October 20, 2022

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How to Make Day School Affordable / Impact Investing RoundtableIsrael's Disability Law / Activism, Youth & Climate 

Israeli Philanthropy Conference (Sold Out)

SVF Study Tour / Jerusalem Meetup / Youth Philanthropy Facilitator Training Mission to Ethiopia & Israel 

Sponsorship Opportunities

 Poverty Affinity Group Updates / We're Hiring! / JFN at the GA /  JJ Greenberg & Ilia Salita ERA Nominations

Members in the Headlines

Jewish Women's Foundation Convening



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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How to Make Day School Affordable for All

Online: Monday, October 24, 12–1 p.m. ET
(9–10 a.m. PT, 19–20:00 IL)

Explore new day school tuition models and structures that are being created to accommodate a wider range of family incomes, and what role funders can play in making these work. This program, moderated by Paul Bernstein of Prizmah, will focus on two specific models, one being used by schools in Atlanta and the other by a school in Los Angeles. Speakers include Amanda Abrams of Zalik Foundation in Atlanta, and Dr. Steven Lorch and Shawn Evanheim of Kadima Day School in Los Angeles.

Impact Investing Roundtable

Online: Tuesday, October 25, 12–1:30 p.m. ET
(9–10:30 a.m. PT, 19–21:30 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 moderated by JFN Board Member Vanessa Bartram. Speakers this month include Dr. Inbal Zafir-Lavie of GinaLife and JFN member Sari Miller.

Read JFN's Guide to Jewish Impact Investing

New Law, New Opportunity: Ensuring Israelis with Disabilities Can Obtain and Retain Employment

Online: Wednesday, October 26, 12–1 p.m. ET
(9–10 a.m. PT, 19–20:00 IL)

The Knesset recently passed the groundbreaking "Social Services Law for People with Disabilities," which aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities in a variety of ways. Among its many other benefits, the new law will open the door for increased employment and job training opportunities for people with disabilities and will create new opportunities for funders to engage in this field in innovative ways. Speakers include Ayala Davidowitz of the Joint Distribution Committee, Orly Fruchter of the Azrieli FoundationReuben D. Rotman of the Network of Jewish Human Service AgenciesErin Riehle of Project Search, and JFN member Jennifer Mizrahi of the Mizrahi Family Charitable Fund.

Walk the Talk: Activism, Youth, and Climate

Tel Aviv: Friday, October 28, 9:30-13:30 IL

Join JFN's Green Funders Forum (GFF) for a meeting with next-gen climate leaders to discuss the motivations and role of youth and young activism on climate change. Then continue on to the Climate March. This event is open to funders, foundation professionals, and their families, including their next-gen. Learn more about GFF here.

Israeli Philanthropy Conference (Wait List Only)

Tel Aviv: Monday, October 31, 13-19:30 IL

JFN Israel, together with its local partners in the Israeli philanthropic ecosystem will host over 200 funders, foundation professionals and representatives for the third Israeli Philanthropy Conference. The conference will feature William Foster of the Bridgespan Group and Kathy Reich of the Build Program at the Ford Foundation in conversation with Tali Yariv Mashaal of the Bracha Foundation discussing global trends in philanthropy. The conference will provide networking opportunities and roundtable discussions, and will also feature members of the diverse, growing community of Israeli philanthropists, including Israel’s emerging young philanthropists.

The event will be held in Hebrew and is currently sold out. To be added to the waitlist, please contact Sharon Dwek at [email protected].

Study Tour with SVF 

Multiple Locations in Israel: November 6-10

Photo by Maya-Anais Yataghene/Wikimedia Commons

Join members of the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society (SVF), a JFN peer network and giving circle, for part or all of their study tour. The tour will include site visits and meetings in Acre, Nazareth, Umm Al Fahm, Jaljulya, Rahat, Lod, and Ramle. Spaces are limited! For the full program and registration details, contact Batya Kallus, SVF Director in Israel. Learn more about SVF here. Note: Intended for people who live in Israel or are already in Israel.

