November 16, 2023

For the duration of the crisis, JFN will be sending regular updates highlighting philanthropic needs and opportunities for action as they emerge.  These include:

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].

Please continue to share your responses to the crisis and resources you find valuable by filling out this form, and by writing to [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.

Click here to read Andrés Spokoiny's address to the 2023 JFN West Regional Convening on November 7 in LA.

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.

Click here to RSVP.

Click here to see JFN's call for philanthropic action to address the vast gender dimensions of the crisis.

As we announced previously, JFN has cancelled, adjusted, or postponed its immediate slate of regular programming as we focus on working to help our members respond to the crisis in Israel.

For more information on our general programming schedule, please visit our website, or contact Sarah Horowitz at [email protected].