Upcoming Events

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

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NEW POLICY: NEW POLICY: 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 membership@jfunders.org for information.

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  • Special Briefing on Security in a Time of Unrest

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST
    Online
    details & rsvp

    12-1pm ET/9-10am PT/ 7-8pm Israel

    Due to the current climate of civil unrest and the continued impact of Covid-19, leading Jewish organizations and Jewish communities throughout the United States are developing new and innovative approaches to community security.

    In this session, funders will learn about work being done on the national level to secure Jewish institutions and virtual communities. This includes an example of successful lobbying that led to a dramatic increase in government funding and a case study from New York, where philanthropists have invested in a serious upgrade of the community security infrastructure. Finally, we will discuss how to harness the energy of volunteers interested in protecting their communities. 

    Speakers:

    Carly Maisel
    Global CEO
    Kirsh Philanthropies

    Mitchell D. Silber
    Executive Director
    Community Security Initiative

    Richard Priem
    Deputy National Director 
    CSS

    Steven Hughes
    Chief Security Officer
    Elliott Management Corporation

    Brad Orsini
    Senior National Security Advisor
    Secure Community Network
    Jewish Federations of North America

     

     

  • Remote Learning and Engagement: Best Practices in Online Adult Education

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 01:30 PM EST
    Online
    details & rsvp

    1:30-2:30pm ET/10:30-11:30am PT/8:30-9:30pm Israel

    This is the first in a three-part series on Remote Learning and Engagement. Upcoming sessions will address using online technology to facilitate Israel encounters (February 3, 1-2 pm ET) and Jewish educational experiences (February 17, 1-2 pm ET).

    Since March 2020, there have been very few educational interventions and initiatives that have not had to pivot to the virtual delivery of services and programs. While some institutions have expanded already existing capacities, others have had to radically reimagine their educational practices and business models. In some cases, this has uncovered ways of reaching never-previously-imagined audiences.

    This three-part series will explore funder considerations and expectations when supporting such adaptations, program provider aspirations, and research data about what has transpired.

    In this session on professional development, researchers will share their findings so far on the remote professional development and adult education offerings of 14 programs supported by The Jim Joseph Foundation. 

    Speakers:

    Stacie Cherner
    Director of Learning & Evaluation
    Jim Joseph Foundation

    Mark Horowitz
    Vice President
    Program and Talent, JCCA

    Meredith Woocher
    Senior Project Leader
    Rosov Consulting

  • Bias in the Schools: A Look at California’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum and Its National Implications

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 02:00 PM EST
    details & rsvp

    California's proposed Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC) will be implemented in high school classrooms across the state and is likely to be a model used in developing curricula across the country. Initially, drafts of the curriculum excluded Jews and even included anti-Jewish content. The collective efforts of Jewish organizations and individuals in California improved matters, but there remains pressure from the BDS movement to remove Jewish identity, definitions of antisemitism, and Jewish lesson plans from the curriculum. Join for a timely conversation with leading Jewish communal professionals on the role ethnic studies curricula plays in the BDS movement’s strategies, the impact this curriculum may have on how both the Jewish-American experience and antisemitism are taught throughout the country, and how you can make a difference in your own community around similar issues.

    Speakers:

    Tyler Gregory
    Executive Director
    JCRC of the San Francisco Bay Area

    Alisa Finsten
    Senior Vice President of Community Engagement
    Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    Note: Prior to being approved by State Board of Education at its March meeting, there is a public comment period during which individuals may provide input into the final draft of the ESMC through January 21. If you would like to provide input prior to our scheduled program on January 20, here is a link with additional information and a place to submit comments.

  • Jewish Poverty Success Factors Series: Focus on Advocacy

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST
    Online
    details & rsvp

     12-1 pm ET/ 9-10 am PT / 7-8 pm Israel

    This is the second in a new National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty webinar series, "Key Success Factors in Addressing Jewish Poverty" in which we will highlight specific case studies and bright spots from throughout North America, with a particular focus on meeting the enormous challenges posed by the Covid pandemic and its economic effects. Future sessions will explore such issues as measurement and evaluation, advocacy and awareness building, virtual program delivery, convening for impact, and engaging people with lived experiences. Save the following dates (all Thursdays, from 12-1 pm ET) for the next three sessions: February 4, February 18, March 4. More dates will be announced soon.

    In this session, we'll learn about the role effective advocacy plays in addressing poverty and will reflect on how the new presidential administration changes the climate for enacting reforms to help vulnerable individuals. Watch previous sessions in this series here.

    Speakers:

    Elana Broitman
    Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
    Jewish Federations of North America

    Melanie Roth Gorelick
    Senior Vice President
    Jewish Council for Public Affairs

    Additional speaker TBA.

    Moderator:

    Susan Wolf Ditkoff
    Senior Advisor
    The Bridgespan Group

  • The Voice of the Next Gen on Climate Change - Jewish Funders Meet Israeli Youth Climate Leaders

    Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST
    Online

    Climate change is expected to have a huge effect on Israeli life. Future generations in Israel will likely suffer from dire consequences if no action is taken.

    Join JFN's Green Funders Forum for a live inspirational conversation with the most passionate and persistent Arab and Jewish youth leaders working to save Israel from the impact of climate change. The event will consist of a panel discussion of funders and youth leaders, followed by breakout groups.

