October 27, 2022

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 Activism, Youth & Climate / Israeli Philanthropy Conference (Sold Out)

SVF Study Tour / Jerusalem Meetup / Small-Staffed FoundationsYouth Philanthropy Facilitator Training Mission to Ethiopia & Israel / Jewish Funders and the Climate Crisis

Sponsorship Opportunities

 Podcast with Eric K. WardWe're Hiring! /  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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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.

JFN Israel Meetup with Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu

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

Join other JFN Israel members for a festive evening as we meet JFN Executive Vice President Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu in her inaugural visit to Israel. We will have dinner together and tour the new Sigalit Landau exhibit at the Israel Museum, "The Burning Sea."

Small-Staffed Foundations Peer Learning & Support Group

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

Staff at small foundations are constantly asked to wear a variety of hats. We believe there is something to learn from peers in similar organizational structures and that building a community can provide a dynamic and valuable space for networking, professional growth, and learning.

Our partner, Third Plateau, will facilitate the conversation and help develop a structure for how this group can work together in the future. For this peer learning and support group, we loosely define “small-staffed foundations” as those with fewer than five team members.

Honeycomb Facilitator Training

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. New York (in-person) spots are sold out, but a few online spots are still available.

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.

What's a Jewish Funder to Do About the Climate Crisis?

Los Angeles: Wednesday, November 16, 7-9 p.m. PT

Please join JFN West, JFN's Green Funders Forum, and Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action for an important in-person conversation at the IKAR event space about how Jewish funders of all sizes and interest areas can be part of building a more just, livable, and sustainable future for ourselves and for generations to come.

Speakers include Rabbi Jennie Rosenn of Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action; Max Baumgarten, Ph.D. of The Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation, and Lisa Friedman of the Lisa and Maury Friedman Foundation.


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.


New Episode of Philanthropy Podcast

In the latest episode of JFN's "What Gives?" podcast, Eric K. Ward of Western States Center and the Proteus Fund talks to JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny about antisemitism, philanthropy, and how to disagree.

"What Gives" is a space for exploring and debating the ideas that matter in philanthropy and the Jewish community. Listen, subscribe, and check out recent episodes with New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, JFN Board Member Shawna Goodman Sone and her brother Jonathan Goodman; Felicia Herman of Maimonides Fund; Israeli Astronaut Eytan Stibbe, and others on our website or wherever you get your podcasts.

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.

Two Weeks Left for Award Nominations

 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 member The Harold Grinspoon Foundation's All Together Now matching grant program for Jewish summer camps program has been renamed Forward Together and will award $25 million to 104 camps over the next five years, eJewish Philanthropy reported this week. The camps will be expected to match the grants on a three-to-one basis, and if they match the grants four-to-one, they’ll receive a $10,000 bonus. "It’s a tool that camps can use to continue to motivate and inspire their donors and attract new donors," Sarah Eisinger, director of the foundation’s JCamp 180 program, explained. 


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!

Women Donors Are Stepping Up — and Nonprofits Need to Tailor Their Approaches to Reach Them, Says Longtime Leader
Rasheeda Childress, Chronicle of Philanthropy 

Giving Money Isn’t the Only Way for Foundations To Do Good
Debra Walker Johnson, Crain's Chicago Business

Why Cybersecurity Has Become Essential to Humanitarian Nonprofits.
Michael Hill, CSO 

What It’s Really Like To Be Jewish on a Campus ‘Hotspot’ of Antisemitism
Arno Rosenfeld, The Forward