Upcoming Events

Upcoming events for Jewish Funders Network, and selected third-party events of interest to JFN members.


NEW POLICY:¬†JFN members have unlimited access to all JFN events, webinars, and services. If you are not a JFN member, we welcome the interest of those eligible for membership and encourage you to sample our many offerings. However, please note that non-members who are eligible to join JFN are limited to three online programs or two live events per year (maximum three events total). Once this limit is reached, you will need to become a JFN member in order to access additional programs. (Please note that some programs are designated as members-only, while others have more open policies ‚ÄĒ participating in the open programs will not count against the limit.) Please contact [email protected] for information.




  • Impact Investing Roundtable 6/15

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    details & rsvp

    Time: 12-1:30 pm ET/9-10:30 am PT/7-8:30 pm ISR

    Impact investing is an increasingly important way for individuals, foundations, Federations, and nonprofits to powerfully expand their capacity for social and environmental change, all while providing a framework to live their values through how they spend and invest.

    Join JFN’s growing community of impact investors for a lively and action-oriented monthly roundtable, each featuring a master class and two investment roundups, all led by JFN members and designed to encourage shared learning and shared action along our impact investing journeys.

    Whether you are new to impact investing or a seasoned veteran, the roundtables will help you to build skills, deepen your collaborations and deal access, and add meaning to how you're managing your money.


    Michael Lustig

    Dalia Black

    Lee Barken
    Chief Community Officer, CollectiveSun


    Vanessa Bartram
    Managing Director
    ZORA Ventures


  • Improve Your Grantmaking/Grantseeking Relationships with This New Tool

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    details & rsvp

    Join us as we explore a self-assessment tool for grantmakers and grantseekers developed by Exponent Philanthropy and customized by GrantED for our network. During this program, you will have the opportunity to learn about the toolkit, take the self-assessment, and join in a conversation with others from the field about what makes a great grantmaker-grantseeker relationship. We will also hear from a grantmaker-grantseeker pair about how the self-assessment tool helped them to build trust, lean into discomfort, and develop a more equitable partnership.  

    This is an open event, for both funders and nonprofits, under the auspices of GrantED, a joint project of JFN and UpStart designed to strengthen relationships between grantmakers and grantseekers. Learn more about GrantED at Jgranted.org.

    You can download the self-assessment tool here. 


    Brendan McCormick
    Research and Education, Exponent Philanthropy 

    Fred Isaac
    The Frederick J. Isaac Fund

    Yafit Shriki Megidish
    Executive Director
    Studio 70
  • Funders Who Serve as Board Members of Nonprofit Organizations - Meeting 1: The Legal Unit

    Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 11:30 AM IDT
    Strauss Group Headquarters in Petah Tikva, Israel
    details & rsvp

    This three-part series **, in collaboration with JDC-Elka, will allow participants to gain an understanding of regulatory, legal, and financial issues as well as enable a deeper conversation based on simulations, case studies, and dilemmas from the field.

    The first workshop will focus on the legal and regulatory aspects of serving as a board member of an NGO.

    This session will provide valuable information, a space to learn through case studies, and an opportunity to share experiences and examine them.

    Speaker: Adv. Yaron Keidar, Bogot & Keidar Advocates, specializing in consulting and legal advice to the nonprofit sector, former Head of Israel’s Corporations Authority in the Ministry of Justice.

    *The meetings will be held in Hebrew and are intended for an Israeli audience*

    **We recommend taking part in all three sessions, to attain a comprehensive toolbox on this topic.

  • Addressing Jewish Poverty: Responding to Covid and Highlighting Best Practices

    Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    details & rsvp

    12-1pm ET / 9-10am PT / 7-9pm Israel

    This session is part of a National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty webinar series addressing the challenges the coronavirus pandemic has created for Jews living in poverty and the agencies that serve them, while also highlighting the successful responses to these challenges.

    In this session, we'll learn about how convening different people and stakeholders can create real change. Examples highlighted will include TOM - Tikkun Olam Makers, a global movement of communities that creates and disseminates affordable solutions to challenges faced by the elderly, people living with disabilities, and those experiencing poverty.


