Upcoming Events

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


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 — participating in the open programs will not count against the limit.) Please contact [email protected] for information.

  • The Protective Power of Community Connection

    Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 01:00 PM EST
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    Who struggled the most in the Jewish community at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic? Join the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty and the Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis for a data-centered conversation on the financial and material hardships experienced by members of the Jewish American community. First, we will hear from experts in the field on the pandemic's economic impact and who in Jewish communities struggled the most. Then, we will discuss the surprising and powerful effect that staying connected through Jewish community networks has in supporting both mental and financial well-being. Integrating data and theory, we’ll learn how the Jewish community has kept us feeling connected and supported through the pandemic, and learn how we can ensure others do not get left behind. 


    Michal Grinstein-Weiss
    Director, Social Policy Institute at Washington University in St. Louis

    Carol Graham
    Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

    More to be confirmed


    Susan Wolf Ditkoff
    Senior Advisor, The Bridgespan Group


  • Israel’s ‘Selfie’ – The 2021 Israeli Democracy Index

    Monday, January 31, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST
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    Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute, and Prof. Tamar Hermann, Director of Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, will discuss the exclusive data in the 2021 Israeli Democracy Index presented to President Isaac Herzog earlier this month. Published annually since 2003, the Democracy Index provides an in-depth assessment of Israeli democracy based on a comprehensive survey of public opinion. The Index’s analysis of survey findings creates a database for informed decision-making among policymakers seeking to strengthen Israeli democracy and preserve the country’s unique Jewish character.


    Yohanan Plesner
    Israel Democracy Institute

    Prof. Tamar Hermann
    Director of Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research
    Israel Democracy Institute


    Dr. Jesse Ferris
    Vice President of Strategy
    Israel Democracy Institute

  • JFN IL: Think Tank hosted by Shawna Goodman

    Thursday, February 03, 2022 at 09:30 AM IST
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    Join us in shaping the future of JFN Israel

    Times are changing; The ongoing pandemic has altered life as we knew it, generated new routines, and created considerable transformations while impacting the social field and all levels of philanthropic work. 

    Change is also an opportunity for growth and renewal. Therefore, for the second time since the founding of JFN Israel and with new management at the helm, we invite our members to come together, to listen, think and gain a deeper mutual understanding of your evolving needs.  Through your philanthropic journey, we hope to harvest insights on how the philanthropic community in Israel and globally can be meaningful to you and to the network.

    We invite you to join us for one of several meetings generously hosted by JFN members. The think tank process will provide an empowering opportunity to sound your voice, as you take part in ushering JFN Israel into its next chapter.


  • How to Respond to the Delegitimization of Israel on College Campuses

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 at 01:00 PM EST
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    The delegitimization of Israel on college campuses has a silencing effect and creates a hostile environment in which Jewish students and faculty members are sometimes afraid to express their identity and support for Israel. Non-Jewish students and faculty are not always well educated about the Middle East, and often prefer to avoid a toxic discussion. Join us for a panel discussion featuring two experts who will provide complementary perspectives and approaches to addressing this challenge, as well as Lauren Rutkin of the Geller Family Foundation, which funds in this space:  


    Dr. Shahar Sadeh
    Director of Strategic Affairs
    Jewish Community Relations Council of New York

    Megan Nathan
    Managing Director
    Israel on Campus Coalition 


    Lauren Rutkin
    Geller Family Foundation

  • Climate Change and Us: Where Do We Go from Here? (Fifth in a Five-Part Series)

    Monday, February 14, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST
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    19:00-20:30 IL, 12-1:30 pm ET, 9:00-10:30 am PT

    It’s not just about the weather — the growing climate emergency presents a serious risk to the pursuit of all philanthropic aims. All aspects of society will be affected and we can use our philanthropy to make a difference. We have less than 10 years to act, and all funders -- whatever their mission and field of expertise —  can have an immense potential for positive impact. It’s time to plan our role as individual philanthropists and collectively - We owe it to future generations.

