Coronavirus and the Jewish Community: Responses from the Field (First in an Ongoing Series)

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A Message to Funders from the JFN-Israel Team

The spread of the COVID-19 has drastically affected the entire world. For the Israeli philanthropic community, the past few weeks and those that lie ahead are especially challenging because, with Israel yet to form a permanent government, nonprofits have been unable to rely on government funding.

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Rabbi Rick Jacobs: Helping Jews Find Meaning

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Coronavirus Resource Page

The Coronavirus Resource Page has moved. Please visit the new version of this page here.

In this unprecedented crisis, JFN is committed to be a resource for funders and for the entire community. It is critical that we know what our fellow funders are doing and that we try, as much as possible, to coordinate responses so as to have a greater impact on the ground. In these times of quarantines and social-distancing, we can’t afford to be isolated from our partners.

To that end, we are asking JFN members to answer this very short survey about your work and COVID-19.

Our goal is to collect information and share themes, determine gaps in resources, identify where we can be helpful, and point you to resources that already exist. Ultimately, we seek to map the philanthropic response and make sure that needs are being addressed.

Please fill out this survey at your earliest convenience.

Last updated: March 23, 2020

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Responding to Coronavirus, Jewish Funders Pledge to Stand with Grantee Partners

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jewish Funders Network and 18 of our member foundations issued this message to grantee partners:

 

Message to our Grantee Partners

Since biblical times, Judaism’s imperative has been to protect the most vulnerable members of society. Vulnerability has taken on new meaning in our communities today. It includes our friends and neighbors, teachers and rabbis, colleagues and family.

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Philanthropy and Peoplehood


In 2012 the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education published Peoplehood Papers 7 on "Reinvigorating Jewish Peoplehood – the Philanthropic Perspective." In 2020, they decided, together with Taube Philanthropies and Jewish Funders Network, that it would be worth turning the topic on its head and dedicating an issue to "Reinvigorating Jewish Philanthropy – the Peoplehood Perspective," to explore the impact of the growing awareness to Peoplehood and its challenges on Jewish Philanthropy.

Download the full PDF, which includes essays by numerous members of the JFN family. Continue below for JFN President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny's essay. Or read it on eJewish Philanthropy.

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Keep us on your calendar!

Don’t change your calendar yet!

I was eagerly awaiting the JFN 2020 conference in Florida and was discouraged and disappointed when the coronavirus pandemic forced us to cancel.

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Of Masks and Plagues (Purim 5780)

Time has a knack for irony.

The last of Chronos’ practical jokes: making us celebrate a holiday in which we disguise ourselves, in the middle of a global pandemic whose symbol is to be the ubiquitous face mask.

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JFN 2020 Conference Cancellation

Statement from JFN President & CEO Andres Spokoiny:

Over the last few weeks and especially the last few days we, like so many others, have been alarmed by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and trying to navigate the uncertainty it has created.

With the latest developments, it has become clear that holding our March 22-24 conference as planned is no longer an option. We are hoping to postpone until a later date and are exploring potential options. We will let attendees know as soon as we can provide more information.

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Update on JFN 2020 and the Coronavirus

With less than three weeks to go before our conference, the coronavirus is continuing its alarming global spread.

As you may know, yesterday the Israeli Ministry of Health, in an effort to contain the virus within Israel, stepped up its restrictions on Israelis who travel abroad. As of now, all Israelis who attend any overseas gathering of more than 100 people are requested to quarantine themselves for two weeks upon their return.

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