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 your interest 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 the webinars of some affinity groups have more open policies, and participating in those programs will not count against the limit.) Please contact membership@jfunders.org for information.




  • Special Lecture by Dan Ariely: Harnessing the Power of Behavioral Economics

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT

    We are pleased to welcome back Dan Ariely, the Israeli-American bestselling author of "Predictably Irrational." 

    Dan will speak about behavioral psychology lessons that can inform how we address major social problems during Covid-19 and beyond.  He will also share case studies from his work and research.


    Dan Ariely

    Watch Dan's last lecture for JFN here.

  • State of Play: Professional Talent in the Jewish Nonprofit Sector

    Thursday, October 01, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT

    Learn about how Covid-19 has affected leaders and professionals in our community and what it means for the future of the Jewish nonprofit sector. Speakers will share research about employee experience and organizational policy changes during the pandemic and how this has affected the field. Funders will come away knowing how they might support and maximize the potential of the Jewish communal work force at this time.


    Amy Born
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Leading Edge

    Randall Kaplan
    Capsule Group LLC 

    Corinne Irwin 
    Director of Human Resources
    American Jewish World Service

  • On Chaos and Revelation: Toward a Jewish Future

    Thursday, October 08, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT

    We are living in a moment of both chaos and revelation. As the pandemic has shifted the ground beneath our feet we have learned much about ourselves and our communities. How has living through this experience offered a glimpse into who we are as individuals and as a community? What questions about Jewish life has it brought to the fore that will help us shape the future of our communities? 

    In this session, we will utilize Jewish texts to consider questions and paradigms that can guide us in shaping Jewish life moving forward.


    Elana Stein Hain
    Scholar in Residence and Director of Faculty
    Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

  • Applied Research: A Powerful Tool for Making Change

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 01:00 PM EDT

    Strategic philanthropy depends upon good data and research—however it’s not only about the data you have, but what you do with it. In order to make good decisions and work effectively with nonprofit partners to drive change, funders must have a solid understanding of what research and data is available and how to translate that information into action.

    This session explores how funders, nonprofits, and researchers can work more effectively together to guide big bets or make targeted interventions. The panel of researchers, funders, and program leaders on the call will help you incorporate applied research into your philanthropic toolbox. 


    Stacie Cherner
    Director of Learning and Evaluation
    Jim Joseph Foundation

    Arielle Levites, PhD
    Managing Director
    Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education
    George Washington University

    Rabbi Yehuda Sarna
    Executive Director
    Bronfman Center at NYU
    New York University


    Rella Kaplowitz
    Senior Program Officer
    Evaluation and Learning
    Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation


  • Impact Investing Roundtable Session 5

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT

    Impact investing is an increasingly important way for individuals, foundations, federations and non-profits 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.

    Moderator for Roundtable Series

    Vanessa Bartram, Managing Director, ZORA Ventures

    Speakers for October 20: TBA

    This is the fifth in a five-part series. While you are welcome to join us for any of the roundtables, we encourage you to join us for the full series to maximize our shared learning and collaborations.

  • Maintaining Human Connection in a World Gone Virtual

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 02:00 PM EDT

    As the pandemic restrictions continue, many still find themselves in remote work arrangements. The ongoing effort to maintain human connection in these settings—to co-workers, grantees, family members, and more—is a challenging one. After adjusting to working in Zoom, we now need to recall what's been left behind. In this webinar, JFN’s partner Foundant Technologies and JFN members present on how they’ve evolved their strategies to enable remote work environments that also maintain relationships.

    Together we’ll explore:

    • Strategies foundations/organizations are using to stay connected with grantees/members and maintain relationships
    • How foundations/organizations are engaging partners and key stakeholders in their grantmaking
    • What we’re learning about keeping team members engaged in a socially distanced world


    Renie Carniol | Grants Director, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey
    Valerie Rosenberg | Chief of Staff, Board Secretary, Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
    Deena Fuchs | Executive Vice President, Jewish Funders Network
    Mark Larimer, moderator | Co-Founder, Foundant Technologies