December 22, 2022

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

Upcoming Two-Part Workshop on Policy Change Advocacy / Winter Membership Event: Sneak Preview of UNCHARITABLE

From the President's Desk: What the World Cup can Teach Us About Chanukah / Apply Your Organization to Honeycomb's exciting iGive Initiative / New Research Study on American Jewish Poverty

 Op-Ed: Jewish Philanthropy Must Adopt a Racial Equity Lens



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Learn How to Expand Your Philanthropic Impact at the 2023 JFN International Conference

Sunday, March 19 - Tuesday, March 21

As we continue to look towards the future, it is time for us to re-orient our thinking away from emergency short-term COVID relief efforts. Hear from Ari Wallach, author of Longpath, as he helps us to reframe our outlook, so that we may begin planning again for long-term impact. 

Experience this and so much more at the 2023 JFN International Conference. Click to register now for the 2023 JFN International Conference to take advantage of Early Bird Pricing, available now through January 31st.


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.


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 Exhibition Highlighting the Jewish Founders of Hollywood

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 and Dara Jaffe, Associate Curator at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, for an off-the-record conversation with the makhers and makers behind the Museum's forthcoming Hollywoodland exhibition. 

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. 

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 Sidlin, Alexandra 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.


Addressing Social Problems at their Roots: How Philanthropy Can Change the World

JFN ISRAEL OFFICE: Thursday, January 12, 09:30–13:30 IST & Thursday, January 26, 09:30–13:30 IST

We are pleased to invite JFN members to a two-part workshop on how Philanthropy can incorporate policy change advocacy as an effective lever for achieving broad social impact.

Workshop 1: 

A Window to Broad Social Impact
Thursday | January 12th 2023 09:30 - 13:30 IST 

Workshop 2: 

From Theory to Practice
Thursday | January 26th 2023 09:30 - 13:30 IST 

Please plan to attend both sessions, as they form one unit. Spaces are limited! Registration is on first come first served basis. The meetings will be held in Hebrew, in-person, at the JFN offices in Shefayim.

JFN IL’s Winter Membership Event: Sneak Preview of UNCHARITABLE

Tel Aviv Museum: Monday, January 30, 18:30–22:00 IST

Join us for a festive networking event: a special sneak preview screening of the thought-provoking film: UNCHARITABLE, featuring Dan Pallotta, followed by a discussion. Watch the trailer here.

Special thanks to JFN member, Dina Rabhan, Executive Director of the film, for getting the JFN Israel members exclusive, pre-release access.


What the World Cup Can Teach Us About Chanukah

This holiday season, JFN President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny examines what the World Cup can teach us about Chanukah.

"The Chanukah story is a revolt against oppression and intolerance, but it’s also an epic story of hope", notes Spokoiny. Even with all the darkness around us - whether it be from FIFA's corruption or society's plummeting trust of public institutions, "it only takes finding that little bit of oil, that place in ourselves that hasn’t been tarnished by cynicism and defaced by despair; that inexhaustible reservoir of hope that keeps propelling us forward..."


New Study Gathers Data on Economic Insecurity Among American Jews

A first-of-its-kind research study, led by Ilana Horwitz, PhD and supported by the Jewish Funders Network through a grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, will gather data on economic insecurity among American Jews as part of a broader effort to address Jewish poverty.

The study builds on the work and commitment of the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty, a group of funders, service providers, and other stakeholders dedicated to fighting poverty in the American Jewish community. 

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.


Racial Equity-Informed Philanthropy by Jews of Color Initiative

Jews of Color Initiative's newly launched guide, Racial Equity-Informed Philanthropy: A Funder Resource from a Jewish Perspective, invites philanthropists to embody racial equity and justice-informed postures and practices in every facet of their work. "By embodying—integrating into our beings—a vision for a more just and equitable future, and utilizing racial equity-centered skills and tools to achieve that vision, we collectively move closer to the meaningful actions that create lasting, structural change".

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