Nominate a Talented Professional for the 2021 J.J. Greenberg Award

I'm delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the 2021 J.J. Greenberg Memorial Award! The award honors foundation professionals engaged in grantmaking, age 40 and under, who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Jewish philanthropy. 

In the past year, many foundation professionals have really stepped up to respond to the enormous increase in need. If you know someone who has gone above and beyond in their service to grantees, help us give some much-needed recognition. Nominations are due by 5 pm ET on December 21!

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After the Election, a Time to Heal

For me, elections are always highly emotional moments. My formative years were spent fighting for democracy in Argentina, so the act of voting, natural for many, is for me one accompanied by deep gratitude. Voting is something that I don’t, and never will, take for granted.

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JFN Mourns the Loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

“The test of faith is whether I can make space for difference. Can I recognize God’s image in someone who is not in my image, whose language, faith, ideal are different from mine? If I cannot, then I have made God in my image instead of allowing him to remake me in his.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

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JFN 2021: A Virtual Conference Like No Other

Save the date! I’m very pleased to announce that on March 15-17, 2021, we will be offering an online event unlike any other. Our 2021 International Conference will bring together technology and design to promote the peer-to-peer connection and learning that make our live conferences so magical. An energizing, active, and fun online experience, it will cure your Zoom fatigue.

The conference will run each day from 11 am – 3 pm Eastern (5 pm – 9 pm Israel; 8 am – 11 am Pacific).

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Salary Bands: Resource from Leading Edge

Salary bands are ranges of pay that provide structure to salary decisions. They encourage consistency, promote equity and fairness, and help organizations move toward more salary transparency. 

Learn more in this resource guide from our friends at Leading Edge.

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Fighting Jewish Poverty: Now Is That Rainy Day

In a famous scene from Mel Brooks’ classic film, “Young Frankenstein,” one character says, “It could be worse. Could be raining,” only for a downpour to immediately begin.

That’s what it was like for the most vulnerable among us when the Covid pandemic hit this spring: An already difficult situation became dramatically worse. While no sector of society has been untouched by Covid, individuals who were struggling with poverty, and the agencies that serve them, have been hardest hit. Meanwhile, furloughs, layoffs, and the drying up of federal stimulus resources have pushed ever-growing numbers of people into poverty, and a shrinking tax base leaves the government less able to help.

Read the rest of this article on eJewish Philanthropy

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Lila Corwin Berman: How Political Is American Jewish Philanthropy?

Episode 15 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Professor Lila Corwin Berman, author of "The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex"

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Artists Explore Sukkot In a Time of Plagues

We're thrilled to announce Dwelling in a Time of Plagues, a holiday-related constellation of outdoor art installations opening in Tucson, Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, and New York City this week with financial support and guidance from CANVAS, a Jewish arts and culture funding collaborative incubated at JFN.

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'Memento Mori': The Unpleasant Reminder That Makes Us Better People (Yom Kippur 5781)

Rome’s highest honor for its military leaders was the triumph. It was an extravagant and lavish affair in which the triumphator, wearing a crown of laurel and a gold-embroidered purple tunic, and riding a gold-plated four-horse carriage, was paraded through the streets of the city at the head of his army, showing off the captives and the spoils that they brought from the campaign.  

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Nourishing Ourselves for the Year Ahead

Entering the High Holidays isn’t easy right now, more than six months into the upheaval and loss Covid has brought and with our world literally on fire. But having just spent the past few hours with the JFN community, grappling with some of the biggest ideas of our time, I feel a bit more nourished, a bit more ready.

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