New Report on Israel's Post-Covid Social Landscape

In the aftermath of the corona crisis, what forces and trends are shaping the new social landscape in Israel? Which global processes has the crisis accelerated, and how might these affect the social fields in Israel where philanthropy plays a role? What are the long-term changes we can expect?

These large and ongoing questions continue to accompany day-to-day philanthropic work and influence our ability to make decisions about both the “here and now” and the long-term.

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Video: Bringing Your Children to the Philanthropy Table

You're never too young to learn about giving. Get the tools you need to start engaging your children (or grandchildren) in philanthropy in this June 16, 2020 webinar with Jewish Teen Funders Network's Wayne Green, Alana Hollander and Danielle Segal.

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The New Normal: The Challenges Facing Israel's New Government

An analysis by Yohanan Plesner, president of the nonpartisan Israel Democracy Institute.

When Israel's 35th Government was finally sworn in on May 17, many breathed a collective sigh of relief. After a year and a half of deadlock – and three contentious elections – it appeared that the much sought-after political and governmental stability had been achieved. Yet, there is no doubt that the Likud – Blue and White partnership is a tenuous relationship that has left a lot of both party’s supporters disappointed. 

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Scenario Planning for a Post-Pandemic Future

The Covid-19 pandemic is producing major upheaval, and we don’t yet know where all the chips are going to fall. We do know, however, that the world will be transformed, and the Jewish community will confront momentous changes.

That’s why we recently convened a group of 15 funders and other leaders to help us embark on a scenarios design process that imagines how the United States and the world will look in the next two years. We can’t predict, but we can imagine alternative futures that will affect the Jewish community in different ways — which we can then use to help prepare.

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Shayna Rose Triebwasser Wins 2020 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

Jewish Funders Network awarded the 2020 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award to Shayna Rose Triebwasser, senior program officer of the Righteous Persons Foundation.

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JFN Stands for Justice and Equality

JFN stands with all those who peacefully demand justice and equal rights, which is nothing but the essence of the American democracy.

We hope that in these times of sorrow and unrest, we can raise above the fray and build a better society, inspired by the values of justice that Judaism gifted to the world.

In these trying times, leadership is critical. Now, funders can and should exercise leadership in their communities by listening humbly to the needs and pains of the community and then working collaboratively with others to address the root causes of injustice and build a more just future.  

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What Would Moses Say? Of Nietzsche, Hitler and the Freedom to Hurt Others (Shavuot 5780)

Nietzsche is probably one of the most misunderstood and manipulated philosophers in history. The most pernicious manipulation of him was done, of course, by the Nazis, who turned his inversion of the traditional concept of “natural law” into a justification for genocide.

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Updated Resources for Israeli Nonprofits

A few weeks ago, we shared information about the Israeli government’s efforts to help nonprofits and social service organizations overcome the many economic challenges the coronavirus pandemic has created.

 

At that time, we provided a guide outlining the different types of aid available.

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Why 18 Israeli Funders Are Helping Purchase PPE for North American Jewish Social Service Providers

In a profound shift from the status quo, 18 Israeli funders have come together to donate $100,000 to a project purchasing and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to North American Jewish human services agencies responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Israelis, a combination of individual philanthropists and foundations, are members of Jewish Funders Network-Israel, which has grown over the past 11 years to become a community of Israeli funders who aim to expand their impact through partnerships and strategic giving. As members of the international network of JFN they are fostering a new relationship between Israeli and Jewish funders.  

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Amid Pandemic Challenges, Jewish Creatives Get Boost from CANVAS, a New Arts & Culture Collaborative

At a time when arts organizations and artists are reeling from the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, a new Jewish initiative is stepping in with much-needed grants and an emergency relief fund.

CANVAS, a partnership of five Jewish foundations working with Jewish Funders Network, is awarding grants to five Jewish arts and culture networks totaling $736,000 in operating support, and an additional $180,000 in immediate emergency relief for Jewish artists/creatives whose livelihood has been devastated by Covid-19 and its economic consequences. CANVAS expects to surpass $1 million in funding commitments by September. The group seeks to strengthen and build capacity in the field, with the ultimate goal of helping fuel a 21st-century renaissance in Jewish arts and culture.

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