Upcoming Events

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

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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 Nita Lowey Peace Act (MEPPA): What Should Funders Know?

    Monday, October 04, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    Zoom
    details & rsvp

    12-1 pm ET/ 9-10 am PT/ 19:00-20:00 IL

    In December 2020, the U.S Congress passed the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act, a historic piece of legislation delivering unprecedented levels of funding for peacebuilding in Israel and Palestine.

    This new fund will deliver $250 million over five years to projects that support peacebuilding and Palestinian economic development and represents the largest investment ever in the region’s peacebuilders.

    Please join us for a webinar that will help prepare members for this groundbreaking initiative.

    JFN members Georgette Bennett and Danny Hakim, who are both deeply committed to the field of peacebuilding, will share how they are preparing their grantees, and how they think that we, as funders, should build an infrastructure that will allow maximizing this opportunity.

    John Lyndon, executive director of ALLMEP (Alliance for Middle East Peace) and an expert on The Nita Lowey Peace Act will be the main speaker and will give a presentation on the grant including important information, eligibility, the potential for change and more.

    The session will be followed by a Q&A that will provide a unique opportunity to learn and discuss the potential impact of The Nita Lowey Peace Act in the field of shared society. 

     

  • Impact Investing Roundtable 10/12

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    details & rsvp

    Time: 12-1:30 pm ET/9-10:30 am PT/7-8:30 pm ISR

    Impact investing is an increasingly important way for individuals, foundations, Federations, and nonprofits 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.

    Learn more about Jewish impact investing here.

    Moderator:

    Vanessa Bartram
    Managing Director
    ZORA Ventures

    Speakers:

    To be announced

  • Grantmaking Professionals Virtual Meetup 10/13

    Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    Online
    details & rsvp

    Please join us for a monthly virtual convening for grantmaking professionals. This event takes place on the second Wednesday of every month unless otherwise specified.

    Facilitators:

    Mike Berkowitz
    Co-Founder & Principal
    Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, LLC

    Tamar Frydman
    Director, Peer Programs
    Jewish Funders Network

    Save the date for our upcoming sessions:

    • Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 at 12 PM ET
    • Wednesday, December 1st, 2021 at 12 PM ET

     

     

     

    JFN Grantmaking Professionals Exchange is a learning and networking initiative to strengthen relationships and enhance strategic, technical, and Jewish learning among professionals across the field of Jewish philanthropy.

  • How Not to Think About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    online
    details & rsvp

    12-1 pm ET/ 9 am-12 pm PT/ 19:00-20:00 IL

    In this program offered in partnership with SAPIR: A Journal of Jewish Conversations, we explore the perils of looking at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a purely Western lens, particularly in the media and on college campuses. 

    As leading intellectual and former Knesset member Einat Wilf wrote in a recent issue of SAPIR, critics have for decades "cast Jews, Israel, and Zionism as the evil side in the conflict through their consistent and persistent employment of the 'Placard Strategy': utilizing simple equations such as those that might appear on a placard in an anti-Israel demonstration. On one side of the equation are Israel, Zionism, and images such as the Star of David. The evil du jour is the other side, whether it is Imperialism, Colonialism, Racism, Apartheid or — for the truly determined — Genocide and Nazism. Most recently, White Supremacy was added to the list."

    Speakers

    Einat Wilf
    Author, Former Member of Knesset

     

    Leah Soibel
    Founder & CEO
    Fuente Latina

     

    Rabbi Mike Uram
    Chief Vision & Education Officer
    Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies

    Felicia Herman (Moderator)
    Chief Operating Officer
    The Maimonides Fund

     

     

     

     

    SAPIR is a journal exploring the future of the American Jewish community and its intersection with cultural, social, and political issues. It is published by Maimonides Fund with Bret Stephens serving as Editor-in-Chief and Felicia Herman as Managing Editor. 

  • Opportunities and Barriers to Becoming a Jewish Educator (First in a Three-Part Series)

    Monday, October 18, 2021 at 12:30 PM EDT
    online
    details & rsvp

    12:30 - 1:45 pm ET | 9:30 - 10:45 am PT | 19:30 - 20:45 IL

    JFN and CASJE (Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) present the three-part webinar series: "Career Trajectories of Jewish Educators: Key Findings for the Funding Community."

    Join CASJE’s Managing Director, Dr. Arielle Levites, and members of the Career Trajectories research team for a high-level presentation of key findings and a facilitated discussion foregrounding the unique questions, concerns, and opportunities of the funding community to translate research into practice and policy. These webinars will be of interest to foundations that support both Jewish and general education. You can sign up for an individual session, or register for all three. 

