March 9, 2023

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A Conversation with Conference Speaker Ari Wallach / Contribute a Quote for the JFN Conference

The State of Affairs in Israel

Ways You Can Support the Victims

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



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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2023 JFN International Conference

Sunday, March 19 - Tuesday, March 21 

New Episode of What Gives?
A Conversation with Conference Speaker Ari Wallach

Hear from one of our featured JFN Conference speakers 10 days before the Conference begins!

In the latest episode of "What Gives?" Ari Wallach, Founder & Executive Director of Longpath Labs, talks about the case for presenting a positive vision of the future. We discussed the long-term goal of a vibrant and meaningful Jewish future, and spoke about working backwards to determine what steps are necessary to get there. 

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.


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.


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.​​​​​​ 

Looking for other ways to lend your support?
Join K2 Integrity for an Upcoming Webinar
Earthquakes in Syria and Turkiye: Safeguarding Urgently Needed Charitable Assistance



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.

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.

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

In Response to Violent Extremism, Some Funders Seek to Defuse Hate
Laurie Udesky, Inside Philanthropy

The Jerusalem Rehab Center Providing Community for Alcoholics on Purim — and Year-Round
Jay Deitcher, eJewish Philanthropy

People Give Less After Daylight Saving Time Switch
Rasheeda Childress, The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Click here for a clarifying update on the Purim holiday address from CEO Andres Spokoiny.