Upcoming Events

Upcoming events for Jewish Funders Network.

  • May the Work of Your Heart Be Lasting: Intentional Giving & Ethical Wills (Third Party Event)

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT


    This workshop will discuss the alignment of personal passions and beliefs and philanthropic giving, and explore the process for creating ethical wills or legacy letters.  An ethical will is a centuries-old Jewish custom of formally sharing your values, blessings, life lessons, hopes, and dreams with your family, friends, and community. Learn how the writing of an ethical will can provide insight into what we want to achieve with our philanthropy, discuss issues related to creating and sharing ethical wills, and take part in structured reflection that can help us to engage in this meaningful practice.


    Amy Holmes
    Senior Philanthropic Advisor & Manager
    Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisor

    Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem
    Director of the Jewish Ethical Wills Project at JCC Manhattan
    supported by the Charles H. Revson Foundation

    Register >>

  • Lifting the Rock on Hate in America: How Do We Act Fast? (Webinar)

    Monday, October 30, 2017 at 12:30 PM EDT

    Part 2 of an "After Charlottesville" series. See Part 1 here.

    What is our immediate role in fighting hate, as Jewish funders? How do funders act with speed, finding the right balance between due diligence and agile, relevant action?


    • Georgette Bennett, The Polonsky Foundation and JFN Board Co-Chair
    • Aaron Dorfman, President, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
    • Lisa Eisen, Vice President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
    • Isaac Luria, Director of Voice, Creativity, and Culture, the Nathan Cummings Foundation
    • Moderator: Aliza Mazor, Chief Field Building Officer, Upstart

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  • Closing the Educational Gap in Israel: A Lunch & Learn (NYC & Livestreamed)

    Thursday, November 02, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT
    JFN Offices in New York, NY

    The most urgent challenge facing public education in Israel today is the direct correlation between socioeconomic status and school achievement levels.

    Israel has one of the most extreme income gaps in the Western world, and neighborhood income levels have become an almost perfect predictor of school academic success. The poorer you are, the more likely you are to get a low-quality education, which, in turn, limits opportunities for military service, higher education, and professional career training. Reversing this trend has become a national priority.

    Join JFN members Don Futterman, Executive Director of the Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI) and co-host of the Promised Podcast, and Mary Ann Stein, President of The Moriah Fund, for a lunch-and-learn on strategies and approaches to closing educational gaps in Israel. A kosher lunch will be served.

    This event is for JFN members only.

    Remote participation via webinar is also available. Email Shira Uriarte for details.

    The Israel Center for Educational Innovation (ICEI), was established to turn around underachieving and failing schools serving the poorest and lowest performing Jewish population in the elementary school system: Ethiopian-Israeli children. Today, in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Education and local municipalities, ICEI’s programs are transforming schools serving thousands of Ethiopian-Israeli students, and thousands of other low income students.

  • Israeli American Council (IAC) National Conference 2017 (Third Party Event)

    Friday, November 03, 2017 at 06:00 PM EDT through November 06, 2017


    The Israeli American Council (IAC) National Conference 2017 features speakers such as Amb. Nikki Haley, Dan Ariely, Minister Naftali Bennett, Dana Weiss, Barry Shrage, Shira Ruderman, and more.

    All information is at the IAC website >>


  • Impact Investing: Regenerative Real Estate (Third Party Event)

    Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 09:00 AM EST through November 06, 2017

    Real Estate Owners, Operators, and Impact Investors ONLY

    This event was created to demonstrate the power of real estate to heal the world. Impact is an impetus for innovation, and innovation drives business strategies and allows impact investors to stay one step ahead of the competition. This symposium will highlight cutting edge techniques in real estate design, construction, retrofitting, and management meant to boost a real estate project's bottom-line and environmental or social impact.


    • Alexander Golding
    • Eddie Lorin
    • Mickey Penzer
    • Sandy Wiggins

    Information >>

  • Strategy & Evaluation in Grantmaking (Third Party Event)

    Monday, November 06, 2017 at 08:00 AM EST through November 07, 2017


    Presented by The Grantmaking School (TGS) at the Johnson Center

    Strategy and Evaluation in Grantmaking is a robust two-day learning experience designed to help grantmakers develop or refine grantmaking strategy and to develop evaluation approaches that support learning and strategy improvement.

    More information >>


  • "Touches of Grace: Philanthropy and Social Involvement in Israel" Book Launch (NYC)

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 05:30 PM EST

    Join other JFN members and board co-chair Angelica Berrie for a launch of the new book Touches of Grace: Philanthropy and Social Involvement in Israel.  Author Dr. Haim Emil Dahan, a JFN board member and the founder and president of Ofanim, will lead us through his philanthropic journey.

    Touches of Grace is the story of Israeli philanthropy, as seen through the eyes of a start-up entrepreneur whose life was transformed by an act of generosity. Haim Dahan's philanthropic journey infuses values from a three-thousand-year-old tradition with data on the current state of Israel's emerging culture of philanthropy. His encounters with people who share his passion for giving inspire us to embrace philanthropy as the gift of who we are!” — Angelica Berrie

    Cocktails and kosher-style refreshments will be served. This event is open to JFN members only.

    About Haim Emil Dahan >>

  • Asia, Israel, and the Jewish World: Hong Kong

    Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 08:30 AM HKT through November 21, 2017
    Island Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong


    Following on from the success of the last three Asia gatherings—Hong Kong 2014Singapore 2015, and Shanghai 2016—we are delighted to invite JFN members back to Hong Kong for another informative, impactful, and inspirational event that explores the synergy between Israel, Asia and the strength of Jewish peoplehood.

    Israel increasingly looks toward Asia, the Jewish world can provide great support by stimulating developments in diplomacy, business, and philanthropy. These gatherings bring together a network of Jewish funders, lay leaders, and entrepreneurs from the US, Australia, and Israel, and connects them with Jewish communities of like-minded peers living in Asia.

    Together ideas and accomplishments are shared and the role that Asia is increasingly playing in the global Jewish conversation and its relationship with Israel is carefully considered. The gatherings create a platform for mutual learning and enrichment, exposing participants to new areas of investment and interest, and for potential future collaborative endeavors for the benefit of global Jewish peoplehood and the State of Israel.

    This year's gathering will take place at the Island Shangri-La Hotel and the Jewish Community Center in Hong Kong.

    Register now to secure your place, as capacity is limited!

    See featured speakers & details >>




  • Ruderman Inclusion Summit 2017

    Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 01:00 PM EST through November 20, 2017


    The Summit will bring together 1,000 people from a variety of sectors including: tech, policy, human services, fashion, education, social justice, business, housing, advocacy and more to network and share best practices.

    All information & RSVP >>

    Article: Ruderman Inclusion Summit Hopes to Advance the Rights of People with Disabilities | Maayan Hoffman, eJewish Philanthropy 

  • Jewish Impact Investing Summit

    Tuesday, December 05, 2017 at 08:30 AM EST


    The Summit is designed for lay and professional leaders in the Jewish community and registration is by invitation only.

    More information >>

    Request an invitation >>