    Session 1: "More Paths for More People: Opportunities and Barriers to Becoming a Jewish Educator"

    Speakers:

    Menachem (Manny) Menchel
    Senior Program Officer, Jewish Life, William Davidson Foundation

    Dr. Arielle Levites
    Managing Director, CASJE- Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education

    Dr. Alex Pomson
    Principal and Managing Director, Rosov Consulting

    Upcoming Sessions 

  • Climate Change 101 and the New Decision Makers (First in a Five-Part Series)

    Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
    details & rsvp

    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.

    Participants will be eligible for a free consultation meeting to explore personal philanthropic strategies around this issue.  

    Participants are encouraged -- although not required -- to attend the entire five-part series.

    Session 1 - Climate Change 101 and the New Decision Makers

    Tuesday, October 19, (19:00-20:30 IL, 12-1:30 pm ET, 9:00-10:30 am PT) 

    In the opening session of this five-part series, hear from two leading environmental experts in Israel’s government: Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg; and Professor, Member of Knesset, and longtime activist Alon Tal. You will receive up-to-date information on climate change, how it affects Israel and the Jewish world, what various countries are doing about it and its relevance to all Jewish philanthropy -- no matter what our funding issue areas are. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions after the speakers present.

    Speakers

    Tamar Zandberg, Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection

    Professor Alon Tal, a Member of Knesset 

    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] 


    Upcoming sessions in the series:
    (Speakers and other details coming soon)

     

    How Climate Change Intersects with Other Funding Areas

    Tuesday, November 16

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

     

     


    Who Are the Leading Activists and Nonprofits Addressing Climate Change? 

    Monday, December 13

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

     


    Philanthropic Responses, Lessons & Opportunities to Have a Positive Impact on Climate Change

    Monday, January 10

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

     


    Climate Change and Us: Where Do We Go from Here?

    Monday, February 14

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

     

     



  • Israel Ideas Festival

    Monday, October 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM IDT through October 26, 2021
    Hybrid

    Earlier this year, we at JFN conceived of the Israel Ideas Festival as a celebration marking the end of Covid and an opportunity to come together to share ideas for a brighter, post-pandemic future. Sadly, the virus and its many variants are not yet behind us, and Israel’s seven-day quarantine on all visitors arriving from the United States makes it impossible to plan the international in-person event we’d envisioned.

    The reimagined Israel Ideas Festival is a hybrid program with live simultaneous events in Tel Aviv and New York, and lots of interactive opportunities online.

    On Day 1, we'll explore Israel's relationships with the Arab world and with fellow Jews around the world.

    On Day 2, choose from deep-dive programming on seven issues in Israeli philanthropic work: Education, Women At-Risk, Elderly At-Risk, Jewish-Arab Relations, Workforce Development, Arts & Culture, and Impact Investing).

    Learn more and register at jfunders.org/festival.

  • The Journeys of Jewish Educators (Second in a Three-Part Series)

    Monday, November 15, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST
    Online
    details & rsvp

    12:30 - 1:45 pm ET | 9:30 - 10:45 am PT | 19:30 - 20:45 IL

    JFN and CASJE (Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) present the three-part webinar series: "Career Trajectories of Jewish Educators: Key Findings for the Funding Community."

    Join CASJE’s Managing Director, Dr. Arielle Levites, and members of the Career Trajectories research team for a high-level presentation of key findings and a facilitated discussion foregrounding the unique questions, concerns, and opportunities of the funding community to translate research into practice and policy. These webinars will be of interest to foundations that support both Jewish and general education. You can sign up for an individual session, or register for all three.

    Session 1: "Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Journeys of Jewish Educators"

    Speakers:

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

    Dr. Arielle Levites
    Managing Director, CASJE- Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education

    Dr. Wendy Rosov
    Founder and Principal, Rosov Consulting

    Additional Sessions in This Series

  • Analyzing the Labor Market for Jewish Educators (Third in a Three-Part Series)

    Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 12:30 PM EST
    Online
    details & rsvp

    12:30 - 1:45 pm ET | 9:30 - 10:45 am PT | 19:30 - 20:45 IL

    JFN and CASJE (Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) present the three-part webinar series: "Career Trajectories of Jewish Educators: Key Findings for the Funding Community."

    Join CASJE’s managing director, Dr. Arielle Levites, and members of the Career Trajectories research team for a high-level presentation of key findings and a facilitated discussion foregrounding the unique questions, concerns, and opportunities of the funding community to translate research into practice and policy. These webinars will be of interest to foundations that support both Jewish and general education. You can sign up for an individual session, or register for all three.

    Supply and Demand: Analyzing the Labor Market for Jewish Educators

    Tuesday, December 14 from 12:30 - 1:45 pm ET | 9:30 - 10:45 am PT | 19:30 - 20:45 IL

    Speakers:

    Stacie Cherner
    Director of Learning and Evaluation
    Jim Joseph Foundation

    Dr. Arielle Levites
    Managing Director, CASJE- Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education

    Dr. Alex Pomson
    Principal and Managing Director, Rosov Consulting

     

    Additional Sessions in This Series