Season 1 Trailer: What Gives? The Jewish Philanthropy Podcast

Preview Jewish Funders Network's new podcast, What Gives? The Jewish Philanthropy Podcast. Season 1 drops on Thursdays starting September 12. Subscribe now! 

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Why we created a center for family philanthropy in Israel

In 2018, Jewish Funders Network created a new initiative: the Center for Family Philanthropy at JFN Israel, the first program in Israel to tackle the distinct issues and opportunities that family philanthropy presents. 

The National Center for Family Philanthropy in the U.S. is a model and has been working with JFN Israel staff as a key partner in this project.

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Ethan Davidson: Nothing grows in the shade of a big tree

Ethan Davidson, Director of the William Davidson Foundation, shares the ongoing story of his life in music and philanthropy, and how he's struggling with the need to beat his own path while still honoring his father's legacy.

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Igal Jusidman: Learning to be in partnership

Igal Jusidman, CEO of Keren Daniel, shares his story of learning to see himself not just as a funder, but as a real partner with the organizations he funds.

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Beyond Welcoming: Engaging Intermarried Couples in Jewish Life

This study explores the lives of 1,128 contemporary young couples, in which at least one member of each couple is Jewish, to understand the role of religion and Jewish identity in their lives and the factors associated with their engagement with Jewish life. Beyond Welcoming is the first large-scale study of the marriages and committed relationships of Gen X and Millennial Jews, and the first to systematically collect data from non-Jewish partners about their backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The fundamental question guiding this study is, “What programs and policy initiatives would best serve the Jewish community in an era where intermarriage is pervasive and young adults in the United States are distancing themselves from religion and religious institutions?”

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Ami Aronson: My Grandfather's Legacy, My Generation's Mindset

Ami Aronson, Executive Director of the Bernstein Family Foundation, explains the legacy of philanthropy she inherited from her grandfather, and how his passions combine with her next-generation perspectives and priorities to move into the future.

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We Need to Talk: A Review of Public Discourse and Survivor Experiences of Safety, Respect, and Equity in Jewish Workplaces and Communal Spaces

Research report by Dr. Guila Benchimol and Marie Huber

As the #MeToo movement has grown, it has laid bare an inescapable truth: the Jewish community is subject to the same kinds of issues, inequities, and power dynamics that exist in other communities. To deeply understand this truth and the current state of safety, respect, and equity within the Jewish community, the Safety Respect Equity Coalition has conducted extensive research into survivor experiences and public discourse on these issues within the Jewish community. 

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Condensing Our Victimhood (Tisha Be’Av 5779)

One feels as if there has been a conscious attempt to minimize the days of mourning and sadness in the calendar, packing as much grief into Tisha Be’Av as possible.

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Alisa Doctoroff: Learning to see myself as a philanthropist

Alisa Doctoroff, past board president of UJA-Federation of New York, says philanthropy wasn't something she inherited, but it will be part of her legacy.

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Suzanne Dryan Felson: Millennials are desperately looking for meaning

"Older generations often think of Millennials as flighty and flaky. They are not. Millennials often think of Judaism as foreign, archaic, and not meaningful. It is not."

Suzanne Dryan Felson shares her story of delving deeply into the world of Millennial Jews, and explains why Millennials are ready to pick up the torch of Jewish knowledge and tradition, if it is delivered to them differently.

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