February 23, 2023

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Contribute a Quote for the JFN Conference / Learn about impala, SparkIL, Jewish Book Council, and more at the Conference / Climate Change, Community, and Social Action: A Hands-On Pre-Conference Site Visit

The Road to Reproductive Rights / The State of Affairs in Israel

The Dialogue Clause / Israeli Delegation Conference Orientation

New Podcast Episode / Honeycomb Releases its new Inclusion Guide

JVPF's 2023 Grant Cycle is Open



Unless otherwise indicated, events listed are limited to JFN members and those eligible for JFN membership. Eligible non-members must request permission and can attend a limited number of member events.

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We hope you'll join the JFN community in supporting the victims of the earthquakes in Syria and Turkey. A series of earthquakes have devastated southeastern Turkey and northern Syria. Thousands of casualties have been reported, and reports of their number to grow. Please join us in contributing to relief for the victims through one of the following organizations:

IsraAID's team is on the ground, distributing urgently needed relief and winter items and assess broader emergency needs in affected communities.

World Jewish Relief is working with its local partner to provide immediate assistance to the most vulnerable people in Turkey and Syria, including safe shelter and warm blankets for people whose homes have been destroyed, and food to prevent malnutrition. They will continue to assess and respond to the most urgent humanitarian needs.

The Multifaith Alliance is prioritizing the distribution of the following throughout northwest Syria: Essential medicines, medical supplies, emergency food relief, warm clothing.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is focusing on the most urgent needs, providing temporary shelter, heating, thermal clothes, food, and medical support to the most vulnerable victims in Turkey.

United Hatzalah of Israel is sending medical supplies and relief teams consisting of crisis responders, doctors, paramedics, and EMTs to help the thousands in need in Turkey.​​​​​​ 

Nominations are Open for the JFN Board

The JFN Nominating Committee welcomes nominations for new JFN Board members. To serve on the board an individual must be a member of JFN in good standing. We are looking for individuals who represent diverse geographic, age, gender, and racial demographics. In addition, we welcome people who bring a variety of skill sets and knowledge to the board. The board meets 4 times a year and many board members serve on subcommittees in areas of interest.

2023 JFN International Conference

Contribute a Quote for the JFN Conference

We’re excited for our upcoming annual conference. So far, we have over 550 registrants and an amazing array of sessions and speakers. But, as always, the most important thing is to get people to connect and think deeply and differently about their philanthropy, about how their work can make a difference in the Jewish World and beyond. 

This year, we are preparing a series of prompts to put people in that frame of mind, and also to collect some wisdom from our members and partners. For that we are asking you to, in one sentence, complete the following phrase:


The quotes will be projected, with your name, on different screens around the conference venue.

Please, submit your quotes by March 1.

impala, SparkIL, and the Jewish Book Council at the Conference

Sunday, March 19 - Tuesday, March 21

We're excited to welcome impala, SparkIL, and the Jewish Book Project to the JFN Conference this year. Register today and visit with them at the Conference!

Climate Change, Community, and Social Action: A Hands-On Pre-Conference Site Visit

Sunday, March 19, 9:15 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a special pre-conference site visit focusing on climate change and community action in Phoenix. We will join the leaders of Arizona Jews for Justice to provide aid for the homeless population suffering from the severe effects of extreme heat and engage in a conversation with climate refugees seeking asylum from areas hit by climate change at a local partner church. 

Keynote speakers will include Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz and Eddie Chavez Calderon of Arizona Jews For Justice. 

This event is free thanks to the co-sponsoring of the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and the Diane and Guilford Glazer Foundation.​

You MUST be registered for the JFN Conference in order to attend this site visit in Phoenix, AZ. Once registered for the conference, pre-registration is required for this specific event. Click the button below to sign-up.



The Road to Reproductive Rights

Online: Wednesday, March 01, 12:00 pm–1:00 ET
(9:00 am-10:00 PT, 19:00-20:00 IL) 

As attacks on gender and reproductive equity continue, hear from leaders at NARAL, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, and the National Network of Abortion Funds. During this panel, they will discuss the road ahead for reproductive rights, the strategies to protect abortion care, and how we can get involved.

Speakers include: Oriaku Njoku Executive Director, National Network of Abortion Funds, Mini Timmaraju President, NARAL, and Jill E. Adams Executive Director, If/When/How

Meeting Points – The State of Affairs in Israel

Monday, March 13th | 1pm-2:15pm ET; 10am-11:15pm PT; 19:00-20:15 IT | Zoom

In light of the current crisis in Israel, this interactive meeting will enable an open dialogue and personal discussions around our thoughts, concerns, and ideas for JFN members both in Israeli and abroad. The joint discussion will enable mutual learning from funders from the US that have recently dealt with political and social crises that have influenced American society.

The Dialogue Clause: For or Against?
Tools for Engaging in Intense Disagreements over the Interpretation of Reality.

Sunday, February 26 | 11:00-12:15 Israel time | Zoom (in Hebrew)

In a discussion led by Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth of Mosaica, we will receive practical tools for engaging in intense disagreements over the interpretation of reality, in order to advance listening and enable conversation between network members that are interested in a joint discussion on the role of philanthropy and the solutions it can initiate.


Networking and Orientation Meeting for the Israeli Delegation to the JFN International Conference

Online: Sunday, March 05, 2023, 1:00pm – 2:30pm IST

Meet other Israeli JFN members attending the conference and discover how to navigate through the diverse conference content to create the most meaningful participation experience for you! Learn communication strategies that will help you make the best out of the conference experience from communication coach Helen Gottstein of Loud And Clear Training.


New Episode of What Gives?

In the latest episode of "What Gives?" Yohanan Plesner, President of the Israel Democracy Institute, talks about the consequences of the new Israeli government’s judicial reform initiatives, how today’s issues compare to those of Israel’s past, and Yohanan's hopes and aspirations for the future of Israeli democracy.


Honeycomb Releases the new Inclusion Guide

Jewish youth philanthropy offers the unique opportunity to engage in Jewish identity formation, teamwork, Jewish values exploration, civil discourse, grantmaking, and leadership skills. 

These wonderful benefits can —and should— be open to all types of learners in our communities. Honeycomb is delighted to present this Inclusion Guide that offers advice, concrete examples and best practices in creating an inclusive environment for different types of learners in your Jewish youth philanthropy program.


The Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, a member of the Jewish Funders Network, announces the opening of its 2023 grant cycle.  The Fund seeks to support the Jewish community in North America and Israel by searching out and supporting those unique ideas that are backed by passion and by leadership with a plan to strengthen and positively impact our Jewish community.  Go to www.JVPF-LA.org for details.

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