Upcoming Events

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

  • JFN Funder Delegation to the U.S.-Mexico Border in Partnership with HIAS

    Sunday, June 02, 2019 at 07:00 PM PDT through June 04, 2019
    San Diego and possibly Tijuana

    וְאֲהַבְתֶּ֖ם אֶת־הַגֵּ֑ר כִּֽי־גֵרִ֥ים הֱיִיתֶ֖ם בְּאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרָֽיִם׃

    You must love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

    Deuteronomy 10:19

    On the United States-Mexico border, those seeking entry to the United States face enormous challenges and complications in a rapidly-changing environment.

    Jewish Funders Network and HIAS are convening a two-day delegation for funders and foundation professionals to bear witness to the situation at our border, deepen our knowledge, sharpen our analysis of the issues, and strategize Jewish communal responses.

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    The home base for this experience is San Diego, the city with the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere. HIAS resettles refugees in San Diego in partnership with Jewish Family Service of San Diego, an agency that also provides legal representation to asylum seekers.

    Potential sites that the group may visit include the shelter for asylum seekers run by Jewish Family Service; an Operation Streamline hearing; and the Consulate General of Mexico. In addition to briefings with HIAS’ leadership — including legal experts and advocates — we will also meet with local organizations that work with asylum seekers, as well as meeting with asylum seekers themselves. Depending on political and security conditions, we may or may not cross the border into Tijuana. Safety will be our top priority.

    Cost: $750 per person.

    Space is limited to 20 participants, and will be offered at a first-come-first-served basis.

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    We would greatly appreciate all RSVPs as early as possible — and RSVPS must be in no later than May 1.


    • We will meet in San Diego on the evening of Sunday, June 2, for dinner in the Leichtag Commons, hosted by the Leichtag Foundation. We'll get acquainted and begin the learning experience.
    • The trip will take place on Monday and Tuesday, June 3 and 4, with San Diego as home base.
    • Both days will begin early and will involve travel around San Diego.
    • Travel to and from San Diego and hotel accommodations are at the expense of participants; the trip fee will cover some meals, group transportation, and some snacks and drinks, particularly during travel periods. (One or more meals may not be covered; details will be forthcoming.)
    • A block of rooms is available for this delegation at the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Downtown/Bayside at a discounted group rate. Book your room at the group rate >> (The rooms are reserved by HIAS, but you will provide your own credit card to the hotel to pay for the room upon arrival.)

    JFN & HIAS

    Delegation Co-Chairs: Sonia & James Cummings



    What I Saw with #JewsAtTheBorder: Witnessing the Crisis
  • The Exchange 2019

    Tuesday, June 04, 2019 at 07:30 AM EDT through June 05, 2019

    The Exchange 2019

    The Exchange 2019 is a conference on June 4-5 in New York City, presented by the Social Impact Exchange and Morgan Stanley. Thanks to JFN's collaboration with the Social Impact Exchange, we’re delighted to offer JFN members a registration discount of almost 50%.

    The conference theme is Shaping the Future – Philanthropy as Change Capital. The agenda will cover a range of topics related to this theme, including the future of our democracy, economy, education system and health system. A variety of transformational approaches will be featured, including multi-sector collaboration, movement building, public/private partnerships, and systems change strategies. Van Jones, Sal Khan, Sally Yates, Anand Giridharadas, Edgar Villanueva, and Nick Donohue will join several other leading keynote speakers. 

    The 2019 Conference will bring together more than 400 high-net-worth donors, foundations, individual philanthropists, wealth advisers, and industry leaders to learn about innovative methods for achieving large-scale impact through multi-sector collaboration. 

    Members: registration instructions for the discount appear below.

  • Black Power, Jewish Politics: Book Talk with Marc Dollinger & Ilana Kaufman

    Wednesday, June 05, 2019 at 07:00 PM PDT
    IKAR Event Space in Los Angeles, CA



    JFN members and the broader community are invited to a book talk and conversation with Marc Dollinger (author, Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s) and Ilana Kaufman (Director, Jews of Color Field Building Initiative).

    In this book, Marc Dollinger charts the transformation of American Jewish political culture from the Cold War liberal consensus of the early postwar years to the rise and influence of Black Power-inspired ethnic nationalism. He shows how, in a period best known for the rise of black antisemitism and the breakdown of the black-Jewish alliance, black nationalists enabled Jewish activists to devise a new Judeo-centered political agenda, including the emancipation of Soviet Jews, the rise of Jewish day schools, the revitalization of worship services with gender-inclusive liturgy, and the birth of a new form of American Zionism.

    Marc will be joined by Ilana Kaufman in a conversation on these overlooked historical trends and their urgent implications for contemporary social issues. Bringing together history and current events—identity politics and Peoplehood, and disrupting the entire notion that Blacks and Jewish are separate—Marc and Ilana will get into issues of race, power, and what’s really good for the Jews. 

    An audience Q&A and book signing will follow the program.

    Co-presented by:

    Bend the Arc | IKAR | Jewish Funders Network | Temple Beth Am | Temple Israel of Hollywood

  • Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish: A JFN Night at the Theater

    Thursday, June 06, 2019 at 07:00 PM EDT · $99.00 USD
    Stage 42 in New York, NY
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    Join fellow JFN members for a night of theatre and discussion! We'll attend the critically acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (with English supertitles). Following the performance, join a special talkback with cast members, members of the creative team, and the producer, Jenny Steingart, moderated by JFN Board Chair Dr. Georgette Bennett. They'll discuss how Fiddler, and the Jewish experience more broadly, intersect with the issues of immigration and refugees.

    JFN member rate (your purchase through this page includes your Fiddler ticket): $99

    Space is limited. Register now.

  • Taking Your Vision into Philanthropic Action (Purpose & Penty)

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 06:00 PM PDT

    Part of the Purpose & Plenty event series


    In this last session, we’ll weave together the themes we’ve been discussing and begin to think about how to consider translating values into individual and/or family philanthropic visions. Having clarified issues of identity and mission, we’ll discuss ways to incorporate these concepts into a strategy for philanthropic impact. This session will prepare you to take your vision into action.

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    About the series >>

  • JPRO 2019 (Detroit)

    Monday, August 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT through August 14, 2019

    JPRO 2019

    JPRO19: What Connects Us is the seminal conference for hundreds of Jewish communal professionals from across North America to connect and reimagine what thriving Jewish institutions will look like, who will lead them, and what impact they will collectively have on the world in the 21st Century. Join us August 12-14 in Detroit, a city with a rich history of innovation and reinvention, as the city becomes a learning lab for Jewish communal professionals. JPRO19 brings together professionals who are not ordinarily in relationship with one another – across generations, geography, organization types, roles, and much more – to deepen connections, make progress on issues that are at the forefront of our collective work, and strengthen their individual capacity to lead.

    Conference website >>

  • JFN 2020 International Conference

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

    West Palm Beach, Florida (nearby)

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

    Sign up to get more information as it becomes available!

    Past conference information >>