    Join JFN’s Green Funders Forum for “Global Warning: Climate Change and Jewish Philanthropy,” a five-part series. This is particularly timely in light of November’s UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

    Session 5 - Climate Change and Us: An Interactive Discussion on the Role of Jewish Philanthropy to Impact Climate Change

    Monday, February 14, (19:00-20:30 IL, 12-1:30 pm ET, 9:00-10:30 am PT

    An interactive discussion on the role of the Jewish philanthropic community: What can we do, individually and collectively?

    We encourage you to review the recording and presentations from the previous session on Practical Steps for Philanthropy to Impact Climate Change.

    Participants are eligible for a free consultation meeting - please email [email protected] for more details.

    Green Funders Forum is a JFN peer network that brings together dozens of funders and foundation representatives from Israel and throughout the Jewish world with experts from academia, the government, and the philanthropic sector for learning, sharing, consultation, and skill-building in various subjects related to environmental protection in Israel. Watch Green Funders Forum videos here.

    This event is open to all funders.

    If you would like to participate but are not a JFN member, please email [email protected].

  • JFN 101: Orientation for New Members and Anyone Wanting a Refresher

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST
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    12-1 pm ET/ 9-10 am PT/ 7-8 pm IL

    Welcome to the JFN family!  

    At this special session, led by JFN Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement Ari Rudolph, you'll learn how to get the most out of your membership and will have an opportunity to meet other members. We will cover a variety of topics, including membership benefits, how to use our website, and much more!

    All JFN members, new and old, are welcome!


  • The Impact of Megagifts on Philanthropy

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST
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    In June 2021, philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett announced an unprecedented $2.7 billion in gifts to 286 high-impact organizations working for social change in historically underfunded and overlooked communities. Repair the World and HIAS were two of the recipients of these transformational, unsolicited and unrestricted grants —  and the implications are profound for both organizations.

    Join us for a conversation with Kate Belza O'Bannon (Chief Strategy Officer, Repair the World) and Melanie Nezer (Senior Vice President, Global Public Affairs, HIAS) on how they are navigating the benefits and challenges of receiving a once-in-a-lifetime megagift, how they are maintaining and strengthening their relationships with existing donors, and what funders can learn about the role such donations can play in achieving their strategic and philanthropic goals. This conversation will be moderated by Kathy Reich (Director, Building Institutions and Networks, Ford Foundation).


    Kate Belza O'Bannon
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Repair the World

    Melanie Nezer
    Senior Vice President, Global Public Affairs


    Kathy Reich 
    Director, Building Institutions and Networks
    Ford Foundation

  • Sustainability Diagnostic Tool: A New Way to Collaboratively Measure Impact

    Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 12:00 PM EST
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    Join GrantED to learn about the "Sustainability Diagnostic Tool": a new tool created by the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative to support both grantmakers and grantseekers in determining a program's impact and success. The tool, adapted especially for GrantED by Sara Allen (Executive Director, Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative) and Aaron Saxe (Senior Program Officer, Jim Joseph Foundation) to increase the usage of the tool beyond the teen engagement space. This webinar is a great opportunity for both grantseekers and grantmakers to learn how to collaboratively evaluate programs and determine improvements to create an even deeper impact on the Jewish community. 


    Sara Allen
    Executive Director
    Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative

    More speakers to be confirmed.


    Wayne Green
    Executive Director

  • JFN 2022 International Conference

    Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM EDT through March 29, 2022
    Palm Beach

    Registration is now open for JFN's first fully in-person international conference since 2019. The conference, at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach, Fla., from March 27-29, is focusing on the theme of "Reconnecting & Resilience."

    Speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum, former Ambassador Dennis Ross, author Casper ter Kulle, author/sociologist Richard Florida, and Jewish studies professor Ilana Horwitz, and Covid protocols will be in place to ensure participants' safety.

    Learn more on the conference website. Learn about sponsorship opportunities here.