Reboot CEO David Katznelson and two of the major artists whose projects are among the studio’s first investments: producer/director/writer Joey Soloway, creator of "Transparent," and actor/director William DeMerritt.

Can Israel's Never-Ending Election Cycle Be Halted?

Online: Monday, September 12, 12-1 p.m. ET
(9-10 a.m. PT, 19-20:00 IL)

With Israelis heading to the polls for the fifth time in less than four years, what can stop this seemingly endless cycle of elections? Join Israel Democracy Institute President Yohanan Plesner in conversation with IDI experts Dr. Assaf Shapira and Dr. Chen Friedberg as they analyze the current state of the November election and present relatively simple reforms that can bring much-needed stability to the Israeli political system.

Aspire: JFN's Annual High Holidays Gathering

Online: Tuesday, September 13, 12-1 p.m. ET
(9-10 a.m. PT, 19-20:00 IL)

Read Rabba Yaffa Epstein & Rabbi David Wolpe's new column in SAPIR

Reproductive Health After the Fall of Roe v. Wade: What Role the Jewish Community Can Play

Online: Wednesday, September 14, 4-5 p.m. ET
(1-2 p.m. PT)

Join JFN member Lisa Eisen of Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies and Sheila Katz of the National Council of Jewish Women to learn what's next in the struggle to protect reproductive health, and what role the Jewish community and Jewish funders can play. This webinar is spearheaded by several JFN members.

New Year, New Opportunities with Green Funders Forum

Online: Monday, September 19, 12–1:30 p.m. ET
(9-10:30 a.m. PT, 19-20:30 IL)

Join JFN's Green Funders Forum for a virtual Rosh Hashanah gathering to discuss what's new in the field. We will spotlight new philanthropic climate initiatives and opportunities for action. More details coming soon!

Impact Investing Roundtable

Online: Tuesday, September 20, 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

Honeycomb Facilitator Training

New York & Online: November 9-10

Attendees will walk away with curriculum, tools, and skills that will enable them to enhance existing Jewish youth philanthropy programs, start one in their own community or seamlessly use philanthropy in their general teen programming. Designed for youth educators, lay leaders, and Jewish organizational professionals interested in building the next generation of changemakers, the training can be joined in-person or online.

A JFN program, Honeycomb is the leading resource for Jewish youth philanthropy.

Open to all!

Mission to Ethiopia & Israel November 14-17

The Jewish Agency for Israel, the Morris and Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation, and JFN invite funders to a unique and historic mission.

The story of Ethiopian Jewry has three significant elements – a rich history in Ethiopia, the waves of Aliyah which began in significant numbers in the mid-1980s with Operation Moses, and finally, settlement in Israel. This mission will help us understand how these elements weave together.

This trip is open exclusively to funders to explore our unique role in addressing the challenge of Ethiopian Aliyah and integration into Israel. We will consider what unique opportunities exist for funders in this challenging realm.


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Listen to 'What Gives?' On Your Next Road Trip

Going away for Labor Day weekend? Enhance your travel time by listening to JFN's "What Gives" podcast, a space for exploring and debating the ideas that matter in philanthropy and the Jewish community. Browse our library of more than 31 episodes published since January 2020, featuring such guests as New York Times columnist Bret Stephens; U.S. Rep. (and former JFN Board Member) Kathy Manning; behavioral economist Dan Ariely; Israeli Astronaut Eytan Stibbe; Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation President Fay Twersky, and many others! Listen on our website or wherever you get your podcasts.


Members in the Headlines

  • eJewish Philanthropy reported on an inaugural cohort of fellows at the Anti-Defamation League's Center for Antisemitism Research, which is funded in part by JFN member Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation. Among the 15 researchers in the cohort is doctoral candidate Laura Royden, who collaborated with Tufts Professor Eitan Hersh on "Antisemitism Across the Political Spectrum," a project awarded the 2022 Ilia Salita Excellence in Research Award (ERA). The award (2023 nominations open next month) is funded by JFN member Genesis Philanthropy Group and administered by JFN.
  • The CANVAS Compendium highlighted the extensive and wide-ranging arts funding portfolio of JFN member The Azrieli Foundation. The Compendium is a weekly newsletter produced by CANVAS, the Jewish arts and culture funding collaborative incubated at JFN (subscribe here and learn here about CANVAS's September 8 event),
  • "Jewish Foodie," a new video series hosted by Israeli actor/comedian Ori Laizerouvich and created by JFN member the Ruderman Family Foundation, was featured in Jewish News Syndicate. The series showcases American Jewish diversity through the vehicle of food and, "aims to encourage Israelis to deepen their knowledge about U.S. Jewish communities, and Jewish Americans to become better acquainted with their rich and diverse heritage and culture."

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Foundations, Especially Small Ones, Fared Worse Than the Overall Stock Market Last Year
Alex Daniels, Chronicle of Philanthropy

Seven Problems That Have Defied Philanthropy
Philip Rojc, Inside Philanthropy

Develop a Nonprofit Leadership Transition Plan
Duke Haddad, Nonprofit PRO

World Zionist Organization Convenes Hundreds in Basel to Mark 125th Anniversary of First Zionist Congress
Philissa Cramer, JTA