May 11, 2023

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Jewish Institutions Awaken to Climate Crisis, with Hundreds Pledging Action / What Gives? The Jewish Philanthropy Podcast with David Bernstein / Keshet 2020-2022 Report / Lag Ba'omer with JFN Members and their Families

Grantmaking Monthly Professionals / Special Briefing with The Jewish Agency for Israel on The Law of Return / A Morning Reading of Ethical Tribing with Joanna Landau in New York

Growing Up with Wealth & Giving in the Family - Succession Planning / Young Funders Forum Meets Qudra / Gender Violence in Israeli Society

JFN is Hiring / Honeycomb is Hiring / Honeycomb Parent Survey

From the Field (Curated Articles)

ewish Institutions Awaken to Climate Crisis, with Hundreds Pledging Action

"If any single event can be said to mark the debut of the climate issue as a top Jewish communal priority, it is probably the recent annual conference of the Jewish Funders Network, which took place in March in Phoenix, bringing together thousands of donors and charity executives."

Read more of JTA's coverage of the climate discussion that came out of the JFN 2023 International Conference.

What Gives? The Jewish Philanthropy Podcast with David Bernstein

David Bernstein, Founder and CEO of the Jewish Institute for Liberal Values, talks to JFN President and CEO Andres Spokoiny about the threat of illiberalism facing the Jewish community and the United States at large. They discuss what kind of America the Jewish community should be striving to live in and how that can be achieved.

Keshet Donor-Advised Fund's
2020-2022 Report

We are excited to share Keshet Donor-Advised Fund's 2020-2022 Report. Three years ago, Keshet sprang out of JFN and embarked on a journey with the goal of creating real strategic change in the Israeli philanthropic field. The goal was simple: To increase the volume of assets donated to charitable causes in Israel, allowing more people to efficiently and easily give back to society.

Lag Ba'omer with JFN Members and their Families

JFN IL members and their families came together on Lag Ba'omer to build a therapeutic garden for children on May 9th, a beautiful day filled with community and hard work. 


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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Grantmaking Professionals Monthly Online Convening

Wednesday, May 17 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET; 9:00am – 10:00am PT; 19:00 – 20:00 IT | Zoom

Please join us for a monthly virtual convening for grantmaking professionals where we will come together for shared learning and community-building. Facilitated by Mike Berkowitz and Jaré Akchin of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies.

Special Briefing with The Jewish Agency for Israel on The Law of Return

Wednesday, May 24 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET; 9:00am – 10:00am PT; 19:00 – 20:00 IT | Zoom

To gain a deeper understanding of the Law of Return's history and the potential consequences of the suggested amendments opposing it by some members of the new Israeli governing coalition, the Jewish Agency for Israel and JFN invite you to attend this special briefing led by Mark Wilf, Chair of the Board of Governors of The Jewish Agency, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Doron Almog, Chair of the Executive of The Jewish Agency, and Prof. Yedidia Stern, President & CEO of the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI). We look forward to your attendance and participation. This session is moderated by Merav Livneh-Dill, Director of Interfaces and Synergy - Strategy, Planning & Content Unit, Jewish Agency for Israel.

A Morning Reading of Ethical Tribing with Joanna Landau in New York

Friday, June 9 | 8:30am – 10:00am | New York City

We are proud to share a new, international best-seller by JFN member Joanna Landau: "Ethical Tribing: Connecting the Next Generation to Israel in the Digital Era." The book focuses on how to successfully counter one of the greatest threats facing the Jewish people: a younger generation that is becoming increasingly disconnected to their Jewish identity and Israel; and how to address this through social media and digital influencers.

Joanna Landau is Chair of the Board of Vibe Israel, the nonprofit she founded that pioneered harnessing the power of digital influencers to share Israel’s story with the world. She is on a book tour throughout the US, including stops in the cities below.


Growing Up with Wealth & Giving in the Family - Succession Planning

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm IDT |

We are pleased to invite you to this special workshop facilitated by Dr. Tamar Milo. The workshop will provide a safe and intimate space to deal with core issues of next gen engagement and succession planning.

This event is for funders only and will be held in Hebrew.

Young Funders Forum Meets Qudra

Tuesday, June 7, 2023 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm IDT |
Ramat Hasharon

JFN’s Young Funders Forum* invites its members to a meeting with the young funders of Qudra – Arab Philanthropists Network, to get acquainted and to catch up.

*Young Funders Forum is intended for funders-only, aged approximately 30-50.

The meeting will be held in Hebrew.

Gender Giving Forum- Gender Violence in Israeli Society

Tuesday, June 19, 2023 | 3:00pm – 6:00pm IDT |

The Gender Giving Forum invites members of the network to an in-depth learning session on gender violence. Gender violence is a severe social issue evident across all parts of Israeli society, in which women, children, the family, and society as a whole are harmed. The extent of the phenomenon in Israeli society requires a comprehensive discussion on the social, legal, and economic implications.

We will learn about multi-sector intervention programs and explore the unique response that the philanthropic community can give in terms of prevention, policy change, and eradicating the phenomenon.


JFN is hiring a Senior Manager, Philanthropic Engagement (MPE), a full-time, external-facing position who will work to cultivate new members, retain existing ones, and offer value for membership. We are looking for someone who enjoys growing relationships and networks. As part of this effort, the MPE will create and foster JFN’s Young Funder base through programming and engagement. This is an in-person position in New York City. Click here for more.

We are also hiring an Administrative Assistant. This is a key role which ensures the smooth running of the office in JFN New York and liaises with our offices in Israel and other locations in the US. In addition, the Administrative Assistant will support our membership and program departments. S/he will report to our VP of Programming. S/he will also provide additional support for periodic event planning and our annual international conference. This is an in-person position in New York City. Click here for more.

Honeycomb is hiring a Program and Education Director and a Communications and Engagement Manager.

The Program and Education Director will serve as the lead staff-person responsible for field-wide initiatives serving to grow and strengthen the field of Jewish youth philanthropy. This position will work closely with other members of the Honeycomb team to create, implement, evaluate, and continually improve programs and educational resources. Click here for more.

The Communications and Engagement Manager will own the external messaging of Honeycomb, managing outgoing communications, website and all social media. Click here for more.

Honeycomb is excited to release brand new research: “Parents Reflect: Honeycomb Parent Survey”

Honeycomb’s Parent Survey explores the attitudes and priorities of parents to gain a deeper understanding of their perspectives, knowledge, and behaviors regarding their teen’s involvement in Jewish youth philanthropy programs. The survey data provides key insights into families’ Jewish engagement and philanthropic skill development.


Upstart Future Forward

Chicago Funders -- Join us for an exclusive happy hour reception to meet Jewish social entrepreneurs and learn about their impact on the Jewish community of today and tomorrow.  Click here to RSVP. This is an in-person event Wednesday, May 17th from 5:30 - 7:15 pm in the Ravenswood Neighborhood, Chicago, IL. Full details are available upon registration. 

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Jewish Federations Working Behind the Scenes and Publicly to Help Jailed Journalist Evan Gershkovich
Judah Ari Gross, eJewish Philanthropy

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David Callahan, Inside Philanthropy

Bonuses Can Help Nonprofits Stretch Budgets and Retain Fundraisers
Emily Haynes, Chronicle of Philanthropy