Highlights: Dr. Tali Sharot at JFN 2019

Dr. Tali Sharot spoke at the Jewish Funders Network 2019 International Conference in San Francisco in March 2019. These are brief highlights of her talk. 

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Farewell to Retiring COO Judy Mann

Video: At the JFN 2019 International Conference, Jay Kaiman, President of The Marcus Foundation, thanks Judy Mann (retiring COO of Jewish Funders Network) on behalf of the whole JFN community, for her many years of dedicated work and wisdom.

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The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver's Guide to Supporting Social and Moral Renewal

By Anne Snyder. (Philanthropy Roundtable)

What is character and how do you shape it? This question has preoccupied parents, teachers, clergy and leaders since the beginning of time. But it takes on vital importance in our era. While the complexity and autonomy of life in the 21st century call for character more than ever, the conditions under which such character is forged are in trouble. How do we replenish the store of moral capital in such a diverse, individualistic, consumerist and stressed society? How do we usher in a shared appetite for the good? This book aims to break open a new path for donors interested in catalyzing a character revival. Through inspirational stories of institutional exemplars operating today, and a powerful set of 16 questions that you can use to evaluate your own organization, this book will equip philanthropists to shape existing initiatives that attempt to transform lives, and to build new ones.

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Video: David Rittberg Wins 2019 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

David Rittberg, Director of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's U.S. Jewish grantmaking portfolio, was presented with the 2019 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award at the JFN 2019 International Conference in San Francisco. The award honors foundation professionals engaged in grantmaking, age 40 and under, who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Jewish philanthropy. Felicia Herman of NATAN presented the award.

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From Shushan to Sarajevo (Purim 5779)

A 19-year-old boy was arguably the most influential person in the 20th century and, most probably, you’ve never heard of him.

His name was Gravilo Princip and by sheer luck one day in Sarajevo, he found himself in front of the Hapsburg Archduke Franz Ferdinand with a pistol in his pocket. Princip, a member of a Serbian nationalist movement that opposed the Hapsburgs’ empire, seized his moment: he pulled the trigger twice, and set in motion the hecatomb of World War I.

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David Rittberg Wins JFN's 2019 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

Rittberg, Director of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation's U.S. Jewish grantmaking portfolio, wins award honoring young foundation professionals.

David Rittberg

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JFN Releases Funders' Guide to Young Adults At Risk in Israel

Latest volume of Jewish Funders Network’s “Greenbook” series provides a snapshot of the emerging field of young adults at risk in Israel.

Greenbook 6: Young Adults at Risk in Israel

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Greenbook: Young Adults At Risk in Israel

Greenbook Volume 6 provides a snapshot of the emerging field of young adults at risk in Israel.

Thousands of young adults in Israel lack a family support network. When young Israeli adults from dysfunctional or struggling families, or those who have been in State boarding schools or foster care, reach the age of 18, they become adults by law and are expected to integrate into society on their own. Without further support, they face steep odds against breaking the cycle of poverty and achieving their potential.

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Looking Past the Flames: Address to JFN 2019

The word focus comes from the Latin for “fire”. The “focus” was the fireplace in a Roman home. 1

Fire draws our attention. It’s impossible to ignore.

Remember the story of the bush that burned but was not consumed? Well, there’s a midrash that says the burning bush had been in that desert since the Creation of the World, but nobody noticed it until Moses. When you look at a fireplace, your eyes go to the flames. You have to look deliberately, long and hard, to see the logs burning. So it’s not that nobody ever saw that burning bush, but that nobody ever looked past the flames.

In the Jewish world today, our attention is focused on the many fires we have to put out: from antisemitism to assimilation; from the breakdown of Israel-Diaspora relations to polarization in the Jewish community.

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Statement on the Terrorist Attack in Christchurch, New Zealand

Jewish Funders Network condemns the horrifying and evil terrorist attack that murdered 49 Muslims at prayer, and injured dozens more, in Christchurch, New Zealand. As a Jewish philanthropic community we are heartbroken by this loss of life, which reminds us painfully of the terrorist attack in Pittsburgh that murdered Jews at prayer in the name of the same hateful ideology that motivated this new massacre.

We send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and our wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to all those injured. To the Muslim community all over the world we extend our sympathy, our solidarity, and our commitment to working together with you and others to create a world free of hate and bigotry, where all of our communities can thrive in liberty, security, creativity, and peace.

Update: The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has set up a relief fund to support the Muslim community of New Zealand as they deal with this horrific hate crime. Donate here >>

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