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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Video: Advice for First-Time JFN Conference-Goers

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Statement on JFN 2020 and the Coronavirus

As we prepare for our JFN2020 conference, scheduled for March 22-24 in Palm Beach, Fla., we at Jewish Funders Network are monitoring the coronavirus situation closely.

At this time, JFN plans to proceed with the conference as scheduled. According to the Centers for Disease Control’s latest situation summary, the health risk to the general American public from coronavirus is presently considered low.

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Video: Growing Jewish Future on the Farm

What’s so Jewish about a farm? A lot it turns out. A new study reveals new metrics on the effectiveness of Jewish farms in engaging with new generations of Jews and addressing important social justice  and community food system goals. Learn more in this Feb. 23 webinar with leaders in the field (pun intended).

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Rokhl Kafrissen: Hungry for Jewish Education

Season 2, Episode 2 of What Gives? The Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Rokhl Kafrissen, a New York-based cultural critic, playwright and Tablet Magazine columnist. Follow her on Twitter at @RokhlK

 

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Building Our Own Tabernacle Together

Listen to JFN President and CEO Andres Spokoiny discuss community, tzedakah and Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1 - 27:19) with Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) President Rabbi Rick Jacobs on the URJ's "Ten Minutes of Torah" podcast.

 

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Haredi Employment Coalition Launches Joint Venture with Israeli Government

Haredi, or ultra-Orthodox, Jews will soon make up one-third of Israel’s population. That’s why in 2018, JFN Israel assisted several of its members in creating the Haredi Employment Coalition, a partnership of 13 funders and organizations seeking to increase employment opportunities for this sector. The initiative -- which is now an independent effort -- brings together government ministries, civil society and employers from the business sector to boost employment rates among Israel’s ultra-Orthodox Jews.

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In Israel's Elections, Will the Third Time Be the Charm?

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Drowning in a Flood of Instant Gratification (Tu Bishvat 5780)

Stav Harari and Dean Shoshani, both 25, had just started their lives together in a new apartment in the colorful Hatikvah Quarter in South Tel Aviv. Dean was ecstatic, telling his sister that “my dream is coming true every day.”

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Australian Wildfires Jewish Relief Update

The Jewish community across Australia has been working with local authorities and relief organizations offering incredible philanthropic support to the communities affected by the Victorian bushfires, which are still burning. 

Australian Jewish Funders' Victorian Jewish Bushfire Relief Fund has raised over $1.6 million in only three weeks, and is continuing to collect funds for this important cause. A great challenge faced at this time is ensuring funds raised are distributed in the most practical and efficient way, helping those in need as quickly as possible.

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