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Video: International Refugee Assistance Project & Jewish World Watch

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Top 10 Ways to Fix American Jewish Heritage Month

JFN member Jack Gottlieb. eJewish Philanthropy, May 2, 2017

On May 1 we will be celebrating American Jewish Heritage Month (AJHM), a month dedicated to highlighting the numerous achievements of Jewish Americans. Yet, as in years past, a few days before the official launch at the White House, it is still one of America’s best kept secrets! You hear very little about it in the Jewish media, even worse from Jewish organizations, Jewish museums, and Jewish educational institutions. That lapse of attention has not gone unnoticed in the past which is why every few years pundits write articles with such titles as “Why does no one care about American Jewish Heritage Month?”...

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How to Change the World: A Conversation with Charles Bronfman and Harold Grinspoon

eJewish Philanthropy, May 2, 2017

At the recent Jewish Funders Network conference, I sat down with two living legends of philanthropy: Harold Grinspoon and Charles Bronfman. My job was to interview them and find a common thread between their charitable works.

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Letter to My Son Going to Israel

Friends,

I generally use the Jewish holidays to share ideas and insights on Judaism and philanthropy. But this holiday of Yom Haatzmaut, Israel’s independence day, feels different for me, because my older son is celebrating it there, in a trip to Israel with his school. I never cease to feel gratitude for the undeserved privilege we have of being the first generation in 2,000 years to live with a Jewish sovereign state. I feel also the responsibility that this entails. As my son travels there, I wanted to share with you my words to him. 


My dear son,

You are going to Israel for the first time. Well, it’s not really the first time; you were there with me as a baby, but that was before your toddler memory hit the reset button. So, this is the first time you’ll remember and I wanted to write to you to tell you what this means to me, and to our entire family. Why I’m so moved by this trip of yours, and why grandma’s voice breaks when she talks to you about it. 

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Andrés on m/Oppenheim Insight

JFN President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny discusses what JFN does in the Insight series from m/Oppenheim Associates.

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Funder Diary: JFN Conference 2017

This conference was a first for me. I’m not sure why it carried so much weight, but flying overseas to focus on philanthropy with a foreign community of people intimidated me.

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Syria Crisis: Leichtag Foundation Matching Gifts for Medical Aid

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Leichtag Foundation has approved an emergency challenge grant matching gifts dollar for dollar up to $18,000 through Just Beyond Our Border (JBB), a crowdfunded movement raising funds from Israelis to help their neighbors through Israeli Flying Aid.

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Ford Foundation to put $1 billion in MRIs

The Ford Foundation announced that over 10 years, $1 billion of their endowment will be allocated to Mission-Related Investments (MRIs).

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Nietzsche and Pesach: How the Exodus Ruined Everything

Frederick Nietzsche believed that the Egyptians were blond.

My apologies; I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s start from the beginning: 

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