For the duration of the crisis, JFN will be sending regular updates highlighting philanthropic needs and opportunities for action as they emerge. These include:
- Israel Rises, a platform for coordinating cross-sector partnerships supporting Israel during the war
- Recordings of our Zoom briefings, which can be found here
- Regular dispatches from our President and CEO Andrés Spokoiny, which can be found here
- Our list of vetted agencies and nonprofits, which is updated daily, can be found here
- Events relevant to the crisis, responding to issues in Israel and also as they emerge in the diaspora
JFN Members can take advantage of the JFN Concierge Service to find support and advice customized to their specific needs. Members looking to respond to the crisis can utilize the Concierge Service to be connected with other members working toward the same goal, to find resources provided by our partners in the secular philanthropic space, and much more. Contact [email protected].
I was brought up in the universalist tradition of Judaism. I believe that all human beings have the same intrinsic value and the same Divine dignity, and I believe that tikkun olam is the most important mitzvah Jews can do. At the same time, I don’t feel guilty for being more attuned to the suffering of my own, to be more affected by what happens to Israel than to other countries.
And that’s not wrong.
Solidarity works in concentric circles or not at all. Without caring for your own, you can’t care for others. You may believe you do, but you don’t. Caring for your family helps you learn about caring in general. You care about your children, then about your friends, then about your tribe, then about your people and then about the world. It doesn’t work the other way around.
Philanthropy sometimes falls into that trap.
Monday, November 21, 2023, 12:00pm – 1:15pm EST; 9:00am-10:15am PST; 7:00pm-8:15pm IST
Join us for a philanthropic conversation to address the vast gender dimensions of the crisis in Israel
Since the atrocities of October 7th, we have witnessed an outpouring of financial support for Israel, much of which is already being distributed to vital recovery efforts, but which notably neglect the enormous repercussions for women and girls and overlook the key civil society actors that are best placed to address them.
We will hear from experts in the field and address the gender dimensions of the crisis concerned with women’s rights, status and wellbeing, including lack of women’s representation in decision-making, gender-based war crimes, impact of trauma and displacement on women and children, gender-based violence ripple effect and exploitation of “women’s work” in recovery effort.