Upcoming Events

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

  • Book Club—Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST
    Online (Zoom)

    In the second meeting of the JFN Book Club, we'll discuss Ben Hecht: Fighting Words, Moving Pictures, and we'll be joined by the book's author, Adina Hoffman.

    About the book:

    From the prizewinning Jewish Lives series, a vibrant portrait of one of the most accomplished and prolific American screenwriters, by an award-winning biographer and essayist

    He was, according to Pauline Kael, “the greatest American screenwriter.” Jean-Luc Godard called him “a genius” who “invented 80 percent of what is used in Hollywood movies today.” Besides tossing off dozens of now-classic scripts—including Scarface, Twentieth Century, and Notorious—Ben Hecht was known in his day as an ace reporter, celebrated playwright, taboo-busting novelist, and the most quick-witted of provocateurs. During World War II, he also emerged as an outspoken crusader for the imperiled Jews of Europe, and later he became a fierce propagandist for pre-1948 Palestine’s Jewish terrorist underground. Whatever the outrage he stirred, this self-declared “child of the century” came to embody much that defined America—especially Jewish America—in his time.
    Hecht's fame has dimmed with the decades, but Adina Hoffman’s vivid portrait brings this charismatic and contradictory figure back to life on the page. Hecht was a renaissance man of dazzling sorts, and Hoffman—critically acclaimed biographer, former film critic, and eloquent commentator on Middle Eastern culture and politics—is uniquely suited to capture him in all his modes.

    About the author:

    Adina Hoffman is an award-winning essayist and biographer. The author of four previous books, including Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City and My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet’s Life in the Palestinian Century, she lives in Jerusalem and New Haven.

  • Seeding Opportunity: Growing the Jewish Future on the Farm

    Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 01:00 PM EST

    What’s so Jewish about a farm? A lot it turns out. A new study reveals new metrics on the effectiveness of Jewish farms in engaging with new generations of Jews and addressing important social justice  and community food system goals. Please join us for a first look at the data and analysis by practitioners in the field.

    Charlene Seidle, Executive Vice President, Leichtag Foundation

    Jakir Manela, Executive Director, Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, Baltimore
    Yoni Yefet, Founder and CEO, Kaima Farm, Jerusalem
    Nati Passow, Founder, Jewish Farm School

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


  • 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.

    Go to the conference website >>

    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.

    Info & registration >>