Upcoming Events

Upcoming events for Jewish Funders Network.

  • Together at the Table (Third Party Event)

    Friday, August 18, 2017 at 06:00 PM EDT


    A OneTable event.

    "It is hard to put into words how many of us feel following a weekend in which we witnessed white supremacists and neo-nazis marching openly in America, leaving violence and tragedy in their wake. Regardless of where we each stand politically, we can ALL agree: hatred, bigotry, and violence cannot be tolerated in our communities. When our values are threatened in this way, we raise our voices and rise up—not just in opposition but in unity.

    In this spirit, we’re coming together this Friday, August 18th, to mobilize a grassroots movement of Shabbat dinners across the country dedicated to celebrating diversity, equality, and inclusion in the face of fear, division, and hate.

    We invite you to join us by gathering people in your communities and networks for a Together at the Table dinner to engage in constructive dialogue with a plurality of perspectives, to address deep, painful divides in our communities, and to consider the role we can play in strengthening civil discourse and society."

    More information on attending or hosting for this event >>

  • Summer Impact Shabbat Dinner (Third Party Event)

    Friday, August 18, 2017 at 07:30 PM EDT


    A OneTable Shabbat dinner in New York designed for those seeking impact, community, and good food. (Third party event recommended by JFN member Mickey Penzer.)

    Info & RSVP

  • Will Congress Kill the Charitable Deduction? US Tax Policy & Philanthropy with Hadar Susskind (Webinar)

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT


    If the U.S. Congress eliminates charitable deductions, what would that mean for American foundations and other funders? Join us for an important conversation on the current political landscape in Washington, D.C., possible changes to tax policy, and the ramifications for philanthropy.

    Hadar SusskindHadar Susskind, Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the Council on Foundations, will explain the current political climate and lead a discussion on the implications for philanthropy.

    While this webinar will be of particular interest to foundation professionals, trustees and independent funders are also encouraged to attend.

  • JFN Israel Year Opener

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 07:30 PM IDT
    Address provided upon RSVP in Savyon, Israel


    A networking event for funders, with guest speaker Dr. Einat Glazer on emotional intelligence in philanthropy.

    Please note, this event will be conducted in Hebrew.

    This event is for JFN members and other eligible funders only. Non-members: inquire about attending at jfnisrael@jfunders.org

    Members: log in and then click here for details & RSVP info >>

  • CHANGE Philanthropy UNITY Summit (Third Party Event)

    Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 08:00 AM EDT through September 21, 2017
    New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA


    2017 Unity Summit:  Investing in Movements for Equity will highlight how philanthropy can align its investments along the themes of Resistance, Protection, and Empowerment.

    Information & registration >>

    Note from the organizers on the conflict with Rosh Hashanah:

    Earlier this year, we scheduled the Unity Summit in conflict with religious observations for Rosh Hashanah, Hijra and Navaratri. Through this oversight, we failed to appreciate the message this decision would send for an event focused so sharply on equity and inclusion. We regret that our initial decision fell short of our values, and we appreciate the outreach we received from many in our community to convey the impact this decision had on them.

    We are pleased to announce that the 2017 Unity Summit will shift our start and end times slightly forward in order to better accommodate these observances. Partner specific/focused events will be held September 17-18. The Unity Summit will begin Monday, September 18 at 1:00 PM on Friday and close Wednesday, September 20, at 1:00 PM.  In addition to the shift in dates, we are continuing to explore virtual engagement options.

    We recognize that this shift may still not make it possible for everyone to participate. However, we hope that at least some members of our community who could not attend before might now be able to do so, and we remain happy to support anyone who would like to observe any spiritual practice on-site. We will strive to avoid this type of mistake in the future. We remain committed to building a diverse, intersectional movement to advance equity within and through philanthropy.

  • How and Why to Change Courses in Chaotic Times: A JFN LA Gathering

    Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM PDT
    A Member's Home in Larchmont


    We know you are a sophisticated funder who thinks strategically about your funding decisions in order to meet your strategic goals and make the greatest impact possible.  Philanthropic leaders are facing an environment of rapid cultural change and political uncertainty, which presents new challenges.

