March 2, 2023

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Ways you can support the victims

Last Chance to Register for the Conference

The State of Affairs in Israel

The Dialogue Clause / Israeli Delegation Conference Orientation

Nominations are Open for the JFN Board / New Podcast Episode / Honeycomb Releases its new Inclusion Guide

Leading Where Life Happens / Turning off the Bypass Road of Israel Education



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.​​​​​​ 

2023 JFN International Conference

Last Chance to Register for the JFN Conference

Sunday, March 19 - Tuesday, March 21

There is only one week left to register for the JFN International Conference.

Registration will close on March 8th. Don't miss your opportunity to maximize your impact and engage in unparalleled learning and networking.


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 | 10:00-11:15 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.


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.

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.


Charles H. Revson Foundation: Leading Where Life Happens

The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab at Brandeis released “Leading Where Life Happens” a study of Jewish chaplaincy funded by the Charles H. Revson Foundation. It found that the work of Jewish chaplains is largely invisible to the organized Jewish community. Chaplains are absent from communal leadership positions and from fellowships that feed the leadership pipeline. The study is available here. An introduction of the report by Elizabeth Leiman Kraiem of the Revson Foundation can be found  here.

The Revson Foundation has created a grant fund at the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab to support innovative projects in Jewish spiritual care. The RFP is here and a recording of the information session with is here.

Jim Joseph Foundation: Turning off the Bypass Road of Israel Education

Examining an investment in experiential Israel education that includes the conflict, from Senior Director, Grants Management and Compliance Steven Green.

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Both Chronicle of Philanthropy and Inside Philanthropy offer special discounts for JFN members. More about member discounts here!

Atra — formerly the Center for Rabbinic Innovation — seeks to support rabbis in a changing world
Esther D. Kustanowitz, eJewish Philanthropy

Rest Can Help Fundraisers Get off the Road to Burnout
Ben Emily Haynes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Seeing Progress and Potential, Jewish LGBTQ Donors Form a Network to Support Their Community
Simone Ellin, Inside Philanthropy