Upcoming Events

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

  • Revealing #MeToo as #WeToo in Jewish Communal Life: an Evening of Discussion and Action

    Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 06:00 PM EST
  • A Fresh Take on the Funder-Grantee Power Dynamic (Third Party Event)

    Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 02:00 PM EST


    Margot Rogers, Advisor, Leap Ambassadors Community
    Jennifer Hoos Rothberg, Executive Director, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust 
    Phil Buchanan, President, Center for Effective Philanthropy 

    Join fellow funders to learn how the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust (EFCT) builds strong relationships with grantees and supports organizational—not only program—performance. Discover how these strategies can shift the funder-grantee power imbalance.

    Following an introduction by Margot Rogers of the Leap Ambassadors Community, Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) President Phil Buchanan and EFCT Executive Director Jennifer Hoos Rothberg will discuss EFCT’s grantmaking approach, including:

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  • JFN breakfast at The Israel Exchange: Transforming Perceptions About Israel

    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 08:00 AM EST

    Jewish Funders Network will convene funders for a breakfast preceding the first annual Israel Exchange conference. Network with other funders interested in Israel engagement and  hear from Dan Schwabel of Millennial Branding about how the programs we fund can better engage today's young adults. JFN President & CEO Andrés Spokoiny will moderate a group discussion.


    (Please note: the RSVP below is only for the breakfast, but JFN attendees are welcome to stay for The Israel Exchange conference. For more information, contact Julia Ben Shalom, Director of US Operations and Development at Vibe Israel: juliabs@vibeisrael.com.)

  • Beyond the D'var Torah: How to Unleash the Potential of Rich Jewish Content

    Thursday, February 01, 2018 at 12:30 PM EST
    Venue in NYC. Address provided upon RSVP.


    A mini-conference focused on creating deep exploration of Jewish texts, values and traditions. Building on the strong success of strategies that currently attract people to Judaism, we will discuss how mooring those experiences in Jewish content and creating new content-based experiences can deepen participants connection with Judaism, and otherwise, attract those currently not engaged.

    The structure of the afternoon will allow us to learn from experts and also invite funders to bring our own observations and experiences into the conversation. Our goal, as always, is to create a meaningful, valuable, and interactive forum for funders.

    Schedule & Speakers:

    12:30 – 1:00: Light lunch

    1:10 – 1:25: Opening Keynote — Sarah Hurwitz


    Sarah Hurwitz was a White House speechwriter from 2009 to 2017, starting out as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama and then serving as chief speechwriter for First Lady Michelle Obama. Sarah worked with Mrs. Obama to craft widely-acclaimed addresses – including her 2016 Democratic National Convention speech and her political speeches during the 2016 campaign cycle.

    While at the White House, Sarah Hurwitz connected with Judaism, exploring the wisdom of Jewish law, the power of Jewish spirituality, and the lessons of Jewish history. She is currently writing a book on Judaism and her Jewish journey.

    1:25 – 2:15: Round 1 — Alisa Doctoroff, Past President, UJA-Federation of NY

    Fundamental Questions: WHY are we doing this work? Why does rich Jewish content matter? What do we hope it does for people intellectually, behaviorally, emotionally, and practically?

    2:15 – 3:05: Round 2 — Mark Charendoff, President, Maimonides Fund

    Fundamental Questions: WHAT is available for people who want to engage in rich Jewish content? What works and what doesn’t, and what is missing? 

    3:05 – 3:30: Break (with abundant kosher snacks)

    3:30 – 4:20: Round 3 — Kimberly Miller Rubenfeld, Vice President, Circle of Service Foundation

    Fundamental Questions: WHO can these experiences appeal to? How does engaging in this content with a community of others enhance the experience? 

    4:20 – 5:10: Round 4 — Yossi Prager, Executive Director for North America, The AVI CHAI Foundation

    Fundamental Questions: HOW can we be most strategic as funders? What are the obstacles and challenges we must address? How do we spur new ideas and leverage existing ones?