    JOIN other principal funders for a half day of engagement on issues facing philanthropy and the nonprofit sector in this climate.  In addition to our own experiences, we will explore a case study on how one JFN member/grant-making organization is responding to the challenge of requests from grantees who themselves, need to pivot in their work. You’ll leave with practical tools to help you pivot in your philanthropy, as needed, and help the organizations you fund navigate the rough waters ahead.

  • How is the Trump Presidency Changing American Jewry? (Webinar)

    Tuesday, October 03, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT

    President Trump

    An upturn in antisemitism; an activist revival; political mobilization and polarization; shifts in philanthropic focus; a cultural renaissance. All these, and more, are waves of change buffeting the U.S. Jewish community during the first year of President Trump's administration. These strong currents exacerbate pre-existing tensions, such as the split between "Jacksonian" and "Jeffersonian" models of political behavior among Jewish leaders and institutions.

    Funders addressing a wide spectrum of issues related to the American Jewish community need to understand these changes—and respond to them.

    Join JFN member Dr. Steven Windmueller for a discussion of American Jewry's ongoing sociopolitical upheavals during this extraordinary period in U.S. history.

    The discussion will draw on articles by Dr. Windmueller:

    WindmuellerDr. Steven F. Windmueller is the Rabbi Alfred Gottschalk Emeritus Professor in Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, CA. A specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs, Dr. Windmueller holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has held academic appointments at several major institutions of higher learning. He has appeared nationally syndicated media offering commentaries on Jewish public affairs matters. Dr. Windmueller has served as a consultant and program resource specialist to a wide array of institutions including the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and the Jewish Federations of North America.

  • Exponent Philanthropy CONNECT Conference 2017 (Third Party Event)

    Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 09:00 AM EDT through October 17, 2017
    Hilton Denver Inverness in Denver, CO

    2017 CONNECT Conference


    Designed specifically for funders who practice philanthropy with few or no staff, Exponent Philanthropy's CONNECT is your opportunity to challenge your assumptions, build community, and learn about strategies that will help you achieve your philanthropic goals.

    Jewish Funders Network members are eligible to attend at the Exponent Philanthropy member rate. Members: click here to see the discount code (you must be logged in as a member)

    CONNECT Conference information > >

  • Asia Gathering 2017: Hong Kong

    Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 09:00 AM HKT through November 22, 2017
    Island Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong, Hong Kong


    Following on from the success of the last three Asia gatherings—Hong Kong 2014Singapore 2015, and Shanghai 2016—we are delighted to invite JFN members back to Hong Kong for another informative, impactful, and inspirational event that explores the synergy between Israel, Asia and the strength of Jewish peoplehood.

    This year's gathering will take place at the Island Shangri-La Hotel and the Jewish Community Center in Hong Kong.

    Register your interest now >>


  • 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.

    Click here to receive conference updates as more information becomes available >>

    Registration for the conference will open in late fall.

    Detailed program and schedule information will be available in the fall. For now, please use the following information to help you make your travel plans. 

    Conference Schedule

    March 11 – 12: Preconference programs* (multiple locations)
    March 12, 7:00 PM: Conference begins: Opening Night Party (Jerusalem, location TBA)
    March 13: Conference day 1: Program at Hilton Tel Aviv, evening events in and around Tel Aviv
    March 14: Conference day 2: Site Tours, departing from Hilton Tel Aviv
    March 15: Conference day 3: Program at Hilton Tel Aviv, concluding at 2:15 PM

    * Preconference programs include a two-day "Jerusalem Experience", beginning Sunday 11 March at 1:00 PM and concluding Monday 12 March at approximately 3:00 PM.

    Conference Hotel and Travel

    JFN has arranged a room block at a discounted rate at the Hilton Tel Aviv for the conference week. JFN also has arranged a room block at the Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem (for March 8 – 12), for attendees participating in the Jerusalem Experience preconference program. Booking forms and information will be available later this summer. To get the JFN rate, you must go through our booking form; please do not contact the the hotels directly.

    For questions about schedule or travel, 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.