JFN Stands With And In Israel

Jewish Funders Network stands with the people of Israel — including our hundreds of Israeli members and six members of our staff — as they face a barrage of attacks from Hamas and a surge of violence in Jerusalem. We mourn all the victims and pray for all the wounded. 
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Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu Named JFN Executive Vice President

Jewish Funders Network is delighted to announce it has hired Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu as its new Executive Vice President. She will begin on June 14.

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What Is Community? A JFN-Moment Partnership

The concept of community is central to Judaism and to the ethos of the Jewish people. But community—our way of being together, our way of organizing our collective lives—has changed and evolved as the world has transformed. In the 21st century, in societies rocked by philosophical, technological, social and economic upheavals, in a world where many of the old patterns of behavior, affiliation and identity have changed, the traditional model of community is in crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic adds a layer of complexity to these changes, accelerating processes and making some ways of association obsolete.

In this special issue of Moment Magazine, a variety of leading Jewish thinkers — including Anita Diamant, Micah Goodman, Vivian Gornick, and JFN's own Andrés Spokoiny — weigh in. 

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Get Ready for JFN's New Membership Directory

We're pleased to announce that JFN will soon be offering an exciting new membership benefit: a new online member directory. The directory will enable you to find other members who share your interests or who meet other criteria and to exchange private messages without having to share your contact information.

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JFN Mourns Those Lost in the Mount Meron Tragedy

Jewish Funders Network is deeply saddened by the tragedy at Israel’s Mount Meron. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the 45 people killed at a Lag B’Omer festival. May their memories be for a blessing. We also extend our sympathy to the 150 people who were injured and wish them a speedy refuah shleimah, a full recovery. We are heartened by the many people, including residents of nearby Arab villages, who have stepped up to offer assistance and donate blood in this very difficult time.

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JFN Announces Strategic Partnership with Center for Effective Philanthropy

I’m thrilled to announce that JFN has forged a strategic partnership with our friends at the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP).

A nonprofit organization focused on the development of data and insight to enable higher-performing funders, CEP provides data and creates insight so philanthropic funders can better define, assess, and improve their effectiveness — and as a result, their intended impact. Like JFN, CEP believes that more effective funders can have a profoundly positive impact on nonprofit organizations and the people and communities they serve.

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Building Stronger Grantmaker/Grantseeker Relations for a Better Jewish Future

From eJewish Philanthropy (April 27, 2021)

This op-ed co-authored by JFN Director of Peer Engagement Tamar Frydman and UpStart's Aliza Mazor, emphasizes the importance of ensuring that "the level of honesty and mutual support" many funders and nonprofits achieved during the Covid pandemic "continues as we move out of Covid and towards a new reality."

 

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How a Youth Program Is Engaging the Next Generation of Jewish Philanthropy

From Inside Philanthropy (April 22, 2021)

Philanthropist Ricky Shechtel used to wonder who would replace her when she could no longer serve the Jewish community the way she does now.

“I was on all these boards, sitting around all these tables, and I’m in my 40s, I’m in my 50s and I’m thinking, who’s going to be sitting at this table in 20 or 30 years? Who’s going to care about the stuff that we care about?”

Nowadays, Shechtel feels relatively confident that younger Jews will take up the mantle. That’s largely because of the work of organizations like Honeycomb, a program of the Jewish Funders Network, which she co-founded in 2006.

Read full article by Simone Ellin in Inside Philanthropy

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Lisa Greer: Revolutionizing the Way Fundraisers and Philanthropists Interact

Episode 21 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Philanthropist, author, and JFN member Lisa Greer talks to host Andrés Spokoiny about philanthropic strategy, some common mistakes fundraisers and philanthropists make, and ways to strengthen relationships between funders and nonprofits.

Lisa is the author of the 2020 book, “Philanthropy Revolution: How to Inspire Donors, Build Relationships and Make a Difference” (Harper Collins), the first such book written from the perspective of a philanthropist.

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Of Oysters and Israel (Yom Ha'atzma'ut 5781)

One article changed my whole view of Zionism.

Since I’d grown up in a strongly Zionist environment, from my home to my day school to my camp, believing that Israel was a model country that could do no wrong, the article should have produced a crisis, and maybe even threatened my attachment to the Zionist idea. Yet, it did the exact opposite.

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