    5:10 – 5:30: Closing — Adam Simon, Executive Director, Aviv Foundation

    Fundamental Questions: WHERE are we headed and how would we know when we got there? 

    Space is limited! RSVP now.

  • Millennials & Gen Z: How Will Israel Engagement Change?

    Monday, February 05, 2018 at 06:00 PM EST
    JFN member's home in NYC

    Today's teens and young adults—Millennials and the following generation—have very different relationships to Israel than previous generations did... If they even have the relationship at all.

    Join fellow funders for a salon exploring young Jews' changing relationships to Israel, and implications for how we fund Israel education, Israel engagement, and Israel advocacy. What's changing, what's the same, and what do we—as funders—do about it? Are we willing to make changes in how we approach the upcoming generations for the sake of being effective—even if that means the programs we fund may not always sync up with our personal views about Israel?

    Dr. David Bryfman, Chief Innovation Officer at The Jewish Education Project, will facilitate the discussion.

    Drinks and light kosher appetizers will be served.

    (Rescheduled from a previous date due to weather.)

  • Funding Creative Engagement with Millennials: A Conversation with Joanna Landau

    Tuesday, February 06, 2018 at 12:00 PM PST

    How can funders ensure the programming they fund will be more exciting for people in the Millennial generation and beyond? Join Vibe Israel founder and JFN member Joanna Landau for a discussion of Vibe Israel’s innovative, data-driven approach to engaging young people as they create a new conversation about Israel’s creative energy. This work has given Landau unique insights into how to communicate with Millennials and remain relevant. The conversation will be useful for those who fund not only Israel engagement but other types of programming as well.

    Co-presented by Jewish Funders Network and the Diane and Guilford Glazer Philanthropies


  • How Venture Philanthropy is Transforming Israel's Periphery (NYC & livestreamed)

    Monday, February 12, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST
    NYC (address emailed upon RSVP)

    Venture philanthropy and social investment are about matching the soul of philanthropy with the spirit of investment, resulting in a high-engagement and long-term approach to creating social impact. But it's hard to truly understand philanthropic models in the abstract; we need examples. What does venture philanthropy look like in practice?

    The Shahaf Foundation, a philanthropic partnership (and the 2016 winner of JFN's Shapiro prize for excellence in philanthropic collaboration), is an illustrative example of venture philanthropy. The founding partners joined together to create Young Social Action Communities, a model in which passionate young adults move into underprivileged towns to help reduce socioeconomic inequality and strengthen Israeli society. 

    Join us for a lunch-and-learn exploring the power of venture philanthropy. We'll hear from experts and young Israeli leaders who have spearheaded mission-driven communities that are transforming Israel's periphery.


    • Dr. Haia Jamshy, CEO, The Shahaf Foundation
    • Hadas Goldman, Co-Founder & CEO of Tarbut Movement, an Israeli organization that brings artists from all fields of art to live and work in low-income cities throughout the country.
    • Yuval Bdolah, CEO & Founder of Tozeret Ha'aretz, a program in collaboration with the Israeli Government in the city of Lod.

    The program will begin promptly at 12:00pm, and a light kosher lunch will be offered at 1:00pm.

  • A Philanthropist Summit on Preventing and Combating Israel De-Legitimization and BDS (Third Party Event)

    Thursday, March 01, 2018 at 09:00 AM EST
    Address provided upon RSVP in Boca Raton, FL
  • Women Leading Change in Israel (Third Party Event)

    Thursday, March 08, 2018 at 09:00 AM EST
  • JFN 2018 International Conference—Israel

    Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 01:00 PM IST through March 15, 2018
    Hilton Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

    The Jewish Funders Network International Conference is the premiere annual event in Jewish philanthropy. Independent funders, foundation trustees, and foundation professionals from all over the world gather for networking, learning, and fun.

    The 2018 conference takes place in Israel, March 11 – 15.

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    For questions, please contact conference@jfunders.org.

    Conference Sponsorship

    Interested in being a leader of the JFN community at the conference and hosting a dinner, preconference program, or other event? Contact david@jfunders.org for information and options.