Upcoming Events

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

  • Building Community: A New Agenda For Adult Jewish Learning

    Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 12:30 PM EDT

    When you think about adult Jewish education, what comes to mind? Is it Jewish literacy? Jewish History? The weekly Torah reading? Hebrew? 

    While the enterprise of adult Jewish education may provide different things for different people, there is one significant benefit that is generally not considered:  

    Rich Jewish learning can actively build community. 

    Join Ruth Messinger, former president and CEO of American Jewish World Service and inaugural JTS Finkelstein Institute Social Justice Fellow at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Rabbi Morey Schwartz, International Director of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, for an interactive discussion on the impact of Jewish adult learning. JFN member Susan Weiss Firestone will introduce the discussion.

    The Jewish landscape is changing. Join us to learn about how adult Jewish education can deepen engagement and strengthen the very fabric of our Jewish communities. 

  • The Israeli Elections: What Just Happened?

    Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT
    Online (Zoom)

    Join Yohanan Plesner, former Member of Knesset and current president of the non-partisan Israel Democracy Institute (IDI), for an in-depth analysis of the September 17 election results in Israel. Plesner will explain who won, who lost, and what are the long-term policy implications for Israel and the Jewish People.

    Joining Plesner will be former Justice Ministry official Edna Harel-Fisher, Director of IDI’s anti-corruption program, who will explain the unique legal reality in Israel as the country faces the possibility of a sitting prime minister serving while under indictment, and the implications of such a situation for the political system.


  • A Powerful Platform and Service: Celebrate the Goodnation Partnership Launch

    Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 05:30 PM EDT
    NYC (Midtown)


    JFN members are invited to celebrate of the launch of our partnership with Goodnation, a new values-based philanthropic platform that can help you achieve more impact.

    Prof. Wertheimer

    We'll also hear introductory remarks by Prof. Jack Wertheimer, Joseph and Martha Mendelson Professor of American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Among many other works, Prof. Wertheimer is the author of Giving Jewish: How Big Funders Have Transformed American Jewish Philanthropy.

  • Waste Not, Want Not: Strategic Interventions for Sustainable Food Systems

    Monday, October 07, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

    Up to 40% of the food produced in the United States is wasted, while one in five Americans is unsure where their next meal is coming from. Similar statistics are true in Israel and throughout much of Europe.

    This webinar brings together field experts Lisa MoonPresident and Chief Executive Officer of the Global Food Banking Network, Michal Bitterman, CEO and Co Founder of The Natural Step, and Aviva Paley, Senior Director and Co-Founder of Kitchens for Good, to discuss models for changing how we approach food waste and food rescue, and explore how philanthropy can work towards a more sustainable food system.

    This program is part of a series on sustainable food systems and creating impact through food. Look for more programs on this subject in the winter and at the JFN 2020 Conference in Palm Beach.

  • What’s Urban Planning Got to do with it? Solving Housing and Economic Challenges for Israel’s Arab Citizens

    Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 08:30 AM EDT
    Address provided upon RSVP in New York, NY

    JFN & IATF

    Closing economic gaps and addressing housing shortages in Israel’s Arab society, 20% of the population, has become a major priority for Israel’s overall strength. Yet many government efforts to fast-track economic and housing development in Arab communities stall when faced with the mismatch between Israel’s planning procedures and the crowded, under-planned realities on the ground. Why are urban planning needs so different in Israel’s Arab society? How do planning barriers affect economic development initiatives and state-minority relations overall? What solutions are underway or proposed to mitigate these challenges?

    Join JFN and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues for a breakfast discussion with urban planning experts Dr. Enaya Banna and Dr. Emily Silverman, who will shed light on one of the most important and most complex issues facing Israel’s Arab society today.

    Dr. Enaya BannaDr. Enaya Banna is currently the lead district planner for Wadi Ara, a region of all Arab communities. She has served as consultant to the head of the government Planning Administration on housing and planning in Arab towns in Israel. She worked for ten years as urban planner for the Arab Center for Alternative Planning (AC-AP), representing Arab-Palestinian interests in planning, territory, housing and development. A landscape architect and urban planner by training, she who holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Technion. Her research work focuses on participatory planning in Arab communities. 

    Dr. Emily SilvermanDr. Emily Silverman is the Founding Director of the Urban Clinic at The Hebrew University and a faculty member of the University’s Geography Department, where she teaches courses in housing policy and urban regeneration, social aspects of planning, and community development. Emily holds a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the London School of Economics, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Tel Aviv University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Swarthmore College in the United States. Her work in academia builds on her previous practice in non-profit management and community development, including working with and for numerous international and Israeli philanthropic foundations, Israeli governmental ministries and municipalities, NGOs and civil society organizations. She is a founding member of both the Coalition for Affordable Housing in Israel, was the first director of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel’s Tel Aviv Community Action Center, and has been a founder and board member of Transport Today and Tomorrow and the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, among others. 

  • CHANGE Philanthropy 2019 UNITY Summit: Building & Bridging Power

    Monday, November 18, 2019 at 09:00 AM PST through November 21, 2019

    Unity Summit 2019

    2019 Unity Summit: Building & Bridging Power will explore strategies for utilizing power to advance philanthropic equity.

    More information on the summit website >>

  • JFN 2020 International Conference

    Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT through March 24, 2020

    JFN 2020

    The Jewish Funders Network 2020 International Conference will convene March 22–24, 2020 in Palm Beach, Florida.

    JFN’s annual conference is the premier event in Jewish philanthropy.

    Hundreds of funders and foundation professionals come together to leverage the power of networks and immerse themselves in a vibrant dialogue about the pressing issues. Every conference is a place to connect, reunite, and bond with other Jewish funders, and a time for active learning. Panel discussions and programs feature leading experts in philanthropy illuminating tools and techniques that can make your giving more impactful and meaningful.

    More information will be forthcoming.

    Past conference information >>

  • Investment Institute 2020

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 04:00 PM EDT through March 26, 2020
    Palm Beach, Florida

    Investment Institute 2020

    JFNA & JFN

    Immediately following JFN 2020 (and in the same venue), join influential stakeholders from Federations and private foundations—representing collectively over $80 billion in Jewish communal philanthropic assets—for informative presentations by top industry professionals, informal peer-to-peer learning, and networking. Enhance your ability to make prudent investment decisions and position your Jewish Federation, community or private foundation as the preeminent steward of endowed funds.