April 27, 2023

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Celebrating Philanthropy in the State of Israel

CCDH and ADL Report on State Hate

Impact Investing Roundtable / Grantmaking Monthly Professionals

JFN IL Center for Family Philanthropy - Family Volunteer Day

JFN is Hiringimpala Lunch & Learn / Honeycomb is Hiring / Honeycomb Parent Survey

Behind the Scenes in Tanzania with Water 4 Mercy / Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership Executive Leadership Program / Upstart: Future Forward

From the Field (Curated Articles)

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Celebrating Philanthropy in the State of Israel

The Ruderman Family Foundation and the Jewish Funders Network hosted a special event to celebrate 75 years of philanthropy in the State of Israel. We were treated to a festive sea-view lunch while enjoying the company of friends from near and far.


We heard unifying words from Ruderman Family Foundation Executive Director Shira Ruderman, we were privileged to hear via video from Israel's First Lady Michal Herzog, and learned about the shift in Israeli philanthropic culture from JFN Israel Executive Director Sigal Yaniv Feller

We were given a glimpse into the future of Israel through AI technology, and enjoyed an uplifting musical performance that left us inspired.

Thank you to all who attended for joining this unique opportunity to highlight the significant contribution of philanthropy to Israel, while connecting with each other and enjoying the festive occasion.

CCDH and ADL Report on State Hate

Harmful individuals and negligent platforms are creating a toxic online environment facilitating the spread of antisemitism globally. The Center for Countering Digital Hate shares the CCDH's latest report with the ADL exposing an Iranian state-funded campaign spreading dangerous antisemitism through social media platforms to millions, with impunity. To receive a copy of the report, click here.

CCDH founder and CEO Imran Ahmed joined Boundless Israel'sAviva Klompas and the Coalition for a Safer Web's Mark Ginsberg for JFN's Fighting Online Hate event last week. JFN members can watch this online event here


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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Impact Investing Roundtable Series

Online: Tuesday, May 2, 12 - 1:30pm ET (9 - 10:30am PT, 19:00 - 20:30 Israel)

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 of ZORA Ventures. Speakers include Oren Kaplun and Galia Kut.

Read JFN's Guide to Jewish Impact Investing

Grantmaking Professionals Monthly Online Convening

Wednesday, May 17 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET; 9:00am – 10:00am PT; 19:00 – 20:00 IT | Zoom

Please 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.


JFN IL Center for Family Philanthropy - Family Volunteer Day

Tuesday, May 09, 2023 | 9:30am – 1:00pm |
Hakfar Hayarok

The Center for Family Philanthropy is happy to invite JFN members, together with their families, to a family volunteer day. Together with “Venatata” we will establish a therapeutic garden for the children of the boarding school. The activity will be suitable for all ages and will enable a hands-on and enriching experience of giving.

*This event is intended for Funders and their families only.


We are Hiring

JFN is hiring an Administrative Assistant. This is a key role which ensures the smooth running of the office in JFN New York and liaises with our offices in Israel and other locations in the US. In addition, the Administrative Assistant will support our membership and program departments. S/he will report to our VP of Programming. S/he will also provide additional support for periodic event planning and our annual international conference. This position is in person in our NYC office Mon.-Thurs and remote on Friday.

impala Lunch & Learn

More and more JFN members are enhancing their grantmaking with free premium access to impala. As an additional service, members can now attend monthly lunch and learn sessions with the impala team. See what’s new, access support, or send a colleague to get connected.

Special thanks to the Jim Joseph Foundation, Diane & Guilford Glazer Foundation, DARE Foundation, and JFN Board Chair Marcia Riklis for making this partnership possible.

Honeycomb is hiring a Program and Education Director and a Communications and Engagement Manager.

The Program and Education Director will serve as the lead staff-person responsible for field-wide initiatives serving to grow and strengthen the field of Jewish youth philanthropy. This position will work closely with other members of the Honeycomb team to create, implement, evaluate, and continually improve programs and educational resources. Click here for more.

The Communications and Engagement Manager will own the external messaging of Honeycomb, managing outgoing communications, website and all social media. Click here for more.

Honeycomb is excited to release brand new research: “Parents Reflect: Honeycomb Parent Survey”

Honeycomb’s Parent Survey explores the attitudes and priorities of parents to gain a deeper understanding of their perspectives, knowledge, and behaviors regarding their teen’s involvement in Jewish youth philanthropy programs. The survey data provides key insights into families’ Jewish engagement and philanthropic skill development.


Behind the Scenes in Tanzania

Water 4 Mercy invites you to Travel with Purpose and Pleasure, Sunday, July 2nd - Friday, July 14th, 2023. Your Behind the Scenes Donor experience includes:

3 nights in Arusha; Flight to Serengeti; a 4 day safari adventure; 5 nights in Dodoma; Contribution towards Iyoyo village's permanent water project.

Applications Open for New Cohort of Executive Leadership Program

The Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership is opening applications for Cohort V of the Executive Leadership Program, a fellowship for mid-career Jewish communal professionals on track for senior leadership positions. In previous years, this program was for Federation, JCC, and Hillel professionals and will now be expanding eligibility criteria to include aspiring leaders from all Jewish nonprofit organizations.

Please let us know if you are able to share this opportunity within your network. We are also accepting referrals to identify strong candidates and would welcome your submissions.

Upstart Future Forward

Chicago Funders -- Join us for an exclusive happy hour reception to meet Jewish social entrepreneurs and learn about their impact on the Jewish community of today and tomorrow.  Click here to RSVP. This is an in-person event Wednesday, May 17th from 5:30 - 7:15 pm in the Ravenswood Neighborhood, Chicago, IL. Full details are available upon registration. 

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Jewish Environmental Organizations Help Jews Cope with ‘Climate Anxiety’
Ruben Brosbe, eJewish Philanthropy

Report Finds Scant Funding for Disability Rights and Social Justice — and Points the Way Forward
Paul Karon, Inside Philanthropy

Nonprofits Struggle as Recession Signs Grow More Pronounced
Sara Herschander, Chronicle of Philanthropy