December 15, 2022

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Get Involved and "Shine A Light" On Antisemitism

New Member Orientation

Small-Staffed Foundations PLSG / HOLLYWOODLAND / Grantmaking Professionals Convening / Trust-Based Philanthropy / Confronting Antisemitism through the Arts

Apply Your Organization to Honeycomb's exciting iGive Initiative

Maimonides Fund is Hiring! / Visionary Partners Grants Awarded by Hadassah Foundation



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Register Now for the 2023 JFN International Conference

REGISTER NOW for the 2023 JFN International Conference! Join us for three days at the historic Arizona Biltmore, as leading philanthropists and professionals from around the world come together to network, learn and get inspired. Reserve your spot now to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing through January 31.


Dispel the Darkness: Shine a Light on Antisemitism

The story of Channukah teaches us that each person kindles a small flame, and together, our flame is mighty. The message doesn’t end there for Shine A Light – an unprecedented coalition of Jewish and non-Jewish organizations from across the United States and Canada who have joined together to dispel the darkness year round by speaking up about antisemitism. Spearheaded by JFN members, including the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, the Jeffrey M. Talpins Foundation, the Kirsh Family Foundation,  the Paul E. Singer Foundation, and UJA-Federation of New York, Shine A Light offers several educational resources as well as hosts virtual and in person events.

Get involved, #ShineALight on antisemitism.


New Member Orientation

Online: Wednesday, December 21, 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET (9:00–10:00 a.m. PT, 19:00–20:00 Israel)

At this special session, led by JFN Vice President of Philanthropic Engagement, Ari Rudolph, you'll learn how to get the most out of your membership and will have an opportunity to meet other new members. We will cover a variety of topics, including membership benefits, how to use our website, giving in Israel, and much more!


Small-Staffed Foundations Peer Learning & Support Group

Online: Wednesday, January 11, 12:00–1:30 p.m. ET (9:00–10:30 a.m. PT, 19:00–20:30 Israel)

JFN’s Grantmaking Professional Exchange is excited to invite you to our newest Peer Learning and Support Group (PLSG), focusing on professionals in small-staffed foundations! PLSGs provide opportunities for colleagues in the field to learn together, discuss areas of common interest, and support one another through challenges and opportunities. 

HOLLYWOODLAND: Behind the Scenes of the Academy Museum's New Jewish Exhibition

Online: Thursday, January 12, 2:00–3:15 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. PT, 21:00–22:15 Israel)

Join CANVAS in January for an off-the-record conversation with the makhers and makers behind the the new "Hollywoodland" exhibit at the new Academy of Motion Picture Museum in Los Angeles.

With a focus on the predominantly Jewish founders of the early Hollywood studio system, the exhibition will delve into how their personal narratives shaped the distinct characteristics of the movies their respective studios produced, and contextualize the role of antisemitism in motivating their visionary efforts. 

We will be joined by Dara Jaffe, curator of the exhibit. 

Grantmaking Professionals Monthly Online Convening

Online: Wednesday, January 18, 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET (9:00–10:00 a.m. PT, 19:00–20:00 Israel)

Please join us for a monthly virtual convening for grantmaking professionals where we will come together for shared learning and community-building. 

Facilitators will include Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, LLC's Mike Berkowitz, Co-Founder & Principal, and Jaré Akchin, Vice President & Executive Coach

Exploring Trust-Based Philanthropy in the Jewish Community

Online: Wednesday, January 25, 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET (9:00–10:00 a.m. PT, 19:00–20:00 Israel)

Join us for an engaging discussion with the Trust-Based Philanthropy Project, Fineshriber Family Foundation, and American Jewish World Service as we explore these questions, hear about what it looks like to operationalize trust-based values, and leave you with a renewed sense of understanding of the promise and potential of trust-based philanthropy.

Confronting Contemporary Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial through the Arts

Online: Thursday, January 26, 12:00–1:00 p.m. ET (9:00–10:00 a.m. PT, 19:00–20:00 Israel)

Leading up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, join us for a conversation with Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, Board Chair of the Defiant Requiem Foundation, in conversation with Murry SidlinAlexandra Zapruder, and a Defiant Requiem Teaching Ambassador. Their conversation will focus on how music and art can serve as a catalyst to fight contemporary antisemitism and Holocaust denial, and how funders can make change on this critical issue.


Honeycomb Launches Applications for iGive Initiative

The “iGive” initiative from Honeycomb is an immersive giving experience that focuses on helping Jewish youth build deep connections to Israel and strong Jewish identities. Through funding directly in Israel, participants explore issues they care about, create new relationships with the country of Israel and explore ongoing engagement with Israel and its peoplehood. 

Honeycomb will work closely with each participating iGive organization providing educational curriculum, resources, funding and training to elevate and develop their philanthropy programming.


Maimonides Fund is Hiring!

Maimonides Fund (MF) is a private grantmaking organization that funds in North America and Israel, aiming to connect Jews to their people and their heritage, and to contribute to the vitality of the State of Israel. 

The role of Program Officer, Israel Education and Engagement, will focus on education about Israel in North America and working in North America to promote a safe, secure, and vibrant Israel.

Hadassah Foundation Awards First-Ever 'Visionary Partners' Grants

Jewish Women International (JWI) and WePower, two leading gender-equity organizations, will each receive $130,000 in unrestricted funding from the Hadassah Foundation, a JFN member, through the Foundation’s new “Visionary Partner” grants. The new grants, payable over five years, enable organizations that promote gender justice in Israel and the United States to engage in long-term planning, and they are part of a wider effort at the Foundation to partner more fully with grantees.

Established by Hadassah Women’s Zionist Organization of America in 1998, the Hadassah Foundation is the largest Jewish women’s foundation in the world. Learn more about the new grants here.

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