    The event is for the philanthropic community. If you are a funder or a foundation professional, please request a seat and our host will approve your registration. You can RSVP here

    The Green Funders Forum operates under the auspices of Jewish Funders Network and aims to educate funders on the importance of environmental protection and on meaningful strategies to influence the environment.

    Hosts:

    Marla Stein
    Co-Chair
    Green Funders Forum
    Stein Family Fund

    Sigal Yaniv Feller
    Deputy Director and Senior Director of Advisory Services
    JFN Israel

    Presenters:

    Hila Lernau
    Researcher on youth activism on Israeli climate change at Tel Aviv University’s Porter School of Environmental Studies. Member of Teachers for Climate

    Youth for Climate, Luna Abu Yunis
    Climate activist, peacebuilder, and science enthusiast, from the Arab city of Sakhnin in northern Israel, she is one of the leaders of the students’ climate strikes in Israel.

    Youth for Nature in Jerusalem Hills, Odelya Robbins Morgenstern
    An eleventh grader at Adam High School in Jerusalem. Odelya is a youth movement counselor who plays music and creates art in her free time

    Michael Backlund
    Director of Global Community at Climate Science. Michael is an Israeli youth activist who is focused on climate education, solutions and justice.

    Jordan Shefner
    Coordinator of the HaShomer HaTzair youth movement’s actions on climate change.

     

  • Our Brains, Awareness and Crisis Management: The Impact of Training the Brain on Ourselves, Our Giving and Society

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM IST
    zoom in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
    details & rsvp

    *The meeting will be held in Hebrew

    As we continue the dialogue with JFN members on resilience, we invite you to join us for a conversation with Dr. Nava Levit-Binnun, director of the Sagol Center for Brain and Mind, and the founding director of the Muda Institute for Mindfulness, Science and Society at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya.

    Dr. Levit-Binnun will impart her professional and personal experience, the neuroscientific research about mindfulness and its implementation in various aspects of the Israeli social sector.  We will invite members to share their own tools for cultivating resilience in times of crisis and practice together as set our intentions for 2021 and the constant changing reality.

     

  • Remote Learning and Engagement Series: Best Practices and Opportunities for Israel Engagement

    Wednesday, February 03, 2021 at 01:00 PM EST
    Online
    details & rsvp

    1-2 pm ET/10 -11 am PT/8-9 pm Israel

    This is the second in a three-part series on Remote Learning and Engagement. The next session will address Jewish educational experiences (February 17, 1-2 pm ET).

    Since March 2020, there have been very few educational interventions and initiatives that have not had to pivot to the virtual delivery of services and programs. While some institutions have expanded already existing capacities, others have had to radically reimagine their educational practices and business models. In some cases, this has uncovered ways of reaching never-previously-imagined audiences.

    This three-part series will explore funder considerations and expectations when supporting such adaptations, program provider aspirations, and research data about what has transpired.

    In this session on Israel experiences, we focus on the pivot taken by Onward Israel this past summer, offering more than 500 remote internship experiences in Israel

    Speakers:

    Ilan Wagner
    President and CEO
    Onward Israel

    Josh Donner
    Executive Director
    David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation

    Nettie Aharon
    Senior Project Associate
    Rosov Consulting

  • Key Success Factors in Addressing Jewish Poverty: Engaging People with Lived Experiences

    Thursday, February 04, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST
    Online
    details & rsvp

    12-1pm ET/9-10am PT/7-8pm Israel

    This is the third in a new National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty webinar series, "Key Success Factors in Addressing Jewish Poverty" in which we will highlight specific case studies and bright spots from throughout North America, with a particular focus on meeting the enormous challenges posed by the Covid pandemic and its economic effects.

    Future sessions will explore such issues as measurement and evaluation, virtual program delivery, and convening for impact. Save the following dates (all Thursdays, from 12-1 pm ET) for the next two sessions: February 18, March 4. More dates will be announced soon.

    In this session, we'll focus on engaging people with lived experiences.

    Speakers: 

    Idit Klein
    President & CEO
    Keshet: For LGBTQ equality in Jewish life

    Lani Santo
    CEO
    Footsteps

    Yavilah McCoy
    CEO and Executive Director
    DIMENSIONS

    Moderator

    Susan Wolf Ditkoff
    Senior Advisor
    The Bridgespan Group

     

  • Remote Learning and Engagement: Exploring Research of Consequence for the Funder Community

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 01:00 PM EST
    Online
    details & rsvp

    1-2 pm ET/10-11 am PT/8-9 pm Israel

    This is the third in a three-part series on Remote Learning and Engagement. 

    Since March 2020, there have been very few educational interventions and initiatives that have not had to pivot to the virtual delivery of services and programs. While some institutions have expanded already existing capacities, others have had to radically reimagine their educational practices and business models. In some cases, this has uncovered ways of reaching never-previously-imagined audiences.

    This three-part series explores funder considerations and expectations when supporting such adaptations, program provider aspirations, and research data about what has transpired.

    In this session on Jewish education, we explore how day schools have been especially nimble in adapting to the provision of schooling from home and we share findings from an international study on how students have experienced this change.

    Speakers:

    Rachel Mohl Abrahams
    Senior Advisor for Education Grants and Programs
    Mayberg Foundation

    Marc Wolf
    Vice President, Program Strategy and Impact
    Prizmah, Center for Jewish Day Schools

    Alex Pomson
    Principal and Managing Director
    Rosov Consulting