Meetup with Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu

Jerusalem: Tuesday, November 8, 19:00-22:00

Join us for a festive evening as we deepen connections with the Jerusalem JFN community and meet Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu Executive Vice President of JFN in her inaugural visit to Israel.

Honeycomb Facilitator Training

New York: 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.

A JFN program, Honeycomb is the leading resource for Jewish youth philanthropy. Read about Honeycomb's LAunchpad initiative in eJewish 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.


Sponsor & Save the Date: 2023 JFN International Conference

JFN’s annual international conference brings together the world’s most influential Jewish philanthropists for unparalleled learning, networking, and idea-sharing. Our 2023 conference promises to be one of our most impactful ever, and your sponsorship makes it possible for us to provide the kind of high-quality programs and speakers JFN is known for. Sponsorship is also an opportunity for your organization to reach our vibrant community of individuals with the resources, know-how, and social capital to make a difference.

This year, we’ve updated our sponsor benefits and opportunities, adding a variety of new options to help you get the most out of sponsorship. Explore the possibilities in this brochure.


Updates from the Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty

In the latest newsletter from the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty, a collaborative coordinated by JFN and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, learn about how Footsteps is combating poverty among Jews who leave the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) community, what's Jewish about anti-poverty work, upcoming programs at the GA and Hillel International Global Assembly, and much more!

We're Hiring a Marketing & Communications Director

JFN is seeking someone with excellent writing and editing skills, knowledge of the Jewish community, and an entrepreneurial spirit for this full-time position in our New York City office. 

Find Us at the GA

Will you be attending the Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly in Chicago from October 30-November 1? If so, please say hi to JFN President and CEO Andres Spokoiny and Executive Vice President Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu, who will be there. Email [email protected] if you'd like to schedule a meeting in advance with one of them or would like to meet up with other JFN members there. 

Also, be sure to look out for two sessions there that the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty is offering in partnership with JFNA. Learn more about the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty, a collaborative coordinated by JFN and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, here.

Deadline for Award Nominations Is Next Month

 The deadline for submitting nominations and completed applications for two important awards given by JFN is Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at 5 p.m. ET. Winners of both awards will be announced at the JFN 2023 International Conference, which takes place March 19-21 in Phoenix, Arizona.

>> Learn more and nominate a foundation professional for the JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

>> Learn more and nominate a research project for the Ilia Salita Excellence in Research Award (ERA)


Members in the Headlines

JFN members Lynn and Stacy Schusterman, of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, were the first mother-daughter team to accept the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, which was given in a special ceremony last week. According to an Associated Press article about the ceremony, Stacy Schusterman, in her acceptance speech, said there is "an urgent need for philanthropy to be more collaborative and to take on more challenges to improve society." 

Writing in eJewish Philanthropy, Sharon Freundel described the work of JFN member the Mayberg Foundation's Jewish Education Innovation Challenge, which aims to catalyze radical improvement in Jewish day schools across North America.

eJewish Philanthropy reported on JFN member the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah's return to grantmaking following a year-and-a-half-long hiatus. “We have a strategy that is about looking out at the field… and seeing, where is there potential to do something that is meaningful across the board, meaningful to the field or meaningful to history for the Jewish community?” Mamie Kanfer Stewart, the foundation's Chair and Acting President told eJP.  “If we see an opportunity, we want to help step into that space.”


Jewish Women's Foundation of New York Convening

New York & Online: Thursday, November 3, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Be inspired by women leading in the critical areas of reproductive justice, preventing gun violence, and humanitarian crises/refugees, including Heather Booth (creator of the original Jane Network). Participate in person in NYC or online.

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

Josh Foer on What Jewish Philanthropy Lacks
Ben Sales, eJewish Philanthropy 

More Big Donors Are Supporting — and Talking About — Mental Health
Maria Di Mento, Chronicle of Philanthropy

Diversity at U.S. Foundations Is Increasing, but Slowly, Study Finds
Philanthropy News Digest 

What Exactly Is Social Justice Grantmaking Anyway?
Michael Hamill Remaley, Inside Philanthropy