    Gidi Grinstein
    Founder and President
    Reut Institute

    More speakers to be confirmed


    Susan Wolf Ditkoff

    Senior Advisor
    The Bridgespan Group


  • Exploring the Intersection of Race and Day School Culture

    Monday, June 21, 2021 at 01:00 PM EDT
    details & rsvp

    1-2 PM ET / 10-11am PT / 8-9pm Israel

    Join us for a conversation about the work that day school communities are doing to address race and racism. We'll hear how one group of funders came together to encourage broader, more long-term solutions and find out about the extended learning that will be part of the results.

    Paul Bernstein
    Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools

    Erica Phillips
    Program Officer
    Jewish Charitable Giving at Crown Family Philanthropies

    Debra Shaffer Seeman
    Network Weaving, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools

    Sirida Terk
    Humanities Teacher and Department Chair
    Milken Community Schools 

  • Green Funders Forum: How Israel‚Äôs Next Generation Made Tel Aviv a World Leader in Veganism (and Why it Matters!)

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    details & rsvp

    12:00-1:45 pm (EST) / 9:00-10:45 am (PST) / 19:00-20:45 (Israel Time)

    Funders Rabbi Adam Frank, Jonathan Inbar, and others speak with Tel Aviv Municipality Spokesperson Eitan Schwartz about their support for plant-based diets, how it intersects with other funding priorities, what motivates them to care about animal welfare, how food influences the environment and how we, as funders, can make change.

    Special Bonus: Cooking lesson focused on family-friendly vegan meals.

  • GrantED Facilitated Grantmaker-Grantseeker Conversation Series

    Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 01:00 PM EDT

    Join a small group of Jewish communal grantmakers and grantseekers for a special three-part, interactive, facilitated conversation series designed to foster opportunities for deeper understanding, communication, and learning with one another. Our hope is that as a result of these conversations, participating grantmakers and grantseekers will:

    • Recognize the power and privilege that they hold and the role that plays in the relationships with the other
    • Engage in non-transactional conversations with the other
    • Feel more confident in speaking more candidly with the other


    These participatory sessions are free of charge and will be hosted on Zoom:

    • Wednesday, June 30, 1-2:30 pm ET (10-11:30 am PT)
    • Wednesday, July 7, 1-2:30 pm ET (10-11:30 am PT)
    • Wednesday, July 21, 1-2:30 pm ET (10-11:30 am PT)


    Please plan to attend all three sessions so you have ample time and space to build new relationships. Spaces are limited!

    This is an open event, for both funders and nonprofits, under the auspices of GrantED, a joint project of JFN and UpStart designed to strengthen relationships between grantmakers and grantseekers in the Jewish community. Learn more about GrantED at Jgranted.org.


    If you are a nonprofit/grantseeker, register here

    If you are a funder/grantmaker, register here

  • Israel Ideas Festival

    Monday, October 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM IDT through October 27, 2021
    Tel Aviv

    To celebrate the end of the pandemic and the resumption of travel, JFN is holding a special live event in Israel, October 25 ‚Äď 27.

    Save the date: The Israel Ideas Festival will be a three-day gathering focusing on the core issues and challenges of the Jewish World, exploring the long-term implications of COVID and how they are transforming the world, and discussing the new opportunities that are emerging for Israel in light of the Abraham Accords.

    The Festival will include thought-provoking panels, a variety of social and networking events, daylong deep-dive programs about critical funding issues, and much more.

    The Israel Ideas Festival will be future-oriented, looking at trends in major fields such as education or Israel/Diaspora relations and creating thoughtful, challenging discussions around them. Projected to attract 500 registrants ‚ÄĒ half Israeli and half from North America and overseas ‚ÄĒ this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to come together as a global community after this extended time apart.

    More details, registration information, and hotel reservation details coming soon!

    Tentative Schedule 

    October 25

    Daytime: Pre-Kickoff excursions and sessions
    Late afternoon: Kickoff program
    Evening: Kickoff Party

    October 26

    Daytime: Panels and networking events
    Evening: Host and home-hospitality dinners

    October 27

    Daytime: Issue exploration deep dives
    Evening: Closing reception

    October 28

    Post-program tours