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June 30, 2022

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How Supply Chain Troubles, Inflation and Stock Market Woes Are Impacting Jewish Nonprofits

From eJewish Philanthropy (June 30, 2022)

“In a time of economic crisis, philanthropy is part of the safety net,” Andres Spokoiny, president and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, told eJP, citing the pandemic as an example of funders stepping up in ways they hadn’t before. Of JFN’s 2,500 members, 72% gave more during the pandemic than they had before it started. It’s also too early to see the full impact of inflation and its processes, since “there are many things happening at the same time,” he added.

“We have an objectively strong economy, low unemployment [and] economic reactivation that is easing the burden,” he said. “The scenario we most have to fear is stagflation, inflation with recession. That’s the nightmare situation for humans and the economy.”

Read full article by Esther Kustanowitz in eJewish Philanthropy

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June 23, 2022

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JFN Israel Members and First Lady Connect on Climate Change

Members of JFN and the Forum of Foundations in Israel (FFI) came together last week for a joint event focusing on climate change.

Israeli First Lady Michal Herzog addressed the group, highlighting the presidential leadership role in forming the Israeli Climate Forum and citing a recent McKinsey report calling on philanthropy to step up the fight against climate change and emphasizing the crucial role of philanthropy in addressing climate change in all areas of giving.

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June 16, 2022

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June 9, 2022

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Amy Mandel: Sharing Philanthropic Decision-making Power

Episode 29 of What Gives? the Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

In Episode 29 of "What Gives?", the Jewish philanthropy podcast, Amy Mandel of Tzedek Social Justice Fund talks about participatory grantmaking, her decision to cede power over her foundation's grantmaking decisions, and what it was like growing up the daughter of Morton Mandel, a major American Jewish philanthropist.

 

 

 

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The IDF's Greatest Challenge

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

Scroll down or click here to watch a webinar with Yohanan and other IDI leaders on this topic.

When asked to list the greatest challenges facing the Israel Defense Forces, most would probably mention the prospect of a nuclear Iran. Others would refer to the latest wave of terror emanating from the Palestinian territories, or Hezbollah’s rockets aimed at Israel from Lebanon. While there is no minimizing these dangers, many in Israel’s national security community have come to the conclusion that the greatest challenge facing the IDF is not external, but internal. Specifically, deep changes in Israeli society are threatening the IDF’s model of service and future ability to defend the country.

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June 2, 2022

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Shavuot Made Me a Zionist. Here's Why.

Shavuot made me a Zionist.

Well, maybe it wasn’t just Shavuot, but that holiday played an important role. Why? Because when you grow up in the Southern Hemisphere, the Jewish holidays make you keenly aware of being in the wrong place; especially those that, like Shavuot, have a strong seasonal component.

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