Responding to Coronavirus, Jewish Funders Pledge to Stand with Grantee Partners

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Jewish Funders Network and 18 of our member foundations issued this message to grantee partners:

 

Message to our Grantee Partners

Since biblical times, Judaism’s imperative has been to protect the most vulnerable members of society. Vulnerability has taken on new meaning in our communities today. It includes our friends and neighbors, teachers and rabbis, colleagues and family.

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Philanthropy and Peoplehood


In 2012 the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education published Peoplehood Papers 7 on "Reinvigorating Jewish Peoplehood – the Philanthropic Perspective." In 2020, they decided, together with Taube Philanthropies and Jewish Funders Network, that it would be worth turning the topic on its head and dedicating an issue to "Reinvigorating Jewish Philanthropy – the Peoplehood Perspective," to explore the impact of the growing awareness to Peoplehood and its challenges on Jewish Philanthropy.

Download the full PDF, which includes essays by numerous members of the JFN family. Continue below for JFN President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny's essay. Or read it on eJewish Philanthropy.

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Keep us on your calendar!

Don’t change your calendar yet!

I was eagerly awaiting the JFN 2020 conference in Florida and was discouraged and disappointed when the coronavirus pandemic forced us to cancel.

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Of Masks and Plagues (Purim 5780)

Time has a knack for irony.

The last of Chronos’ practical jokes: making us celebrate a holiday in which we disguise ourselves, in the middle of a global pandemic whose symbol is to be the ubiquitous face mask.

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JFN 2020 Conference Cancellation

Statement from JFN President & CEO Andres Spokoiny:

Over the last few weeks and especially the last few days we, like so many others, have been alarmed by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and trying to navigate the uncertainty it has created.

With the latest developments, it has become clear that holding our March 22-24 conference as planned is no longer an option. We are hoping to postpone until a later date and are exploring potential options. We will let attendees know as soon as we can provide more information.

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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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