September 8, 2022

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Save the Date for JFN's 2023 International Conference! / JFN Israel Volunteer Day / High Holiday Videos

 Reboot Studios (TODAY)Israel's Never-Ending Election Cycle / Aspire: JFN's High Holiday Program / Reproductive Health After Roe   

Green Funders Forum Gathering / Impact Investing Roundtable / *Small-Staffed Foundations  

Youth Philanthropy Facilitator Training /Mission to Ethiopia & Israel 

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Unless otherwise indicated, events listed — including the JFN International Conference — 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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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.

Learn more about CANVAS and subscribe to its weekly Jewish arts & culture newsletter.

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

Watch videos of JFN's 2021 and 2020 Aspire programs.

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

Small-Staffed Foundations Peer Learning Group

Online: Thursday, September 29, 12–1:30 p.m. ET (9-10:30 a.m. PT, 19-20:30 IL)

Are you a professional in a foundation with five or fewer staff members? Then JFN’s Grantmaking Professional Exchange is excited to invite you to our newest Peer Learning and Support Group (PLSG)! PLSGs provide opportunities for colleagues in the field to learn together, discuss areas of common interest, and support one another through challenges and opportunities. Join us for an introductory meeting facilitated by Third Plateau.

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.


Mark Your Calendar for JFN's 2023 International Conference!

JFN Israel Volunteer Day 

More than 50 participants from 15 different families came together last week for a lively JFN Israel members' family volunteer day at the Israeli Center for Guide Dogs, just one of many in-person events offered through JFN Israel's Center for Family Philanthropy.

Watch Our 2021 & 2020 High Holiday Programs

Get in the mood for next week's Aspire High Holidays program by watching videos from previous programs, featuring Anita Diamant, Rabbi Shai Held, Rabbi Sharon Brous, and others, on our Aspire playlist. Browse our other playlists, on topics ranging from Environmental Stewardship in Israel to Jewish Day Schools, here. Members also enjoy access to members-only videos here

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Both Chronicle of Philanthropy and Inside Philanthropy offer special discounts for JFN members. More about member discounts here!

Is Everything Really So Underfunded? Or Are We Relying on Bad Data?
Philip Rojc, Inside Philanthropy 

Conservatives and Liberals Differ in Levels of Generosity
Gianluca Grimalda and Nancy R. Buchan, Chronicle of Philanthropy

Strong Investment Returns Continued in 2021, Report Finds
Philanthropy News Digest

How These Jewish Gen Z’ers Are Making Donating to Charity Easier Than Ever
Julia Gergley, NY Jewish Week