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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Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund (LA) Opens 2020 Grant Cycle

The Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund 2020 grant cycle is now open. (Submission deadline: February 28) The Fund seeks to support the Jewish community in North America and Israel by searching out and supporting those unique ideas that are backed by passion and by leadership, with a plan to strengthen and positively impact our Jewish community.

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Fighting Antisemitism Is More Complicated Than You Think

American Jews are anxious. Antisemitism and Judeophobia, which didn’t used to be overriding concerns in the daily lives of Jewish Americans – and of Jewish leadership and organizations – now dominate the public communal discourse.

This piece doesn’t seek to explain the phenomenon of contemporary antisemitism, as others, like Deborah Lipstadt and Bari Weiss, have done that masterfully already. Nor will I weigh in on which manifestations of antisemitism are most alarming, whether from the right, left, or the Islamic world. Rather, as the president and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, I am focusing on the Jewish philanthropic response to antisemitism and offering some guidance for funders on what to do, and most importantly, what not to do, based on what is effective versus what is not just ineffective, but destructive.
Based on our collective experience and on our critical observations of the field, we can distill a few principles that funders can follow.

Read the rest of this article below or on eJewish Philanthropy.

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Barry Finestone: Shifting Strategic Approaches

Season 2, Episode 1 of of What Gives? The Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Barry Finestone, president and CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation

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Israeli Philanthropy: 10 Trends to Watch in 2020

The field of private philanthropy in Israel has undergone significant changes in recent years, becoming more sophisticated and more like business investment management. Using terms from the worlds of private banking, capital management and venture capital, such as social yield and due diligence, Israeli philanthropists today define themselves as social investors seeking to create sustainable change.

As the founding director of JFN-Israel, which since 2008 has been harnessing the power of Israeli philanthropists to create purpose-driven, sustainable social change through the power of networks, collaborations and knowledge sharing, I have a front-row seat to this exciting field. Here are the most important trends we expect to see in 2020.

Read the rest of this article below or on eJewish Philanthropy, where it was originally published.

Learn more about JFN-Israel here!

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Learn More About Philanthropy in Israel

This fall, at our second Israeli Philanthropy Conference in Tel Aviv (which we convened in partnership with in partnership with Tel Aviv University's Institute for Law and Philanthropy, the Forum of Foundations in Israel, and Committed to Give) , we shared some of the headlines from Spotlight on Israeli Philanthropy, a first-of-its kind study we commissioned about charitable giving in Israel.

Many of you have asked to see the full report, which is now available here

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